Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White Plan Duets Record; Stream Newport Folk Festival Performances; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | July 23rd, 2013

  • Lee Ann Womack tackles Paul McCartney’s “Let ‘Em In” for benefit album Let Us In Americana.
  • Guy Clark’s on the cover of the new issue of American Songwriter. Read Marissa R. Moss’ excellent cover story.
  • Jesse McReynolds will headline next month’s Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival.
  • Overall album sales dropped 4.6 percent in the first half of 2013; however, there were increases in digital and vinyl sales.
  • CMT Edge also premiered a track from Americana supergroup Willie Sugarcapps’ new record.
  • Chuck Dauphin reviewed Dailey and Vincent’s recent Ryman performance for The 615.
  • Paste posted SXSW performance video of Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale. The pair was also recently featured in The Boston Globe.
  • This weekend you’ll be able to stream Newport Folk Fest performances by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, JD McPherson, Iris DeMent, Sarah Jarosz, Trombone Shorty, and more. Check out the full schedule so you can plan your weekend accordingly. Nathan Reese of Refinery 29 compiled a Spotify playlist of the “Americana cornucopia” that is this year’s Newport lineup.
  • Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White have a duets album in the works.
  • The Civil Wars, mildly more interesting now that they openly hate each other, released a new ballad. Listen to “Dust to Dust” on NPR.
  • Alabama & Friends, featuring collaborations with artists like Jamey Johnson, Trisha Yearwood, and Toby Keith, comes out August 27. MusicRow.com shared the track listing.
  • Soul music fans: Relix posted a new video of St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
  • The 615 premiered another track from Neal McCoy’s forthcoming Charley Pride tribute record. Listen to “Roll on Mississippi,” featuring Trace Adkins, here.
  • Stream Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants’ All Hat and No Cattle.
  • Randy Lewis of The L.A. Times wrote an interesting article on Suzy Horton Ronstadt, the inspiration behind multiple Jimmy Webb songs. These days, Ronstadt is a member of I Hear Voices.
  • This week’s album releases (thanks to those who purchase stuff through our Amazon affiliate program. It doesn’t cost you extra, but it helps offset the site costs):

Guy Clark My Favorite Picture of You

Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan Dos Divas

Truth & Salvage Co. Pick Me Up

Elli Perry The Salt and the Sea

Don Rich That Fiddlin’ Man

The Buckaroos The Buckaroos Play Buck and Merle

Various Artists God’s Country: George Jones and Friends 


  1. Janice Brooks
    July 23, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Don Rich had an interesting tempo for Greensleeves.

  2. Janice Brooks
    July 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Ok I missed the webcast last Thursday. How close is Dailey and Vincents version of Four Walls to the Doyle Lawson version?

  3. Rick
    July 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Why couldn’t Lee Ann Womack cover a good Paul McCartney and Wings song? Oh wait, that’s right there aren’t any! Never mind….(lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Dailey & Vincent, Terri Clark, The Bellamy Brothers (who have a new hit album in Europe), Connie Smith, Phil Vassar, Keith Anderson, the sassy Maggie Rose, and sadly Bill Anderson (ugh!) Grade: B++!
    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    That Dailey & Vincent show last week at the Ryman was killer! Molly Kate Cherryholmes joined the band for few songs and Jimmy Fortune dropped in as well. When Eddie Stubbs announced “Ladies and gentlemen, you have seen a show tonight!” he wasn’t kidding! Their “Opry Show” segment covering classic songs and trying to sound like the original artists was a total hoot. It reminded me of Merle back in his “Okie From Muskogee” and “Fightin’ Side of Me” live album days.

  4. Ben Foster
    July 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Absolutely cannot wait to hear that Ricky Skaggs – Sharon White duets album.

  5. BRUCE
    July 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Glad to hear about Ricky & Sharon’s duets album. I have always thought Sharon had a great voice, and still does. Ricky’s talent goes without saying. Agree with you Ben; I can’t wait.

  6. Jeremy Dylan
    July 24, 2013 at 12:15 am

    The AmeriCartney album is wonderful. It also includes Buddy Miller doing Yellow Submarine, Jim Lauderdale’s take on I’m Looking Through You, a funky reworking of Come and Get It (written by McCartney for Badfinger) by The Wood Brothers, Rodney Crowell covering Every Night and lots of other goodness.

  7. Andy
    July 24, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Country album sales in the 2nd quarter did buck the trend. The final quarter will surely see big double digit declines compared to 2012. One in every four was a Taylor RED one and Aldean shifted a million too.

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