Willie Nelson Plans New Album; Free Trampled By Turtles Download; Dry Branch Fire Squad Celebrates 35 Years

Juli Thanki | October 20th, 2011

  • The Soggy Bottom Boys and Tim Blake Nelson have made a music video for “In the Jailhouse Now” to celebrate the 10th anniversary of O Brother.
  • Nashville bass player Chris Kent passed away yesterday at the age of 44. He played with acts like Lorrie Morgan and Stevie Wonder.
  • Trampled By Turtles recorded a cover of The Pixies’ “Where is My Mind” and are currently offering it as a free download on their site. It’s also available for sale on iTunes and Amazon, with proceeds going to WhyHunger.
  • Brad Paisley announced several dates for his 2012 Camobunga! tour. The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery will open.
  • Honeyhoney covered “Lost Highway” for RAM Country.
  • CMT.com’s Craig Shelburne attended a benefit concert The Judds played for the Franklin Theatre, where “over the course of the night, they gave shout-outs to their therapist (who they said was taking notes), Naomi’s gynecologist and Wynonna’s fifth-grade math teacher.”
  • A benefit concert for the victims of the recent Texas wildfires raised over half a million dollars. Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, The Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Asleep at the Wheel, and more performed.
  • Dry Branch Fire Squad will celebrate their 35th anniversary next month with a show at DC-area venue The Birchmere.
  • Elizabeth Cook has some new tour dates posted on her site.
  • Sonia Leigh is the American Songwriter Writer of the Week. Check out the Q&A, where she names Chris Knight as ranking with Jackson Browne as some of her favorite songwriters.
  • In case you missed Harvard-educated country finance singer Merle Hazard on the PBS NewsHour blog, here he is singing “a Western style ballad about banking regulation” on “The Ballad of Diamond Jim.”

  1. Jon
    October 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    That’s not really the Soggy Bottom Boys – it’s the members of the Nashville Bluegrass Band who were part of the Soggy Bottom Boys. Not that there’s anything wrong with that… About the biggest selling point of the new deluxe O Brother set is that it includes the first version of “In The Jailhouse Now” recorded for the movie, which features the late Harley Allen singing the lead.

  2. Rick
    October 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks for the tip on Elizabeth Cook. I was happy to see she is playing LA again in December although The Mint is not a good venue for her (short sets and noisy drunks). Its too bad she didn’t book at the Bootleg Theater again where she played back in May as the sound was fantastic and the audience quiet and respectful. Still, I’m just glad to see her perform anywhere! (lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Classic Country Opry will feature Charlie McCoy, Jeannie C. Riley, Chuck Mead, Holly Williams, and the Spotlight Artist is Ray Price (plus 2 Opry regulars). Grade A+!
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    The Aussie edition of Music City Roots last night was top notch and well worth a viewing when it becomes available in their archives. Catherine Britt was in full hillbilly mode thanks to the presence of Bill Chambers. Good on ya, mates!

  3. Mike Wimmer
    October 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Sonia Leigh has great taste in songwriting. That’s always encouraging to see.

    Honestly, while none of the artists have gotten a ton of mainstream attention, Zac Brown’s record label has put out some pretty damn good records and artists. Levi Lowrey especially blew me away with his album.

  4. Jeremy Dylan
    October 21, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Fans of MCR should note that the show is available as a podcast.

  5. luckyoldsun
    October 21, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I think we can say that Willie has officially given up on being a “mainstream” country artist.

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