Rhonda Vincent, Willie Nelson Duet; Pokey LaFarge Plays Mountain Stage; New Music Videos

Juli Thanki | July 15th, 2013

  • The Band of Heathens will release their fourth album, Sunday Morning Record, on September 17. Listen to the first single here.
  • Fiddlin’ Dwight Moody (The Virginia Playboys, WBT Briarhoppers) passed away on Friday at the age of 83.
  • Rhonda Vincent and Willie Nelson sang a duet together that’ll appear on Vincent’s next album.
  • Pokey LaFarge played Mountain Stage. Listen here.
  • In a Friday evening update posted on the Baylor Health Care System website, Randy Travis’ doctors revealed that the country singer was under sedation and still in critical condition, but resting comfortably as he recovered from surgery to relieve pressure in his brain after suffering a stroke.
  • Bluegrass is the “flavor of the week” in a pair of new musicals, writes Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News. Bright Star (by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell) and Southern Comfort both incorporate the genre into their soundtrack.
  • Need a Townes Van Zandt iPhone app? Of course you do. Check out writer Brian T. Atkinson’s book I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt in app form (here’s our review of the book).
  • Dale Ann Bradley’s working on a new album for release in 2014. The record “will feature a number of duets with artists from a variety of genres, although she can’t drop any names yet, ‘but it will be eclectic … eclectic in a traditional way.’” 
  • Zac Brown Band visited Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2.
  • Like John Fullbright and/or Joe Pug? Dislike capital letters? You might dig Sam Baker’s new song, “ditch.”
  • Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe reviewed Jason Aldean’s Friday night Fenway Park show.
  • The International Bluegrass Music Museum is one of this year’s recipients of the Kentucky Governor’s Award in the Arts. Read the full list of winners on the Kentucky Arts Council website.
  • The winners of our various birthday giveaways have been notified by email. Thanks for helping us celebrate.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

The Deadly Gentlemen“Bored of the Raging”

Drake White “The Simple Life” (Acoustic Version)

Tedeschi Trucks Band “The Storm”

Darden Smith “Angel Flight”

Mike Aiken “Summertime Song”

Lisa Marie Presley “Over Me”

Randy Houser “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight”

  1. bob
    July 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for “The River” story. Besides her songwriting, Victoria Shaw sure can sing.

  2. Rick
    July 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for the links to the Band of Heathens and Pokey Lafarge music. That guy in the BOH band who writes those songs that sound like 60’s and 70’s stuff from The Band, like the featured song “Miss My Life”, is quite a talent.

    I saw Chuck Mead perform last night at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica to a tiny (say 30 people) crowd of highly enthusiastic fans. It was a disappointing turn out but Chuck and his Grassy Knoll Boys put on a high energy show. Much to my liking about half the songs were BR5-49 numbers, about a quarter classic country covers, such as Johnny Horton’s “North To Alaska”, and the rest songs off Chuck’s last two albums. I could have stayed and listened for hours had the show lasted that long. The sound guy at McCabe’s just loved the set and even had Chuck autograph a set list! (lol) This is as close to a BR5-49 concert as anyone can get these days, and that’s good enough for me! Go Chuck!

    I’m glad that a talented singer-songwriter like Victoria Shaw is able to have a successful career as a performing artist in her native Canada. The folks up north seem to have better taste in country music than us Yankees…

  3. bob
    July 16, 2013 at 7:18 am

    @Rick – Victoria Shaw was born in NYC. Maybe Rick is thinking of Victoria Banks who wrote “Saints and Angels” for Sara Evans.

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