ACM Awards Presenters Announced; David Cantwell’s Merle Haggard Book Due This Fall; Shemekia Copeland to Headline Chicago Blues Festival

Juli Thanki | April 4th, 2013

  • Reba, Keith Urban, Jake Owen, and Miranda Lambert are a few of the folks scheduled to present at the ACM Awards on Sunday night.
  • Scott Lucas is back on the road with Local H after recovering from vocal cord injuries sustained in Moscow when he was put into a chokehold until unconscious, then robbed. Lucas will be taking his other band, Scott Lucas & The Married Men, out on the road later this month.
  • Justin Townes Earle on the recording process: “We work from noon to midnight, period,” he says. “I recorded ‘The Good Life’ in five days. I recorded ‘Midnight at the Movies’ in six. ‘Harlem River Blues’ in four. And we recorded this last one, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change,’ in seven.” 
  • Rosanne Cash is playing a benefit concert to help the South Street Seaport Museum raise funds to restore The Lettie G. Howard, a fishing schooner built in 1893.
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Kim Richey about her new record, Thorn in My Heart (out April 16).
  • If you watched Justified the other night, you heard some of Dave Alvin’s cover of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” Listen to the full track here.
  • Stream Brad Paisley’s Wheelhouse on iTunes.
  • Listen to Jason Davis’ recording of “Bootleg John” (from an upcoming, untitled solo project) on Bluegrass Today. Davis plays banjo for Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice.
  • Steven Hyden of Grantland takes a look at new records from The Band Perry, Kacey Musgraves, and Ashley Monroe.
  • Enter this contest for the chance to win two four-day passes and four nights lodging for this June’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
  • There’s a new feature on Pharis and Jason Romero posted on The Georgia Straight‘s website.
  • The stars of Nashville performed at 3rd & Lindsley earlier this week as part of Tin Pan South.
  • Launching in June: The Full English, “the most comprehensive searchable database of English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world.” Users will be able to access the digital archive—which will include more than 58,000 items—for free.
  • Winona Dimeo-Ediger lists ten life lessons she’s learned from country music. Sadly, she has not yet learned the most important country music lesson: never take a walk down by the river with a person of the opposite sex. It will not end well. What lessons have you learned from county songs?
  1. Jon
    April 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Great news about Cantwell’s book – he’s the real deal!

  2. Ken Morton, Jr.
    April 4, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Sadly, she has not yet learned the most important country music lesson: never take a walk down by the river with a person of the opposite sex.

    Funny…I’m busy listening to the new album by Maggie Rose and the song playing while I’m reading this comment is another “don’t go by the water with your significant other” song called “Preacher’s Daughter”: http://youtu.be/rao6Du_cw8s.

  3. Janice Brooks
    April 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Rodney Haydon has done some good covers over the years including Shavers “Black Rose” Got to meet him in Austin back before I had my station.

  4. Janice Brooks
    April 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Justified should be on my watch list considering both cast and soundtrack choices.

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