“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 band, O’Brien, Party of 7, and their new Roger Miller covers record, Reincarnation.
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.”
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.”
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.