Ryan Adams to Release New Album in Fall; “Honor Thy Song” Concert to Remember Songwriter Tim Johnson; Taylor Swift Named RIAA’s Top-Selling Digital Singles Artist

Juli Thanki | March 14th, 2013

  • 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.
  • There’s a piece on Connor Christian & Southern Gothic in Country Weekly.
  • Here’s an interesting post about five “musician-CEOs” including Marshall Crenshaw and Willie Nile.
  • 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.
  • Dierks Bentley loves to play the banjo, much to the chagrin of everyone within earshot.
  • Brad Paisley and Jana Kramer are among the performers slated to play ACM’s Fan Jam next month.
  • 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.” 
  1. Jack Williams
    March 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Interesting article on the musician-CEOs. I guess Shelby Lynne would be in that category as well.

  2. Rick
    March 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    That Tim Johnson Tribute Concert at the Ryman may have free admission, but I sure hope they put out a really large tip jar for Tim’s wife and family…

    I’m glad Ryan Adams’ album output has slowed to a reasonable level. Being married to Mandy Moore seems to have kept him a bit preoccupied! (lol)

    Someone needs to write a song “There’s Just Too Much Willie Everywhere”, and preferably not Kevin Fowler.

  3. Paul W Dennis
    March 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I am almost salivating at the thought of a Merle Haggard – Mac Wiseman collaboration. Both are getting up there in years (especially Wiseman who will be 88 in about two months) so if it’s ever to happen, it needs to happen now

  4. Barry Mazor
    March 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    On Mac & Merle: Well, I happen to know, because Mac told me about it, that the project is basically done and in the can; Marty Stuart played on some of the cuts too, which Mr. Stuart informed me.

  5. Jon
    March 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I hear good things about it.

    Nice video, Dierks!

  6. Luckyoldsun
    March 15, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Willie Nelson “knew Hank Williams, he knew Bob Wills. He knew Lefty Frizzell. He knew Patsy Cline….”

    Willie was 19 when Hank Williams died and was trying to break into the business in Texas. I suppose it’s possible he met Hank Williams, but I suspect it’s a stretch to say he knew him.

  7. Jon
    March 15, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Nelson wasn’t “trying to break into the business” in 1952, he was already in the business and had been for some time. “I suppose…I expect” = “I have no idea whether there’s any truth at all to what I’m saying, but I’m going to say it anyway, just to have something to say.”

  8. Luckyoldsun
    March 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I’ve followed and read about Willie Nelson for years and don’t recall ever hearing that he knew Hank Williams. And a Google search on that subject came up blank. Yes, it’s certainly possible that as an 18-year-old aspiring country musician/d.j. in Texas, Willie met Hank Williams or saw him perform–and I tried to acknowledge that in my post.

    How about you provide some information on this generally unknown personal relationship between these two country giants of different eras? Just a thought, but that could actually be of interest to readers of this site–or at least, more so than your just pointing out how stupid and evil I am. I mean after the hundred-and-umpteenth time, even for someone with your condition, that may be getting a tad old by now.

    Nah, I guess not!

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