Rosanne Cash Testifies Before Congress; RCA Studio A May be Sold; Larry Sparks Celebrates 50 Years in Music

Juli Thanki | June 25th, 2014

  • Rosanne Cash is testifying on behalf of the Americana Music Association before the House Judiciary Committee today in support of artists’ rights. Here is a transcript of her testimony. The whole thing is worth a read, and the fact that 600,000 song streams on a music subscription site earned Cash only $114 is mind-boggling.
  • Stream The Levon Helm Band’s The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3, which Helm’s estate is releasing on July 1.
  • The RCA Building on Music Row is likely to be sold to developers. Ben Folds, who’s operated the old Studio A for more than a decade (and spent more than a million bucks renovating and renting the space), penned an open letter about it. Here’s an excerpt:  Historic RCA Studio A is too much a part of why such incredible business opportunities exist in 2014 in Nashville to simply disappear. Music City was built on the foundation of ideas, and of music. What will the Nashville of tomorrow look like if we continue to tear out the heart of the Music Row that made us who we are as a city? Ultimately, who will want to build new condos in an area that has no central community of ideas or creatives? We are Music City – the only city in the world truly built on music. My simple request is for Tim Reynolds or whoever the next owners might be of this property, before deciding what to do with this space, to take a moment to stand in silence between the grand walls of RCA Studio A and feel the history and the echoes of the Nashville that changed the world. I’d like to ask him and other developers to listen first hand to the stories from those among us who made the countless hit records in this studio — the artists, musicians, engineers, producers, writers who built this rich music legacy note by note, brick by brick.
  • The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame inducted K.T. Oslin, Waylon Jennings, and Buck Owens. Lee Roy Parnell helped celebrate Owens’ memory with a performance and Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter, and Shooter Jennings paid tribute to Waylon.
  • Gauthier, Sturgill Simpson, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, and Old Crow Medicine Show are among the acts featured on the free Muse July Sampler.
  • Larry Sparks’ Lonesome and Then Some: A Classic 50th Celebration will be released August 5 on Rebel Records. Special guests on the album include Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss,and Bobby Osborne. Check out a brief clip of the record’s first single, “Bitterweeds.” (via press release)
  • People.com premiered Little Big Town’s new video for “Day Drinking.”
  • An Anonymous Rich Person bought Bob Dylan’s original, handwritten “Like a Rolling Stone” lyrics for $2 million.
  • The folks at Fretboard Journal filmed an interview with Rodney Crowell, who also performed a couple songs. Watch the 20-minute video here.
  • Loretta Lynn is playing two dates at the Ryman in October.
  • Delta State University has received a grant of nearly $600,000 to help create the International Delta Blues Project. The program will “feature an International Conference on the Blues, development of a blues curriculum, and a Blues Leadership Incubator, which will align with the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.” 
  • Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood ride motorcycles, play poker, and rob banks in their fun, new music video. (warning: autoplay)
  • Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley recorded an album together that’ll likely be released later this summer.
  • Wallace Baine wrote about Dwight Yoakam and the 1980s California country scene. An excerpt: “Inspired by everything from the hillbilly keening of the Stanley Brothers to the honky tonk of the Bakersfield sound, Yoakam took to playing clubs that usually hosted punk bands. And there, as unlikely as it seemed at the time, he found an audience. ‘I was blessed to be around when a lot of young former punk musicians — whose moms and dads were listening to that kind of music in their cars because a lot of them were second-generation Okies, Arkies and Texans — felt compelled to revisit that legacy of California culture,’ said Yoakam.”
  • John Fullbright’s got a new video for “Happy.”

  1. Jeremy Dylan
    June 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    For anyone active on social media, please use the #SaveStudioA hashtag.

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