No Depression Returns to Print; Country Universe Celebrates 1993; FGL Sits Down for ‘Big Interview’ with Dan Rather

I don't know that there's enough worthwhile news to justify daily roundups, but I'm gonna give twice-weekly ones (Tuesdays and Thursdays) a shot. We'll see how it goes. Sam Gazdziak spoke with Tamara Saviano to cover the wildly successful Guy Clark documentary fundraising campaign for Country Universe. Speaking of that campaign, it's currently sitting pretty at $164,628 with 8 days remaining. The original goal amount was $75,000. Country Universe previewed its Best of 1993 countdowns (one … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 05/11/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. My mom’s a saint. ● --- Thomas Rhett, probably the only country boy to feel this way about a mother. Ohwait. Many of the tunes on “The Gold Mine” sound written from either the bottom of a bottle or a bank account; they’re crushing songs, liable to coax out a few tears if you listen too closely. But even Brett Resnick’s aching pedal steel couldn’t sap the joy from Waldon’s face; she sang her saddest lyrics with an indefatigable smile. … [Read more...]

It’s Chris Stapleton Day!

stapleton traveller

Grab your copy of Traveller by clicking the image, then comment with fun (preferably made-up) facts about Chris Stapleton and how he came to write and sing like that. Or post links to Stapleton YouTube videos that have appeared since I compiled these ones. Or do whatever else you think should be done to celebrate Chris Stapleton Day. But do, do, do something. It's a momentous occasion. … [Read more...]

Let’s pay back Bonaparte’s Retreat

The first good news is that your purchases through Country California's Amazon links in January and February just funded a donation of $39.38 to Bonaparte's Retreat, the Nashville-area dog rescue founded by Emmylou Harris. Keep shopping and I'll keep doing cool stuff with the proceeds. The second good news is that today - May 5, 2015 - Bonaparte's Retreat is participating in The Big Payback, described thusly on the Bonaparte's Retreat website: Hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle … [Read more...]

Talking Golf & Guitars with Ken Morton Jr.


One neat thing I've been able to do as a result of running this site is attend the annual Golf & Guitars Charity Concert at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento. Here's my write-up on the 2014 event. This year's Golf & Guitars is just ahead on May 18-19 (the golfing and general admission show happen on the 19th), with performers set to include Josh Turner, Love & Theft, Jon Pardi, Jason Michael Carroll, A Thousand Horses, Old Dominion, Swon Brothers, Michael Ray, One Flew South, Joel Crouse, … [Read more...]