Stars Salute Bob Kingsley; Elizabeth Cook Stars in Swedish Comedy Series; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | February 18th, 2014

  • Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Kathy Mattea, and Radney Foster were a few of the artists who helped celebrate Bob Kingsley and his 40 years in country radio.
  • The University of Chicago Press is offering Bob Reisman’s I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy as a free e-book.
  • The New York Times Magazine ran a fantastic piece on Tony Rice over the weekend.
  • NPR broadcast a story about The 78 Project.
  • The delightful Elizabeth Cook stars in Swedish comedy series Long Way Home as Molly Rhodes, a country star who quits her career in the middle of her European tour and gets a job at a Swedish grocery store. Also, George from Seinfeld is on the show. You can watch here.
  • Check out the track listing for Carlene Carter’s Carter Girl (due out April 8); guest stars include Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Vince Gill.
  • Stream “A Melody of Rain” from forthcoming Marah release, Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania.  Then check E145 later in the week because we’ve got a vinyl copy of the album to give away.
  • Cumulus and American Media, Inc. have formed a partnership.
  • Watch ten minutes of Pete Seeger footage that was shot for the 1962 documentary Wasn’t That a Time.
  • Did you know there was a blues bar in Anchorage? “Was” is the operative word, as Blues Central is closing after 17 years of hosting acts like BB King.
  • Chris Hillman on The Flying Burrito Brothers: “My only regret is that, for that one-year period of time, [Gram Parsons] and I wrote some darned good songs…People like Emmylou Harris and Dwight Yoakam have continued to do those songs through the years. I can remember Gram and I wrote the song ‘Sin City’ in 35 minutes one day, and that kind of thing is just a blessing. The problem was, we got lazy. With The Byrds, we kept improving and by the time we finished, we had progressed to the point where we were competent enough musicians to do something like ‘Eight Miles High.’ The Flying Burrito Brothers were seen as this band of outlaws, and we all just got too loose and easy with the music – we never got any better.”
  • Music City Roots is heading to Ireland in a couple weeks.
  • Though there was a boost in online streaming last year, traditional radio “continues to dominate” the country music industry, reports Nate Rau of The Tennessean.
  • Ray LaMontagne’s next album, Supernova, will be released May 6. 
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Laura Cantrell for CMT Edge.
  • BREAKING NEWS: CMT to show country music. Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Wanda Jackson, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Ashley Monroe, and Charley Pride are among the 100 artists who were polled on their biggest influences. CMT will count down the results on weekly series All-Time Top 40, a weekly series scheduled to premiere March 15 and run through December.
  • This week’s album releases (if you dig these news roundups and other E145 content, we’d sure appreciate if you’d help support the site by purchasing music through the below affiliate links):

Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else

Ralph Stanley and Ralph Stanley II Side by Side

St. Paul & The Broken Bones Half the City

Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition Dark Night of the Soul

Benmont Tench You Should Be So Lucky

Dawn Landes Bluebird

Kristy Cox Living for the Moment

Troubadour Kings Ghost of Juarez

Cody Jasper Cody Jasper

Clay McClinton Bitin’ at the Bit

Will Kimbrough Sideshow Love

Lake Street Dive Bad Self Portraits

Cole Swindell Cole Swindell

Steve Dawson – Rattlesnake Cage

Old & In The Way – Live at the Boarding House



  1. Janice Brooks
    February 18, 2014 at 10:50 am

    recomending the Clay McClinton album. Hope to find time to read that free Ebook

  2. Saving Country Music
    February 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Media consolidation will be the defining country music industry story of 2014. It was before CRS, and it will continue to be after.

  3. Jonathan Pappalardo
    February 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Bob Kingley’s forever. His country countdown plays every Saturday morning on my local country station. He has such a natural voice for radio.

    Also, congrats to Joey+Rory. They welcomed their first child together yesterday, a daughter named Indiana Boone. She weighed in at 8 lbs 2 oz. There’s some pictures up on their Facebook page.

  4. Rebecca
    February 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Trailer for Long Way Home with Elizabeth Cook, Jason Alexander, and Swedish subtitles is LOL great. How can we stream real episodes!?!? Kids need to know…

  5. Jack Williams
    February 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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