Randy Travis Hospitalized; Dierks Bentley Plans Prescott, Arizona Benefit Show; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | July 9th, 2013

  • Yesterday afternoon, news about Randy Travis’ hospitalization hit the internet. Travis was admitted to a Texas hospital on Sunday due to complications from viral cardiomyopathy; he’s currently listed in critical condition. UPDATE: Travis had a left ventricular assist device implanted, reports MusicRow.com.
  • Dawn Sears discusses her battle with Stage 3 lung cancer in this WSMV piece. An excerpt: With just two rounds of chemotherapy and one radiation treatment left, Sears feels so good right now she is going to sing with the group at its regular Nashville show Monday evening. “Coming from the dark side to now, I’m pretty good,” she said.
  • USA Today premiered Glen Campbell’s new recording of “Hey Little One,” which will be on his next album, See You There (out August 13).
  • On July 22, Dierks Bentley will host a benefit show to raise money for the families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in Arizona last week. Other performers will be announced in the coming days.
  • Willie Nelson: singer, songwriter, actor, author, supermodel.
  • Steep Canyon Rangers will release their next album, Tell the Ones I Love, on Rounder Records September 10. (via press release)
  • Roy Clark recently celebrated his 80th birthday, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll slow down any time soon.
  • Jewly Hight’s interview with Valerie June is mighty entertaining. An excerpt: Sometimes I get a little flack from folks at home [in Tennessee]. They’ll be like, “How can you sing about killin’ somebody and then break off into ‘This World Is Not My Home’ gospel and then go into something about wearing no drawers?” To me, this is life, and the preacher is probably screwing around with the ladies in the church anyway. These are just stories. Just take ‘em lightly. 
  • Paste premiered a new Ben Sollee song.
  • In other advertising news, Kacey Musgraves is part of Oreo’s new “Wonderfilled” campaign.
  • Bernie Leadon is touring with the Eagles for the first time in nearly 40 years.
  • On August 5, Cracker Barrel will release a Clint Black  compilation album that will include three new songs.
  • This week’s album releases (Thanks to those who purchase through our affiliate links below. It doesn’t cost you extra, but it helps us keep the lights on):

The Deadly Gentlemen Roll Me, Tumble Me

Earl Poole Ball Pianography

Preservation Hall Jazz Band That’s It!

Travis Tritt The Calm After…

Jason Davis Second Time Around

Head for the Hills Blue Ruin

Scud Mountain Boys Do You Love the Sun

Michelle Wright Strong

Michael Martin Murphey Red River Drifter

Short Straw Pickers Upon That Hill

Various Artists The Chicago Blues Box: The MCM Records Story 

  1. Rick
    July 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight the Opry is goin’ Texan! YeeHaw! Featured artists include two of my personal favorites Amber Digby and Dale Watson! Grade: A++! (lol) The rest of the roster includes Vince Gill, Tyler Farr, Craig Morgan, Lee Brice, and assorted “Opry Legends”. This one is gonna be a barn burner!
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    I think I like that Oreo Wonderfilled commercial ditty more than many of the tracks on Kacey’s latest album! I think she should develop that into a complete song…

    I’ll have to check out the Preservation Hall Jazz Band album. I just love top quality dixieland jazz!

    Valerie June’s comments tell a lot about the type of churches she grew up in. Crikey!

    I hope Dawn Sears beats that damned lung cancer! She deserves to be around for a few more decades at least! Go Dawn!

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