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 Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson to this day.
  • NPR has your first listen to that Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson album that’s out next week.
  • Jake Owen’s new material has “more of a funkier feel” to it. This might not be good.
  • The Tennessean’s Juli Thanki wrote about Operation Song, a nonprofit organization that pairs songwriters with retired and active duty service members, enabling the latter to share their stories through song in a therapeutic setting.
  • There’s a longer version of that Miranda Lambert “Roots and Wings” video for Ram Trucks. The full Lambert-penned track is also available on iTunes now.
  • The Guardian’s Grady Smith on Luke Bryan’s new song: “There is so little to say about Kick the Dust Up because it’s hardly a song. It’s just a collection of trite phrases about back roads and alcohol that data researchers have determined country consumers are used to hearing on the radio and are thus amenable to hearing again.”
  • Country Universe, a little more succinctly: “This record is terrible. Just terrible.”
  • Saving Country Music has more on self-styled country-rap mogul Mikel Knight and his shady street teams, which have once again run afoul of the law.
  • Windmills Music has some of what David Nail has been writing, and who he was been writing with, for his next album.

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