Weldon Myrick Passes Away; Compass Records Signs David Mayfield; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | June 3rd, 2014

  • 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.
  • 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 OutdoorsJune 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.
  • 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.
  • 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):

Dave & Phil Alvin Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy

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

  1. A.B.
    June 3, 2014 at 9:26 am

    First thoughts upon hearing about Weldon Myrick’s passing: Oh no! Prayers to his family; Not a good week for the Marty Stuart household as Jerry Sullivan just passed away also; Wait, Weldon isn’t in the Hall of Fame yet? Well there goes the chances for Don Rich or Ralph Mooney next year. Yes, I’m aware of how selfish that last one sounds.

    That June Trail Mix sounds mighty interesting.

  2. Barry Mazor
    June 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    fyi, AB; there’s actually a rule regarding Hall of Fame induction that no one’s eligible for a year immediately after they pass away. The CMA’s apparently well aware that the country music community can be a sentimental crew–and yes, still is in many ways–so thats there so a breath is caught by the Hall voters. It is true that the every third year “instrumentalist” category come s up again next time around.

    Weldon Myrich was a sweet man, a terrific steel player and songwriter–and also a very good singer, though people didn’t get to hear that aspect much. I got to spend time with him while interviewing him for my book for Bear Family, “Connie Smith: Jut For What I Am,” and will always be glad that that was so.

  3. Saving Country Music
    June 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    That Hayloft, National Barn Dance Documentary is a must-see. With the prominence of the Grand Ole Opry, it is easy to forget that it was just one of many country music-centeric variety shows with excellent music and great stars, arguably just as good as the Opry’s early classes.

  4. A.B.
    June 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Barry – I didn’t know that. Thanks for letting me know!

  5. Leeann Ward
    June 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    That was a pretty raw interview with Keith Urban. Not the raw part, but I didn’t realize he didn’t really have a presence over in Austrailia. I just figured he was huge there.

    And good one about the typo, Juli.:)

  6. bruce
    June 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    That’s what I love about the Marty Stuart show. Giving a nod to legends. There have been more than one that has been on his show who soon thereafter passed away and we got to hear/see them before they left out. Weldon was sweetness on strings.

  7. Erik North
    June 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Besides “Once A Day”, Weldon Myrick also performed (altering his steel guitar with an electronic device to sound like a full string section) on Linda Ronstadt’s 1970 country-rock classic “Long Long Time”.

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