Sugarland Returns to the Stage; Free Rodney Parker and 50 Peso Reward Download; Philly Folk Fest Celebrates a Half Century

Juli Thanki | August 19th, 2011

  • Sugarland returned to the stage and, joined by their crew, honored the victims of the Indiana stage collapse with a moment of silence and an acoustic rendition of their song “Love.”
  • Songwriter Jerry Foster is the latest subject of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. He’ll be doing a performance and interview at the Hall on September 10. If you’re not a local, you’ll be able to stream it on the HoF site.
  • Excellent Texas band Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward are offering a free download of “Skin and Bones.” Give it a listen and then check out this interview with Parker.
  • Here’s your must-listen musician of the day: 20-year old Lydia Loveless, who delivers Loretta Lynn sass with a rock ‘n’ roll edge. Warning: autoplay.
  • Lone Star Music’s cover story on Sunny Sweeney includes an amusing story about her first Opry appearance: “I did ‘If I Could’ for my one song, and it was the stupidest choice I could have ever done, because it was so fast and I was so nervous, I sang one verse and then cried,” Sweeney says. “I was thinking, ‘Sunny, I hope you enjoyed this, because that’s the last time you’re ever getting invited here.’”
  • Bootleg 3: Live Around the World, a collection of numerous unreleased live performances by Johnny Cash, will be released on October 11.
  • Alan Jackson is going to perform a free show in whatever city receives the most votes. Vote for your town here.
  • Here’s a lovely feature on Ronnie Dunn that finds country’s “best known newcomer” discussing his work both new and old: “Kix and I were able to work it smoothly as I think it can be done in a partnership, and I’m proud of that. I’ll be forever proud of that. That is something that I can look back on and go, ‘Man, what a feat for two ne’er-do-wells to accomplish!’ And I’m happy that both of us can walk away in great shape and good spirits and tackle things that we like and look forward to doing.”
  • The Roys are set to host the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree on September 17. Fans can listen in here.
  • Ashley Spurgeon of the Nashville Scene has a new column up all about musicians on TV. Be sure to check out the clips of Roy Clark and The Dillards. What’s your favorite television show appearance by a country artist? (Mine: Willie Nelson on Monk.)
  • On November 15, Shout Factory is releasing two concert DVDs: Willie Nelson Live at the US Festival, 1983 and Waylon Jennings Live at the US Festival, 1983. The US Festival, by the way, was funded and organized by computer genius/zillionaire Steve Wozniak and also included acts like David Bowie and The Clash.
  • Check out the Music City Roots podcasts for music that’ll get you through your twice-daily commute. Happy listening!
  • Heading up to the Philadelphia Folk Festival this weekend? You should: it’s always a good time. This is the festival’s 50th anniversary; this year’s performers include Tom Paxton, Levon Helm, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Justin Townes Earle, and lots more.



  1. Rick
    August 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Hey Juli, I think we should all contact The Boot and ask them to add engine145 to their BlogLog! They still have the 9513 listed, so its time they added its heir apparent! (lol)

    Woo Hoo! Sunny Sweeney is doing a free show in Anaheim at Downtown Disney this coming Sunday sponsored by KKGO 105.1 FM! It was only announced yesterday, so this is a last minute booking. I was planning on going to a teensy little bluegrass festival in Rose Park in Long Beach instead, but Sunny comes first! Again I say Woo Hoo! Go Sunny!

  2. Rick
    August 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Catherine Britt fans who plan on attending the Americana Festival in Nashville in October are in for a treat! Here is the latest news blurb from Catherine’s website:

    “To cap a brilliant year Catherine Britt has been officially invited to perform at the 2011 AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL in Nashville (October 12-15, 2011) when Americana music’s best and brightest will take over Nashville’s coolest venues.”

    This will be Catherine’s first time performing in the US since she moved back to Australia a few years ago. Darn, I’d like to see her perform again and say G’day. Oh well…

  3. Gator
    August 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Hey i was just wondering does anybody know why country universe wont come up?

  4. Leeann Ward
    August 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Sorry, there’s a technical difficulty that should be rectified soon.

  5. Rick
    August 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, just read the entire LoneStar Music interview with Sunny Sweeney. Talk about a mini-biography, holy crap! (lol) What an interesting career path Sunny has had working her tail off for all those years. I must say its a better read than say about a person (or fembot) winning a season of American Idol…

  6. Dan Milliken
    August 20, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I think that Sunny Sweeney piece is Blake’s best review that I’ve seen. Kudos to him.

  7. Thomas
    August 20, 2011 at 3:22 am

    …that feature on ronnie dunn is worthwhile reading. not quite sure, whether he’s following the right path with his tatoos, but musically he surely is.

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