Taz DiGregorio Killed in Auto Accident; Buddy Miller is AMA Artist of the Year; Free Bluegrass in Dallas

Juli Thanki | October 14th, 2011

  • Taz DiGregorio, vocalist and keyboardist in the Charlie Daniels Band (and co-writer of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”) was killed in an automobile accident. He was a member of the CDB for four decades.
  • Robert Plant, Buddy Miller, Justin Townes Earle, and Mumford and Sons all won awards at yesterday’s AMAs. Lucinda Williams, Jerry Douglas and Gregg Allman took home lifetime achievement awards as well. The list of winners can be found here, and you can listen to the show audio here.
  • Karen O of indie rock band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs covered Waylon and Willie’s “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” for one of Chipotle’s nonprofit organizations.
  • Taylor Swift teamed up with Scholastic and donated 6,000 books for kids and young adults to a library in Reading, Pennsylvania.
  • Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt” came in at #35 on NME.com’s list of the best 150 songs of the past 15 years.
  • If you’re near Dallas this evening or tomorrow, go hear some free bluegrass from acts like Special Consensus and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper.
  • It’s Vince Gill Week in Nashville. Gill has also been named Grand Marshal of this year’s Nashville Christmas Parade.
  • Easton Corbin had to cancel shows this month due to medical reasons. From a message posted on his site: I haven’t been feeling well, and after a few doctor visits, they informed me that I needed to rest. I am taking the time to get better and be 100% so that I can go back on the road and do what makes me happy, playing for all of you.
  • Lonesome River Band’s Brandon Rickman has some solo shows planned this fall in addition to LRB performances.
  • Kim Ruehl takes a look at protest songs over the years, including selections written and/or recorded by artists like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
  • “What a shame for today’s would-be musical rebels and wannabe outlaws that there is really nothing left to rebel against,” writes Chet Flippo in his newest Nashville Skyline column.
  • Country music historian/journalist Robert K. Oermann and the late steel guitarist Ralph Mooney were honored at the October 6 ROPE (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) Awards.
  • Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean, and Thompson Square all earned multiple nominations for the American Country Awards, to be held December 5 and hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth.
  • Joe Nichols will release new record It’s All Good on November 8. Also dropping on the same date: a Rascal Flatts live album.
  • The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the upcoming project featuring Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, (and a vocal turn from Aiofe O’Donovan) keeps sounding better and better. Thanks to our friends at Bluegrass Today for bringing this video to our attention.

  1. idlewildsouth
    October 15, 2011 at 1:45 am

    That breaks my heart about Ta DiGregorio. CDB has always been my favorite band. I was actually watching a video of them when I read this headline. I can’t imagine playing in a band for 40 years with someone and then them not being there. Sad sad news.

  2. Jeremy Dylan
    October 15, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Couldn’t be more thrilled about the results of The Buddys. The show was, as always, a cracker – at least based on the live NPR stream I listened to from Oz. So much talent in one room – Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, Jerry Douglas, Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Don Was, etc. Such a vibrant evening.

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