The Band Perry Premieres New Video; Underwood, Stringdusters Announce Tour Dates; New Christmas Music from Black Prairie & Sallie Ford

Juli Thanki | December 5th, 2012

  • Don Maddox will be recognized by Ashland, Oregon as part of his 90th Birthday Celebration, held on December 8. According to Saving Country Music, the celebration “will feature performances by the Oregon Old Time FiddlersSage Meadows and her band High Country, Don Maddox himself, and the legendary Ashland bluegrass group Siskiyou Summit, who was the backing band Don’s sister Rose Maddox for many years. Rose, who passed away in 1998, is buried in Ashland, as are all the members of Maddox Brothers & Rose.”
  • In Fake News, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum rejected Jason Aldean’s donation of memorabilia.
  • If you like Bobbie Gentry, try Tift Merritt, writes Val Haller for The New York Times.
  • The newest “Single File” column posted at The A.V. Club: “How Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Lungs’ veers from Platonic epistemology to magic realism.” An excerpt: there’s more than morbid metaphor to “Lungs.” Lines like “Breath I’ll take, and breath I’ll give / Pray the day ain’t poison” seem to hint at the insulin injections Van Zandt received as part of his therapy, but the song’s narrative telescopes into something less obsessed with death—and more fixated on the hidden nature of truth and the universe. “Gather up the gold you’ve found / You fool, it’s only moonlight / If you try to take it home / Your hands will turn to butter,” he sings, veering from Platonic epistemology to folksy magic realism in the span of half a verse. Jesus and salvation are name-checked in a Dylanesque rush of biblical imagery, but it’s when Van Zandt halts his sacred hyperventilating to dwell once more on pathology—“Wisdom burned upon a shelf / Who’ll kill the raging cancer”—that his poetry elicits the iciest, most existential chills.
  • American Songwriter posted the track listing for Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris’ upcoming record, Old Yellow Moon.
  • The Black Twig Pickers have announced that their next album, Rough Carpenters, will be released February 19 on Thrill Jockey Records. (via press release)
  • Jim Wilder, festival promoter in the Great Lakes region, passed away.
  • The Grammy nominations concert airs tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on CBS. Tune in to see performers including Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry. Taylor Swift is one of the show’s co-hosts.
  • Darius Rucker will perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. (via press release)
  1. Jon
    December 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Speaking of the Infamous Stringdusters, they’ve worked up another song that their fiddle player, Jeremy Garrett and I wrote…http://youtu.be/i4cu0zr1iTY .

  2. Saving Country Music
    December 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks for mentioning the Don Maddox 90th Birthday Celebration. A lot of folks have been working hard to see Don finally recognized by the town where he and Rose lived for most of their lives.

  3. Rick
    December 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    HoneyHoney is on Music City Roots tonight, so we’ll get to see if Barry Mazor’s recent praise was justified! (lol)
    Link: http://musiccityroots.com

    So Aussie bloke Jeremy Dylan will be in Nashville on Saturday for the screening of his Jim Lauderdale film “The King of Broken Hearts” at the CMHOF and then be in LA for the Grammy Museum screening on Tuesday night! Now that’s what I call a jet setter! (lol)

  4. Jeremy Dylan
    December 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Indeed Rick. I have set the jets.

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