Vikki Sallee Passes Away; Valerie June Plays Leno; Josh Abbott Band Releases “She Will Be Free” Trailer
Juli Thanki | September 20th, 2013
Singer-songwriter Vikki Sallee Dillard passed away at the age of 72. An excerpt from her obituary, written by Robert K. Oermann: Vikki Sallee began her singing career over KWHN radio in Ft. Smith, Ark. As a teen, she performed with Bob Luman and Wanda Jackson. Jackson became her mentor, and Sallee sang with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame member in Las Vegas venues such as The Golden Nugget and The Thunderbird. She started her recording career on Reprise Records with such singles as “There Goes the Lucky One” and “Favorite Lies.” Moving to Dot Records, she put out “Jimmy Darling,” “Little Wishing Star” and “Wild Angel,” which became her most successful single.
Folk/old-time musician and “living library” Kenny Hall passed away on Wednesday at the age of 89, reports The Fresno Bee.
Alan Jackson talks about his new bluegrass record with Peter Cooper in today’s Tennessean.
If you’re near North Adams, Mass., go to FreshGrass this weekend. Ralph Stanley, The Gibson Brothers, Alison Brown, Sarah Jarosz, and Noam Pikelny are just a few acts in this year’s stellar lineup of performers.
Billy Bragg makes the argument that the British invented Americana, noting that the skiffle trend of the 1950s inspired British teens to seek out prewar American folk and blues records: Such albums were hard to find and, if you had one, word would get out and every hip kid in the area would be knocking on your door for a listen…Yet this obsession with American roots music was not reflected on the other side of the Atlantic. The US folk music scene in the late 50s was dominated by the clean-cut Kingston Trio singing Tom Dooley in a funereal style, in contrast to the frantic energy of Lonnie Donegan’s version. More importantly, American teenagers didn’t seem interested in finding the roots of this music. And even if they had, segregation would have made matters very difficult. It took the British invasion of the mid-60s to bring Muddy Waters and the other giants of the blues to the attention of American youth. In 1964, the Rolling Stones even scored a hit with Howlin’ Wolf’s Little Red Rooster. The roots of American music, carried across the ocean by Ken Colyer, were being brought back home.
Jason Aldean and Dallas Davidson responded to Zac Brown’s comments about Luke Bryan’s single, “That’s My Kind of Night.”
Carole King has been named the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. The Dixie Chicks and James Taylor are among the artists who’ll pay tribute to King at the MusiCares Foundation’s pre-Grammy gala on January 24.
Josh Abbott Band released a trailer for music video/short film “She Will Be Free,” which will debut on CMT September 24.
The RIAA returned to Capitol Hill this week to “try to renew interest in online piracy, which has largely fallen off the public’s radar. They are distributing to sympathetic lawmakers their own research on what they say are the growing perils of piracy – some of which is contested by Internet activists – and telling Congress that Google and other search engines aren’t doing enough to redirect consumers away from known pirating sites.”
UPDATE: Alison Krauss has been diagnosed with dysphonia. She’s been put on vocal rest and will not be performing at Wide Open Bluegrass next week. A note posted on the AKUS website states that they “anticipate a smooth, quick recovery given proper treatment and adequate rest.” (h/t Jeff)
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.