Vince Gill Performs with Boston Pops; Shovels & Rope to Release O’ Be Joyful Deluxe Edition; New Valerie Smith, Black Lillies Videos

Juli Thanki | May 9th, 2013

  • Producer and Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Langstroth passed away yesterday at the age of 81.
  • Connie Smith, Bobby Bare, and Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are among the artists who’ll be playing Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam on June 5 at the Ryman.
  • See any familiar faces in Pistol Annies’ “Hush Hush” video? (You do: Jim Lauderdale and Brenda Lee.)
  • Chet Flippo praises the Annies in his new Nashville Skyline column: “I’m glad we have a present-day trio of women with a large amount of attitude to sort of fill that job slot of chicks who are pissed off about things and who aim to do something about it…The fact that three such free spirits can create something that is both artistically and commercially successful is about as heartening a development as country music has seen in many years.”
  • Ronnie Stoneman, The Seldom Scene, and Sierra Hull are among the artists who’ll play on the eighth season of Song of the Mountains, which will premiere June 15 (check local listings).
  • Give a listen to “Bad Luck,” a track from the deluxe edition of Shovels & Rope’s O’ Be Joyful, which comes out May 21.
  • Kenny Chesney did a Q&A with Ray Waddell of Billboard. Chesney’s Life on a Rock is his seventh album to top the Billboard 200.
  • Stream singer-songwriter David Ramirez’s new EP, The Rooster.
  • Two Tons of Steel launched a fundraising campaign to help them complete their eleventh album, Unraveled.
  • Go behind the scenes of Brad Paisley’s Wheelhouse with this new video series.
  • Chuck Dauphin shines The 615 spotlight on Mickie James.
  • Lady Antebellum has released “Goodbye Town” as their next single.
  • Pete Seeger recently celebrated his 94th birthday. Here’s an excerpt from an article on Seeger written by Don Wilcock of The Troy Record: Seeger today spins off anecdotes like football fans eat wings. He told me one story about African American singer Paul Robeson’s 1949 concert that ended with the KKK throwing rocks through the windows of concert-goers’ cars. Reflecting back on that incident, he said, “I’ve made a lot of stupid mistakes in my life, but at least I’m still alive, even though there was a thriving branch of the Ku Klux Klan only about three miles away from me. And I’ve often wondered why they didn’t come up and shoot me down or burn down my house or something, but I found out some members of the Ku Klux Klan had some family members who said, ‘You do what you want with Seeger and you’ll regret it. Everybody will be singing his Goddamn songs.’” Seeger took several of those stones that landed inside his Jeep and put them into the fireplace he was building for his log cabin. “This (incident) was like an inoculation for America,” he says today. “You know when you get a needle in your arm, your arm gets a case of smallpox. The rest of your body gets alerted and does not get smallpox.”
  • Brian T. Atkinson did a fine interview with guitarist Jerry Miller, who’s got a new solo record and is part of Eilen Jewell’s band.
  • Vince Gill helped The Boston Pops kick off their new season. In this Boston Globe interview, he talks about the Merle Haggard/Buck Owens tribute he made with Paul Franklin as well as his plans to make a bluegrass record with the help of Stuart Duncan.
  • Check out the newest trailer for the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, a film about a folksinger based on Dave Van Ronk.
  • Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas is slated to open to the public in Spring 2014. The house is “being renovated to look as it did when the Cash family moved there in 1935. The project by Arkansas State University also includes restoration of a nearby theater and the Dyess Colony administration building.”


  1. Rick
    May 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Opry Alert! Nepotism strikes at tonight’s Classic Country Opry show! Lorrie Morgan is the spotlight artist and her son Jesse Keith Whitley will be performing as well. Other artists include Mel Tillis, Jimmy Fortune, and lone Opry Legend Jimmy C. Newman. Grade: B+

    I wish the Pistol Annies were being recorded and produced down in Texas by the likes of Lloyd Maines or Gurf Morlix to take the “Nashville Sheen” off of their albums. Still, I’m just glad they exist at all! Go Annies!

    Dang! “Song of the Mountains” only airs on one single PBS TV station out here in California and that’s up in Ken’s neck of the woods around Sacramento! Boo…

    Eddie Stubbs guarantees frequently on his radio show that Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam will be the very best “Show” offered during Fan Fair as opposed to all of the other mere concerts. If Eddie says it, I believe it! (Well, when it comes to country music anyway…lol)

  2. BRUCE
    May 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Who are the guests for Stuart’s Late Night Jam? I would have thought that would be posted by mow.

    • Juli Thanki
      May 9, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      That’s because it has been. Second bullet point from the top links to the announcement.

  3. Barry Mazor
    May 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm
  4. BRUCE
    May 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Sorry I missed it. Thanks for the info. It’s always a great show.

  5. luckyoldsun
    May 9, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I’d think M-Mel Tillis is an opry legend, by now.
    I guess he’s also the last of the Old Dogs.

  6. Barry Mazor
    May 10, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Uh, Old Dog Mr Bobby Bare is very much with us and, as you may have heard, is being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

  7. Luckyoldsun
    May 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

    My mistake. Was thinking of Jerry Reed and Waylon and Silverstein, and somehow overlooked the guy who’s most associated with those songs.

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