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.”
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:
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.