Ralph Stanley Turns 87; Reba, Loretta, and Bobby Bare to Play Johnny Cash Music Fest; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | February 25th, 2014

  • Ralph Stanley (who turns 87 today) celebrated his birthday with a concert last Saturday.
  • Singer Penny DeHaven passed away on Sunday. She was 65.
  • Bluegrass Today reports that Craig Wood, who was arrested for abducting and murdering 10-year old Hailey Owens, was part of the Springfield, Missouri bluegrass scene. Local music store The Acoustic Shoppe is raising funds for the Hailey Owens Memorial Fund if you’d like to donate.
  • In April, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, and The Band Perry will appear at Celebrity Fight Night, which, as it turns out, is a charity event and not an actual boxing match, so you won’t get to see Reba—Fight Night’s longtime emcee –TKO both Perry brothers even though we all know she totally could.
  • Reba, Bobby Bare, and Loretta Lynn will headline the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival on August 15 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
  • Trisha Yearwood told the Chicago Sun-Times about her solo tour and her marriage, which is “so truly happy it makes you want to puke.”
  • Audio restoration engineer Michael Graves, who’s worked for labels like the historically-focused Dust-to-Digital, talks about his work in this interesting piece broadcast last week on WABE.
  • The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year concert saluting Bruce Springsteen will be released on DVD March 25; it includes performances by Neil Young, Jackson Browne, and Kenny Chesney.
  • Robert Loss wrote a fine feature on Lydia Loveless for PopMatters.
  • Dierks Bentley discusses Riser with Chuck Dauphin of The 615
  • “Folkboat soon will be making another run/The Folkboat promises something for everyone.”
  • Guitarist Grant Gordy has left the David Grisman Quintet; Gordy, who is based in New York City, is now playing in several different projects, including a band with Darol Anger and Joe Walsh.
  • This week’s album releases (thank you for supporting E145 by purchasing music through our affiliate links below):

Marah Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania

Dierks Bentley Riser

Levi Lowrey Levi Lowrey

D. Charles Speer & The Helix Doubled Exposure

The Far West Any Day Now

Wyatt Easterling Goodbye-Hello

David G. Smith One House

Cowboy Dave – Driven Man

  • A DVD:

Muscle Shoals

  • And a couple books:

Patrick Huber, Steve Goodson and David M. Anderson (editors)  The Hank Williams Reader

Michael Streissguth Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville (now in paperback)

  1. bob
    February 25, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Enjoyed the American Songwriter writer of the week interview with Maggie Rose. Thanks. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that her Cut to Impress album and the singles released from it haven’t done real well. I am surprised that she has been largely ignored by some of the country blogs I follow.

  2. Howard
    February 25, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Natural Child have their new album “dancin’ with wolves” out today as well. In my opinion they are the best and most genuine southern rock band with a strong real country influence going today. Not sure why they dont get much traction in the country scene. The new album has a killer cover of tom t hall’s ‘nashville is a groovy little town’ and their last had a great cover of “how i got to memphis” . Simply awesome music by some awesome guys.

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