Americana Added to Dictionary; Lady Antebellum Goes Unplugged; Ray Price Fills in for Loretta Lynn

Juli Thanki | August 26th, 2011

  • Jonny Corndawg is offering a free download of “Chevy Beretta” from his upcoming album.  Also be sure to check out this Corndawg-centric short film.
  • Chet Flippo discusses The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams and cites Country California in his newest column.
  • Next year marks Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday. Check out this site for a calendar of events and release dates for various Guthrie-related albums and books.
  • “Americana” music has been added to the next edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary. It’s defined as “a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music.”
  • Jewly Hight penned a piece on Angel Snow and Alison Krauss for the Nashville Scene.
  • Loretta Lynn had to cancel her September 3 performance as she is still recovering from knee surgery. But don’t get a refund, ticket holders: Ray Price is stepping in to sing.
  • CMASongwritersSeries.com is streaming tonight’s Boston performance featuring Matraca Berg, Kenny Chesney, Bob DiPiero, Craig Wiseman, Wendell Mobley, and Brett James. It starts at 8pm Eastern.
  • Lady Antebellum will play three unplugged shows (in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles) in September. Tickets (available exclusively through the band’s website, linked above) went on sale this morning.
  • Hank Williams Jr. came in at #13 on Billboard’s Top 25 Country Artists 1985-2011 Chart.
  • The Canadian government awarded over $80,000 (to be paid over three years) to help promote the New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, held annually outside Quebec.
  • Bluegrass and oldtime are the chocolate and peanut butter of American music. Close Kin, an album due out November 15, is an album that combines the two styles with a lineup that includes Adam Steffey and the Snyder Family Band. There’s a 15 minute video on YouTube about the project that’s full of fabulous music, including a cover of Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson’s “Rattlin’ Bones.”
  • Check out Lucinda Williams’ video for “Copenhagen” from her most recent album, Blessed. This is Williams’ first music video.

  1. Rick
    August 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry artists include Kip Moore, Joe Diffie, Gene Watson, Mel Tillis, and Pam Tillis. Grade B.

    Thanks to the link above I’ll probably be listening to the CMA Songwriters Series streaming audio instead.

    That “Close Kin” project sounds fairly interesting. Guess I’ll have to investigate further.

    Lucinda Williams makes my skin crawl. Always has, always will…

  2. Rick
    August 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Ummm, turns out that CMA Songwriter’s Show was last night on Thursday August 25th. Oh well, the Opry now wins by default…

  3. Jeremy Dylan
    August 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Apropo of nothing in particular, I saw Jon interviewing my friend Jim Lauderdale backstage at the Station Inn a couple of nights ago, via their new video stream service – well, it’s new to me at least.
    The stream of the whole wonderful show (featuring Jim and his crack bluegrass band) is archived here: http://livestre.am/10lVR

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