Sunny Sweeney Releases Holiday Single; Farce the Music Offers Benefit Compilation; Dobie Gray and Barbara Orbison Pass Away

Juli Thanki | December 7th, 2011

  • Barbara Orbison, widow of Roy Orbison, also passed away yesterday (the 23rd anniversary of Roy’s death). She was 60 years old.
  • Gretchen Peters has a new blog entry up about the song “Camille,” written with Matraca Berg and Suzy Bogguss. “Camille” will be on Peters’ album Hello Cruel World, which drops in January.
  • Spinner has footage of Ryan Adams’ Letterman performance.
  • The Band Perry will perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. The siblings will also be spending their holiday season working on a new record.
  • The mediocre American Country Awards held on Monday night raked in a decent amount of viewers, which means it’ll be around for at least another year.
  • The Travelin’ McCourys, along with Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band) and Drew Emmitt (Emmitt-Nershi Band), will embark on a traveling bluegrass festival called The Bluegrass Ball. This March, The Bluegrass Ball will hit Chicago and St. Louis from March 10-13, spending two nights in each city.
  • Tom Russell, George Strait, and Sonia Leigh are a few of the artists that made up Country California’s September Prime Cuts.
  • Our pal Trailer over at Farce the Music is offering up an 18-song compilation (including a Waylon and Shooter Jennings collaboration) for those who make at least a $5 donation to Childhelp, an organization that aids abused children. Get more info here.
  • Americana band The James Low Western Front released a video for “Thinking California,” a song from their upcoming album (due out February 21) Whiskey Farmer.
  • Occasional Hope reviewed Joey + Rory’s holiday album A Farmhouse Christmas over at My Kind of Country.
  • In other holiday news, A Skaggs Family Christmas Live will air on RFD-TV December 8 and 9. Check local listings for times.
  • Little Big Town will perform their song “Shut Up Train” tonight at 7pm Eastern on The Rosie Show, which is broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network. This is the group’s second appearance on the show in the past two months.
  • Television program Song of the Mountains has been experiencing funding difficulties, leading show host Tim White to appeal to viewers for donations.
  • JetBlue Airways has announced that on December 15, Chris Isaak will perform at Terminal 5 (past the security checkpoint) in New York’s JFK Airport.
  • Happy 80th birthday, Bobby Osborne.

 

  1. Ben Foster
    December 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    The American Country Awards totally slipped my mind this year. I’m guessing I didn’t miss too much?

  2. Michael A.
    December 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Billboard.com is doing a giveaway for the Dixie Chicks Storytellers DVD that was also given away here last week.

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