The Ryman to Undergo Expansion; St. Paul & The Broken Bones Announce Fall Tour; Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names Class of 2014

Juli Thanki | June 27th, 2014

  • The Ryman Auditorium will soon undergo a $14 million expansion and renovation that’ll add a café, multi-media history tour, and new event facility. The actual music venue will not be affected; the project is expected to be completed next summer.
  • Stream Cowboy Jack Clement’s “I’ve Got a Thing About Trains” from forthcoming posthumous release For Once and For All.
  • Jesse Winchester, Carl Perkins, Ann Peebles, Chips Moman, Furry Lewis, John Fry, Al Bell, and Lil Hardin Armstrong are among this year’s inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. The official ceremony will be held in the fall.
  • Brograss is a thing now. For proof, check out Jim Lauderdale’s new YouTube video.
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff played Letterman the other night. Watch here.
  • Peter Cooper chatted with Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor for this Tennessean piece.
  • Emily Nokes of TheStranger.com takes a look at the semi-recent reissue Lavender Country’s 1973 self-titled record, the “first-ever gay country album.”
  • Angaleena Presley’s solo debut, American Middle Class,will be released on Slate Creek Records October 14. The track listing includes co-writes with Lori McKenna, Matraca Berg, and more.
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones will kick off their fall tour in Chattanooga on September 18.
  • Spartanburg Magazine recently published a piece on The Earl Scruggs Center, which is helping revitalize the town of Shelby, North Carolina.
  • Rhonda Vincent wrote the theme song for the upcoming Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival; listen to “Bluegrass Island” here.
  • Stephen Deusner spoke with Gary Louris about the upcoming Jayhawks reissues.
  • Chelsea Crowell (yep, Rodney and Rosanne’s daughter, a fine singer-songwriter herself) takes a look at country music’s female legends and the current acts following in their footsteps.
  • Brian Setzer released “Let’s Shake,” the first single from upcoming album Rockabilly Riot (out August 12 on Surfdog Records).
  • Miranda Lambert filmed a sweet spot for Pedigree about her passion for dog rescue.
  • Norah Jones’ new band, Puss N Boots, covered “Bull Rider” during a show in Brooklyn. The trio’s first album will be released in two weeks.
  1. nm
    June 27, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Ya know, I’m gonna miss Letterman when he leaves. He and/or Paul Schaffer made a point of having rootsy artists on all the time. Colbert’s musical tastes don’t lie in that direction. It will make it a little more difficult for the sorts of artists Engine 145 likes to get a moment in the national TV spotlight.

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