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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.
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.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.