Weldon Myrick Passes Away; Compass Records Signs David Mayfield; New Album Releases
- Steel guitar great Weldon Myrick passed away. As of 7 a.m., no obituaries have been published online, but we’ll keep you posted; ’til then, listen to one of the many classics he played on. (via Barry Mazor)
- Ryan Adams tackled The Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance.” Watch here.
- Remember how Ralph Stanley was going to retire? Yeah, not so much.
- Compass Records has signed David Mayfield; his next album, Strangers, will be released in early September. (via press release)
- The fine 2011 documentary The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance is now available on DVD.
- Chuck Dauphin wrote about “How Country Music Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream.” The article leads with a photo of Florida Georgia Line, which makes the title I originally typed – “How Country Music Pooped Its Way Into the Mainstream” – slightly more accurate.
- On August 5, Shooter Jennings will release For George, an EP that features his own takes on cuts from George Jones’ discography. Later in the year, he’s releasing Countach (For Giorgio), a EP that salutes producer Giorgio Moroder, who produced several hits for Donna Summer and others.
- Bryan Sutton played “Been All Around This World” for CMT Edge.
- Brad Paisley took a funny selfie in front of the hatemongers of Westboro Baptist Church who were protesting outside his one of his shows over the weekend.
- Blue Ridge Outdoors’ June Trail Mix includes songs by Joseph LeMay, Radney Foster, Cyndi Harvell, and more.
- Rolling Stone Country published an lengthy interview with Keith Urban about his music, his struggles with addiction, and his relationship with Nicole Kidman.
- CMT Edge’s Craig Shelburne posted Joseph Huber’s “Two-Tongued Swear.”
- American Songwriter selected Josh Thompson as their Writer of the Week.
- Miranda Lambert goes through Platinum track-by-track for the folks at The 615.
- John Bowman is leaving The Boxcars; he’ll play his final show with the bluegrass band on June 21.
- Watch Elizabeth Cook’s Letterman performance here.
- Peter Cooper’s column, is, as always, mandatory reading. His newest one is about the audio architects of classic country music (Jimmy Lockert, Charlie Bragg, Neil Wilburn, Al Pachucki, Mack Evans, and Ernie Winfrey), who were recently honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Audio Engineering Society’s Nashville chapter.
- Paste posted Dom Flemons’ “Marching Up to Prospect Hill” from the former Carolina Chocolate Drop’s forthcoming solo album, which comes out in late July.
- The Epoch Times reviewed the short film Mipso in Japan, which follows the string band Mipso as they experience “photo-ops, DVD-signings, jam sessions, [and] Japanese-bidet testing.” Well, that sounds fun. And maybe a little intrusive.
- A coffee table book celebrating 40 years of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival will be released this summer.
- Sunny Sweeney’s tweets make good motivational posters.
- Check out Balsam Range performing “Everything That Glitters is Not Gold,” a song that can be found on their next album, Five (out in two weeks).
- This week’s album releases (thanks for helping to support E145 by purchasing your music through our affiliate links):
Linda Martell – Color Me Country
Miranda Lambert – Platinum
Jon McKiel – Jon McKiel
Joe Henry – Invisible Hour
Nick Cross – Whiskey, Women & Music (digital release)
Joshua Scott Jones – The Healing
Mingo Fishtrap – On Time
Harry Dean Stanton – Partly Fiction
Shy Blakeman – Live at Billy Bob’s Texas
Lucy Hale – Road Between
Howlin’ Wolf – The Complete RPM & Chess Singles As & Bs 1951-62
Chet Atkins – Progressive Pickin’ (digital reissue)
- And a book:
Steve Lowenthal – Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist
- Barry Mazor: What the "Americana" term brings to mind, by this point, is a matter of time and marketing. Like all …
- Paul W Dennis: I loved the Jerry Douglas interview and love the ideas behind his two concept albums Unfortunately I never had the opportunity …
- luckyoldsun: Barry, That's a good point, as far as country itself being a word that refers to a lot more than a …
- Six String Richie: Also, in regards to that article, Aldean's #2 complaint was "Nashville Copycats" and he gripes that people are copping Luke …
- Six String Richie: Billboard misprinted his new single as "Burnin' It Up" in that article! That goes to show how little even …
- CraigR.: Here are 5 things that piss me off about Jason Aldean: 1. He is a sore winner. Why complain when you …
- Barry Mazor: The words "country" and jazz (or "jass") and blues had been around for decades before they became genres (or formats) …
- Jeff Miller: Yeah, the first time I played Jimmie Rodgers for my wife & daughter- they were aghast that he was singing …
- David Cantwell: I think it more helpful to think of Americana not as a genre but as a format--and, perhaps better, and …
- Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/