Ray Price Released from Hospital; Deadly Gentlemen, Courtyard Hounds Plan July Album Releases; Healing in the Heartland Raises $6M

Juli Thanki | May 31st, 2013

  • Ray Price is home after being hospitalized a couple weeks ago for severe dehydration.
  • Songwriter, producer, journalist, and British Columbia Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Larry Wayne Clark passed away.
  • Courtyard Hounds will release their next album, Amelita, on July 16.
  • Della Mae’s featured in The Boston Globe. Jewly Hight interviewed the band’s fiddler, Kimber Ludiker, for CMT Edge.
  • Larry Stewart (Restless Heart) is on a two-week tour of the Middle East to play songs for U.S. troops.
  • Megadeth “[channeled] bluegrass” on new song “The Blackest Crow,” reports Rolling Stone. “Channeling bluegrass” apparently means “adding some guitjo.”
  • There’s a new interview with writer Charles Hughes posted on Music Tomes. An excerpt:  Culturally, the country-soul relationship plays a major role in the way that we think about race and racial history. On one hand, the two genres are presented as polar opposites that represent two totally different identities and symbolize the U.S.’s racial divisions. So, the rich tradition of overlaps between country and soul – and the black and white musicians who make them – are a crucial part in complicating that idea and demonstrating its limitations. I think my essay, and this book, are part of that larger project. On the other hand, our culture has made the connections between country and soul – and, again, between the white and black musicians who make them – into a central story of racial reconciliation and healing in the post-Civil Rights era. This is certainly worth celebrating, but it also needs to be understood as a historical phenomenon that wasn’t always well-intentioned and didn’t have equal benefits for both races. That, too, is something that my essay – and this book more generally – is trying to do. In a very real way, the country-soul relationship doesn’t have an entirely happy ending, and I’d say the same is true for the larger issues we’re all grappling with.
  • The Deadly Gentlemen’s third album, Roll Me, Tumble Me, will be released July 9 on Rounder Records. (via press release)
  • Due to flooding, this weekend’s Tallgrass Music Festival in Skiatook, Oklahoma has been canceled.
  • 100-year old Jenny Vincent, one of this year’s recipients of the New Mexico Governor’s Arts Award, was profiled in ABQJournal.com. Vincent’s a folksinger who’s sung with Pete Seeger and has been credited with “saving” New Mexican folk music by performing it for schoolchildren at a time when the use of Spanish was forbidden in schools.
  • American Songwriter posted Chance Martin’s “Mr. Freedom Man.” It’s a song from In Search, a recently reissued album Martin—the stage manager and lighting director for Johnny Cash—privately released in 1981. 
  • LeAnn Rimes’ transformation into Tori Spelling is nearly complete: she wants to do a television show with husband Eddie Cibrian that’s “based on” their reality. As she told People Magazine, “People have been laughing at us – we want them to laugh with us!”
  • Thomas Rhett, Son Volt, and others got Farced for Country Day.

 

  1. Rick
    May 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    It’s a shame that CMHOF “Audio Architects” program isn’t being streamed as an audio feed online. I’d really enjoy listening to that one. Oh well…

    It’s finger/flat pickin’ time in Los Angeles this week! The tiny Coffee Gallery Backstage in Atladena is hosting Thom Bresh (son of Merle Travis) on Thursday night and Pat Donohue from A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday night. WooHoo!

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Poco(!), Exile, Mark Wills, Mrs. Vince Gill er I mean Amy Grant, Ricky Skaggs (who is thankfully becoming a regular), Kalisa Ewing (any relation to J.R.?), and Jeanne Robertson(?). Grade: B+
    The Saturday Night Opry features Poco, Elizabeth Cook, Striking Matches, Darryl Worley (who hasn’t forgotten), Jason Crabb, and Jeanne Robertson. Grade: A!
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    I don’t think country and soul music have ever had that much in common from my personal perspective. Country and the blues absolutely starting with Jimmie Rodgers and re-amplified by Hank Williams Sr., but country and soul music not so much. In the mid 60’s, when most soul music become part of the Motown label, I see a total disconnect. One great album from Ray Charles in the early 60’s does not a linkage make. On the other hand it’s a shame Sam Cooke never recorded a country album in his prime.

  2. Rick
    May 31, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    For anyone interested in what’s happening in the indigenous country music scene out here in LaLa land, look no further than my favorite local band The Podunk Poets! They recently finished a home made, low budget music video for their diverse sexual orientation inclusive song “Lucy”! I don’t think this song would go over well at the Opry, but audiences in West Hollywood love it! (lol) If this wacky video won’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will. I think they borrowed Unknown Hinson’s girlfriend Polly Urethane for this one…

    YouTube Video for “Lucy” from the Podunk Poets:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y6MTMIcwb8

  3. Barry Mazor
    May 31, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Half the singing and at leasts half of the musician in Nashville have Memphis/Muscle Shoals sorts of backgrounds and stylistic roots, as well as the entire Billy Sherrill sort of countrypolitan/Charlie Rich sort of approach massively influenced by soul. It’s very difficult to miss-and I’m sure that the excellent Charles Hughes will shed much light on it for anybody who misses it anyhow..

  4. nm
    June 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Rick, if you think “soul music” = “Motown,” you need to take in the Stax/Volt artists, all the Muscle Shoals acts, the early career of Chuck Berry, the works of Arthur Alexander, etc., etc.

  5. Luckyoldsun
    June 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    There was an era in the ’70s-’80s when country was heavily intertwined with soul. Pre-Urban Cowboy, when the prototypical male country singer looked like a professional wrestler and sang a lot like a black man: Charlie Rich, of course, but also now largely forgotten stars like Razzy Bailey, Joe Stampley, Con Hunley. And the T. Graham Brown and Travis Tritt come out of that vein.

  6. Paul W Dennis
    June 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Rick – here I disagree with you . A lot of country songs were covered by R&B artists. O.C. Smith made a career out of covering country songs as did Joe Simon. And look at how many country artists covered songs written by Ivory Joe Hunter. Even the great Otis Williams (the one who had a pop/R&B hit with “Hearts of Stone” – also a country hit for Red Foley and a pop hit for the Fontane Sisters) put together a country band called Otis Williams and The Midnight Cowboys and scored a country hit.

  7. BRUCE
    June 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Peter Cooper’s two open letters were thought-provoking is nothing else. Hence, his letters possibly reveal the continued disdain for Maines and, to a degree, justifies that disdain, at least for me. Shall we say a self-fulfilling prophecy?

    Rimes’ is becoming more of an embarrassment every day.

    Kudos to Shelton and the others for raising some serious cash.

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