Prayers for Jim Ed Brown; Kacey Musgraves Plays New Songs; Bobby Braddock Memoir On the Way

  
  • When I posted Tuesday’s roundup, there weren’t any proper obituaries of Jean Ritchie posted yet. Now there are, including these from The New York Times and CMT.com.
  • Ugh. Six weeks after announcing he was cancer-free, Jim Ed Brown is back to chemotherapy after more cancer cells were discovered. Keep Brown and family in your thoughts.
  • American Songwriter’s Hal Horowitz gave Django and Jimmie 3.5 out of 5 stars.
  • Hear Kacey Musgraves chat with Jo Whiley and play a couple of her new songs (“High Time” and “Dime Store Cowgirl”) on BBC Radio 2.
  • Here’s a nice video of Chris Stapleton talking about his decade-and-a-half journey to Traveller.
  • A Thousand Horses took “Smoke” to #1 to become the first new act of 2015 to top the country charts. That also made it the only group to top Billboard’s Country Airplay chart on a first attempt since Zac Brown Band and “Chicken Fried” in 2008. The band’s next single will be “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial.” (via press release and Billboard Country Update)
  • Over at Country Universe, there’s a lively discussion of artists who failed to fulfill the promise of their early singles.
  • Farce the Music’s version of John Rich has supportive(?) words for country’s women.
  • Hear “Feeling Tonight,” the first single from Kellie Pickler’s next album. It’s a fun summer song. Her interview with EW.com ends with her saying, about something else but perhaps tellingly anyway, “I guess just play the game until you can change it.”
  • Blake Shelton sings Dylan? If you say so. Hear the singer’s recording of “Forever Young.”
  • Bobby Braddock’s memoir, Bobby Braddock: A Life On Nashville’s Music Row, will be published in October by Vanderbilt University Press/Country Music Foundation Press. It’s already getting advance praise from Barry Mazor, Bob Schieffer, Dolly Parton, and others.
  • Ken Morton Jr. interviewed Logan Brill for Saving Country Music.

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