Americana Festival Celebrates Best Year to Date; Toby Keith Surprises Military Wife; New Videos from Paul Thorn, Tift Merritt

Juli Thanki | September 20th, 2012

  • Gretchen Peters will perform at National Plug In Day, a celebration of electric cars, in Nashville this weekend.
  • Ryan Bingham chatted with Michael Easter of Men’s Health about bull riding, Euro Disney, and moving to L.A.
  • Paul Thorn’s got a new video for “What the Hell is Goin’ On.”
  • Jerrod Niemann talked with Tony Sauro of The Record about his new album, Free the Music, horns, and his Lefty Frizzell tattoo.
  • Geoffrey Himes previewed Zac Brown’s Southern Ground festival and record label.
  • Kellie Pickler, Jana Kramer, The Farm, and more will turn the Opry pink on October 30 in support of breast cancer awareness.
  • Wade Hayes talks about his cancer battle and new single with The 615.
  • Dwight Yoakam talks with CMT’s Chris Parton about new album 3 Pears. Yoakam was also featured on NPR.
  • Everyone knows that Del McCoury has the best hair in bluegrass. But Bluegrass Today is taking a poll on the topic in case you want to vote for another ‘do.
  • Edd Hurt wrote about the Americana Nick Lowe tribute album for the Nashville Scene.
  • Stream episodes of “Americana travel and lifestyle series” Bronco Roads, hosted by Stacy Dean Campbell.
  • Chris Mateer interviewed Freakwater’s Catherine Irwin about her new solo record, Little Heater.
  • Martina McBride found out via Twitter that RCA is releasing a 40-song compilation of her work for that label.
  • Paste has a couple videos of acoustic versions of songs from Tift Merritt’s upcoming album, Traveling Alone.
  • Kathleen Edwards, Polaris Prize nominee, occasionally feels like she “crashed the cool kids party,” as she told Spinner.com. “Like, I don’t know very many of these bands who’ve been nominated. And yeah, sometimes I feel like I have this persona ‘Oh, I’m just this country songwriter…’ but then when I get included in this it makes me feel like, ‘Y’know what? I do good work, what I do.’ And I’m hanging out with people who do good work in what they do, too.” 
  1. SamB
    September 20, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Didn’t RCA just put out a Hits and More compilation for Martina McBride? I would have assumed that was them finishing out her contract, so I’m surprised to find there’s another one on the way. And fans who bought that last compilation will be pretty miffed too.

  2. luckyoldsun
    September 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

    “And fans who bought that last compilation will be pretty miffed too.”

    If you’re going to get miffed over record labels putting out multiple compilations on an artist, then you’ll be in a perpetual state of “miffiness.”

    They do that on just about every artist who’s still saleable: a one-disc comilation, a 2-disc “more extensive” compilation, a 3- or 4- disc “box”–and then they start the whole thing over. If it gives you something you want, buy it. If it doesn’t, don’t.

  3. timeo
    September 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    @LuckyOldSun: My compliments, I loved this phrase (and plan to appropriate it for use elsewhere): If you’re going to get miffed over record labels putting out multiple compilations on an artist, then you’ll be in a perpetual state of “miffiness.

  4. Ben Foster
    September 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

    McBride’s Hits and More was a decent compilation, but there were a lot of great songs that it passed over (from genuine hits like “Safe In the Arms of Love” and “Wrong Again” to should’ve-been hits like “Cheap Whiskey” and “Phones Are Ringin’ All Over Town”), so I think it will be nice to see her get a more thorough retrospective of her RCA years, though I haven’t seen the actual track listing yet.

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