Ricky Skaggs Named CMHOF Artist-in-Residence; Alabama Music Hall of Fame Schedules Reopening; New Album Releases
- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum named Ricky Skaggs as its 2013 artist-in-residence. From the press release: Skaggs has chosen to perform two unique shows-each with its own theme and lineup of guest artists. The first show, November 18, will have a country music theme; Ricky’s special guests that night will include Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Gordon Kennedy and The Whites. The second show, November 19, will celebrate his bluegrass roots with special guests Alison Krauss, Bruce Hornsby, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Del McCoury and The Whites. Both nights will feature Skaggs’ award-winning band, Kentucky Thunder.
- There’s a lengthy Kenny Rogers interview posted on Popdose.com. Chuck Dauphin counted down Rogers’ biggest Billboard country hits for The 615.
- Barry McCloud, journalist, songwriter, producer, photographer, and author of Definitive Country: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Country Music and its Performers, passed away at the age of 70.
- Sideman and songwriter X. Lincoln (born Billy Lee Tubb) passed away from liver cancer at the age of 76.
- Paste premiered “Home,” a track from Whiskey Myers’ next record, Early Morning Shakes, due out February 4.
- The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is scheduled to reopen October 17. It’s been closed since last November due to decreased attendance and ticket sales, but is able to reopen thanks to a $150,000 state grant.
- 77-year old Jack Alexander (of Scottish folk duo The Alexander Brothers) was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke.
- A new Inside Llewyn Davis trailer has been released. The movie will hit U.S. theaters on December 20.
- Joe Nichols on his new album, Crickets: “My last couple of years on Show Dog were filled with animosity and bad decisions…On this album, I lost all that junk and went about it in a better mindset. I felt like I needed to do something different. …I’d felt stagnant, and I didn’t want to feel stagnant anymore. I didn’t want to do the same thing, because the same thing wasn’t working. This was going in, getting outside of my comfort zone in terms of doing some songs that didn’t sound like what I’d sung in the past, and finding confidence in something new.”
- Last month’s IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh generated an estimated $10 million in direct visitor spending.
- Gord Bamford is donating $100,000 to children’s hospitals across Canada.
- Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Jason Aldean are the first performers announced for this year’s CMA Awards on November 6.
- Shannon McNally played “Bohemian Wedding Prayer Song” for Relix.
- The Pullman Rail Journeys-Old Town School of Folk Music partnership sounds pretty cool: passengers will get to ride on The City of New Orleans and listen to live music in refurbished 1940s railcars.
- CMT Edge premiered Shannon Labrie’s “Slow Dance.”
- There’s a new Boston Globe article on the play Million Dollar Quartet – and the famous jam session that inspired it. An excerpt: “[Director Eric Schaeffer] and musical supervisor/arranger Chuck Mead say that each time they launch a new production or bring in new cast members, they approach it like they’re putting together a new band. With no pit orchestra or chorus on stage, each of the actors does his own playing and singing. So the key to the success of the show, both men say, is to foster an easy intimacy and playfulness among the four performers so that the evening unfolds like a musical conversation.”
- This week’s album releases (if you enjoy the content posted on E145 every week, we’d appreciate it if you’d puchase your music through the affiliate links below. It doesn’t cost you extra, but we get a small percentage that helps keep the lights on):
Patty Griffin – Silver Bell
Lindi Ortega – Tin Star
Kenny Rogers – You Can’t Make Old Friends
Scott Miller – Big Big World
Joe Nichols – Crickets
Larry Cordle – The Cord Files: All-Star Duets
Kimmie Rhodes – Covers
Wild Child – The Runaround
Heidi Feek – The Only
The Coals – A Happy Animal
Gord Bamford – Country Junkie
Joey + Rory – Made to Last
Amos Lee – Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
Gretchen Wilson – Christmas in My Heart
Daniel Bachman – Jesus I’m a Sinner
Emily Hearn – Promises
- And a DVD:
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.