“Wagon Wheel” Goes Gold; Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson Return to the Studio; New Steep Canyon Rangers Video

Juli Thanki | April 26th, 2012

  • Merle Haggard returned to play a show in Macon, where he was hospitalized with pneumonia and other health issues earlier this year: “I wound up here in the hospital several days with you. I forgot how many, they had me under some really good dope…Macon’s got the best dope in the hospital I’ve ever seen. I thought I’d died and gone to Jamaica.”
  • Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” went gold. Says Ketch Secor, “‘Wagon Wheel’ has become a true American folk song, borrowed, half-stolen, and sung out far and wide. The rest, as they say, is history.” 
  • George Jones and daughter Georgette Lennon are in the middle of a now-public family feud.
  • “Rare Bird Alert,” the title track from Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers’ second album, will be featured in an episode of Bones.
  • The Civil Wars talk about vinyl and their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” in this CBS clip.
  • From Kasey Chambers’ Facebook page: Shane [Nicholson] and I are heading into the studio on Monday to start recording another album together! Been writing a bunch of songs together and even though we hadn’t planned on recording this early we jus couldn’t hold them in any longer.
  • Peter Cooper talks with Tim O’Brien about his family bandO’Brien, Party of 7, and their new Roger Miller covers record, Reincarnation.
  • Cory Branan’s Bloodshot Debut, Mutt, will be released on May 22. Here’s the first single from the record, “Bad Man.”
  • Singer-songwriter Alan Doyle is offering a free download of “Where the Nightingales Sing” from his upcoming album, Boy on Bridge, due out next month.
  • The commercial release of a documentary about legendary session musicians The Wrecking Crew has been held up since 2008 due to music licensing issues. The filmmaker’s “plight underlies the difficulties that the makers of music documentaries increasingly face. As the recording industry has seen its sales tumble by more than half since 2000, labels are intent on squeezing every bit of profit out of songs in their catalogs. Licensing that music to films — whether big Hollywood productions or modestly budgeted documentaries — is an attractive source of revenue.”
  • Chris Young talks about writing in this Q&A with American Songwriter.
  • Toby Keith is in the middle of a 12-day USO tour; the first few days of the tour saw him perform in Bahrain and on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
  • Preview Woody Pines’ new EP, You Gotta Roll. The record features covers of songs from artists including Lead Belly and Hank Williams.
  • Montgomery Gentry showed Tim Gunn (formerly of Project Runway) around Nashville clothing stores earlier this month while he was in town taping an episode of his show The Revolution. That episode airs today on ABC; check local listings.
  • Here’s the new Steep Canyon Rangers video for their song “Long Shot.”

  1. Blake Boldt
    April 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Surely the first and last time that Montgomery Gentry and Tim Gunn will be in the same sentence.

  2. Rick
    April 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Marty Stuart as the “Spotlight Artist” so he can promote his new album. Other artists include Billy Yates, Mandy Barnett, James Wesley, and Jim Ed Brown. Grade: B
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    “Wagon Wheel” captures everything good about a modern string/jug band revival song. The energy, the vocals, the tune, and just general exhuberance that permeates the song elevates it far above the pack. I hear other Americana string bands on Music City Roots on a regular basis and most of the are completely forgettable. Old Crow Medicine Show was really “in the groove” when they recorded that song.

    Nice to hear that Kasey and Shane are heading back into the studio. Kasey is not one to repeat herself artistically, so I wonder what the end result will sound like this go round? Hmm…

    Can’t say I care much for the Civil Wars version of Billie Jean. The potential was there, but they missed the mark by my reckoning. Oh well.

  3. SamB
    April 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Excellent news about Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson. Their collaboration album is one of my favourites!

  4. Leeann Ward
    April 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Awesome news about Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson. Rattlin’ Bones is simply my favorite album, start to finish. This makes my week at least!:)

  5. Jon
    April 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Interesting story about the Wrecking Crew documentary. Seems like it ought to be possible to come to a meeting of the minds regarding the licensing, no matter how complex. Most important data point in that article: Standing In The Shadows Of Motown made over $2,000,000 in box office alone, nemmind DVD revenues.

  6. Barry Mazor
    April 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Yeah, Jon; you’d think they’d notice. But negotiations about screen usage are horrendous these days, for reasons those folks bring up. (i.e.: Greed overcoming Sense. Which I’ve heard it sometimes can do..) That’s far from the only documentary hung up over music use..

  7. luckyoldsun
    April 26, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    It’s not surprising that the negotiations are hung up when the documentary producer has to reach agreements with a dozen different copyright holders–and some of them probably couldn’t care less if his film gets released or not.

    Ultimately, I’d guess the solution will be for Congress to set a statutory royalty rate based on a formula with a bunch of variables.

  8. Sam G.
    April 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Alan Doyle is also one of the principals of Great Big Sea, one of Canada’s best Celtic/folk bands. I’m definitely looking forward to his solo work.

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