Ryan Adams to Play Newport Folk Fest; Trampled By Turtles Announce New Album; Dolly Parton Schedules QVC Appearance

Juli Thanki | April 11th, 2014

  • Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow paid tribute to Linda Ronstadt at last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
  • Hey, want to cry at your desk this morning? Read Peter Cooper’s lovely piece on Ray Price and his final album, Beauty Is, which he dedicated to his wife, Janie. An excerpt from the article: The great Ray Price was old and dying, with a doctor’s hopeless news echoing in his head. His wife, Janie, cried about all of this: the pancreatic cancer, the depression, the exhausting treatments that delayed disconsolate inevitability. The whole thing was torture for both of them, and the glorious facts of a remarkable life — Price’s Country Music Hall of Fame plaque, his decades of hits, his more than 50 albums, his contributions in shaping the history of a music that has helped form a nation’s culture — were insufficient consolation. And so she asked him what he wanted to do with the rest of his time, figuring he might be most comfortable resting on their Texas farm, gently tending to his horses or his trees. No, he said, weak and certain. “He said, ‘I want to cut another album: I want to lay down one last one before I leave this world,’ ” Janie Price says.
  • This year’s Newport Folk Festival lineup looks killer: Mavis Staples, Nickel Creek, Ryan Adams, and Shovels & Rope are just a few of the acts who are slated to appear at the festival in late July.
  • Trampled By Turtles will release their new album, Wild Animals, on July 15. Listen to the record’s first single here.
  • Valerie June talks about her musical influences and plays “Workin’ Woman Blues” in this video interview for Acoustic Guitar. June will be featured in the magazine’s June issue.
  • The Mountain, a documentary about Mark Collie’s performance at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, is going to hit the festival circuit later this year.
  • Give a listen to Ryley Walker’s “Great River Road” from his debut album, All Kinds of You, which comes out next week.
  • On April 27 at 7 p.m. EST, Dolly Parton will deliver a one-hour performance on QVC. She’ll be playing old songs and new and selling her new record, Blue Smoke. (via press release)
  • Bluegrass Today’s John Lawless posted an overview of the late George Shuffler’s career.
  • Big & Rich are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.” (If you’d rather celebrate something else, Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose also turns 10 this year.)
  • People.com is offering downloads of Brandy Clark’s “Pray to Jesus,” Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night,” and a handful of other songs.
  • Luke Bryan will perform at the Billboard Music Awards in Vegas on May 18.
  • AmericanBluesScene.com has been posting a neat weekly series called “The Language of the Blues.” The newest installment finds author Debra Devi exploring the history of the lyric “fat mouth,” a phrase which appeared in Tommy Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson songs, and can be traced back to the late 1600s.
  • Dan + Shay’s debut record topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart.
  • Here are The Drive-By Truckers tearing it up at the 40 Watt in Athens, Georgia.

  1. Jeff Miller
    April 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

    That Peter Cooper double shot is powerful!

  2. TexasVet
    April 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Here’s Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris & Carrie Underwood singing “Blue Bayou” Last night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction for Linda Ronstadt:


  3. Barry Mazor
    April 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

    A very good case could be made that the Newport “Folk” festival is now an Americana festival–the two not being identical, and those acts not being marketed to anyone as “folk.” (In Mavis’s case, since the early Sixties, anyway.)

  4. Juli Thanki
    April 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Update from The Commercial Appeal: One of music’s sweetest voices and most incisive songwriters, Jesse Winchester, has died. The 69 year-old — who had been battling cancer — passed away at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday morning according to his wife, Cindy Winchester. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2014/apr/11/memphis-bred-songwriter-jesse-winchester-dies/

  5. Ken Morton, Jr.
    April 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Holy moly, that Peter Cooper article on Ray Price is a doozy. I haven’t yet had a chance to listen to the album, but the knowledge that Price was recording with the knowledge that was consciously writing his own legacy in song will make it all the more powerful, I’m sure.

  6. Arlene
    April 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Another loss. Here’s one of my favorite Jesse Winchester performances:


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