Reserve Records to Reissue George Jones’ Debut LP; Stream Lindi Ortega’s Tin Star; Filmmaker Raises Funds for Prisonaires Documentary

Juli Thanki | October 2nd, 2013

  • Stream Lindi Ortega’s new record, Tin Star, before its October 8 release date.
  • On October 15, Reserve Records will reissue George Jones’ 1957 debut LP, Grand Ole Opry’s New Star. Preview it here; preorder it here — the first 250 copies come with colored vinyl and a 45 of rockabilly songs that Jones recorded for Starday under the name “Thumper Jones.”
  • John Lawless of Bluegrass Today conducted a video interview with the new IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, the fantastic Mike Munford (Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen).
  • Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party has already been certified platinum.
  • Little Richard revealed that he recently had a heart attack.
  • Stream Charlie Robison’s “Brand New Me” from his new album, High Life. The song was written by brother Bruce.
  • Brad Paisley will be honored with the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award this December. The award is giving to those who exemplify “the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s thriving musical community.”
  • Grady Smith of Entertainment Weekly wrote a feature called “How country music went crazy: A comprehensive timeline of the genre’s identity crisis.”
  • Bob Cherry reports that the “Kentucky Supreme Court let stand a prior Appellate Court ruling that the Jerusalem Ridge Foundation can continue to use the Bill Monroe name to promote their annual bluegrass music festival. The feud between the Ohio County Industrial Foundation and the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Foundation has been going on for over a decade…The Kentucky Supreme Court declined to hear the case letting the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling stand.” Read more about the lengthy legal battle on Cybergrass.
  • Filmmaker Cass Paley launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a documentary about The Prisonaires a group of Tennessee State Penitentiary inmates who recorded for Sun Records. Watch a preview of the film:

  1. Dave D.
    October 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Although most of the country music mentioned in the West Michigan article tends toward what some might call airhead commercial country (lol, crikey!), they do mention the wonderful Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill. Great little venue that’s recently hosted Wayne Hancock, Zoe Muth, Lydia Loveless, Whitey Morgan, Eilen Jewell ….

    Also, nice to see Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay getting some well-deserved publicity outside of Texas.

  2. Rick
    October 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Dave D. said “…what some might call airhead commercial country (lol, crikey!)”. Crikey, what is that all about?…lol

    Music City Roots is taking a break and won’t be back on the air until October 16th. Thank goodness the new season of ABC’s “Nashville” has begun!

    I don’t think mainstream AirHead Country music is having an “identity crisis”. Rather it is having a pop-culture inspired “mediocrity crisis” as far as I can tell…

    I hope that Brennen and Noel article generates some CD/download sales for those two. If it does, maybe they can afford a better vacation destination than Lubbock next time!

  3. nm
    October 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    It would be a plus for this blog if we stopped labeling people with different tastes from our own as airheads. Or boneheads. (Metalheads is OK, but only for fans of that genre.) Unless, of course, we are all twelve years old and think that’s witty.

  4. TX Music Jim
    October 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    This is a roots music blog. Therefore, by it’s very name it implies discussion and opinion’s about music outside of the mainstream of what is considered “country” music these days. Maybe we can use different verbage but I am thrilled this fourm exists to shed light on stuff outside the mainstream of what is considered “country” music these days. Mainstream “country” music has clear channel and cumulus to spread it’s corporate mediocracy to the masses.

  5. nm
    October 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Jim, I also love roots music, and I’m glad there’s a place that covers it. (I don’t agree that all mainstream country music is unrooted or un”country” — but that’s a discussion it would be fun to have here some time.

    My point is: you managed to make your dislike of mainstream country music and country radio completely clear without needing to call the people who listen to them airheads. The difference between disliking the music and expressing contempt for the people who listen to it may be too subtle for some, but I think it’s a goal we ought to strive for.

  6. Leeann Ward
    October 2, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Ditto to NM for sure.

  7. nm
    October 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Ugh, my apologies for the punctuation and grammar fail above.

  8. BRUCE
    October 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I agree with the sentiment expressed above; however it must apply to all or apply to none. I doubt Rick has been the only one to use such expressions here.

  9. Luckyoldsun
    October 3, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Oh, Please.
    Rick is clearly one of the “stars” of this site, for whatever it’s worth. It’s obvious that people read his posts–and respond to them–hokey or “offensive” as they may be. (If you find those posts offensive, you obviously have not done much Internet surfing!) The site needs people with personality.

    Heck, I kind of miss the guy who used to respond to EVERY one of my posts by demanding that I apologize for what I had written or just stating that I’m stupid, ignorant, worthless and evil (and really seemed to mean it.)

  10. TX Music Jim
    October 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    At the end of the day what makes blogs like this and others fun are personalities like Rick who don’t mince words and create passionate responses to his points. This blog is tame I promise you that.

  11. Bob
    October 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    We have to admit that some of the ‘not so politically correct’ comments are sometimes very entertaining.

  12. nm
    October 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Jim, if you say so I’m sure that’s true for you. For me, it’s people who would rather throw insults around than engage in conversation — or whose idea of conversation is so limited that they can’t get involved in a discussion without insulting the people they’re talking to and the people they’re talking about — who make this blog the opposite of fun and keep me from posting more. I don’t believe in banning anyone and that’s not what I’m suggesting, but (unlike you, evidently) I’m not seeing spirited talk or passionate responses here, from anyone. So how is any individual making this blog fun?

  13. BRUCE
    October 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    By the way, just to add, Rick seems fairly well researched.

  14. Jack Williams
    October 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

    “We have to admit that some of the ‘not so politically correct’ comments are sometimes very entertaining.”

    Do we? I’ll admit that political correctness to an extreme can be very irritating and calling people on it can be very entertaining. However, I also think the term “politically incorrect” is more and more being used as cover for boorishness.

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