Randy Travis Gets Probation, Fine; Free Rambling Rooks Download; New Whiskey Shivers Video

Juli Thanki | February 1st, 2013

  • Randy Travis pleaded guilty to DWI; he received “two years of probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence. If he doesn’t successfully complete the probation, he will face the jail time. He was ordered to spend at least 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility, complete 100 hours of community service and have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he operates while on probation.” 
  • Ray Price and Blake Shelton met on Price’s bus; this photo of the two of them was posted on Miranda Lambert’s Facebook page.
  • Download a free song from The Rambling Rooks, a new project from Don Rigsby, Ronnie Bowman, and Kenny Smith.
  • Ryan White of The Oregonian wrote an article that’s a decent overview of Kasey Anderson’s alleged wire fraud.
  • Paste premiered videos of Kathy Mattea, Sam Bush, and Dirk Powell.
  • Kathy Mattea spoke about her environmental activism at Penn State.
  • Jesse Livingston of BuzzineMusic.com interviewed Joey Burns of Calexico.
  • Marc Myers of The Wall Street Journal wrote about Townes Van Zandt and the upcoming release Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971-1972.
  • Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite were interviewed on NPR. Listen or read the transcript.
  • Ann Rabson of Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women passed away on Jan. 30 at the age of 67.
  • If you missed Holly Williams on Leno, the Nashville Scene posted video of her performance.
  • There’s an interview with Larry Birnbaum, author of Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock ‘n’ Roll posted on Music Tomes. 
  1. Kelly D.
    February 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Man, I love the Whiskey Shivers. Caught them in Austin about a year ago, and they tear the stage up.

    Oh, I’m glad that Price and Shelton seem to be over Shelton’s comments, because I happen to think it’s been much ado about nothing since the news broke. We love Shelton when he’s twitter-bashing PETA, but we hate him when he gets a bit brazen about country music. Kinda senseless to me.

  2. Luckyoldsun
    February 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Ray Price and Tony Bennett may be the last of the WWII era singers (and vets) to still be knocking ‘em out. They were also labelmates on Columbia Records.

  3. Arlene
    February 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    @LuckyOldSun: And Pete Seeger, as well as Harry Belafonte, both of whom also recorded for Columbia Records. I don’t know that the latter performs much anymore but the Newport Folk Festival ain’t over ’til Pete Seeger sings…

  4. Jon
    February 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Pete Seeger, yep. And Ralph Stanley. And Curly Seckler. And Jesse McReynolds. And more that I’m just not thinking of off the top of my head. Whatever point luckyoldsun was trying to make, she didn’t do it very well.

  5. Luckyoldsun
    February 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Arlene–
    Two great artists whom I was not thinking of, but Belafonte seems to have retired from music performing and become engaged exclusively as a social commentator/activist; Seeger also seems to be retired from performing, save for some occasional appearances at tribute events.

    Jonno–
    I named the only two mainstream singing stars of that era that I can think of who are still recording and putting out albums and maintaining active touring schedules. True, I did not mention Ralph Stanley and two other artists whom I never heard of and I thank you for your vigilance in calling me out on this ghastly infraction.

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