Willie Nelson Cancels Shows Due to Shoulder Injury; Rounder Records Plans Nashville Move; Little Big Town Plays Leno

Juli Thanki | September 26th, 2013

  • Little Big Town will perform their new single, “Sober,” on Leno tonight. (via press release)
  • If you weren’t at Golf & Guitars last May, check out this video recap, which features Joe Nichols, Joey Martin Feek, and a few other performers who attended the charity concert/golf tournament.
  • Willie Nelson is recovering from a shoulder injury; he had to cancel several shows, but should be back onstage October 15 in Louisville.
  • Noam Pikelny gave the keynote address at IBMA. From Bluegrass Today: Pikelny said IBMA has more work to do, starting with expanding the awards show to accommodate contemporary pickers. Without continuing to encourage a broader approach to bluegrass, he said, IBMA will end up some day “preaching to the choir.”  
  • Rounder Records is in the process of moving their main offices to Nashville, reports MusicRow.com.
  • Alan Jackson was on NPR. Listen here.
  • Chris Young discusses his new album, A.M., track-by-track in this video interview.
  • Robert Ellis will release his next album, The Lights from the Chemical Plant, on February 14. The singer-songwriter says that on this record, he moves away from country/folk and incorporates his pop influences.
  • Download Amos Lee’s new single, “Chill in the Air,” featuring Alison Krauss.
  • Town Mountain and Chris Luquette (Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen) were among the winners of this year’s IBMA Momentum Awards. Tonight’s IBMA Awards will be broadcast on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, BluegrassNation.org, and Music City Roots beginning at 7:30 Eastern.
  • If The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records hasn’t drained your music budget, Columbia/Legacy will release the Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1 on November 5.
  • Rolling Stone published an interview with Robert Hunter.
  • Check out Della Mae’s new video:

  1. Arlene
    September 26, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I couldn’t agree more with Noam Pikelny’s view that “having 10,000 people out there who have never heard of Flatt and Scruggs is not a tragedy; it’s an opportunity.”

    This past Sunday I attended the 2013 Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash at which Jen Larson with Noam Pikelny, new NYC resident Sarah Jarosz, The Deadly Gentlemen, Brittaney Haas, and Chris Thile & Michael Daves, among others, performed. Although most of the crowd appeared under 40, these are the same fans that already do, or might well in the future, also attend concerts by more traditional bluegrass artists such as Del McCoury, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.

    I’m curious about what Jon W. thought of Noam Pikelny’s keynote address.

  2. Rick
    September 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the IBMA Awards being webcast live on the MCR website! I’ll have to tune in this afternoon. Flatt Lonesome better win the “Emerging Artist” Award or I’ll be really peeved! (lol) Last night I tuned into the radio station feed from IBMA land and heard The Grasscats set. Good stuff!

    Last night’s season premiere of ABC’s Nashville was the bomb!By far my favorite part was the Gunnar and Scarlett duet of the Kim Richey/Angelo composition “Why Can’t I Say Goodnight” from Kim’s “Bittersweet” album. It’s going to be royalty time for Kim when the download sales kick in! (lol) I’m just hoping this will motivate Kim to sing that song on her concert tour through SoCal at the end of October.

    Last night’s Paul Kelly and Catherine Britt with Bill Chambers segments on MCR were a blast but far too short. If that aging hippie Brit-rocker Dave Mason hadn’t been on the show, the Aussies could have had much longer sets! Once it’s archived I’ll be dropping in to hear Catherine’s solo acoustic version of “Sweet Emmylou” at least once or twice.

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