ACM Fan Voting Opens; “Forever Pete” Campaign Aims to Get Seeger on the Charts; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | March 20th, 2012

  • Sam Adams of the Philadelphia Inquirer reviewed a recent Hank 3 show.
  • Forever Pete is a campaign to help Pete Seeger become the oldest musician to have a charting single. Check out a video of Seeger’s version of “Forever Young” on the campaign website. 
  • Jo Cox of More Than the Music interviewed Gretchen Peters. Here’s an excerpt where Peters talks about her popularity in the UK compared to the States: My first record came out in the US and was roundly rejected by country radio and didn’t work as a country record. I wasn’t Shania Twain which is where they were going. Over here I found an audience that didn’t seem to care about that. Radio didn’t seem to be so concerned about who are you and where you fit. That was enough to keep me coming back year after year and keep touring here. 
  • Moot Davis was on NPR’s Weekend Edition playing a couple songs from Man About Town and talking about how he first got interested in country music: with a soda commercial.
  • Neil Young’s album with Crazy Horse, Americana, is set for a June 5 release date. The tracks are classic folk songs, like “Wayfarin’ Stranger” and “Tom Dooley.”
  • Thanks to an anonymous donor, folks who can tune in SUNY Plattsburgh’s radio station, WARP, will be hearing more bluegrass.
  • Jim White on songwriting and melodies: I’ll tell you what Hank Williams said when he wrote “Your Cheating Heart”. He said to a friend, “I wrote a real good song. It’s called ‘Your Cheating Heart’,” and told his friend the lyrics and the friend said, “Wow, those are good lyrics. What’s the music like?” And he said, “oh, it’s a slow one.” So you don’t really have to come up with 2,000 different melodic templates. You come up with a basic template – like with me it’s verse, prechorus, chorus, verse, prechorus, chorus, bridge, verse, chorus, out. That’s a standard template that I use. Then from there, it’s just little accents and chord voicings. I don’t think you have to be a musical genius to write your own songs. You just have to be determined and resourceful.
  • Daniel Mullins of Bluegrass Today takes a look back at the Osborne Brothers’ 1969 album Up to Date and Down to Earth.
  • Steve Earle’s “Good Ol’ Boy (Getting’ Tough)” is American Songwriter’s Lyric of the Week.
  • Taylor Swift on contributing to the Hunger Games soundtrack, where she wrote a song from the main character’s point of view: “Slipping into her mind was such a wonderful break…It’s pretty intense writing about my own life, my own struggles. It was almost like a vacation to get to write from someone else’s perspective.”
  • ACM Awards fan voting for New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year opened yesterday.
  • Neal McCoy talks about new album XII and working with Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, something he felt allowed him access to a higher quality of songs than he’d have gotten otherwise.
  • Speaking of Miranda, she’s got one goal she hasn’t achieved yet: I would love to have a song that I wrote by myself to win a “song of the year” award. There is just something special, something that makes you reach deep down into who you are as an artist, when you write a song all on your own. I wrote “Dear Diamond” and “Safe” on “Four the Record” on my own, and I am so proud of those songs.
  • Buddy Melton of Balsam Range is still recovering from his farm accident. His ten-hour facial reconstruction surgery was successful, and the surgeons and OR nurse now have lifetime of passes to Balsam Range shows and free CDs coming their way.
  • This week’s album releases:

Casey James Casey James

Lynyrd Skynyrd Same Old Blues: Live in London, 1975 (DVD)

Various Artists The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

  1. Ben Foster
    March 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Miranda so needs to release “Dear Diamond” as a single. I could easily see it at least getting a nomination for Song of the Year, if not winning.

  2. Jeff Giddens
    March 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Love that Jim White quote. And agreed on “Dear Diamond” for Miranda, though I think “Nobody’s Fool” could work well as this record’s “Only Prettier”.

  3. nm
    March 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    That is probably my favorite song of Steve Earle’s. Top 5, anyway.

  4. Rick
    March 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I hope that Pete Seeger campaign falls flat on its fellow traveler face, hopefully just like Obama’s come November…

    Gee, I thought the title of that Steve Earle song was “Good Ol’ Commie Boy (Getting Tough)”. Maybe Steve can join forces with Pete Seeger since birds of a feather flock together. Crikey!

    Gosh, as far as Miranda is concerned I’d nominate “Trailer For Rent” for song of the year. I think that trailer and the boyfriend are both a good metaphor for Top 40 AirHead Country Radio these days. I grew tired of that sh*t years ago.

    So does Sam Adams of the Philadelphia Enquirer drink a Boston Lager? Hmmm…

    Is Casey James the American Idol supplied replacement for Bucky Covington? Hey Casey, keep your hand out of the till!

  5. Barry Mazor
    March 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Rick, thanks so much for sharing.

    If only everybody could make lists of what they hate, and have so many obsessions, this would be such a charming place.

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