Rosa Lee Watson, Frank Dycus Pass Away; Ashley Monroe’s Like a Rose Due 12/18; New Music Videos

Juli Thanki | November 26th, 2012

  • Rosa Lee Watson passed away on Thursday, six months after Doc, her husband of more than 60 years.
  • Songwriter Frank Dycus, whose credits include “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” and “Unwound,” passed away on Friday. He was 72.
  • Walter Hensley, the “Banjo Baron of Baltimore,” passed away on Saturday at the age of 76.
  • Ashley Monroe’s next album, Like a Rose, will be released digitally on December 18. The physical release of the Vince Gill and Justin Niebank-produced record is January 22, 2013. (via press release)
  • Flatt & Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Banjo, Buck Owens’ recording of “Act Naturally,” Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog,” and Ernest Stoneman’s “The Titanic” are among the Grammy Hall of Fame’s inductees for 2013.
  • Hight also wrote a CMT Edge feature on Jason Isbell and new release Live from Alabama.
  • Kelly Dearmore interviewed Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band.
  • Randy Fox of the Nashville Scene wrote a feature on Jerry Douglas and his album, Traveler.
  • Freakwater announced their first 2013 tour dates.
  • Recent music videos:

Matthew Mayfield – “Take What I Can Get”

SHEL – “Toyland”

Dara Maclean – “Had to be You”

Gloriana – “Can’t Shake You”

Lady Antebellum – “Holly Jolly Christmas”

Zac Brown Band – “Goodbye in Her Eyes”

Tay Barton – “Little Giants”

Red Roots – “Christian Country Girl”

Tamara Stewart – “Women in Song”

Autumn Hill – “Anything at All”

Kira Isabella – “Songs About You”

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – “Something for Nothing”

  1. Janice Brooks
    November 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

    On the grammy list my I also highlight Louis Jordon’s “There Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens”

  2. Jon
    November 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    With all due respect to the late Mrs. Watson, it is sad to see that her passing is getting so much more attention than that of one of the greatest banjo players who ever lived.

    • Juli Thanki
      November 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Bluegrass Today put up a post within the last hour or so: http://bluegrasstoday.com/pickin-with-walter-remembering-a-legend/.
      So far that seems to be it, but I’m guessing a couple more articles/obits will trickle in over the next day or two. Here in the MD/DC/VA scene, Walter Hensley was pretty well-known, but I’m honestly not sure about his name recognition outside the mid-Atlantic region. Could be one reason for the comparative lack of coverage…

  3. Arlene
    November 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    There’s also at least one blog post/tribute up about Walter Hensley. See

    http://bgcafe.blogspot.com/2012/11/bluegrass-cafe-playlist-11252012-walter.html

  4. luckyoldsun
    November 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I’ll confess I never heard of the guy.

    My shame at this bit of ignorance is tempered by the fact that it appears that none of the publications/sites that are accessed by Google News have heard of him either.

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