An excerpt from Ann Powers’ fine NPR piece on the importance of archives: “[Archives] offer more than the dominant flavors of a musical era. I asked George Washington University professor Gayle Wald, whose 2007 biography of Sister Rosetta Tharpe brought her back into the spotlight for a new generation, about this link between archival work and telling untold stories. ‘The importance of the archive cannot be overstated, especially for musicians and audiences who do not claim the media spotlight, or who might be vulnerable to misrepresentation,’ she replied. ‘Archives are not just places people go for information; they can and do change our approach to, and determine the questions we ask of, music, the music industry and musical scenes.’…These days, there’s a lot of attention to the fact that people constantly note their own activities on social media sites from Facebook to Instagram, and in the ersatz “archives” on their hard drives and cell phones. If there’s any bigger conversation happening about archiving, it leans toward the idea that this era is overly preserved. But ersatz rarely becomes permanent.”
K.T. Oslin is playing a couple rare shows in Nashville this month. Peter Cooper talks with the ‘80s Lady in his new Tennessean column.
Chuck Dauphin shines The 615’s spotlight on The Chris Weaver Band, an Americana band with a “definite R&B/soul twinge.”
T Bone Burnett to Jonathan Bernstein of American Songwriter: We’re no longer living in “This Land Is Your Land,” it’s a bigger world than what Woody Guthrie was living in, it’s more like this world is your world, right? …We have to have conscience. Art, at its best, will create conscience, so that’s part of what we’re trying to do, create conscience in ourselves, in our music, through our music.
Howe Gelb’s new album, The Coincidentalist, is streaming before its November 5 release date.
PBS’ “Americana Weekend” is scheduled for later this month. The documentary Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana will premiere on November 23 and ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival will air the following day.
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.