On May 7, the Ryman will host “Honor Thy Song,” an event to celebrate the late songwriter Tim Johnson. Joey + Rory, Jimmy Wayne, and Daryle Singletary are among the artists scheduled to appear at the free show, which will be “a tribute concert and a large song pitch session…in hopes of getting some of his songs recorded to bring in a lasting royalties stream for Johnson’s wife and children.”
UNC’s Southern Folklife Collection put together a photo exhibit called “Visualizing American Roots Music” that is running through December 31. If you’re not near Chapel Hill, a few photos are on the SFC blog and more will be added later.
Tomorrow’s your last day to get early bird tickets for July’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. This year’s lineup includes Dry Branch Fire Squad, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile and Michael Daves, Special Consensus, Della Mae, and lots more.
The Nashville Scene posted videos of Caitlin Rose and Andrew Bird’s in-store performances at Grimey’s Too.
Here’s a neat NPR piece about Harry Taussig, a 71-year old guitarist who’s performing for the first time ever today at SXSW. Taussig recorded his first album in 1965; his second was released last year.
Chet Flippo’s new Nashville Skyline column celebrates Willie Nelson: If he had done nothing more than write such country classics as “Crazy,” “Hello Walls” and “Funny How Time Slips Away,” his place in music history would be assured. He has covered the genres of country, Outlaw country, country swing, jazz, pop, country-rock, and ethereal folk music. And three or four or five others that I don’t immediately remember. He traverses so many decades of country music, both in Nashville and in Texas, it’s sometimes dizzying to try to add it all up. He knew Hank Williams, he knew Bob Wills. He knew Lefty Frizzell. He knew Patsy Cline. He knew Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt and Bill Monroe. He knew Johnny Cash and Ernest Tubb. He knew Tex Ritter and a host of other honky-tonk legends. They’re all dead now.
Charlie Worsham is the new spotlight artist on Billboard’s The 615 blog.
Wynonna and husband Cactus Moser are on the cover of US Weekly. On March 18, GAC will premiere an hour-long program about the couple and “their journey from tragedy to triumph” following Moser’s motorcycle accident, which cost him his leg.
Hunter Hayes will play three streaming shows next week. Check out the Road Trips and Guitar Picks Facebook page for more info.
There’s a feature on Yonder Mountain String Band in the Phoenix New Times.
Edd Hurt of the Nashville Scene profiled guitarist William Tyler, whose Impossible Truth album “evokes the abandoned byways of ’70s singer-songwriter music.”
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.