Susanna Clark Passes Away; Iris DeMent Returns; Kenny Chesney Debuts at No. 1

Juli Thanki | June 29th, 2012

  • Susanna Clark, songwriter, artist, and wife of Guy Clark, passed away at the age of 73. Here’s a lovely remembrance from Terry Roland posted on No Depression.
  • Iris DeMent talks about her new album, Sing the Delta (out Oct. 2), with Billboard, where you can also hear the title track.
  • Kenny Chesney’s Welcome to the Fishbowl debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, selling over 193,000 units.
  • Chelle Rose is featured in the Tennessean: “I wrote some pretty dark songs,” she says. “I was working through some really intense emotional pain, from my childhood, and there was a lot of healing involved. Sometimes you write these songs and play them live, and sometimes you keep them to yourself, but it’s good any time you put down whatever you’re feeling. It helps me more than a psychiatrist can.” 
  • Wes Anderson’s new film Moonrise Kingdom features half a dozen Hank Williams songs; no Anderson film has featured as many songs by a single artist before this.
  • Speaking of Hank and movies, Chet Flippo’s newest Nashville Skyline column discusses, among other films, The Last Ride.
  • Dixie Chick Emily Robison is pregnant.
  • Kip Moore will perform on NBC’s Today July 4. New single “Beer Money” drops July 9. (via press release)
  • Watch the new trailer for Mumford & Sons’ upcoming album.
  • Hunter Hayes performed at the O Music Awards. Watch here.
  • Looks like Danica Patrick will appear in the video for Miranda Lambert’s “Fastest Girl in Town.”
  • “A Boy Named Sue” made American Songwriter’s “funniest songs” list.
  • Paste has the music video premiere for the Infamous Stringdusters’ “Don’t Mean Nothin’.”
  • On August 7, Legacy is releasing We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash, a CD/DVD set of the tribute concert – which featured performances from Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and others – held earlier this year. The special will debut on PBS on August 10 as part of the network’s pledge drive.
  • The Curb Records-Tim McGraw battle continues. A Nashville court granted Curb’s request “to postpone the trial that had been expected to begin next month until it has the opportunity to take additional evidence surrounding Big Machine Records’ signing of Tim, which was announced last month.”
  • Here’s a fine Tennessean article about Jerry Douglas.
  1. Saving Country Music
    June 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Moonrise Kingdom is a cool little movie, though near the end it got a little too fantastic for my taste. For all the press “The Last Ride” is getting, I wish we could get more than a sparse handful of screenings to see it.

  2. Arlene
    June 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Great news about a new Iris DeMent record. After 16 years, I’d just about concluded that we’d never get to hear another album of her singing her own original compositions.

  3. idlewildsouth
    June 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Sad news about Susanna Clark. Guy Clark has been my rock of motivation for songwriting, one of those guys that you know his writing so much you feel like you know him. Breaks my heart for him.

  4. bob
    June 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    One of my favorite songs on Sunny Sweeney’s “Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame” album is “Mama’s Opry” written by Iris Dement.

  5. Rick
    June 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I mistakenly thought Kenny Cheesehead’s new album was titled “Welcome to the AirHead Country Mediocrity Bowl”. Silly me…

    Might have to watch that Miranda Lambert video with Danica Patrick. There’s just something intriguing about women in tight racing outfits who like to drive fast! (lol)

    Ah yes, Jerry Douglas. He inspired me to coin the phrase “pointless virtuosity”. Jerry just might be the reigning king of noodlegrass, although Sam Bush comes close when he starts to “jam”. Crikey!

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features the real country of Craig Campbell, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jim Glaser, Canaan Smith, Jason Michael Carroll, and The Issacs. Interesting mix! Grade: B+.

  6. luckyoldsun
    June 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Has anybody ever have good things to say about Curb records after leaving that label?

  7. Jon
    July 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Holy cr*p, Rick, must you show your *ss yet again? Like Jerry Douglas’s (or, for that matter, Sam Bush’s) music or not, calling it “noodling” says a lot more about your powers of discernment than it does about the music.

    That BMI deal stinks, much like the ASCAP deal which preceded it. There’s still plenty of strength left in terrestrial radio, but the long range prognosis isn’t particularly good, so these settlements strike me as backwards from a songwriter/publisher point of view.

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