Sarah Jarosz Plays Tiny Desk Concert; CMAA President Quits Over “Americanization” of Golden Guitar Awards; Album Releases
- Sarah Jarosz played an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
- The Tony Rice Foundation is asking for donations; in addition to Rice’s longtime voice issues, the bluegrass legend has been dealing with arthritis which has left him unable to play his guitar.
- Interested what our Aussie readers think about this: John Williamson has stepped down as president of the Country Music Association of Australia, saying that the organization’s Golden Guitar Awards have become “The American Country Music Awards of Australia.” In a letter to the association, Williamson wrote, “If we are not respected as a legitimate organisation to promote original Australian Country Music, I cannot be associated with it any longer.” (Aussies Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey were nominated for the CMAA’s Album of the Year for their Great Country Songbook release, which features covers of songs like “Mama Tried,” “Hey Good Lookin’,” and “For the Good Times”). Iain Shedden of The Australian writes that “In recent years [Williamson] has had to battle to keep recognition for bush balladeers and other Aussie country music institutions as part of the awards ceremony. ‘There has always been some embarrassment about the real Aussie stuff and I don’t think it should be that way,” he said “The young kids, they’ll all end up wanting to be Keith Urbans.'”
- Out March 4: Rod Melancon’s Parish Lines and Sara Evans’ Slow Me Down (which includes a guest appearance by Vince Gill).
- The Milk Carton Kids were profiled in American Songwriter.
- The North California Bluegrass Society will present Bill Evans, Jack Tuttle, Lee Anne Welch, and Steve Palazzo with Lifetime Achievement Awards in January.
- Peter Cooper writes about gospel label Nashboro Records and describes the new Nashboro box set, I Heard the Angels Singing (out today on Tompkins Square) as “thrilling.”
- Bluegrasser Danny Paisley is recovering from triple bypass surgery.
- Brian T. Atkinson of CMT Edge interviewed singer-songwriter Jesse Terry.
- Blues Hall of Famer Joe Bihari, whose family owned record labels like Modern, RPM, and Flair, passed away on November 28 at the age of 88.
- Jonny Fritz sang “Hush, My Babe” for CMT Edge.
- Last Saturday, 93-year old Oscar Brand broadcast his 68th anniversary show on WNYC-AM. Brand’s “Folksong Festival” is radio’s longest continually running show with the same host. (If you’ve got time, here are some neat clips of Brand’s shows from the late ‘40s.)
- This week’s album releases (thanks for supporting E145 by doing your shopping through the affiliate links below):
Zac Brown Band – The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1
Shelby Lynne – Thanks
Brad Davis – A Bluegrass Tribute to George Jones
Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door
Parmalee – Feels Like Carolina
The Civil Wars – Bare Bones
Jim and Valerie Gabehart – I Was Raised in a Railroad Town
Various Artists – The Music of Nashville, Season 2, Vol. 1
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …