Patti Loveless and Vince Gill sang Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain” at George Jones’ Funeral
Over at 37flood.blogspot.com, John King has a lengthy post about a conference call involving The Judds and the new cable channel OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). You really have to read it yourself.
Back in the pre-webworld day, a country music star would release a single and the record company would spend the next month or two plugging it, hoping to get some traction on country radio. With the rise of the Internet and associated platforms, that pattern very nearly went away, as videos became the launch vehicles of choice and the time frame to get some action shrank to weeks. So it was curious to get a publicist’s email for a new Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony) tune, touting a relatively short (24 – we counted) list of radio stations playing the song. There was a link to her website, where there was a link to the video for “Stay Up Late.” The upload date? February 16. So here’s the question: is this song already toast or have I been so snakebit by the internet that I no longer believe in slow and steady buildup?
Country steel guitarist Ralph Mooney has died at his home in Kennedale, Texas, of complications from cancer. He performed with many country greats, including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Wynn Stewart and Wanda Jackson before joining Waylon Jennings’ band, where he was a fixture for twenty years. Randy Lewis at the Los Angeles Times has an obituary.
Over at Gannett’s Louisville Profit Center, the Friday Features section is really thin on music, so you’ll have to check the front page of Louisville Music News for some suggestions about live music this weekend. There’s plenty of it, including shows by Don Williams, Ra Ra Riot, David Allen Coe, Papadosio, Alesana and the Louisville Orchestra, among many other selections of shows by your favorite Louisville bands. Hey, we do this kind of thing all the time.
Country singer and songwriter Ferlin Husky has died at the age of 85. His most well-known tunes were “Gone” and “Wings of a Dove.” People.com has an obituary. And so, the traditional country singers leave, one by one.
Ever since Wick’s Pizza on Dixie Highway closed, the live music scene in far Southwest Jefferson County has appeared to be moribund, if not flat-out dead. Even the Bluegrass Anonymous jam has moved away. Now, however, we hear from one Larry Davis, owner of Caddyshack Pizza, the recently renamed Shooter’s, at 7092 Distribution Drive, who says most emphatically that live music is happening on Saturdays at his place, with the style ranging from country to country rock to pop cover bands. He did say that he had given up on the metal and heavy rock. With a full in-house sound system and lights in a 5,000 square foot space, Davis was adamant that he would continue to book live music and suggested that bands interested in playing should give him a call (502-933-7373) for July and August booking and/or come check the place out (of course).
So the only question now is how far out does a place have to be to be ‘Southwest Jefferson County’? I await the answer.
Taylorsville native and country musician J. D. Shelburne was invited to play with Steve Wariner on the Grand Old Opry back on February 19, according to the CountryMusicTattletale.com site. Shelburne opened for Wariner in Louisville back in July 2009.
The KFC Yum! Center continues their hunt for all the entertainment dollars in Louisville (or as they put, testing the limits of the Louisville market) with the addition of a show featuring country’s youngest superstar, Taylor Swift plus Need To Breathe on July 2. Tickets will range from $27 for the nosebleed seats to $72. Tickets go on sale February 18.
The Decemberists and Justin Townes Earle will play the Iroquois Amphitheatre on April 26. Tickets are $35.
Trombone Shorty will play Headliners on April 2. Tickets for that show are $17 in advance.
In case you missed the news, Southern Culture on the Skids will be at Headliners on April 23, $15.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will hit Headliners on April 15.
Aaron Lewis, lead singer of Staind, will play the Horseshoe Casino, on April 14.
And, of course, Willie Nelson will be at the Palace, on March 22, $35.50,$45.
Just so you don’t miss out.