Willie Nelson’s CMT Crossroads Episode to Premiere 6/23; Daniel Patrick Joins The Roys; Dolly Parton Remains Excellent

Juli Thanki | May 30th, 2013

  • Here’s a very entertaining Todd Snider interview in which he says that he’s thinking about doing three albums this coming year.
  • Andrew Clayman wrote a feature on The David Wax Museum for the Nashville Scene.
  • Chet Flippo looks back at the Outlaw movement in his Nashville Skyline column. He alsmo mentions that Michael Streissguth has a new book on the Outlaws due out next week and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is partnering with filmmaker Sean Geadelmann for a documentary on the subject.
  • The “Willie Nelson and Friends” episode of CMT Crossroads will premiere the night of June 23.
  • All-around delightful human being Dolly Parton and her Imagination Library program are featured in this PBS piece. The Imagination Library distributes 700,000 books to kids in 1,400 communities per month.
  • Banjo player Daniel Patrick has joined The Roys.
  • Out August 6: Sara Petite’s Circus Comes to Town. (via press release)
  • Here’s Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ recording of “Devil’s Train,” a song Potter learned from a Roy Acuff record.
  • Slate posted a map of every place Bob Dylan has ever sung about.
  • Tony Autry Pickens, a fiddler who backed Hank Thompson, John Conlee, and others, passed away last week at the age of 74.
  • The Infamous Stringdusters announced a slew of tour dates.
  • Apparently there’s a solid country music scene in St. Lucia. Dominic Maxwell-Lewis traces it back to WWII, when the U.S. had two bases on the island.
  • Keifer Thompson has been put on vocal rest, forcing Thompson Square to cancel some upcoming shows.
  • Darius Rucker did a Q&A for The L.A. Times Pop & Hiss blog.
  • Natalie Maines fires another shot at country in the June 6 issue of Rolling Stone: “I just didn’t like how blatant country was. Nothing seemed poetic or subtle. Nothing could be interpreted two different ways!” The crux of her complaint lies with the songwriting, where “James Taylor can write “Fire and Rain” and tell you it’s about a mental institution, this and that – and you listen to it, and you’re trying to decipher it all. And, you know, a country song would be like [sings twangily], “I’m in a mental institution!”” 
  • Trisha Yearwood covered “So Far Away” and served up some Shirelles with Gloria Estefan and Emeli Sande at the In Performance at the White House program honoring Gershwin Prize recipient Carole King. Watch the whole program on the PBS site. Here’s one of the few clips that were posted on YouTube.

  1. Saving Country Music
    May 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    A lot of “outlaw” chatter coming from the Country Music Hall of Fame lately. Their last “All for the Hall” concert had an outlaw theme. Bobby Bare and “Cowboy” Jack were just announced as inductees. Me thinks maybe there is a possibility that the next primary exhibit after The Bakersfield Sound runs its course could be on the outlaws.

  2. Barry Mazor
    May 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Of course, for at least some of us the “outlaw” business has been more of an oversold, over-told, overstated branding joke gone stale, than anything else, and by now yammering about incessantly it is country’s equivalent of punk nostalgia in rock– tedious, and somewhat ironically so. . If nobody uttered the word “outlaw” till it maybe meant something more meaningful and specific than, say, “he’s young, he’s a tree surgeon, and he’s breaking all the rules” Hollywood posturing sales crap, I know I wouldn’t mind.
    Might take decades and they’d have to find some fresh, working rules to break

  3. nm
    May 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I kinda like the new chorus to “Banks of the Ohio” that Chris Jones provides. It’s … singable.

  4. Rick
    May 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Darn, no more Thursday Night Classic Country Opry’s until October! Now what am I going to do?…(lol)

    I’ve owned Sara Petite’s “Circus Comes to Town” since I saw her live a couple of months ago and it has some killer tracks. Her lead guitarist is a young guy who can get some interesting sounds out of his axe. Good stuff.

    Speaking of Todd Snider, he joined the band Great American Taxi on stage at last night’s Music City Roots show. I have never listened to Great American Taxi’s music before, but that is one heck of a tight group of top notch musicians who can sound like the Allman Brothers on one song and a hillbilly band on the next. With Chip Taylor and Aoife O’Donovan also on the docket, that was a truly exceptional MCR.

    I was never much of a fan of the “Outlaw Movement” in country music and care about even less about it these days. Yawn…

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