Billboard.com posts on the South-By-Southwest tribute to Texas music legend Doug Sahm which featured performances by Jimmie Vaughan, the Gourds, Dave Alvin and Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles, Los Lobos, Delbert McClinton, Charlie Sexton, Little Willie G, Terry Allen and a collaboration between Joe “King” Carrasco and the Texas Tornados.
Two native East Texans are among three country music artists destined for the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Jacksonville native-turned-Longview resident Neal McCoy will join Panola County native Linda Davis and western singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey as 2009 inductees into the hall of fame. The hall of fame show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame facility, 300 W. Panola St. in Carthage.
From Country Standard Time: Willie Nelson has postponed six tour dates due to illness, according to his web site. The illness was not specified. Postponed dates were March 17 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; March 18 in Melbourne, Fla., March 19 in Panama City, Fla., March 20 in Choctaw, Miss., March 21 in Marksville, La. and March 22 in Springdale, Ark.
Famed moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton died at the age of 61 at the his Parrotsville, Tennessee home. He allegedly committed suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide in an old Ford Fairlane he kept in a barn on his property a few days before serving an 18-month sentence in Federal Prison for illegally brewing spirits and possessing a firearm as a felon. Read Johnny Knoxville’s fitting post here.
Yallwire, Sidewalk Records, and Epiphone are giving fans a chance to win the Damn Right Rebel Proud Prize pack featuring an Epiphone Guitar, Custom III Sector 9 Skate Deck, New Album from Hank III Damn Right Rebel Proud on limited edition Vinyl & CD.
No Depression reports a March 24 release of Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm onVanguard Records. Some of the artists coerting the legendary Texas musician is Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Alvin, Delbert McClinton, Charlie Sexton, the Gourds, Jimmie Vaughan, Terry Allen (with Joe Ely), Greg Dulli, Freda & the Firedogs, Joe “King” Carrasco with the Texas Tornados, and Doug’s son Shawn Sahm (teaming with Doug’s longtime bandmate Augie Meyers). The disc’s tracks cover all periods of Sahm’s career, from the heyday of the Sir Douglas Quartet to Sahm’s solo outings and up through his later tenure in the Texas Tornados.
The Americana Music Association now has an Amazon storefront featuring lots of alt.country, roots and yes, Americana goodies just in time for Christmas. stock up kids, those CDs won’t buy themselves!