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Here you will find recent "roots-related" stories on the internet. Keep in mind that the links (date of article) go directly to the story or article that is mentioned. 
 
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March 18th - Promising young Nashville singer Buck Jones dies in Texas accident. Jim Lauderdale thought enough of Jones to sing on his debut album, "Lucky Star" from 2005.
Feb. 16th - Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris and Brad Paisley are among the stars appearing on the June Carter Cash tribute album Anchored in Love, due June 19 from Dualtone. The release will coincide with a biography of the same name penned by Cash's son John. With the exception of Ralph Stanley, who recorded "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" at the southwest Virginia home of the Carter Family, Anchored in Love was recorded throughout 2006 on the Cash family property in Hendersonville, Tenn.
Feb. 1st - Bloodshot Records is set to release a tribute to Larry Brown, a compilation of tunes by artists who were his friends, fans and peers. Among those are Alejandro Escovedo (whom Larry performed with periodically), T-Model Ford, Vic Chesnutt, Jim Dickinson (with Duff Dorrough), Robert Earl Keen, Cary Hudson (Blue Mountain), Brent Best (Slobberbone, The Drams) and the North Mississippi Allstars. Just One More, A Musical Tribute to Larry Brown, A Great American Author will be in stores May 22, 2007.
Jan. 19th - Country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price have wrapped work on a collaborative album, "Last of the Breed," due March 20 via Lost Highway. The double-disc set sports 22 songs recorded with producer Fred Foster in Nashville. They're planning a March tour in support of the album, with Asleep At The Wheel serving as the backing band.
Jan. 9th - "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, a steel guitar prodigy who rose to fame as one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers, has died. - He was 72. Kleinow, who also worked in film as an award-winning animator and special effects artist, died Saturday at a Petaluma convalescent home near the skilled nursing facility where he had been living with Alzheimer's disease since last year, his daughter Anita Kleinow said. During a musical career that spanned six decades, Kleinow helped define the country-rock genre in the late 1960s and 1970s by taking the instrument he had picked up as a teenager in South Bend, Ind., to California. Besides co-founding the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds'  Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons in 1968, he enjoyed a steady gig as a session musician, recording with such singer-songwriters as John Lennon, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and  Joni Mitchell and bands as varied as the Bee Gees and Sly and the Family Stone. Kleinow's last public performance was at a 2005 tribute concert in Parsons' memory. He played and recorded regularly with Burrito Deluxe, a band he founded in 2000 following the rebirth of alt-country music and fronted until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Jan. 8th - Fifty years into his legendary music career, Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner has been signed to LA-based Anti- records, and will release a Marty Stuart produced project entitled Wagonmaster in May.
Jan. 5th, '07 - There's a new Ry Cooder album on the horizon! My Name Is Buddy, the follow-up to 2005's Grammy Award-nominated Chavez Ravine, will be released by Nonesuch/Perro Verde in March. Each of the album's 17 songs will be accompanied by a vignette written by Cooder and a drawing by artist Vincent Valdez.
Dec. 25th - James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early today (Dec. 25), his agent said. He was 73.
Dec. 7th - Nominations for the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced. In the Pop Field, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Neil Youngand Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint all recieved nominations. In the Best Country Album category, The Dixie Chicks' Taking The Long Way is nominated along with You Don't Know Me: The Songs Of Cindy Walker by Willie Nelson. Notable songs nominayed are the Duhks' "Heaven's My Home," Solomon Burke & Dolly Parton for "Tomorrow Is Forever," and "The Eleventh Reel" by Chris Thile. In the newly re-named Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album category, the nominations are Solo Acoustic Vol. 1 by Jackson Browne; Black Cadillac by Rosanne Cash; Workbench Songs by Guy Clark; Modern Times by Bob Dylan; and All The Roadrunning by Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris. Best Bluegrass Album nominees include Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives, Rhonda Vincent, The Grascals and Ricky Skaggs. The GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 11, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8 11:30 p.m.
Nov. 14th - CHARLIE LOUVIN, half of the legendary country music duo The Louvin Brothers alongside his late brother Ira, will release his first album in over 10 years February 20th, 2007 on New York City's Tompkins Square label. The album was recorded in Spring/Summer 2006 with producer Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Calexico, Candi Staton) in Nashville and features guest appearances by Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy, Will Oldham, Tom T. Hall, George Jones, Bobby Bare Sr., Tift Merritt, Marty Stuart and others. Louvin selected classic Louvin Brothers material as well as some country favorites popularized by Jimmie Rogers, The Delmore Brothers, The Carter Family, and The Monroe Brothers. Charlie also sings a moving tribute to his late brother Ira.
Oct. 23rd - Congratulations are in order for Billy Joe Shaver, whose lifelong run of hard luck and heartache has been documented in his canon of country music masterpieces. Shaver married Wanda Lynn Canady on Friday, October 13 in Las Vegas. Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top's bearded front man, presided over the ceremony. This marks the second time Shaver has married Canady. He married his late wife Brenda on three separate occasions. Shortly after the wedding, Shaver cracked a vertebra while "Indian Wrestling" with a friend. Shaver is expected to make a full recovery.
Oct. 19th - Neil Young's most recent album, Living With War, will get a second go-round, with a stripped down re-release of the disc set to launch, pointedly, as an Election Day digital download. The reworked and remastered Living With War-Raw--featuring Young on guitar and vocals, Rick Rosas on bass and Chad Cromwell on drums--will be available through iTunes starting Nov. 7, along with four Young-directed videos of songs from the album. The package will hit store shelves Dec. 19 with a limited edition CD/DVD combo disc featuring videos directed by Young for every song on the album. November will also see the release of another hidden Young gem as the artist begins the long-rumored roll-out of his "Archives Performance" series with a classic performance from the past. Live at the Fillmore East 1970 will feature selections from Young and Crazy Horse's March 6-7 run at the legendary New York venue.
Oct. 14th - Freddy Fender, the "Bebop Kid" of the Texas-Mexico border who later turned his twangy tenor into the smash country ballad "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," died Saturday. He was 69. Fender, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2006, died at noon at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas, with his family at his bedside. Fender hit it big in 1975 after some regional success, years of struggling -- and a stint in prison -- when "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" climbed to No. 1 on the pop and country charts. More recently, he played with Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez and others in two Tex-Mex all-star combos, the Texas Tornados and Los Super Seven. Freddy's web site.
Sept. 30th - Burkett Howard "Uncle Josh" Graves, whose bluesy Dobro innovations helped keep that curious and difficult instrument alive in country and bluegrass music, died Saturday in Nashville after a lengthy illness. One of only a few professional Dobro players in the 1950s when he joined Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys, he exhibited dynamic musicianship and stage presence that reached audiences who watched Flatt and Scruggs' TV show and came to concerts.
Sept. 21st - Don Walser, the Brownfield native and western swing vocalist whose soaring tenor-to-falsetto yodel earned him the label "the Pavarotti of the Plains," died Wednesday in Austin. He was 72.

 

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