Womack & Douglas to Host IBMA Awards; Nashville Songwriters HoF Announces Inductees; Concord Acquires Vee-Jay Catalog

Juli Thanki | July 9th, 2014

  • Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas will cohost this year’s IBMA Awards in Raleigh on October 2.
  • Loretta Lynn, Taj Mahal, Flaco Jimenez, and Jackson Browne will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Americana Music Association Honors and Awards in Nashville this September.
  • Gretchen Peters, Tom Douglas, John Anderson, and Paul Craft are going to get officially inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October. (via press release)
  • Best wishes to Dawn Sears, who has hit what she calls a “bump in the road” in her battle against cancer.
  • Check out Dom Flemons’ video for “Can’t Do It Anymore.”
  • From The New York Times: “Concord Music Group…has acquired the catalog of Vee-Jay Records, a storied blues and soul label of the 1950s and ‘60s that put out records by the Staple Singers, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker and Jerry Butler.”
  • Kasey Chambers is slowly revealing the artwork for her forthcoming album, Bittersweet.
  • There are openings for a Facilities Manager and an Assistant Director of the Museum and Education Center at the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas.
  • Sean Watkins chats with Jewly Hight about his newest solo album and Nickel Creek’s reunion.
  • Download a free Howlin’ Brothers live EP on NoiseTrade.
  • Owensboro, Kentucky, home of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, wants to be added to the Americana Music Triangle, a 1,500 mile, music-centered trail that runs through Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and a few dozen other important music towns.
  • On July 31, Hank Snow, Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Tommy Hunter, and Renee Martel will be honored with Canadian postage stamps. Check out the designs here.
  • The L.A. Times ran a neat feature on Ben and Ellen Harper and the family-owned Folk Music Center in Claremont, a store that inspired mother and son to collaborate on Childhood Home earlier in the year.
  • John Cowan will release Sixty August 24 on Compass Records. He’ll have more than 30 guests on the record, including Ray Benson, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Chris Hillman, and Sam Bush.  (via press release)
  • AmericanBluesScene.com published a piece on The Killer Blues Headstone Project, a nonprofit that places headstones on blues musicians’ unmarked graves. (The one non-performer who got a headstone: “Stagger” Lee Shelton.)
  • The 43rd Winnipeg Folk Fest kicks off today, but earlier this week, The Winnipeg Free Press looked back at the inaugural festival, which was held to celebrate the town’s centennial.
  • Randy Rogers tells Kelly Dearmore about the history of his annual tour with Wade Bowen.
  1. Dave D.
    July 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Can someone with a Facebook account paste the relevant text from the Dawn Sears update? Thanks.

    • Juli Thanki
      July 9, 2014 at 11:01 am

      My bad, I thought the FB group/post was public. Here it is:

      Dear Friends,
      I dearly appreciate the sentiments that I am reading, but I am not at death’s door. Please don’t write me off just yet. Your prayers on my behalf are always a Blessing and I appreciate each and every one. I’ve hit a bump in the road. Cancer treatment is not always “user friendly” and it definitely has its challenges. With or without cancer – please remember that each day on this earth is a true GIFT from God. I remain very positive and believe the Good Lord has me on the correct path and He is working with, through and all around my Dr. I have great faith in BOTH. I have a very supportive husband and daughter in Kenny and Tess and together we will get through this.
      – Sending positive thoughts your way
      Dawn Sears

  2. Leeann
    July 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I think it is public? I’m not subscribed to her page, but I could read it.

  3. Dave D.
    July 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Sorry about that. I let my wife use Facebook on my laptop, and it was just asking me to log in to her account. It’s still nice to have the text posted here, in case someone else is as doltish as I am.

  4. nm
    July 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Has Robbie Fulks ever been nominated for a National Medal of Arts? Surely he deserves one for that description of different kinds of lettuce alone.

  5. bll
    July 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    That version of Calling Baton Rouge gave me chill bumps; haven’t heard Gaelic since me Gran and Auntie died.

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