Song publisher, talent agent, and manager Larry Moeller passed away on January 21. He was 75. Over the course of his career, Moeller handled artists like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
Peter Cooper wrote a column about the role music played in the integration of the South. The class on this topic that he mentions in the article sounds neat; you might want to check it out if you’re near Nashville.
The seventh annual Golf & Guitars tournament and benefit concert will be held May 19-20, 2014 at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento, California. (via G&G head honcho Ken Morton) We’ll keep you posted on the lineup.
A deluxe reissue of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,scheduled for release on March 25, will contain a bonus disc featuring songs performed by Zac Brown Band (“Harmony”) The Band Perry (“Grey Seal”), and Hunter Hayes (“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”). (via press release)
CMT Edge posted a couple bluegrass interviews: one with Blue Highway’s Shawn Lane and one with Rhonda Vincent.
Hard Working Americans played Hayes Carll’s “Stomp & Holler” on Conan the other night. Watch here. (warning: autoplay)
StreamCahalen Morrison & Eli West’s new record, I’ll Swing My Hammer with Both My Hands, before its February 4 release.
An online petition to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after Pete Seeger has more than 1,000 signatures. Seeger spent years helping to clean and protect the Hudson River. Seeger was going to receive the Woody Guthrie Prize in New York next month; the event, now called “How Can I Keep From Singing,” will celebrate Seeger’s musical legacy.
Miranda Lambert will joinJason Aldean for a few of his stadium shows this summer.
Curb Records has purchased a warehouse in Nashville, probably as part of their plan to kidnap and imprison Tim McGraw while they release and re-release his old hits for the rest of eternity.
Muddy Waters’ Chicago home may be purchased by a buyer who wants to turn it into a museum.
Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album has spent four months atop the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart.
Brandy Clark’s “Stripes” will be featured in a Beats Music Super Bowl commercial starring Ellen DeGeneres. You can watch the ad here so that you can use one of Sunday’s commercial breaks for restroom trips and nacho refills, as the television gods originally intended.
Carrie Underwood on women in country: “There is certainly not a shortage of talented ladies out there that want so badly to get their fair shot in this business. But there seems to be only room for only a few….there seem to be so many male singers out there who can be viewed as similar, and there seems to be plenty of room for all of them.”
American Songwriter premiered a new video from singer-songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan.
The Wall Street Journal debuted Dawn Landes’ new “Bluebird” video.
Rodney Atkins teamed up with Southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx for a new single. Sparxxx talks about the collaboration in this article posted on The 615.
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.
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Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/