Willie Nelson Hospitalized; Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Names Four Inductees; New Music Videos

Juli Thanki | August 20th, 2012

  • Willie Nelson canceled last night’s show in Denver and was hospitalized after suffering breathing problems due to the altitude and emphysema, KVET reports. He’s apparently doing better and planning to head back to Texas today.
  • Tony Arata, Kim Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Larry Henley will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this October.
  • Out October 9: We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This, a live album from Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien. The album contains Scott/O’Brien originals as well as covers of songs by Townes Van Zandt, Gordon Lightfoot, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and Keith Whitley. (via press release)
  • Peter Cooper takes a look at the new Patsy Cline exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • The International Bluegrass Music Association’s interim director, Nancy Cardwell, was officially named the executive director.
  • Wynonna canceled her shows in South Dakota and Canada this week after her husband, Cactus Moser, was in a motorcycle accident. He’s in the hospital being treated for serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.
  • The CMT.com staff listed ten of their favorite Zac Brown Band songs.
  • Rodney Atkins will headline the Republican National Convention’s welcome party on August 26 at Tropicana Field in Tampa.
  • Here’s the album cover of Jason Aldean’s upcoming release, Night Train.
  • Over the weekend, Blake Shelton met with a six-year old fan who’s battling brain cancer.
  • Hank 3 sat down for an interview with FullMetalRock.com. (Warning: autoplay.)
  • Kellie Pickler, Luke Bryan, Ashley Monroe, and Dailey & Vincent will perform at next month’s ACM Honors ceremony.
  • Natalie Maines joined Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder for a duet of “Golden State” at a rally for the West Memphis Three.
  • Here’s a snippet of “Scarlet Town,” which will be found on Bob Dylan’s upcoming record, Tempest.
  • Read about Ringo Starr’s country music leanings in an excerpt from the book Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles’ Solo Careers.
  • Recent music videos:

Chad Sullins & The Last Call Coalition – “Thank God for Jack Daniels” 

Los Lobos – “Saint Behind the Glass”

Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Was You Ever in Quebec/Cindy Gal” (for CMT’s Concrete Country)

The Mavericks – “Born to be Blue” (for American Songwriter)

Gibson Brothers – “Ophelia” (at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival)

Dale Ann Bradley – “Rita Mae” (at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival)

Kristen Kelly – “Ex-Old Man”

Jason Aldean – “Take a Little Ride”

Paul Brandt – “Now”

Casey Donahew Band – “One Star Flag” (for The Texas Music Scene)

  1. Ben Foster
    August 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    That new Jason Aldean album cover is absolutely begging to be parodied on Farce the Music.

  2. Arlene
    August 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Why not Bruce Springsteen as a “country music idol?” I consider “Nebraska” my favorite country album of 1982 and possibly of the 1980s. :)

    • Juli Thanki
      August 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Agreed on Nebraska: a great record. And Heaton lays out a good argument for Springsteen’s influence on contemporary country/Americana/etc.

  3. Sam G.
    August 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Country music album covers continue to be horribly boring. At least Zac Brown Band got some originality points with their new, albeit slightly frightening, cover.

  4. Arlene
    August 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Reading that PopMatters article about Bruce Springsteen as “country music idol?” lead me to that publication’s article last month regarding what the author feels Nashville might learn from the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Another good read. See
    http://www.popmatters.com/pm/column/160788-what-nashville-might-learn-from-the-carolina-chocolate-drops

  5. Jon
    August 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you *so much* for the link to the Dennis Crouch interview – I might never have seen that otherwise!

  6. Jon
    August 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I dunno, Arlene, I think the Springsteen piece stands on much more solid ground than the CCD one.

  7. Rick
    August 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    So the ACM finally sponsors an event in their “ACM Honors Ceremony” I’d like to see and hear on the net or TV (well except for Luke Bryan anyway) and it won’t be available! Something is bass-ackwards here!

    Enjoyed the Kristen Kelly and Gibson Brothers videos. Good stuff!

    Willie better not cancel out on the Railroad Revival Tour! I want to see that old hippie perform live at least once while he’s still around…

    If Tim O’Brien had left out Darrell Scott or collaborated with someone else in that new album, I might be interested in giving it a listen. Oh well.

    Bruce Springsteen is about as “country” as a hooker working the boardwalk of Atlantic City. Crikey!

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