Ruby Wright Passed Away; New Releases; Holly Williams Married; Stream Cash’s ‘The List’
- Ruby Wright, the daughter of Johnny Wright and Kitty Wells, was found dead in her apartment on Sunday. The cause of death was presumably heart problems.
Ms. Wright’s best known single was her 1964 “answer” to Roger Miller’s “Dang Me.” Her version was called “Dern Ya,” and it was featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s recent Kitty Wells exhibit.
- In case you missed it last Friday, be sure to check out Juli Thanki’s exclusive interview with Patty Loveless about Mountain Soul II, which is one of today’s new releases.
New releases for the week of September 29, 2009 include:
- Music Fog: The Lovell Sisters – “I Belong to Love”
- This week in country music history according to Country California:
1952 – Hank Williams records “Take These Chains From My Heart,” “Kaw-liga” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart” in his final recording session. Regrettably, the clock runs out before he gets a chance to tackle “Big Green Tractor.”
- John Lomax used Google Street View to show the current locations of what used to be the musical environment in which Townes Van Zandt emerged in the ’60s and ’70s.
- John Fogerty is scheduled to return to the Ryman on Nov. 22.
- In an interview with Barry Mazor, John Fogerty explains the events surrounding his foray into country with 1973’s Blue Ridge Rangers.
“The career of that band, my band,” Mr. Fogerty recalled in a recent phone interview, “was pretty much my whole life. My brother Tom had left, and we started to tour as a trio, and I was a little unsure what would happen. Right then, for some reason, a yearning to know the steel guitar and some other new instruments came out of me, and so I bought one, a legendary Sho-Bud Maverick, and after a concert, at a hotel room here or there, we’d have jammin’ parties, and play a lot of country, because I was the one picking the songs! We were touring with Tony Joe White, and doing a version of Hank Williams’s ‘Jambalaya,’ when he turned to me and said ‘You oughta record that. Man, that’s exciting!'”
- Guitarist Larry Campbell says recording in the studio with Levon Helm is almost like not working:
Well, you have to realize that with Levon, if there’s a schedule or a deadline, it’s just not gonna happen (laughs). It has to come from a very organic place.
- Remember that recent fire at the Little Nashville Opry? It was ruled arson. (via reader email)
- Kris Kristofferson remembers friends Stephen Bruton and Johnny Cash in an interview with Austin American Statesman‘s Brian T. Atkinson.
- Broken Bow Records signed newcomer Blake Wise to a record and publishing deal.
- Los Angeles Times‘ Randy Lewis recounted a five-day train trek/moving festival through the Southwestern U.S. with Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Dave Alvin.
- Holly Williams and her drummer, Chris Coleman, were married in Nashville on Sunday.
- Steve Goodman, who wrote the song “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” popularized by David Allan Coe, has his own ending which can be heard in a bootleg recently posted by A Truer Sound.
- Ralph Stanley‘s autobiography hits shelves Oct. 15.
- Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings released a couple of new series today. The Music Of series culls hit songs and top tracks from artists like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and more into three-CD sets while The Collection series pulls together three classic albums from one artist into a box set.
- Bill Weir drove around Nashville with Kris Kristofferson and interviewed the legendary songwriter for ABC News.
- Free Gary Floater ringtone for “Grandpa’s Promise.”
- Lorrie Morgan will release A Moment In Time, a collection of classics, on Oct. 27. From the press release:
Morgan is joined by a stellar cast of musicians and guests on A Moment In Time, which includes duets with Tracy Lawrence on “After The Fire is Gone” and Raul Malo on “Easy Lovin’.” The album captures Lorrie’s crystalline vocals on timeless classics like “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” and “Cry,” all of which Morgan delivers with heartfelt and heartbreaking honesty.
- NPR has an exclusive first listen of Rosanne Cash‘s entire new album The List. Keep your eyes peeled for something special from The 9513, too.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …