AKUS Records Music for The Simpsons; Video of Randy Travis’ Arrest Released; Dehlia Low to Take Hiatus

Juli Thanki | February 16th, 2012

  • Alison Krauss and Union Station recorded some music that’ll play on Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons.
  • Jim Caligiuri caught a three-hour Chris Isaak show in Austin: With a new backdrop simulating Sun Studios, Isaak concentrated on his latest album, Beyond the Sun, a collection of songs that were his childhood favorites – tunes associated with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others recorded or influenced by Sam Phillips at his famed Memphis recording studio. Dedicated to hillbilly sounds rather than the pop sheen of his own work, Isaak’s band Silvertone powered its way through mega-hits like “Ring of Fire,” while showing due restraint on tunes like the glistening “How’s the World Treating You.”
  • The police department in Sanger, Texas has released video of Randy Travis’ arrest.
  • Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains was interviewed by the New York Times. You can also stream the band’s new album on the site.
  • Dehlia Low will be taking “a touring hiatus at least through most of 2012” so the band members can spend time with their families and work on some “side project dreams.”
  • Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean article is about Phil Kaufman, road manager for acts like The Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Etta James, and numerous other artists.
  • The Academy of Country Music announced its radio station and personality award winners.
  • The Hunger Games soundtrack is full of country and Americana acts, including the Pistol Annies, Neko Case, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and more. Get the full track listing here.
  • The Civil Wars talk with Paste about their future plans and their Grammy wins for Best Country Duo and Best Folk Album: [N]obody is quite sure what to do with us, and we are just fine with that. More seriously, it is an honor to be recognized by your peers. We never set out to make a certain kind of record. Never set out to please other ears besides our own. Our criteria was simple: to create a series of songs we felt proud of, songs that we’d want to play night after night. People getting behind our music at all — including this way — is icing on the cake. We are grateful.
  • This year’s LA Bluegrass Situation (held May 3-6) looks fantastic, with Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Sean and Sara Watkins, Ed Helms, and more scheduled to perform.
  • Speaking of Steve Martin, he’ll be a guest on Conan tonight.
  1. Rick
    February 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I had never heard of the LA Bluegrass Situation prior to this and after seeing the shows are held at the Largo Coronet theater I understand why. That theater has no on-site parking and is just up the street from the very busy Beverly Center high end shopping mall. If you can find parking at all its at least $ 15. The surrounding residential neighborhoods have parking restrictions that require you to have window stickers issued to residents only. I went there to see Joey+Rory a couple of years back and the overall experience was such total bullsh*t I swore never to go back. Still I applaud actor Ed Helms for creating this event but just wish it was held at a more accessible and less expensive venue. Oh well…

    Hopefully the other songs on the Hunger Games soundtrack are more interesting than Taylor Swift’s contribution. Not even the Civil Wars can redeem that snooze fest.

    That Chris Isaak show sounds fantastic. I’m always glad to hear about top shelf modern artists paying tribute to the great songs of the 1950’s. Good on ya Chris!

  2. Ben Foster
    February 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I don’t think this was mentioned in any recent news roundups, but it was announced on Mary Chapin Carpenter’s official Facebook page that she will be releasing a new album this spring. It’s called “Ashes and Roses,” and it will be released on June 12.

  3. Rick
    February 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Cool New Act Alert!

    A British music pal just put me onto a cool new music video from a Swedish sister act named First Aid Kit. This is one of the best Gram Parsons tribute themed videos I’ve ever seen and was shot in Joshua Tree National Park where Gram’s body was cremated. First Aid Kit’s debut album “The Lion’s Roar” has become the best selling album in Sweden despite being totally Americana in style! To add to the strangeness factor it was recorded in Omaha Nebraska of all places! (lol) If you wanted to see these gals in concert, you’d have to fly to Europe first. That’s a shame as they’d be perfect for Music City Roots and make a great double bill with the Canadian cuties Dala.

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