Ray Price in Hospice Care; Down Under Drama Continues; MerleFest Plans BanjoRama
Juli Thanki | December 13th, 2013
Ray Price has left the hospital for home hospice care. His statement to his fans: “I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”
Singer-songwriter Roger Tillison passed away on Monday at the age of 72.
After John Williamson resigned as president of the Country Music Association of Australia due to the Americanization of the Golden Guitar Awards, Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey (whose album Williamson singled out in his comments) withdrew their record from contention. Harvey posted on his Facebook page that he and Cassar-Daley withdrew because they didn’t want the awards show to be overshadowed by any drama over their nominations.
Chris Parton of CMT Edge posted Truth & Salvage Co.’s “Appalachian Hilltop” video.
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison talk about Cheater’s Game and their annual holiday shows in this interview with Chris Gray (Houston Press).
Paste premiered the video for Noah Gunderson’s “Ledges.” In other Gunderson news, he’s on the new Sons of Anarchy soundtrack, which you can stream here.
Philly roots rockers Marah are coming out with a new record on February 25. Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania is based on a book of song lyrics “gathered in the mountains of Pennsylvania by folklorist Henry Shoemaker and published in 1931.”
Rolling Stone premiered the video for “Spread the Love,” a song Kenny Chesney recorded with The Wailers. Proceeds from song sales go to the Spread the Love Fund, which helps provides prostheses and care to those injured during the Boston Marathon bombing.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.