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 officiallyinducted 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.
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. Timesran 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.
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.