Jesse Winchester’s final album, A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (produced by Mac McAnally), will be released on September 16. (via press release)
Zavitson Music Group, current owners of Cowboy Jack Clement’s home/studio, have proposed that the City of Nashville designate the building as a neighborhood landmark in order to get around current zoning codes that make it illegal to operate a business out of a home. Nate Rau (The Tennessean) writes that doing so “would preserve its commercial use and allow the company to move its offices there and start using the recording studio. To achieve the designation, the property must establish its cultural significance, work through zoning issues such as parking with Metro and receive approval from the Planning Commission.”
Elias Leight of The Atlantic writes that the compilation Country Funk, Vol. 2 shows that “country music has always been more progressive than it is often given credit for.”
Here’s a video for Randy Travis’s cover of “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me.”
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.