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 yearsand 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 Highway. USA Today premiered the video.
Billboard listed Willie Nelson’s ten biggest hits based on chart performance and longevity.
Brian T. Atkinson interviewedJohn 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.
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.