Willie Watson to Release Solo Album; All for the Hall Nets $100K; New West/Normaltown Offer NoiseTrade Sampler

Juli Thanki | March 6th, 2014

  • Sean Potts, one of the founding members of The Chieftains, passed away last month. He was 83.
  • Willie Watson will release his solo debut, Folk Singer, Vol. 1, May 6. The record, which includes versions of songs like “Stewball” and “James Alley Blues,” was produced by David Rawlings. (via press release)
  • Here’s a neat article about the old Palomino Club in North Hollywood. An excerpt: From 1949 to 1996, this building had the façade of an Old West corral and a neon bucking bronco sign outside the door. It was home to the Palomino Club. Known as “the Pal” to the legions of musicians and regulars who considered it a second home, it hosted many artists that have personally meant a great deal to me and millions of others. Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Glenn Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, and Waylon Jennings all sang here, throwing back whiskey while they performed some of the most poignant songs of the 20th Century on the dusty Pal stage. They sang for truckers, industry execs, working class wannabes, and waitresses in tight Palomino issued t-shirts.
  • The March 17 issue of People will feature some info about Randy Travis and his struggle to recover from last year’s serious health complications. According to the article, Travis is up and walking with “a little help,” struggling to use both of his hands, and, while his speech and vocabulary are sometimes hard to understand, he’s slowly improving.
  • This Slate article examines the most common rhymes in popular music. At the bottom of the page, you can see the most common and most distinctive rhymes sung by artists including Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, The Eagles, Shania Twain, Blake Shelton, and more.
  • Grantland’s Steven Hyden wrote a fine feature on The Drive-By Truckers.
  • Jerry Wofford of TulsaWorld.com looks at the town’s country scene.
  • The New West/Normaltown sampler available on NoiseTrade includes songs from Robert Ellis, Daniel Romano, Austin Lucas, and Luther Dickinson.
  • Listen to “Right Thing” from Nikki Lane’s forthcoming album, All or Nothin’ (out May 6).
  • The Felice Brothers have signed with Dualtone Records; a new album will be released this summer. (via press release)
  • Six-string aficionados might want to make a pilgrimage to the Guitar Salon on Greenwich Village, while banjo pickers should watch Jim Mills interview JD Crowe.
  • Stream blues rock group The Nick Moss Band’s new album, Time Ain’t Free.
  • If you need to know where to start with Little Feat, Slate’s got you covered.
  • The Tonk Honkys turned Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” into an alt-country tune. (NSFW)
  • Chuck Dauphin shines The 615’s spotlight on Sundy Best.
  • Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill were among the artists who appeared at Tuesday’s “All for the Hall” benefit show in L.A. Early estimates put the event’s net profit at around $100,000.

 

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