Saving Country Music posts that Texas Country Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver is set to be honored by Corsicana, TX, the town he was born in. The city will rename a portion of thierÂ 15th Street in Corsicana to â€œBilly Joe Shaver Way,â€ as well as adding a prominent â€œBilly Joe Shaver Wayâ€ exit off of Interstate 45.Â Also planned is a long overdue Billy Joe â€œAppreciation Day,â€ tentatively set for Tuesday, October 12, featuring fellow Texas legend Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Randy Rogers Band and others. Though these events are currently in the planning stage none of the details, as yet, are complete. I’ll post again when the finished details come my way.
In more “it’s about damn time” news: George Jones, along with Al Dexter, and Ray Winkler have been inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.Guest performers for the even were Mel Tillis and the Statesiders. Also performing will be the Justin Trevino Band featuring Tony Booth, Georgette Jones, Frankie Miller, Darryl McCall, Mona McCall, Amber Digby and Curtis Potter. The legendary Ralph Emery hosted the event. (via 9513.com)
And speaking of The Possum; His ex-wife and creative partner Tammy Wynetteâ€™s life and music are being honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit, â€œTammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Musicâ€ features a video by Faith Hill speaking at length about Tammyâ€™s influence. The exhibit will run through June 12 of 2011.
Neil Young’s next album will be titled Le Noise and will be produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris.) The release date is September 28th andwill be available in Vinyl, CD and iTtunes in the first edition, followed by Blu-Ray, followed by a free APP for I-Phone and I-Pad later. Young will soon launch a tour in September, to bring aid and awareness to the oil-stricken Gulf Coast.