Vote on Vanguard’s Record Store Day Releases; Alan Jackson Tops Bluegrass Charts; Travelin’ McCourys Announce Midwest Tour Dates

Juli Thanki | October 4th, 2013

  • You can vote on the albums Vanguard Records will reissue for next year’s Record Store Day. Your options include releases by Doc Watson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Odetta, and many others.
  • This month’s free Blue Ridge Outdoors Trail Mix includes The Devil Makes Three, Brian Wright, Elephant Revival, and many more.
  • Check out this Kacey Musgraves/2Pac and Dr. Dre mashup.
  • Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean article is about Billy Prine, the Billy Ripken to John’s Cal Jr.
  • Marc Merson, who produced the 1976 film Leadbelly, passed away last Sunday at the age of 82.
  • Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album sold 22,000 copies in its first week, earning it the No. 1 slot on the Bluegrass Albums chart; it’s No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart.
  • Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan are among the artists who’ll perform at the “Opry Goes Pink” show for breast cancer awareness on October 22.
  • Phil Leadbetter has a new solo project in the works. He told Bluegrass Today that Sierra Hull, Rob Ickes, and Charlie Cushman are a few of the guests “tentatively scheduled” to appear on the album.
  • Bill Anderson’s next album, Life (out November 12) includes guest appearances from Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, John Anderson, and more. Here’s the full track listing.
  • Here’s a neat article about octogenarian Jerry Kerper. The harmonica player formed Just Plain Country and opened for acts like Marty Robbins and Charley Pride; he’s still playing weekly gigs in East Berlin, Pennsylvania.
  • John Mellencamp talks about Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, his project with T-Bone Burnett and Stephen King, in this Tennessean interview.
  • The Travelin’ McCourys announced a few Midwest tour dates.
  • The track listing of Joey + Rory’s Made to Last (due out next week) includes Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You.”
  • The Telluride Music Company is helping Planet Bluegrass’ recovery efforts after the ranch was seriously damaged in last month’s flooding.
  • Chuck Dauphin writes about session player and gospel musician Gordon Mote for The 615.


  1. Rick
    October 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    So is this the big “Opry Birthday” weekend? You sure couldn’t tell by looking at the artist roster on Saturday night. Hmmm. Tonight’s Opry features the long hair of Crystal Gayle, the social conscience Kathy Mattea, the bluesy sexiness of Kristen Kelly, the “we’ve been in hiding” Secret Sisters, The 1970 something Mark Wills, The Steeldrivers (who without Chris Stapleton are more like nail whackers), and too many Opry Legends! Grade: B+

    I think Alan Jackson could put out a country rap album and his dedicated fans would still buy it! Well, maybe not but Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan fans might be interested…

    A new album from Bill Anderson? Holy crap, I think I’m getting queasy…(lol)

    I’m sorry but Joey+Rory’s version of “If I Needed You” will not measure up to the Dead Ringer Band take on that song. I would like to hear them sing the Gram Parsons song “Sin City” though!

  2. Fervor Coulee
    October 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    22 000 copies of a bluegrass album in a week. I would be most interested in knowing if 22 000 was greater or less than the total of all other bluegrass albums sold last week. I think I already know the answer, unfortunately. The Bluegrass Album is enjoyable. I do wish he had chosen to include a non-talking over rendition of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” as a bonus track.

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