Ray Price Passes Away; Linda Ronstadt Voted Into Rock HOF; Benmont Tench Solo Record Due in February

Juli Thanki | December 17th, 2013

  • Ray Price passed away yesterday afternoon. David Cantwell wrote a lovely Price obituary for this site, and here are others penned by Peter Cooper (Tennessean), Bill Friskics-Warren (NYT), Patrick Doyle (Rolling Stone) and Chuck Dauphin (Billboard).
  • You are a person of good taste, as evidenced by your choice in websites. But perhaps you know someone who wants to get into Ray Price’s music. Point them toward Cantwell’s new Slate piece, which provides a good starting point for Price’s music.
  • Benmont Tench will release his first solo album, You Should Be So Lucky, on February 18. Guests include Tom Petty, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings. Listen to a cut from the record, “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress,” here.
  • Planet Bluegrass took to its Facebook page to announce the first five acts slated to play Telluride next June: Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush Band, Brandi Carlile, and Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott.
  • Curb put together another Tim McGraw compilation: Love Story, a Walmart exclusive due out in February, includes 12 of McGraw’s old hits and two unreleased tracks. 
  • The Baltimore Sun published a fine feature on local banjo whiz Mike Munford (Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen).
  • Kyle Meredith of Paste caught up with Valerie June.
  • Up-and-coming Americana singer-songwriter Parker Millsap played “Truck Stop Gospel” for CMT Edge.
  • Blue Highway will release The Game on January 21.
  • What makes Tennessee’s music so special? This NPR piece attempts to answer that question.
  • On Saturday, Brad Paisley received the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award, which is given each year to someone “exemplifies musical excellence, embodies the spirit of community, contributes to Nashville’s vibrant music industry and makes a difference in people’s lives.” (via press release)

 

 

  1. Jonathan Pappalardo
    December 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I wonder how much the publicity surrounding her book and medical diagnosis expedited Linda’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her ‘I don’t care’ attitude certainly didn’t do her any favors. But no matter what, it’s well deserved. Great group of inductees this year, too.

  2. Luckyoldsun
    December 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    A lot of artists have had “I don’t care” attitudes toward halls of fame. Waylon didn’t even show up for his Country Music H-o-F induction.

  3. BRUCE
    December 17, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Cagle needs to get a life, pack it up, and go the hell home.

    Wilcox’s “Quotable Country” always has some gems and this one is no different.

  4. Erik North
    January 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I don’t doubt that Linda’s Parkinson’s revelation and the publicity about her memoir had a lot to do with forcing them to actually look at the kind of career that she had; and it’s a shame that it took her losing her voice to do it. But it’s still good that it happens while she’s alive.

    As for her “I don’t care attitude”–well, I’d show you the Sex Pistols’ response to their induction, which makes hers look like a pinprick, but this is a family website (LOL).

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