News Round Up: Levon Helm Documentary Coming to SXSW

  • The will of the late singer/songwriter Stephen Bruton, is being contested by his possibly estranged widow. Bruton provided the inspiration for the Crazy Heart character Bad Blake played by Jeff Bridges and worked with T. Bone Burnett on the movie’s soundtrack in his days of fighting cancer.
  • And for more in Crazy Heart news, the good folks at the have a great interview with Ryan Bingham. Bingham. reflects on his Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated song The Weary Kind.
  • PopMatters debuts a new monthly country music column, Kickin’ Up Dust. First up? Willie Nelson!
  • The CMT blog has a nice run down of early 2010 Americana releases. Looks to be another bumper year!
  • Speaking of great 2010 releases, seminal 80’s cowpunk band, and the 2008 Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Jason and the Scorchers will release their first album in 14 years. Halcyon Times will be released in February 2010 and was co-produced by Scorcher member Warner E. Hodges and Brad Jones, and features guest contributions from Dan Baird and Tommy Womack.