Randy Travis Suffers Stroke, Undergoes Surgery; JD McPherson Plays Mountain Stage; New Tony Joe White Album Due in Sept.

Juli Thanki | July 11th, 2013

  • Randy Travis’ health issues continue. The New York Times reports that Travis suffered a stroke (a “complication of his congestive heart failure”) and underwent surgery to relieve pressure in his brain.
  • Holly Gleason wrote a lovely feature on Guy Clark for Nashville Arts.
  • The Wood Brothers will release The Muse, produced by Buddy Miller, on October 1.
  • Miller also produced The Devil Makes Three’s next album, which is due out in the fall.
  • CMT Edge premiered Charlie Faye’s “How Long.”
  • Tony Joe White will release his next album, Hoodoo, on Yep Roc Records September 17. (via press release)
  • The next Blind Boys of Alabama record, I’ll Find a Way, comes out October 1. Patty Griffin is one of several guests who’ll appear on the album.
  • Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, Pete Seeger’s wife of 70 years, passed away Tuesday at the age of 91. From Sing Out!: Over the last decades, Toshi became a key leader and artistic programmer for the Great Hudson River Revival, the annual fundraiser for the Clearwater organization, and a true mecca for those of us who adopted Pete, and Toshi’s, view that music could be a tool to help focus activism…Toshi’s credits also included filmmaking, recording Texas inmates performing hard labor. The film, “Afro-American Work Songs in a Texas Prison,” is part of the Library of Congress archives.  
  • Infamous Stringduster Chris Pandolfi posted a new column on The Bluegrass Situation. An excerpt: With Ralph Stanley announcing his farewell tour and with the recent passing of bluegrass titans Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, the presence of the bluegrass founders is fading, and a genre that’s still relatively young is growing up and perhaps even starting to feel old. It’s a transitional and significant time, as we see legends moving on, along with the fans that were most directly connected to their sound, the ones who fought for its preservation. We all miss the mystique of Bill Monroe, but that’s life; that’s what happens when things grow old. In some way it sets us free to appreciate these legends for what they are–innovators and artists–instead of holding on to some small part of their past, hoping for them to recreate it for us in person. Just like any other viable art form, bluegrass is growing, changing, evolving, and the legacy of innovation that once seemed a threat is now defining the music for a younger generation.
  • This sounds cool: This weekend, the Bristol Public Library begins a six-week series called “America’s Music: A Film History of Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” If you’re near the birthplace of country music, check it out.

 

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