Americana Music Awards Nominees Announced; Third Man to Reissue Sun Records Singles; BBC Radio 4 Broadcast Gets Yodel-Bombed
Juli Thanki | May 15th, 2013
Shovels & Rope earned four Americana Music Awards nominations yesterday afternoon. Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris got three each. Read the full list here; the winners will be announced September 18 at the Americana Awards and Honors Ceremony, which will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale.
Willie Nelson has donated more than $120,000 to relief efforts following the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion.
A BBC Radio 4 news broadcast got “yodel-bombed” when, due to an alleged “glitch,” it was accidentally interrupted by a snippet of “Jesus Put a Yodel in My Soul.” Listen here.
NoiseTrade is offering a Dawes/Shovels & Rope sampler.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has some fun events planned for this year’s CMA Music Fest.
John Fogerty goes through his new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone (out May 28), track-by-track. Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and Miranda Lambert are a few of the guests who appear on the record.
Cindy Cashdollar is the artist in residence for this year’s Ellnora Guitar Festival, which will be held in early September at the Krannert Center on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana.
Nancy Dunham of Relix wrote a feature on Richard Thompson. Here’s an excerpt in which Thompson talks about his newest album, Electric: “The songs were written very closely together and, when you do that, there is a cohesiveness to them,” he says. “But there isn’t a theme. It is the time and place that hold them together. It’s another chapter in my life.” Thompson insists the chapter reflects the reality of his life as a grounded, mature musician. “I don’t want to be like The Rolling Stones, pretending to be a young star,” he says. “I wrote one song [“Stony Ground”] about an old man who still lusts after young women and seems quite foolish doing so. That’s something that doesn’t get written about very much. If I see a trend in this record, it is more about age and getting older. I am trying to write real songs about that.”
Jake Owen’s spent the last eight months working with Tony Brown on a new record, reports Chris Parker of the Charleston City Paper.
Google has made licensing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment “to introduce an on-demand music streaming service that would compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and others, according to executives knowledgeable with the contracts.”
Steve Earle on “Calico County,” a song from his fine new album, The Low Highway: I think there are a lot of songs in country music nowadays that glorify redneck-ism to the point that it’s a little disturbing to me. I think some point to songs like “Copperhead Road” as the reason they’re doing that. “Copperhead Road” is actually part of a really political record about my growing up during the Vietnam War era. I wrote that album at the same time that Platoon was being made. It was a long time before anybody started talking about Vietnam, but people my age all grew up with it. Whether you went or didn’t go, it was part of your life. “Calico County” is tongue in cheek, but it’s pretty dark. I think it’s a more honest look at stuff that pops up every once in a while, this glorification. I mean, I’m not someone who uses “party” as a verb. I’m not. I’m in recovery for one thing and have been for a long time. (laughs) Even when I did take drugs and drink, I didn’t use “party” as a verb. “Calico County” is my little backlash against that mentality.
Give a listen to The Cherry Pickers and their self-titled EP over at Bluegrass Today.
Jack White’s Third Man Records and Sun Records have formed an “ongoing partnership,” allowing Third Man to reissue classic Sun Records singles. Due out May 21: Johnny Cash’s “Get Rhythm,” The Prisonaires’ “Just Walking in the Rain,” and Rufus Thomas’ “Bear Cat.”
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.