Stephen Bruton, Longtime Guitarist for Kris Kristofferson, Succumbed to Throat Cancer
- Guitarist, producer and songwriter Stephen Bruton, who played with Kris Kristofferson for 17 years, lost the battle to throat cancer over the weekend. He was 60.
- Austin Music Source’s Michael Corcoran says Bonnie Raitt mentioned Stephen Bruton after almost every song during her concert at the Bass Concert Hall on Sunday.
It’s been a rough week for the Austin music scene, but Raitt was the right performer to start the healing. She mentioned Bruton after almost every song, noting how she couldn’t look at him onstage when he was in her band because they’d always crack each other up midsong. Her voice quivered when she realized that she’d never again see Bruton waiting in the wings to be called out to jam.
- More articles on Stephen Bruton can be found at: The Austin Chronicle, The Tennessean and Los Angeles Times.
- For the most part, this has been a solid week for #1s in country music history during years that end in nine; starting with Hank Williams‘ “Lovesick Blues” in 1949.
- Brooks & Dunn and Dierks Bentley were honored with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award during the last stop on their tour of Australia. The award is presented by the Country Music Association for promoting the genre overseas.
- How does Chuck Wicks compare to Dale Watson and David Allan Coe? Find out on Farce the Music’s Badass-o-meter.
- Edward Morris profiled Keith Whitley‘s career for CMT. Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of his death.
- The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica on Jason Aldean, who played at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill last Wednesday:
If only he weren’t so clean-cut. Mr. Aldean would like to be tough, a hard charger with a raw read on country life, and in fleeting moments, he was. But in truth he’s a gentle singer with traces of soul phrasing — more Phil Vassar than Montgomery Gentry — and though he’s successfully played the role of outlaw for four years, it’s just that: a role.
- Galleywinter posted a list of winners from yesterday’s Gruene With Envy Awards.
- Congrats to Juli Thanki for having her first article published in The Washington Post — a concert review of Eilen Jewell at Iota.
- Johnny Knoxville posted audio from an interview he and his cousin Roger Alan Wade conducted with Poodie Locke on their radio show, The Big Ass Happy Family Jubilee. (via Still Is Still Moving)
- Jamey Johnson is of the mind that country music doesn’t need to be saved, but at the same time, he’d like the valve to be opened a little so that really good traditional singers could get played alongside everything else.
- The Sun, The New York Times and PopMatters have extensive interviews with Steve Earle on the subject of his mentor, Townes Van Zandt, and his new tribute album.
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- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
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