Willie Nelson Visits Fallon; Ray Wylie Hubbard Announces New Tour Dates; Philly Folk Festival Lineup Announced; Stream New Bob Wayne Song

Juli Thanki | May 16th, 2012

  • No Depression crowd-sourced questions for a Marty Stuart interview.
  • Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and John Hiatt will headline the 51st Philadelphia Folk Festival, which will be held August 17-19. Wanda Jackson, Pokey LaFarge, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and others are also slated to perform.
  • Eddy Arnold’s grandson, Shannon Pollard, along with Don Cusic and Cheetah Chrome, has formed Plowboy Records, a label with a mission is “to celebrate and nurture the legacy of the original Tennessee Plowboy and provide a home for recorded projects that focus on American music regardless of genre.” The label’s first release is a new Bobby Bare album which is currently being recorded; an Eddy Arnold tribute record featuring bands from multiple genres is also in the works.
  • Watch footage from Willie Nelson’s visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon here.
  • Yesterday, Ricky Skaggs celebrated thirty years as an Opry member.
  • Loretta Lynn will be on NBC’s Today Show May 21.
  • On May 29, The Mavericks will release the five-song EP Suited Up and Ready. You can stream the first single, “Born to Be Blue,” on the band’s Facebook page.
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard announced a string of tour dates.
  • On June 16, The Country Music Hall of Fame will honor guitarist Jimmy Capps as part of their series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians.
  • Ryan Adams has been covering Danzig’s “Mother” during his European shows; Paste has video.
  • On June 5, John Rich, Kellie Pickler, and Darius Rucker will perform at a benefit concert for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • American Songwriter is offering a free download of Andre Williams & The Sadies’ “I’ll Do Most Anything for Your Love.”
  • Singer Amber Hayes is in the upcoming movie Cowgirls N’ Angels, which opens May 25. According to the press release, Lonestar’s Richie McDonald appears as her character’s father, and the two sing a duet together.
  • Here’s the trailer for the upcoming television show Nashville, starring Connie Britton.


  1. timeo
    May 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Wow…that Nashville show looks awful. Too bad, Connie Britton was great on FNL. But, if that clip is indicative of the writing and storyline … yuk.

  2. Jack Williams
    May 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Looking forward to seing Ray Wylie next month at The Hamilton in DC. Will be my first time at the relatively new venue.

    • Juli Thanki
      May 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      I’ve heard lots of good things about The Hamilton, but haven’t made it out for a show yet. Hoping to catching RWH and The SteelDrivers (playing August 5) there.

  3. Rick
    May 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I think that promo trailer for “Nashville” is pretty darn good. The acting and performances didn’t seem over the top, which is a nice change of pace and Hayden’s outfits are a real plus! (lol) Hayden’s character’s music seems definitely based on Taylor Swift without the niceness factor.

    Gosh, I wish LA had a “folk festival” that featured a lineup like that! Crikey! All we get is mixed bag / over priced Stagecoach at over 120 miles from where I live.

    Good News! Ashley Monroe will be performing in LA on July 20th at the Greek Theater. Bad News: She’s opening for Alan Jackson and the cheap seats start at over $ 50! So much for that…

    Someone willfully goes under the stage name Cheetah Chrome? Were they high on Alabama high test when they came up with that? Sheesh.

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