Zooey Deschanel to Play Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Stage Adaptation; Kenny Rogers Signs with Warner Bros., Goat Rodeo Sessions Hit PBS

Juli Thanki | May 11th, 2012

  • Zooey Deschanel will play Loretta Lynn in a stage adaptation of Coal Miner’s Daughter: Lynn announced the casting and musical during a performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Thursday, where she was joined onstage by Deschanel. The two then sang the country music singer’s signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” “It’s a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City. I never imagined I’d see ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ on a movie screen, and now I can’t believe it’s going to be on a stage for people to see,” Lynn said in a statement. “I’m going to be right there in the front row. And I know Zooey is going to be great — she sings and writes her own songs just like I do, and we even have the same color eyes!”
  • The BBC’s Matt Wells visited The 78 Project, an organization that gets contemporary artists like Rosanne Cash and Vandaveer to cut their own 78 rpm disc using ’30s technology.
  • Tab Benoit, Ruthie Foster, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band were among the winners at the Blues Music Awards last night.
  • On June 13, Elizabeth Cook will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman. (via press release)
  • Ricky Skaggs and Aretha Franklin are among this year’s GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees. (via press release)
  • On May 25, an hour-long edited version of The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live will air on PBS. In January, the concert was simulcast to movie theaters across the country.
  • Peter Cooper takes a look at the story behind the Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin tune “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” which became Bonnie Raitt’s signature ballad.
  • Next February, Della Mae, the Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Punch Brothers, Tim O’Brien & Bryan Sutton, and more will embark on the bluegrass cruise “Mountain Song at Sea.”
  1. Rick
    May 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    That was Zooey Deschannel on the Opry with Loretta last night? I wasn’t paying that close of attention and I thought they could have found someone with a stronger voice. Now that I know its Zooey, I think they made a fine choice! (lol)

    I think “Sounds of Austin should have a bunch of genre centered sub-channels, like say a western swing focused channel for instance…

    That “78 Project” just strikes me as absolutely absurd. Why go back to an archaic system with limited fidelity that few people have the ability to play? I’ve got a few nice turntables around the house, but none of them have 78 RPM capability. I’d rather hear a well produced and pressed 33.3 RPM LP record or a well recorded and produced CD like the kinds Bear Family sells than some oddity made just to be different. How about making 45 RPM normal LP album sized discs as something that’s unusual but still listenable? Hmm…

    Opry Alert! Scary Underwear will be on the Opry Saturday night for those who give a rip. Other featured artists include Kristen Kelly (WooHoo!), Brad Paisley, Scotty McCreery, Love & Theft, and John McEuen and his sons. Grade: B-
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  2. Rick
    May 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Kristen Kelly knocked it out of the ballpark on the Opry Saturday night with some of the best blue eyed female soul singing I’ve ever heard. Hopefully Kristen will succeed in the Top 40 country realm where Shelly Fairchild did not. I think Kristen’s blend of country and soul is more accessible to the radio audience than Shelly’s often hard rock edged blues approach was. Kristen’s debut Top 40 single “Ex-Old Man” is getting a ton of adds at AirHead Country Radio stations, well at least on the stations where the programmers are not airheads anyways. Kristen would be a great act to tour with Zac Brown in my opinion. Go Kristen!

    Here’s what AOl’s Boot had to say about Kristen:

    http://www.theboot.com/2012/05/09/kristen-kelly-ex-old-man-video/

    She’s the best thing to come out of Texas since Sunny Sweeney…

  3. Barry Mazor
    May 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    We await your every word, opinion, and experience, Rick. Millions of us.

  4. Redd Dirt
    May 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Dispite what Rick says this was down right pretty!
    Remember When LIVE – Carrie Underwood

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtIxjgT1pcE&feature=share

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