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.”
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.