Aldean’s Night Train Sells 409K Units in First Week; More Performers Added to CMA Awards; Remembering Minnie Pearl
Juli Thanki | October 25th, 2012
John McEuen talks about the 40th anniversary of landmark album Will the Circle be Unbroken in a video interview for Folk Alley.
Jason Aldean’s Night Train sold over 409,000 copies in its first week. Taylor Swift’s Red is expected to sell a million units this week.
Chely Wright remembers Sarah “Minnie Pearl” Cannon on what would have been the comedienne’s 100th birthday. Got any favorite Minnie Pearl memories?
Bassist Edgar Meyer on the term “crossover artist”: “I often shun the word,” he said by phone from his home in Nashville, Tenn. “It has such negative associations. It’s often done so poorly.” Blending musical traditions is tricky, he stressed. And yet most music now considered pure emerged from an amalgam of styles and influences, he said. “Bluegrass didn’t exist before 1945, and it’s a hybrid, combining some elements of old country music, blues and some of the fiddle music that came across from Europe.” Classical music is just as blended. “It’s 10 different things at some level. There is no more interesting figure in classical music than Bach, and he combined styles from across the continent and also brought in ideas that were 100 years old.” Rather than embracing the crossover tag, Meyer, 51, said he prefers, as Yo-Yo Ma does, to call himself “a musical explorer.”
Reba and Lily Tomlin talk about their new sitcom, Malibu Country, in this article.
In a Spotify-commissioned study about sex, romance, and seduction, respondents said that music is 40% more likely to turn them on than the touch/feel of their partner.
From Lee Stabert’s Nashville Scene piece about The Old 97s’ Too Far to Care anniversary tour: Personally, I have passed on multiple opportunities to see Old 97’s play live in recent years, yet I am breathlessly anticipating this show. Therein lies the dark secret of concert-going: We don’t want to hear the new stuff. Not really. The best albums — and the best songs — are time machines. They connect moments to each other across the expanse of time. Proust could have easily replaced his cookies with a guitar riff. I’m sure this band remembers the era when they made this album (though, after considering the content, maybe Miller would prefer not to). I certainly remember the period when I was listening to it. I was in college. I had a lot of feelings and drank a lot of beer. When I stand in the audience and experience Too Far To Care from start to finish, I will know that former self a little better.
Joanna Smith is featured on Billboard country blog The 615.
On this YouTube video posted by the AP, you can listen to the first known recording of a musical performance, made in 1878.
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.