Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White to Release Duets Album; IBMA Announces Inaugural Film Festival; Music City Roots Celebrates Night Train to Nashville

Juli Thanki | July 30th, 2014

  • Billboard’s Tom Roland asks if country radio needs an alcohol intervention: “Country of course has a lengthy history related to alcohol, though the relationship has changed dramatically. Such classic country titles as Merle Haggard’s ‘Misery and Gin,’ Gary Stewart’s ‘She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles),’ George Jones’ ‘If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will)’ and Eddie Rabbitt’s ‘Drinkin’ My Baby (Off My Mind)’ typified the mind-set of the times those songs were released. ‘The old guys were regretfully drunk,’ says songwriter Adam Wright, whose current Lee Ann Womack single, ‘The Way I’m Livin’,’ embodies the same attitude. ‘The new guys are proud to be drunk. There’s a little bit of a different spin.’”
  • Elizabeth Cook joined Hard Working Americans onstage for their Saturday night show at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin.
  • The new issue of Lone Star Music Magazine includes articles on John Fullbright, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, and more.
  • Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White’s country duets album, Hearts Like Ours, will be released September 30.
  • Garth Brooks will play Atlanta on September 19.
  • The Tennessean put together a photo gallery of Roy Acuff performing at Centennial Park in 1964.
  • Singer-songwriter Brian Pounds released a music video for “Somewhere, Maybe Carolina” from his forthcoming EP, Strikes and Gutters, which comes out September 2.
  • Chris Jones & The Night Drivers will release Live at the Old Feed Store on October 7. (via press release)
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed John Hiatt for CMT Edge.
  • Here’s a Baltimore City Paper piece on singer-songwriter Zane Campbell, whose aunt was Ola Belle Reed.
  • Eight bluegrass films will be screened at the first IBMA Film Festival in Raleigh this fall. Here’s the list of movies. Check out the list of films and watch the trailers here.
  • The Wall Street Journal premiered Doug Seegers’ duet with Emmylou Harris, a cover of “She” from Seegers’ forthcoming, Will Kimbrough-produced album Going Down to the River (out October 7 on Rounder Records). The 62-year-old Seegers has a pretty interesting story: the “often homeless” singer got a record deal after a Swedish country singer heard him sing at a Nashville food pantry.



  1. bob
    July 30, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as saying that the old guys sang about being “regretfully drunk” and the new guys “proud to be drunk”. I got turned off a not so new guy’s music after he started recording songs like “Get Drunk and Be Somebody”, “Get My Drink on”, etc.

  2. Leeann
    July 30, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White’s duet album!

    Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and those who just stood around and videotaped.

  3. Janice Brooks
    July 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I’m feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.

  4. Jack
    August 1, 2014 at 12:12 am

    “I got turned off a not so new guy’s music after he started recording songs like “Get Drunk and Be Somebody”, “Get My Drink on”, etc.”

    TK is probably one of the originators of the current attitude toward alcohol in country.

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