ACM Donates $2.5 Million to Hall of Fame; New Wanda Jackson Album Due in October; Miranda Lambert on Voice Rest
Juli Thanki | July 11th, 2012
The Academy of Country Music will donate $2.5 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to help underwrite the “ACM Contemporary Gallery,” which will showcase trends in modern country music.
Wanda Jackson’s got a new album in the works. Unfinished Business, due out October 9, will be produced by Justin Townes Earle and have songs including a cover of “California Stars.” Check out the track listing and watch a short video about the project on RollingStone.com.
Dale Cockrell, Director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, and archivist John Fabke spoke with Tony Gonzalez of the Tennessean about the Center’s plans for an interactive website to preserve songs about Tennessee: In his research, Fabke said he found Tennessee described as a mythical “Shangri-La,” where everyone wants to go. “It’s a place that you’re from, with the romance of where you’re from or going back to,” he said. Hundreds of songs — arguably more than all but a few other states — describe state wildlife, the feats of Davy Crockett, and a place almost constantly in motion, by road, river and rail. “What is it about Tennessee? Is it this mythical place? Or an easy rhyme?” Fabke asked. “Or was there something going on that was more active and interesting than Louisiana or Michigan or Indiana?” Assembling the collection doesn’t give Fabke time to answer his own questions, but the center’s archivists anticipate researchers will seize on the new website for scholarly work.
Here’s a clip of Robert Plant and the Band of Joy playing “Gallows Pole” from the Live from the Artists Den DVD, which came out yesterday.
Bill DeMain of Mental Floss asks, “Why were CD longboxes so popular in the early ‘90s?”
Town Mountain’s next album, Leave the Bottle, will be released September 4 on Pinecastle Records. (via press release)
Congratulations to the winner of our Drew Kennedy giveaway: Arlene.
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Here’s a mini-documentary about Austin-based band, Crooks.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.