Sherman Halsey Passes Away; Suzy Bogguss to Release Merle Haggard Tribute; Ronnie Milsap Debuts New Single
Juli Thanki | October 31st, 2013
Music video director and producer Sherman Halsey passed away at the age of 56. Among the videos he worked on were Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” Dwight Yoakam’s “Little Sister,” and Alan Jackson’s version of “Tall Tall Trees.”
Suzy Bogguss will release Lucky, her salute to Merle Haggard, on February 4. The album will include “Silver Wings,” “The Running Kind,” “Someday When Things Are Good,” “Sing Me Back Home,” and more. (via press release)
T Bone Burnett discusses his work on Inside Llewyn Davisand why he left Nashville in this Hollywood Reporter piece written by Chris Willman. Burnett’s new label, Electromagnetic Recordings, is now aligned with Capitol; among the projects Burnett has planned are a new Jerry Lee Lewis album and an album of songs by Cowboy Jack Clement.
“Drug-fueled mockumentary” East Nashville Tonight includes appearances by Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook, Chuck Mead, Amanda Shires, and Peter Cooper. Here’s the trailer; the film will be streamed online starting November 19.
Ronnie Milsap will release a new album in late January. Listen to the title track, “Summer #17,” here.
The Grascals released a video for their song “American Pickers,” which will be on the band’s next album, When I Get My Pay (out November 19). The video includes guest appearances by Dierks Bentley and the reality television stars from the television show American Pickers, which apparently isn’t about bluegrass musicians at all; this realization is nearly as disappointing as the time I learned Top Hooker was a show about fishing.
Here’s a video for “Call Me Up,” a song on Shelby Lynne’s new EP, Thanks, which also comes out on November 19.
David Cantwell asks, “Can Brandy Clark Save Country Music?” An excerpt from the article: [Life] isn’t only a party, it isn’t just about trucks. As the Carter Family liked to sing, life comes with stormy and sunny sides both, and with a thousand shades of sky between. Nashville country used to know that—and knew it regardless of how it sounded at any given moment. The country tradition has long given us songs about feeling pride in your work—and songs about hating your job. Songs about cherishing the small town where you grew up, and songs about feeling trapped there, as well—and ones about feeling both those emotions at the same time. Such songs have been a defining element of what has made country music “country” all along. But a country music that neglects for too long the down-on-the-ground experiences and feelings of its audience—the marrying and the cheating, the fun and the pain (and the numbing of the pain, and sometimes the transcendence of it), the promise and the regret and more—is a genre in crisis. Maybe even a genre in need of saving.
The Avett Brothers’ trip to Letterman included an hour-long performance after their TV appearance.
The Academy of Country Music announced that the Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist Awards will be renamed the Studio Recording Awards. New categories have been added to the Casino of the Year and Venue of the Year Awards based on venue capacity.
Willie Nelson signed a deal with Little, Brown and Company. His next book, a yet-untitled memoir, will be released in 2015.
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.