Wade Mainer and Don Wayne Pass Away; Lee Ann Womack Returns to Studio; Justin Townes Earle Contributes to Boardwalk Empire Soundtrack

Juli Thanki | September 14th, 2011

  • Check out the Opry’s birthday celebration for George Jones.
  • Justin Townes Earle headed into the studio to cover a century-old song or two for the upcoming second season of Boardwalk Empire.
  • Elizabeth Cook is moving on up. From her always entertaining Twitter account: worked out in a hollywood gym today, did situps with jack black. they had free mouthwash in the ladies room!
  • Check out the Tom Waits/Hank3 collaboration from Ghost to a Ghost.
  • Infamous Stringduster Chris Pandolfi prepares to give his IBMA Keynote Address, and beseeches readers to “have faith in the music you love” in a recent blog entry.
  • A compilation album featuring Jamie O’Neal, Blake Shelton, and more has been released. A portion of the proceeds go to the Fisher House, a home for military families dealing with injury or illness. It can be purchased here.
  • Matraca Berg, Kenny Chesney, and Deana Carter appeared at Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ recent Nashville show to sing “You and Tequila.”
  • Nu-Blu released a video for “Other Woman’s Blues,” a song which tells Jolene’s side of the story.
  1. Jon
    September 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

    That Bluegrass Blog interview with Pandolfi is another good reminder of why actually writing articles beats just tossing out an exact transcript of extemporaneous remarks.

    I miss Marty Godbey.

  2. Karlie
    September 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I listened in to the Opry last night for the tribute – it was a great show. Johnson also sang part of “Walk Through This World With Me” and “Tennessee Whiskey.”

  3. timeo
    September 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Am I reading that right: The Austin City Limits season consists of 7 episodes and an awards show? Why bother?

  4. Rick
    September 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    What, Elizabeth Cook is out here in LA and no gigs were booked? What’s up with that?

    I listened to the George Jones Opry last night and Alan Jackson’s vocals sounded kind of rough to me. Jamey Johnson was a welcome addition just for the lack of slickness in his presentation.

    Gosh, some artists that can actually be considered country on Austin City Limits these days? What a concept…

    Texas wunderkind Ruby Jane is coming to LA next Tuesday for a gig at the tiny Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. I’m going to check it out just to see if she lives up to all of the hype emanating from the Lone Star State. Hmm…

  5. Leeann Ward
    September 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I don’t know how Jackson’s sounding right now, but I saw him in concert a year ago last Saturday and he sounded very good.

  6. Jon
    September 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Am I reading that right: The Austin City Limits season consists of 7 episodes and an awards show?

    Dig a little bit further and you’ll find that what’s been announced is just the first half of the season.

    http://www.austincitylimits.org/interact/blog/item/1191-season-37-a-new-page-in-acl-history

  7. Brady Vercher
    September 15, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I just checked out the rest of the CCMA winners and was surprised to see Corb Lund didn’t win Roots Artist of the Year again. Even more surprising is that Jimmy Rankin was considered rootsy enough to supplant him.

    That Bluegrass Blog interview with Pandolfi is another good reminder of why actually writing articles beats just tossing out an exact transcript of extemporaneous remarks.

    And for what we pay, something is better than nothing.

  8. Ken Morton, Jr.
    September 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Brady, I’m not sure about Jimmy Rankin being in the right category or not, but I can tell you that it is certainly worthy of being lauded. “Maybe Nothing” and “The Hurtin’ Part” are two of my favorite songs of the year. Perhaps his history with the Rankin Family- who are a fixture in this category- had a big influence.

  9. Jeremy Dylan
    September 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I don’t think any of you would disagree that it’s a bout time for another LAW record, and with Lidell in the producer’s chair, my hopes are high.

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