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 Fiddlers, Sage 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 likeBobbie 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.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.