2013 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Dates Unveiled; Natalie Maines to Release Solo Record; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | January 7th, 2013

  • Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks will release a new album called Mother on May 7. The album is produced by Ben Harper.
  • Andy Griggs and Bobby Pinson have written a song, called “20 Little Angels,” about the victims of the Newtown shooting tragedy. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of the song, including iTunes fees that will be waived, will go to the victims’ families.
  • The Academy of Country Music will reveal who will host the 2013 awards with Blake Shelton once their “Tweet to Unlock” campaign hits 25,000 tweets.
  • The Farm was interviewed by Lorie Hollabaugh for The Boot.
  • The 2013 dates of San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival were announced: block off October 4-6 on your calendar.
  • Spin‘s David Bevan interviewed Caitlin Rose. An excerpt: “I used to be fast and loose with the term ‘country’ because I didn’t know what else to call my music,” she explains. “I still don’t. Especially now. It was just me with a guitar, so when anybody asked I’d just shout, ‘I write country songs!’ like a little asshole. But now, I don’t really know what it is. I can’t really fit anywhere else, so I just take the corner booth.”
  • Grand Ole Opry historian Byron Fay listed his wishes for country music’s most famous radio show–and for many of its members.
  • The site for Australia’s Country Music Channel posted an interview with Emerson Drive’s Danick Dupelle about the band’s new release, Roll.
  • “Sources” say that all those LeAnn Rimes bikini photos are staged by her camp, who tip off her location to the paparazzi.
  • Chuck Dauphin of Billboard interviewed former American Idol competitor Jason Castro–he was the one with the long dreadlocks–about his album, Only a Mountain, that’s coming out next week.
  • New music videos:

LeAnn Rimes“Borrowed”

Josh Abbott Band“Touch” and three other live performances for CMT 

Shaun Anton “See You Again”

Lindsay Bruce “Stupid and Seventeen”

Doug Briney “Déjà vu All Over Again”

The Bone Collector featuring Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson“My Baby Looks Good in Camouflage”

Miley Cyrus “Jolene”

Josh Doyle “Everyone’s Alone”

  1. Arlene
    January 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

    FYI. The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival always take plase during the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of October– and Emmylou Harris always closes the festival by performing the last set on Sunday on the Banjo stage.

  2. timeo
    January 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Natalie Maines’ album is produced by Ben Harper, not Ben Folds.

  3. Ken Morton, Jr.
    January 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Timeo, thanks for the correction. I got the update made above. That’ll teach me from trying to multi-task in different genres again.

  4. Rick
    January 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Lindsay Bruce is yet another fresh faced Taylor Swift wannabee on the scene! Lindsay does have the advantages of possessing a nicer voice that stays on pitch and is cuter than Taylor, but those traits and $ 5 will get her a cup of coffee at Starbucks and that’s about all these days…

    Caitlin Rose is definitely a whack-job, but at least she is interesting and unique and so is her music! Her cover of the Rolling Stones song “Dead Flowers” is one of the best I’ve ever heard.

    My wish for the Opry is that it would cease being geared towards ease of booking (ie all the mostly over the hill Opry Legends) and targeting the Branson audience demographic. The Opry used to be somewhat relevant in the overall context of the country music realm of its day. Nowadays its mostly boring and repetitious. Thank goodness for appearances by artists like Elizabeth Cook, Sunny Sweeney, Kristen Kelly, the Pistol Annies, and Striking Matches that make small portions of it worth listening to now and then.

  5. Jeremy Dylan
    January 8, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Natalie Maines’ album is produced by Ben Harper, not Ben Folds.

    She has a multi-album plan that involves being produced by a different Ben each time, with one album released every year.

    She is expect to release her Ben Bernanke duets record in 2024.

  6. Rick
    January 8, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Jeremy, it’s nice to see you back in action here at Engine 145 after your worldwide tour with “The King of Broken Hearts”. I hear the screening in Gulargambone, NSW was a smash hit! (lol)

    Is a bio-pic on Bill Chambers next on your list? Or maybe that music video for Ashleigh Dallas! Or how about a project with the Hillbilly Killers band…(lol)

  7. Barry Mazor
    January 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    It is very difficult for the Opry to consistently get younger stars and up and comers without the regular TV power, and there has been sponsorship only enough for occasional TV…Lets hope some creative 21st century ways to get around that are identified..

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