News Round Up: Elmer Kelton Passes On

  • With all the recent high-profile celebrity and political deaths it completely escaped me that one of my favorite authors, Elmer Kelton, had died on August 22, 2009 of pre-leukemia in San Angelo, Tex. Kelton wrote award-winning western novels about real people in real hard times.
  • USA Today has a post on the addition of the new Americana music category by the Recording Academy for their 52nd Grammy Awards which will take place in late fall. I especially like the inclusion of “twang” as part of the new categories “carefully worded category definition.” (Grammys will be putting Americana on the map)
  • Twangville is holding a contest to win a signed poster from the  Bloodshot Records BBQ in Boston and is signed by many of the artists who performed – Graham Parker, Bobby Bare Jr., Ha Ha Tonka, The Deadstring Brothers, Charlie Pickett and Justin Townes Earle.
  • Nathan Chavez from Phoenix Country Music Examiner has your Hank Williams 101.
  • And once more for all you folks emailing me why I don’t talk about Swift, Underwood, Cheney, Keith, etc. I respect your zeal for these performers, and there are hundreds of online/offline sources for you to learn exhaustive details about their lives and work-out tips, but I personally think they suck.

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