Tim Hensley Passes Away; Kenny Chesney Starts Fund to Aid Boston Bombing Victims; Dailey & Vincent Cover The Louvin Brothers

Juli Thanki | May 1st, 2013

  • Tim Hensley passed away yesterday from liver failure. The 50-year old multi-instrumentalist was in Kenny Chesney’s band for 11 years and Patty Loveless’ band for ten. He released one solo album, Long Monday, in 2008.
  • Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Tanya Tucker are a few of the musicians who will either perform or speak at George Jones’ funeral service tomorrow. Laura Bush and Bill Haslam, the governor of Tennessee, will also be in attendance.
  • Dierks Bentley wrote a piece on Jones for CNN.com. An excerpt: People will always say that “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was George’s best song and perhaps the greatest country song of all time. I certainly wouldn’t disagree. But do yourself a favor and dig a little deeper. One of those nights when you are feeling down or lonesome, instead of going to the usual modern day distractions, grab some whiskey and listen to “A Picture of Me (Without You),” “The Cold Hard Truth,” “A Good Year For The Roses,” or my favorite, “The Door.” Put your heart in George’s hands and trust that he will take care of it. That is what great country music (at least my favorite kind) and great country singers do; that is what country is all about: consoling the lonely, letting you know someone else has been there and has felt the way you do. It’s about walking you through the hard times.
  • Kenny Chesney’s Spread the Love Fund will donate proceeds from sales of his song “Spread the Love” to help pay for the prosthetics and medical care needed by those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.
  • Dailey and Vincent covered the Louvin Brothers’ “When I Stop Dreaming” on their new record, Brothers of the HighwayUSA Today premiered the video.
  • Billboard listed Willie Nelson’s ten biggest hits based on chart performance and longevity.
  • Old Crow Medicine Show played “Mississippi Saturday Night” on Conan the other night.
  • Here’s a KUTX video of The Derailers playing “Come On.”
  • Houndmouth covered “Joe DiMaggio Done It Again” for The A.V. Club. (warning: autoplay)
  • Garth Brooks’ “That Summer” made an A.V. Club playlist of thirteen songs about losing one’s virginity.
  • Bluegrass Today’s John Goad reviewed Milestones: Legends of the Doc Watson Clan.
  • Luke Bryan’s I’ll Stay Me has gone gold, while Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” has been certified double platinum.
  • CMT’s Chris Parton interviewed the Randy Rogers Band.
  • On June 18, Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark will release Blind, Crippled and Crazy on New West Records. (via press release)
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) about Daylight, the album he did with Balsam Range.
  • Kristen Bell, one of the lone bright spots of last year’s CMT Awards, will return to host this year’s awards show on June 5 with a currently unnamed cohost.
  1. Barry Mazor
    May 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

    The George Jones funeral service will be shown live tomorrow morning on both GAC and RFD TV.. fyi, 10 AM Central.

  2. Jon
    May 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I played a few little gigs around the Cincinnati area with Tim before he moved to Nashville. He was one talented dude, and gone way too soon.

  3. Barry Mazor
    May 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Update: The Jones funeral will also be on CMT and local TV in Nashville.

    (PS: Just because scads of radio and TV stations who haven’t paid attention to Jones for years suddenly appear to now, I think they still care.)

  4. Rick
    May 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s show will feature Annie Sellick and the Hot Club of Nashville(?), David Jacobs-Strain, Ryan Cavanaugh, Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet, and Rashaan Barber and Everyday Magic. Where do they find these folks? Hmm…
    Schedule: http://musiccityroots.com/shows

    Daley and Vincent should be covering “The Christian Life” instead of a well worn Louvin Brothers standard. Either that or “Great Atomic Power” anyway.

    That Ramona Festival is kind of a bastardized cross breeding of a Cowboy Festival and a Bluegrass Festival. If I hadn’t just seen the Hot Club of Cowtown perform at Santa Clarita two weeks ago I might have been tempted to head down to Ramona.

    Later this month is the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest in Agoura that features a lot of Socal’s best local bluegrass acts. I’ll definitely be heading to that one!

  5. Luckyoldsun
    May 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    “Just because scads of radio and TV stations who haven’t paid attention to Jones for years…”

    I’m perplexed by the resentful tone that seems prevalent regarding Jones and the attention that he was paid. (The very nice New York Times obituary on Jones concluded with a rather bitter quote from the man himself: “They don’t care about you as a person,” he added. “They don’t even know who I am in downtown Nashville.”)

    Seems to me, Jones received lots of attention and accolades throughout the latter part of his life. I could understand other, more literally forgotten artists being bitter–say, Jack Green?–but Jones? He was very well known.

    Or is it that they don’t play Jones anymore on the RADIO?–On pop-country radio with Luke Whatsisname? Hey, that’s life. Time moves on. They don’t play Sinatra and Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett on pop radio, either. Bennett seems to be doing quite well with concerts and albums. I don’t hear him or anyone else complain that his records aren’t played on the radio station that plays Rihanna.

  6. Leeann Ward
    May 1, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I’m so glad the George Jones funeral will be broadcast. I’ll be DVRing it, since I have to work during the time that it’s on.

    Great thing that Kenny Chesney is doing. Not only are the profits from the song going to the fund, he reportedly put a significant amount of his own money into it to get things started.

  7. Eric
    May 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    To Luckyoldson:

    I think the difference with pop is that country music is a genre that honors tradition. Furthermore, I think much of the frustration centers around the idea that radio focuses too much on personalities over the merit of the music itself. When George Strait comes out with new singles, for example, it is too often cast aside by radio simply due to George Strait’s personal status as a legacy singer rather than a modern singer. In the case of George Jones, “Choices” eventually ended up winning a Grammy and was widely considered to be one of George Jones’s greatest songs. However, it received only tepid radio play (peaking at #30) just because radio wanted to promote the then popular artists. Because of the weak radio play, the CMA refused to let Jones perform a full version of the song.

    In my opinion, radio’s misplaced priorities are driving away both traditional country music fans as well as those who care just about the quality of the music instead of about the personalities.

  8. Barry Mazor
    May 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Nobody resents the attention for George Jones; many are amused/bemused/bothered by some of the hypocrisy.

  9. Luckyoldsun
    May 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Barry,
    The resentment–from Jones himself and from others–seems to be for some lack of attention that he was supposedly accorded.

    Eric,
    George Strait’s singles are “too often cast aside by radio”?!?

    The man has had something like 50 or 60 number 1 hits–more than anyone in the history of any genre of music. How many do you think he should have–75? Country radio has NEVER given heavy airplay to 60-year-old artists!

    And George Jones was actually still placing singles on the chart well into the Garth era.
    And he was revered by later artists like Alan Jackson, Mark Chesnutt, and now Dierks Bentley–quite sincerely, it seems to me. And he was able to keep putting out albums and touring–at the classiest of venues–he headlined at Carnegie Hall in 2006!–until his health gave out.

    George Jones and George Strait are two great artists whose talents have been well recognized and well-rewarded and the idea that either one of them got a raw deal from radio or from the music world in general is frankly, ridiculous.

  10. Barry Mazor
    May 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Well thanks for clearing that up for me, Luckyol.

  11. Jon
    May 2, 2013 at 7:42 am

    “The resentment–from Jones himself and from others–seems to be for some lack of attention that he was supposedly accorded.”

    This from a guy who expressed boundless resentment over a lack of attention supposedly accorded to Kenny Rogers.

  12. TX Music Jim
    May 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I think the perceived bitter tone of artists like George Jones is because there continues to be a never ending argument that tradtional counry music has been replaced on mainstream country radio by the more pop, rap and hip hop influenced music that is popular today. The only place I heard George Jones on a regular basis was on my local Texas Red Dirt music station and satellite or internet radio. Time does move on and sometimes that change is not for the better. Myself and lots like me have not listened to mainstream country radio in years.

  13. Bruce
    May 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    In the shadow of this icon’s death, I have nothing but positive things to say of him. All of the rest, including parsing out every detail of his life or things he said can wait until another day.

  14. Luckyoldsun
    May 2, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Um, Jonno–
    I didn’t mention any lack of attention for Kenny Rogers–I just said that it was patently absurd that with his accomplishments, he had been passed over for the Hall of Fame. (But I accept your and a few other people’s apologies for getting all bent out of shape and calling me all kinds of names simply because I realized, when they made him “Artist in Residence” that this was the year he was finally going to be voted in.)

    Rogers, for whatever it’s worth, has always been gracious–at least in public intereviews–regarding his place in the business. When radio all of a sudden played his baseball song and then played “Buy Me A Rose,” he said he was just grateful to be given a shot–and allowed that he would not presume to think he knows what radio stations should or shouldn’t be playing.

    George Jones was a great artist. But after having more than a hundred hit singles and upwards of a dozen number 1′s, and receiving every kind of honor, and even enjoying hit records when he was well over 65, his seemingly incessant bitterness over how he was recognized and treated had the effect of making him appear just a bit smaller.

  15. Jon
    May 3, 2013 at 3:05 am

    “I just said that it was patently absurd that with his accomplishments, he had been passed over for the Hall of Fame.”

    Q.E.D., and about what one would expect from an anonymous internet troll who believes that the only measure of an artist’s stature is the number of times his or records got played on the radio.

  16. Eric
    May 3, 2013 at 4:07 am

    “Country radio has NEVER given heavy airplay to 60-year-old artists!”

    Herein lies the crux of the problem. Country radio focus on the quality of the song, not on how old the artist singing it is.

  17. Eric
    May 3, 2013 at 4:12 am

    What happened to the Dixie Chicks is yet another example of country radio’s focus on the artist instead of on the art. Did the Dixie Chicks’ music suddenly get worse or less country when they criticized Bush and the Iraq war? Of course not. Country radio stopped playing their music simply because of the Dixie Chicks’ personal political views.

  18. Eric
    May 3, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Edit to my 2nd comment on this thread:

    Country radio *should* focus on the quality of the song, not on how old the artist singing it is.

  19. Jon
    May 3, 2013 at 4:39 am

    “‘Country radio has NEVER given heavy airplay to 60-year-old artists!’

    Herein lies the crux of the problem. Country radio focus on the quality of the song, not on how old the artist singing it is.”

    I’m not sure that that’s the crux of the problem, since quality is, ahem, debatable, but the fact is that artists in their 50s (e.g., Nelson, Twitty, Jones, et.al.) were among the most popular ON RADIO in the 1980s, and, in many cases, in their second or third decade of RADIO popularity. Which made their more or less simultaneous more or less disappearance from airplay in the following decade all the more noticeable.

    The fact is that from the 1950s through the 1980s, the average age of country RADIO’s biggest stars rose steadily, largely because of the longevity of those artists’ careers. The dramatic change in the 1990s wasn’t completely unprecedented – there was a similar shift between the 1940s and 1950s – but there were some major differences (e.g., changes in the nature of radio, as it shifted from live performance to playing records, or the establishment of airplay charts) that made it largely so.

    Which means Luckyoldsun’s assessment is either disingenuous or ignorant. You make the call…

  20. Barry Mazor
    May 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Country radio operates as a radio business; they’re conception of “song quality” has everything to do with “is successful in keeping the audience tuned in to hear the commercial spot just ahead and setting a good receptive mood for that” and virtually nothing at all with anything musical. And, frankly, if you known anybody involved with radio programming, they tend to laugh at the notion that it’s about anything else as naive, including the way, say, professional critics or journalists talk about any of it.

    They go about their business, and the rest of us–all sorts of listeners to the music–can go about ours, with them or without them.

  21. Barry Mazor
    May 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

    their conception. their conception.. Wish we could correct posts after hitting send sometimes.

  22. Bruce
    May 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Daily & Vincent do an admirable job on their cover of “When I Stop Dreaming”. Class.

    I enjoy artists covering other songs when they can keep the spirit of the original song intact and yet inject their own personality into the cover. Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” is another cover that I think is extremely well done. He injects his own approach to the song that makes it his song rather than simply a replica, yet the original song presentation is left intact.

  23. Eric
    May 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I think that the centralization of radio has contributed to the excessive focus on profit-making and personality over music. I have heard that back when stations were more localized, they cared not just about profit, but also about musical quality. These local stations did not just play songs from the popular artists, but also from legacy artists and new unknown artists. Radio could serve as a genuine launching pad for one’s career then.

    With a few large corporations owning the vast majority of stations now, the focus is almost exclusively on short-term profit. Of course, short-term profit is maximized when only currently popular artists are played. It has therefore become very hard for legacy artists to get play on country radio and especially for new artists to get their careers started through the radio format.

    The same trend really holds for all businesses. As large vulture capitalist firms (such as Bain Capital) take control of small manufacturing firms, jobs are much more likely to be slashed and outsourced. Similarly, as Walmart and other big box stores replace small businesses in small towns throughout America, labor conditions decline.

    The state of radio is just one example of how narrow corporate control has adversely affected America.

  24. Eric
    May 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I just want to add that the recession itself was partially caused by corporate conglomeration. When Glass-Steagall was repealed, commercial banks started merging with investment firms, leading to the risky lending and shenanigans with swaps and derivatives that caused the financial collapse.

    My point is that this is much bigger than just music.

  25. nm
    May 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Eh, post hoc, propter hoc, it’s all the same.

  26. Luckyoldsun
    May 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    “Which means Luckyoldsun’s assessment is either disingenuous or ignorant. You make the call…”

    And I love you, too.

    But seriously, of the legends of country that come to mind, Roy Acuff was finished as a major singles artist by age 45, but had a few sporadic minor hits into his 50s; Ernest Tubb was finished as a major singles artist by 45, except for the glorious one-shot “Thanks A Lot” when he was 49; Hank Snow made it into his 50′s, with a last hurrah “Hello Love” right around age 59-60; Hank Thompson hung around radio to about age 50; Hank Williams was dead by 30; Tennessee Ernie Ford was done as a major radio artist by age 40; Lefty Frizzell was dead–and before that, no longer a radio star–at 47; Jimmy Dickens was 45 when the Bird of Paradise flew up his nose; Webb Pierce had his last top-20 at 48; ditto Faron Young at 44; Kitty Wells at 45; Johnny Cash at 49; Buck Owens at 46; Charley Pride at 49; Loretta Lynn at 50; Merle Haggard at 52. Eddie Arnold, Ray Price, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, George Jones and Kenny Rogers made it into their mid-50s at radio, with Rogers having a blip of a comeback at 61.

    Which means that Country Cop will have to admit that like the Fonz, he was w-w-w-w-w-w-w-r-r-r-rong!

  27. BRUCE
    May 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    “Country Cop”. I laughed my ass off on that.

    The endurance and lasting impression of many of the artists you mentioned, even after their prime, is a testimony to them.

    Can you imagine the “butts % bras” singers like Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, etc. being remembered like the many artists you mentioned? I understand that not every artist will become an icon. That is o.k. If their fans like them, more power to them.

    By the way, it’s great to hear of the new album coming out by Diffie, Tippin, & Kershaw. Three of the good guys. When they sing, I can tell who in the hell they are!!!

  28. Luckyoldsun
    May 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Although when Kershaw gets in a groove, I sometimes think he’s Jones! lol

    I like those three, along with THE honky-tonk voice of the ’90s, Mark Chesnutt!

  29. BRUCE
    May 3, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Agreed.

  30. Jon
    May 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I said “the fact is that artists in their 50s (e.g., Nelson, Twitty, Jones, et.al.) were among the most popular ON RADIO in the 1980s…”

    Luckyoldsun agrees with me – “…Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, George Jones…made it into their mid-50s at radio…” – but nevertheless concludes that I’m wrong. So I guess we can add to disingenuous and ignorant a third option: dishonest.

  31. Janice Brooks
    May 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    BTW Clear Channel just reported a bad quarter. The article blames it on Rush L but their music programing does not help.

  32. Janice Brooks
    May 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    OK Billboard how about a list of the top 10 songs written by Willie Nelson but others recorded.

  33. Luckyoldsun
    May 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    “Dishonest”–as applied here–is really just a less graceful synonym for “disingenuous.”

    Jonnyo, I say this only because of how much I admire you, but it seems like you’re frothing. Maybe you need a rest.

  34. Jon
    May 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    “Dishonest’–as applied here–is really just a less graceful synonym for ‘disingenuous.’”

    As someone who’s been reasonably well rewarded over the years for an ability to find le mot juste, I can assure you that it’s not.

  35. BRUCE
    May 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Some people can spend a lot of time looking for the right word(s) to use because, well, they have a lot of time.

  36. Paul W Dennis
    May 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Bobby Bare said in a published interview somewhere a few years back that radio is a young person’s game – he recollected that as a younger artist he was grateful for the radio airplay, but with him getting radio airplay, that meant that there was less air time for the likes of Hank Snow or Roy Acuff.

    Much as I loved the older stars such as Webb Pierce, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb and Merle Travis, they did not get much airplay from country radio during my teen years, so really nothing much has changed since then. Because most of that older generation of stars came up before Billboard started tracking the hit records, their careers were not as closely defined by radio so they felt less inclined to complain about it. Had Billboard started their country charts on 1/1/1934 rather than 1/1/1944, it might have been a different story

  37. Jon
    May 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

    “Some people can spend a lot of time looking for the right word(s) to use Some people can spend a lot of time looking for the right word(s) to use because, well, they have a lot of time.”

    We’ll, that could be true, and it’s certainly true that there are times when a touring musician who’s on the road has a lot of time (anyone who’s done it can tell you there are long stretches where you have to amuse yourself), but in point of fact, it usually doesn’t take me much time at all.

  38. BRUCE
    May 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    With the great world of technology, you are correct. Not everyone has to use that, but many do.

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