Vacation with Joey+Rory; Golf & Guitars News: Kid Rock Partners with Symphony and Keith Urban Is Number One

Ken Morton, Jr. | February 29th, 2012

The home office of Engine 145 has been experiencing some technical difficulties this week and we’ll be back to a normal posting schedule as quickly as we can.

  • Joey+Rory are hosting “Retreat to the Ranch,” a vacation getaway in Wyoming from July 8 -14. It looks like a cross between City Slickers and the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Two of the biggest Canadian country music stars released new music videos this month. Dean Brody released his new video for “Canadian Girls” and Johnny Reid has a new one for “Fire It Up.”
  • Staying international, New Zealand singer/songwriter Sarah Brown will be releasing her sophomore album, The Great Heart Robbery, in May. She’s an award-winning Americana-type artist whose first album was terrific.
  • The folk trio Oh! My Blackbird is releasing their first full album Dare Me on 3/20 after a couple of EP’s. You can listen/watch their very creative first music video for their first single “Little Bird” here.
  • Have you heard of The Malpass Brothers?
  • Kid Rock will be doing a concert on May 12 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to help raise funds to save the city’s Fox Theater.
  • Randy Montana and his wife Montgomery Lee had a baby girl.
  • More baby news. Matt Kennon and his wife Tisha also had a baby girl.
  • Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Cornell, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ronnie Dunn, Ray LaMontagne, Amy Lee, Lucinda Williams and more will come together for “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash,” an April 20 concert at Austin City Limits.
  • Gary Allan is busy recording his next album.
  • Nashville’s Bluebird Café will be hosting back to back benefit concerts this weekend.
  • Blues legend Louisiana Red passed away at the age of 79. He had over 50 albums to his credit upon his death.
  • What were you doing at the age of nine? Probably not landing on the Bluegrass album sales chart for your banjo playing.
  • Paul W. Dennis’ Country Heritage column highlights Roy Drusky over at My Kind of Country.
  • Toby Keith‘s Clancy’s Tavern and Scotty McCreery‘s “The Trouble With Girls” both were certified gold.
  • Chris Young got his mug painted at the Nashville Palm.
  • Kenny Chesney covered Bruce Springsteen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
  • The State of Tennessee issued a resolution honoring Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver for their contribution to music.
  • Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly” is this week’s Mediabase #1.
  • It was mentioned earlier this month that Engine 145 is the official online media partner for the Golf & Guitars Children’s Charity concert being held in Sacramento, CA on May 22nd. Both the Josh Abbott Band and Chuck Wicks have been added this week to the line-up already including Jack Ingram, Kix Brooks, Bryan White, Love & Theft, Jana Kramer, The Farm, David Nail, Jerrod Niemann, Brett Eldredge, James Wesley, Jason Michael Carroll, Steve Holy, Canaan Smith, Dustin Lynch and Jimmy Wayne. All of the artists are volunteering their time in an effort to raise lots of money for kids’ diabetes research and golf rehabilitation programs for the disabled. You can purchase your $30 tickets here.
  1. Rick
    February 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Joey+Rory should invite me to that dude ranch to be the “Curly” of that event! I crap bigger than Little Jimmie Dickens(lol)

    Have I heard of the Malpass Brothers? Umm, No. The real question is do I care that I haven’t heard of the Malpass Brothers, and again the answer is no.

    Please, enough with the frickin baby news! I grow weary of wading through that “US Magazine” type crap over at AOL’s The Boot, and the last thing I want is to see it at Engine 145! I care about good music and not the artist’s personal lives. Please leave that pop culture stuff to the “girlie blogs” run by and geared towards female readers. Do you really think most men (real men that is, i.e. conservatives) care about that stuff? Crikey!

    That Johnny Cash Tribute ACL show sounds pretty darn interesting. Especially since ACL seems to have so little to do with real country music lately, or for the last few years for that matter.

    If you could get Kacey Musgraves to appear with Josh Abbott at “Golf & Guitars”, the number of female artists on the roster would increase by 50%! WooHoo!

    Tonight’s Music City Roots will feature Ryan Cook (hopefully singing “The OCD Blues”), Woody Pines (?), Taylor Brashears, sister act SHEL, and W.B. Givens. These “no name artist roster” MCR shows tend to be more interesting than enjoyable. I much prefer the bluegrass nights that tend to kick arse.

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