Steven Fromholz Passes Away; Cumberland River Splits; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | January 21st, 2014

  • Steven Fromholz, a Texas Poet Laureate whose songs were recorded by Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others, died in a hunting accident on Sunday. He was 68.
  • Cumberland River has broken up. Bandleader Jamie Dean plans to release a solo album in the future. (via press release)
  • Ken Burns’ multi-episode country music documentary, appropriately titled Country Music, will not air until 2018.
  • Sharon Jones on her time as a corrections officer at Rikers: “One day I told the inmates that I sing and they wouldn’t lock up until I did a verse of [Whitney Houston’s] “The Greatest Love of All.” They refused to go into their cells until I sang the whole thing. I knew when I was there I wasn’t meant to be there. Even the inmates told me that. They said to me, ‘Miss Jones, you aren’t meant to be here. You’re too nice.’”  
  • Merle Haggard likes Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’s Bakersfield.
  • Here’s a lengthy article about “unsung” country rock drummer Jon Corneal, who played with Kitty Wells, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Braddock, and more.
  • Deborah Evans Price selected 10 of Joe Nichols’ prime hits for CMT
  • Lucinda Williams talks about her 1988 self-titled album in this interview with CMT Edge’s Stephen Deusner.
  • You’ve got a new option for online streaming: Beats Music.
  • Last week, Luke Bryan’s stage collapsed (after the show) in Columbus, Ohio injuring four crew members and resulting in the postponement of Bryan’s Lexington, Kentucky concert.
  • Sarah Jarosz is playing Conan tonight and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Thursday.
  • For our friends across the pond: tickets for Garth Brooks’ two Ireland shows (scheduled for late July) go on sale January 30.
  • And for our California readers: on January 25, the Americana Music Association will host a Phil Everly tribute at The Troubadour in West Hollywood.
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Rosanne Cash about her new album, The River and the Thread. (If you missed Cash on CBS Sunday Morning, you can catch up here.) 
  • Sara Evans revealed the album art and tracklisting for her forthcoming release, Slow Me Down.
  • Want a 24/7 Keith Whitley online radio station? Here’s a fundraising campaign that hopes to create one.
  • Turns out vinyl records were not made by elves. According to this 1956 short film, anyway.
  • Rhonda Vincent talks about her new two-disc release, Only Me, with Chuck Dauphin of The 615.
  • Buddy Miller and Carrie Rodriguez helped Bill Frisell salute the 1927 Bristol Sessions at a recent performance in New York.
  • This week’s album releases (thanks for helping to support Engine 145 by purchasing stuff through our affiliate links. We like you a lot.):

Ray Benson – A Little Piece

Jason Eady Daylight and Dark

Doug Paisley Strong Feelings

David Serby David Serby & The Latest Scam

Los Lonely Boys Revelation

The Sacred Shakers The Sacred Shakers Live

Hard Working Americans Hard Working Americans

Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues Blues Shock

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore Love Runner

Blue Highway The Game

Eric Brace & Karl Straub – Hangtown Dancehall

Susan Cattaneo Haunted Heart

Tom Brosseau Grass Punks

Reverend Horton Heat Rev

Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan Johnny Cash vs. Bob Dylan: The Singer and the Song

Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks – Stars of the W.W.V.A. Jamboree

J.E. Mainer with Red Smiley & The Blue Grass Cut-Ups – The Legendary J.E. Mainer, Volume 3

  • And a new book:

Greg Kot I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway

  1. Dave D.
    January 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Frisell’s Bristol Sessions performances were streamed live and quite good, IMO (even though a lot of song introductions started with “This isn’t from the Bristol Sessions, but…”) It was fun to see the normally stoic Frisell come out of his shell a bit Saturday night, asking at one point “What was going on with these people? Why were they always taking their girlfriends down to the river and killing them?”

  2. bob
    January 21, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Enjoyed the Cooper article on Ronnie Milsap. Most of those commenting said that he should be in the CMHOF. I absolutely agree.

  3. Rick
    January 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    That Everly Tribute show at the Troudadour is already sold out and I’m not surprised one bit. I’m not on their email list as the $ 15 you have to pay to find a place to park around there put me off of that venue years ago. That same money can buy me a ticket to a good show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, so screw the Troub…

    I’ll have to bum one of the new album CD’s off of David Serby the next time I run into him…(lol)

  4. Scooter
    January 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Fromholz was a big influence growing up in Texas many years ago. I remember several bands I was in played the song “Bears”. I think Lyle Lovett later covered that song.

  5. Arlene
    January 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I attended the late Friday performance of the Bill Frisell/Buddy Miller/Carrie Rodriguez “Reflections on the Bristol Sessions” show and it was so good that I also listened to the live stream the next day. (Both of the Saturday shows are archived but I haven’t been able to figure out if the archives are available on-line.) I couldn’t disagree more with Ben Ratliff’s review in the New York Times.
    Among other things, it was interesting to me to hear adaptations of songs from the Sessions that haven’t been recorded by Buddy Miller or Carrie Rodriguez, such as “Where is My Mama,” “Single Girl, Married Girl” and some fiddle tunes by Carrie and “Never Grow Old,” “We Shall All Be Reunited” and “Bury Me under the Weeping Willow” by Buddy.

    Laura Cantrell is an interesting and talented individual. Before the Friday performances at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall– perhaps my favorite concert venue– she gave a very interesting 45 minute talk about the Bristol Sessions. She also hosts a radio show on WFMU in New Jersey called “Radio Thrift Shop.” Archived shows and playlists for them are available here:

  6. TX Music Jim
    January 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    It is so sad to lose Steven Fromholz like we did. Prayers for his family and friends. He truly was a writers writer and poets poet and a perfomers performer. His impact on the Texas music community cannot be understated. So glad I got a chance to see him play the times I did. Texas Trilogy may be one of the most well written songs ever. Such a shame. RIP sir.

  7. Arlene
    January 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    FYI. Here’s an update about the Ken Burns documentary about the history of country music. It won’t be released until 2018! Artists to be featured include the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Garth Brooks — as well as the times in which they lived.

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