Austin to Host iHeartRadio Country Festival; William Hurt Cast in Gregg Allman Biopic; Gill & Franklin to Play Leno

Juli Thanki | January 8th, 2014

  • Rolling Stone premiered new Drive-By Truckers song “Pauline Hawkins” from the band’s forthcoming record, English Oceans.
  • T Bone Burnett talks about his current projects and new label, Electromagnetic Recordings, in this interview posted on Variety.com.
  • A.J. Croce (son of Jim) has a new video for “Right on Time,” a track from his upcoming record, Twelve Tales, which includes material he recorded with Cowboy Jack Clement.
  • Rosanne Cash (who’s doing a Q&A session on Twitter this afternoon) has started a podcast series in which she goes through her new album track-by-track.
  • Cracker Barrel will release a deluxe edition of Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’s Bakersfield – containing four new tracks – on January 27. The duo will also appear on Leno tomorrow night. (via press release)
  • Get some free music from The Farewell Drifters. Then check out Blue Ridge OutdoorsJanuary Trail Mix, which features songs by Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, The Sacred Shakers, and many others.
  • Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers plan to release a currently-untitled record on April 29. Hopefully it’ll include “Mama Needs a Margarita.” (via press release)
  • Stream three songs from the reissue of Inside Dave Van Ronk.
  • Taste of Country asks, “What’s behind the ‘80s rock revival in country music?” Surprisingly, the answer is not “Satan.”
  • Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter) conducted a fine Q&A with Deana Carter.
  • Here’s the track listing for Eli Young Band’s 10,000 Towns, due out March 4.
  • On March 29, Austin will host the first iHeartRadio Country Festival. Scheduled acts include Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, and Eric Church. The event will be hosted by Bobby Bones.
  • Rolling Stone premiered a live take of The Allman Brothers’ “Statesboro Blues” recorded in 1992. In related news, actor William Hurt will portray Gregg Allman in Midnight Rider, an biopic based on Allman’s memoir, My Cross to Bear.
  • Thanks to a $75,000 grant, the folk music database in the Kodaly Center for Music Education at Holy Names University in Oakland will be able to double in size. Take some time to prowl around the current archive and maybe learn a sea shanty or two.
  1. Rick
    January 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Music City Roots is back in action tonight with their first live show of 2014! Artists slated to perform include Ashley Monroe, Steep Canyon Rangers, Joy Kills Sorrow, Westbound Rangers, and Ben Sollee. Sounds like one heck of a season opener! Grade: A!
    Link: http://musiccityroots.com/shows

    So digital download sales were down in 2013 and online streaming was up eh? This does not bode well for future profitability in the music recording business.

    I understand country radio’s next generation of listeners and that is exactly why I want nothing to do with AirHead Country radio and probably never will again! (lol)

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