Yesterday, we listened to Ameripolitan western swing nominees Big Cedar Fever. Their first full-length album (13 songs) will be released this year. They don’t have a release date set yet, but they said possibly around June. The majority of the songs they play at shows are classics, some of which are 90 or 100 years old or even older. The majority of the songs on the record are originals. They will perform at Ameripolitan in Memphis next month, and Georgia Parker will be in the all-women Ameripolitan tribute to Cindy Walker. I won’t be able to get free to travel to Memphis this year, but I went to Ameripolitan last year, and it is a fun experience. Big Cedar Fever will also play a couple of shows in Nashville.
Jake Penrod is another Ameripolitan artist of interest. The country traditionalist has both a studio album and a live album in the pipeline, and Country Side of Harmonica Sam recorded one of his songs, which might be on their next album.
Here’s a detailed article about Grand Ole Opry appearances:
Generally, it appears all of the Opry’s recent membership additions have been showing up regularly. I don’t know what to make of the whole Opry “membership” deal. Some who aren’t members do show up a lot, and some who are members never show. It seems almost like more of an insult to the frequent guests who aren’t invited than anything else. Regardless, it’s a curiosity to see which members actually show up.