RIP Stephen Bruton

  • The fine folks at the 9513 brought to my attention the sorry news that Kris Kristofferson’s longtime guitarist Stephen Bruton has succumbed to throat cancer.
  • Country music legends Charley Pride and Marty Stuart and bluesman Pinetop Perkins will headline the third annual Mississippi Grammy gala.
  • Recycle your cell phones to support Nuci’s Space and get free merch coupons from the Drive-By Truckers official Store!
  • The New York Times has a piece on Steve Earle and his course in recording his trubute to his mentor Texas singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt.

Popmatters Picks Bests

Over at, the always excellent Juli Thanki had the fortunate,
if challenging, duty of picking the top Bluegrass Albums and best Country Music of 2008, and Andrew Gilstrap also does a great job of picking the best Americana releases of 2008.

the great thing about Chritmas is being with family…er…I mean gettig cool stuff! Get over to the 9513, those guys have tons of stuff the’re giving away for the holidays with thier 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.