This Day in Music reports that today is birthday of Maria Muldaur (1943) and George Jones (1941) and the anniversary of Johnny Cash’s death (2003). In 1990, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announced that they would leave Fleetwood Mac after the ongoing tour ended.
Check out the link for other music-related notes concerning September 12.
Above is Muldaur’s signature tune, Midnight at the Oasis.
Above is No Show Jones. TDMB featured Jones last November.
The site has a news item today noting that George Jones is winding it down. But a long wind down it will be: He is embarking on a year-long goodbye tour and will continue recording.
The old guard is moving on. And it’s too bad: You won’t find lyrics like those of White Lightening in modern country music. It’s hard not to like verses such as this one, as posted at Cowboy Lyrics:
Well the “G” men, “T” men, revenuers, too
Searchin’ for the place where he made his brew
They were looking, tryin to book him,
But my pappy kept a-cookin’
Whshhhoooh . . . white lightnin’
They should work the song into an episode of Breaking Bad. Another interesting thing about this clip is that that guitar solo is solid rockabilly, not country.Not only is it funny, but it speaks of a time that is long gone. In many ways that’s for the better, but it is a bit sad at the same time.
Country star George Jones has started a year-long goodbye tour, according to Reuters. The tour started this month and is scheduled to conclude in November, 2013.
From Jones’ site:
The Grand Tour will visit approximately 60 cities in 2013. The star will perform many of his hits such as “White Lightning,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” and “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”.
Jones cancelled some concerts during the spring due to a respiratory infection. That led to concerns about his health which, fortunately, were unfounded.
Here is what’s happening today, updated as often as possible: NorthJersey.com offers reviews from the Associated Press and The Philadelphia Inquirer of work from Counting Crows, Monica, Bonnie Raitt and Loudon Wainwright III…The Washington Post calls Rebecca Pigeon’s sixth album, Slighshot, “dark and enchanting”…Kevin Puts won a Pulitzer Prize for music for Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts…Woody Guthrie’s music lives on, according to a story at The Republic (of Columbus, Indiana)…Screenwriter Melissa Webster likes old fashioned record stores…Splash.FM, which this GigaOm story describes as a social networking site for music, is live…In a short video at Singersroom, Andre Harrell, CEO of Harrell Records, says that the music business still is the place to be…Justin Kantor reviews The Very Best of T.S.O.B. Records, which features music from 1980 to 1982. TSOB stands for The Sounds of Brooklyn…I don’t know who Tracy Lawrence is, but I feel bad for him nonetheless…The first artists for the North Coast Music Festival set for Chicago over Labor Day Weekend have been announced…The Bellingham (WA) Herald posted PopMatter’s reviews of albums by Spiritualized, Moonface, Our Lady Peace, Horse Feathers and Dar Williams…Eighty-year-old country singer George Jones had to cancel shows in Minnesota and South Dakota due to an upper respiratory illness…According to Time magazine and last.fm, Atlanta now is the leader in oveerall music trends. Atlanta also led in hip hop and Montreal in indie trends.