Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy Headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame

  • Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will appear on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight (2/4.)
  • This morning the Country Music Association announced that Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy will become the 105th, 106th and 107th Country Music Hall of Fame members. The official induction will take place this spring, during the Hall’s Medallion Ceremony.
  • No Depression has posted a track (Death Don’t Have No Mercy) from the upcoming release by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott A Stranger Here. The album will drop on April 7 via Anti- Records and was produced by Joe Henry

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott & Marty Stuart – Engine 143 – SXSW 2006 Hootenanny


Loretta Lynn Plays the Opry this Weekend

Country Music legend and Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn takes time off her busy touring schedule and -  recording new songs with Elvis Costello, Todd Snider and others, for a possible 2009 release – to spend this weekend performing on the Grand Ole Opry, where she has been a member since 1962.  (The Tennessean)

And speaking of Country Music legends, Dolly Parton has been slated to be inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame. The ceremony will take place at Nashville’s Richland Country Club on Feb. 2.  Dolly has most recently been involved in a three-CD project titled This Is America that features her among 56 artists and songwriters who’ve recorded songs that tell the story of the United States. (GAC)

Alison Bonaguro over at the CMT bog asks “When Is It Too Soon to Cover a Country Song?”

No Depression’s Kurt B. Reighley reviews a book on classic country photos Pure Country: The Leon Kagarise Archives, 1961-1971 which conatins candid shots of June Carter, Kitty Wells, Skeeter Davis, Bill Monroe, the Louvin Brothers, Porter and Dolly, Jim Reeves, Jeannie C. Riley, Ray Price and many more as they stppoed by to play in Rising Sun, Maryland, and West Grove, Pennsylvania. Looks like a must have to me!

30 Years on the Road with Gene Autry – Book Event

Something else to to do if you;re headed to the Americana Music Conference.

Nashville, TN (October 16, 2007) – Sherry Bond, the daughter of the late Johnny Bond, will unveil her father’s newly published book, 30 YEARS ON THE ROAD WITH GENE AUTRY, in the SunTrust Community Room at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 2. This free event includes a discussion of the book (led by Sherry) and a live music performance by Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky, followed by a book signing in the Museum Store.

Bond, an Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter, was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame (1999) and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1970).  He was a gifted entertainer and comedian who joined Autry’s entourage in 1940 as part of the Jimmy Wakely Trio.  Johnny appeared on countless radio programs and numerous films; performed as a country artist in his own right (“Hot Rod Lincoln”); and wrote hits such as “Cimarron” and “Ten Little Bottles.”

Published by Riverwood Press and the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History, the book is a boon to lovers of the “Western” in “Country and Western” music.  Tales of the road; insights into the long Bond and Autry association; and Autry’s personal side are explored in a warm, conversational style.  Johnny’s admiration for Gene is evident; priceless photographs abound; and this memoir offers us, finally, a wealth of information on both men – and the times they shared.

Buy the book here.

Vince Gill, Mel Tillis and Ralph Emery to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame – October

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – Country music star Vince Gill, singer-songwriter Mel Tillis and TV personality  Ralph Emery will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October, an industry group said on Tuesday.

The three were introduced at a Country Music Association ceremony by stars Brenda Lee, Barbara Mandrell and others, who celebrated Tillis’ upcoming 75th birthday with a giant cake.

The trio will be inducted during the annual CMA Awards Show in October.

Gill, 50, has sold more than 22 million albums, earned 18 CMA awards and won 18 Grammy awards. Last year he released a four-disc set featuring guest performances by Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and others.

Tillis, who struggled with a stuttering problem, wrote numerous hits for himself and others, including “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.”

Tillis’ acting gigs included appearances in the “Cannonball Run” movies and a few episodes of “The Love Boat.”

Emery, 74, launched his career in 1957 as a late-night disc jockey on WSM Nashville radio. He became an announcer on the Grand Ole Opry and starred on The Nashville Network on a show that drew guests like former President George H.W. Bush and actor Mickey Rooney.