Save Hag’s Boxcar; Stream Chuck Mead’s Free State Serenade; Celebrate Bloodshot’s 20th Anniversary

Juli Thanki | February 27th, 2014

  • Preservationists are raising funds to purchase and restore the Oildale, California boxcar Merle Haggard called home as a child. The “Save Hag’s Boxcar” campaign also wants to move the home to the Kern County Museum. (You can find more information about the campaign on the Save Hag’s Boxcar website and Facebook page.)
  • Randy Lewis of The L.A. Times wrote an appreciation of the late guitarist Franny Beecher.
  • Bobby Bare, Jr. will release his next record, Undefeated, on Bloodshot Records April 15. (via press release)
  • Speaking of Bloodshot, they’re celebrating their 20th birthday this year with lots of events and also cool t-shirts.
  • Glen Campbell and his family will receive the inaugural Glen Campbell Courage Award for their role as public advocates in the fight against Alzheimer’s on March 26 at the annual “A Night at Sardi’s” event benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. (via press release)
  • Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter, Lee Roy Parnell, Shooter Jennings, and Bonnie Bishop will perform at the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association’s Hall of Fame Awards Show on June 22 to pay tribute to this year’s three honorees. Kristofferson, Colter, and Jennings will salute Waylon Jennings, Bishop and Parnell are going to honor Buck Owens, and K.T. Oslin will perform some of her own material. (via press release)
  • The Dirty Guv’nahs have a new video for “Where We Stand,” a cut from their upcoming record, Hearts on Fire, which comes out March 11.
  • Martina McBride will release her first cookbook this fall, not that Drunken Martina needs a cookbook (“Open whiskey bottle. Pour over ice.”) Also, CMT and Southern Living are teaming up to release Country Music’s Greatest Eats, featuring recipes and interviews from Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, and more, on May 6.
  • American Songwriter listed the 10 best performances from Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert, including Willie Nelson’s take on “What Was It You Wanted” and Johnny and June singing “It Ain’t Me, Babe.” You can watch Ronnie Wood play “Seven Days” on The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy Blog.
  • Jason Ringenberg appeared on the newest episode of Otis Gibbs’ podcast. Ringenberg, aka Farmer Jason, has started a fundraising campaign to help record a Christmas album.
  • Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice have started work on a new album that they hope to release this summer.
  • Here’s a map of America — developed by Paul Lamere of streaming service The Echo Nest — that shows each state’s most distinctive popular artist.
  • Download free songs by Laura Cantrell, Parker Millsap and Angel Olsen.
  • August Brown (The L.A. Times) on Lucinda Williams’ Tuesday night show at the Echoplex: [The] depth of set also put her writing in new context. Early, more traditionalist “I Lost It,” from the 1980s, went neglected in its time; here it had a desperation and power that only a few decades of actual loss could provide. “Seeing Black,” from “Blessed,” was written for the late singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, who died by his own hand in 2009, and she played it with the quiver and confusion of a still-raw wound. A trio of new songs mid-set didn’t quite have the immediacy of her back catalog staples, but “Foolishness” had a sparse, dreamy sadness befitting the Velvet Underground, whose “Pale Blue Eyes” she’s also been covering lately. Williams’ legacy is in good hands with today’s young female artists. But a Williams set in 2014 reminds one only how striking, original and inimitable that voice is.
  • Kellie Pickler, Clint Black, and The Grascals are among the artists who’ll perform at Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes benefit concert to raise money for veterans’ education programs.
  • A $4,000 Rob Ickes model Scheerhorn/National Resophonic guitar will not make you play like Rob Ickes. But it sure is purty.
  • Get a sneak peek at Jolie Holland’s forthcoming album, Wine Dark Sea (out May 20), at The A.V. Club.
  • The music festival boom has resulted in a slew of new country fests popping up in the last couple years.


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