- Rolling Stone has details on an album release I missed yesterday, Neil Young’s A Treasure:
During his 1984 and ’85 tours with his stone-country band the International Harvesters, Neil Young taped 85 concerts – an Appalachian mountain’s worth of music that, years later, he and pedal-steel guitarist and original Harvester Ben Keith whittled down from eight shows to twelve tracks on the new live album, A Treasure, released today (June 14th).
- Jim Lauderdale (Songwriter) and Emmylou Harris (Nationally Known Artist) were inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame over the weekend. Headquartered in North Carolina, the Hall exists to “showcase and preserve the rich musical heritage of the greater Blue Ridge Mountains area from northern Georgia to northern Virginia.”
- Juli Thanki chatted with Boston-based roots artist Eilen Jewell on the subject of her upcoming June 28 release Queen of the Minor Key.
- Randy Travis and Josh Turner performed “T.I.M.E.” on last night’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno. You can see it right here, just after the last commercial notch. Tonight, Blake Shelton is on the show.
- July 26 will see the release of the self-titled debut of Randy Montana (“Ain’t Much Left of Lovin’ You,” “1,000 Faces”), which includes Emmylou Harris harmonies on the song “Last Horse.”
- The always-delightful Barry Mazor chatted with Rodney Crowell on the subject of his recent memoir for the Wall Street Journal. Crowell on why the book focuses on his early life:
A lot of my success has been well below the public’s radar—and, really, back when it wasn’t, it wasn’t that much fun. I figured that it would be a flat bore for me to write about my career; that, instead, I was going to have to strive with all my might to achieve something literary. And when my editor-publisher read the manuscript, he said: ‘You know what I like best about this? That it’s not about your career.’
- Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison posted a lovely cover of The Statler Brothers’ “I’ll Go to My Grave Loving You” to their SoundCloud page. Definitely recommended listening.
- Dolly Parton will tour Australia for the first time in nearly 30 years this November.
- American Songwriter‘s cameras caught up with Ryan Bingham at Bonnaroo for a performance (“Bread and Water”) and Q&A session.
- You can buy George and Nancy Jones’ 9,700 square foot Williamson County estate for a cool $15 million. Or just check out the property’s website, complete with a gallery of 50 photographs.
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope reviewed Larry Cordle’s Pud Marcum’s Hanging, characterizing closing track “America Where Have You Gone” as the sole topical misstep on an otherwise excellent collection of Kentucky-rooted story songs.
- Ben Foster thinks Your Money and My Good Looks, the new Gene Watson/Rhonda Vincent duets set, “could be just the album to make you fall in love with country music all over again.”
- Tonight on Music City Roots: Foster and Lloyd, Daddy, Paleface, Doug Paisley, Uncle Monk, and host Jim Lauderdale. Catch the live video stream at 7PM CST.
- Hayes Carll does “Chances Are” for the Music Fog cameras: