The Country Music Hall of Fame will premier a Kitty Wells exhibit on August 15. Opening weekend festivities will include a 45-minute exhibit tour, guided by a Museum curator; an interview with Wells, hosted by 650 WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs and illustrated with photos, film footage and recordings from the Museum’s Frist Library and Archive; an autograph signing by Wells in the Museum Store; and a screening of the 1982 Showtime special A Tribute to Kitty Wells, hosted by Tammy Wynette.
Texas legend Joe Ely dropped by NPR’s Mountain Stage to play some of his great songs live.
CMT.com has an interesting article on the high fuel prices effects and the ecomonmis impact it has had on touring country music acts.
To illustrate the situation touring artists now face, Case recalls a recent Ralph Stanley swing into Texas. “It was just a straight run, not a lot of geography,” he explains. “He went from home [in southwest Virginia], played three dates that were all closely routed in Texas. He came back and his [roundtrip] fuel bill was almost $2,000.”