Jean Ritchie Passes Away; Martina McBride on CBS This Morning; Nathan Chapman Preps Solo Debut

Jean Ritchie, "The Mother of Folk," passed away yesterday (June 1) at the age of 92. Her family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to Appalachian Voices. Richard Watson, grandson and collaborator of Doc, has also passed away. Ten-year-old wunderkind Emi Sunshine is among the artists playing Music City Roots tomorrow night. The show streams live online at 7PM Central Time. Here's video of Martina McBride addressing Keith Hill's comments on "CBS This Morning." One … [Read more...]

Quotable Country: Side Salad

A SaladGate supplement. Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. If you want to make ratings in Country radio, take females out. The reason is mainstream Country radio generates more quarter hours from female listeners at the rate of 70 to 75%, and women like male artists. I’m basing that not only on music tests from over the years, but more than 300 client radio stations. The expectation is we’re principally a male format with a smaller female component. I’ve got about 40 … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 05/31/15 Edition

Too many quotes this week, so I've broken all the Keith Hill stuff off into a separate SaladGate supplement. First, here are all the quotes you missed while making tomato jokes. Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I didn't know anything about marijuana back then. It's one of the most fantastic things in the world. ● --- Merle Haggard reconsiders "Okie from Muskogee." People criticized Taylor for being too pop. But she took all of us country artists, while she was in … [Read more...]

Lettuce Reconsider Sexism; “Kick the Dust Up” Gets Rave Review; Harlan Howard Stories

We were all having a perfectly good time (actually, not so much those of us wanting to hear better songs on the radio) and then some dunderheaded data jockey said a thing about tomatoes (on Page 8, under the "This One's Not For The Girls" subhead)... ... and then the internet exploded, with enough social media outrage to wilt the entire planet's lettuce supply and Saving Country Music, The Tennessean, CMT, The Guardian, E! Online, and every other site weighing in. Much more on this in Sunday's … [Read more...]

Golf and Guitars 2015: Boys and Girls

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Were it not for radio-ready Southern rock(ish) ensemble A Thousand Horses' trio of sashaying background vocalists, you wouldn't have seen one female performer take the stage at last Tuesday night's Golf & Guitars Children's Charity Concert at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento. There were plenty of women in the audience, though, and plenty of men eager to sing to them from the stage. A Thousand Horses professed true, non-inebriated love with "(This Ain't No) Drunk Dial." The … [Read more...]

Miranda’s Roots and Wings; Ben Dorcy Documentary in the Works; First Listen to ‘Django and Jimmie’

Hell of a weekend, huh? Prayers to our friends in Texas and Oklahoma right now. There's now an official Johnny Cash YouTube channel. It hasn't posted any videos yet. A Kickstarter campaign is under way to fund the completion of King of the Roadies, a feature-length documentary on 90-year-old Ben Dorcy - the world's oldest and, by most accounts, first roadie. Dorcy was on the road with John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, etc., and continues to tour with Randy … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 05/24/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I'm relevant right now because I was just on last night, but I'm only relevant for a few more weeks, because people forget. I really think you have to move quickly. ● --- Meghan Linsey, second-place finisher on "The Voice." I like some of [the new music]. And I’m glad to see the other people involved. I remember when I started playing country music, I was the only cat in the whole place, the only young person, almost. And, back then, … [Read more...]