Ray Price Battles Sepsis; Dale Watson to Reopen Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon; Is Folk Music Possible Anymore?

Juli Thanki | October 10th, 2013

  • Ray Price developed a case of sepsis while in the hospital. This post on his official Facebook page says that Price is stable for now.
  • Here’s a video for “Blacktop,” shot at Alan Jackson’s Station Inn show.
  • Geoffrey Himes for Paste: Is folk music even possible anymore? By “folk music,” I refer not to the diluted meaning of the term, where anyone with an acoustic guitar or a fiddle can be considered a folk musician. I’m talking about true folk music, songs that are created by and for a small, self-contained community, where musicians are performing for friends and neighbors in a style they all grew up with. These folk musicians don’t have to bring out the universal—or generic—elements in their songs because they’re not traveling to play for strangers…But how can one preserve those isolated communities that are necessary for true folk music? You can’t, not unless you’re going to ask certain groups to remain poor and out of touch, not unless you’re going to ask the musicians to give up all ambitions of wider success and to remain within their own neighborhoods. All you can do is encourage musicians who know a vanishing folk tradition to keep playing it as accurately as possible, so the rest of us can experience it and add it to our musical DNA. It’s not the same as discovering a vibrant folk tradition, but it’s better than nothing.
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Deer Tick’s John McCauley for CMT Edge.
  • One of the most important items brought on Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition was a banjo:  Leonard Hussey’s five-string banjo weighed 12 pounds – making it practically an anvil compared with each man’s Spartan [two pound] allotment. But Shackleton insisted it be lashed underneath one of the lifeboats and brought along. “It’s vital mental medicine,” he said, “and we shall need it.” He was right. At the end of their grueling journey, Shackleton credited the banjo’s music and the crew’s frequent sing-alongs “to being a vital factor in chasing away symptoms of depression.” (Here’s a photo of Hussey’s banjo.)
  • Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin will reopen next month under new owner Dale Watson.
  • Edgar Loudermilk released a new album this week called My Big Chance Tomorrow. He talks about the record in a video interview with Bluegrass Today’s John Lawless.
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks are in Denver helping build and repair houses with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Elmore premiered Sam Baker’s new video for “Feast,” a song built around a Yeats quote.
  • Hal Horowitz (American Songwriter) gives Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World – a new book that features Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, and more – a favorable review.
  • Kenny Rogers talks about a few of his duet partners in this Billboard post.
  • Carrie Underwood was recently presented with plaques honoring the sales of “Good Girl” (double platinum), “Two Black Cadillacs” (platinum), and concert DVD The Blown Away Tour: Live (gold).
  • Rich Kienzle praises Buddy Emmons tribute album The Big E in the October issue of Vintage Guitar.
  1. Dave D.
    October 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Bless Dale for keeping Ginny’s going. It is undoubtedly my favorite bar in the world, consistently providing top-shelf music in an intimate, welcoming environment.

    My wife will appreciate the revamped women’s rest room, as well.

  2. Rick
    October 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    At his age with all of the health problems he’s had recently, it’s amazing Ray Price is still kicking. Talk about an indomitable spirit..

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s “Classic Country Opry” spotlights “Mr. Shake” himself Neal McCoy! Guess I’ll have to put my beer goggles on…(lol) I’m tuning in primarily to hear Billy Yates. Other featured artists include Jim Glaser, Sarah Darling, and Jeannie Seely. Grade: B.
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    When I listened to the song snippets of the Buddy Emmons tribute album, I was really disappointed. I did purchase the Chris Stapleton track though. Fortunately it did motivate me to check out the Buddy Emmons western swing album where I did download “Bottle Baby Boogie” and “Boot Heel Drag”. Good stuff!

    Hopefully under the ownership of Dale Watson artists like Amber Digby and Miss Leslie will have Ginny’s Longhorn Saloon as a venue where they will always be welcome to perform. Any chance Dale would ever consider opening a branch in Los Angeles? (lol)

  3. TX Music Jim
    October 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    God bless Ray Price. I’m praying for you sir. Dale “the real deal” Watson thanks for keeping Ginnys open and congrats on the ACL appearence it is well deserved. Perserving the great old Texas dance hall’s and Tonks is so important to the history of our great state. Thanks, Dale.

  4. bll
    October 11, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Apparently Cal Smith died yesterday; Jimmy Carter tweeted it, but I haven’t seen it on any news sites yet. We’re losing so many voiced of my childhood.

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