Banjo Symposium Coming to UNC-Chapel Hill; Taylor Swift Breaks Digital Sales Record; New Videos from The Flatlanders, Drew Kennedy

Juli Thanki | August 23rd, 2012

  • Ray Price is working on a new album, reports Markos Papadatos.
  • There’s a neat article on IndyWeek.com about this weekend’s banjo symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Joy Kills Sorrow’s “Jason” was yesterday’s video of the day over at Spinner.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at the Republican National Convention. (via press release)
  • Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, and Larry Cordle will perform there, too.
  • Steve Earle is writing a memoir: “It’s not an autobiography, it’s a literary memoir, a little more abstract. It’s not like, ‘I was born a poor black child…’ and it doesn’t try and encompass every minute of my life – I think it’s about something besides me. It’s really about heroes and mentors good and bad, so obviously the first part is about [renowned songwriter and Earle’s mentor] Townes [Van Zandt], before I started making records – the record-making aspect is in other books about me I understand, I’ve never read any of them. The second part is about the period of time that everybody thinks they know about but don’t, which is the three-and-a-half or four years just before I sorta slipped off the edge of the earth and the period when I was gone. And the third part of it is basically about recovery – I think it’s going to end long before the present day, we’ll see.”
  • Here are some videos from KEXP’s No Depression night, featuring Shovels & Rope, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Legendary Oaks, and Fly Moon Royalty.
  • Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” broke the record for the best digital sales week by a female artist, with over 623,000 downloads.
  • David Morris of Bluegrass Today catches up with Ben Eldridge of the Seldom Scene.
  • The BMI stage at the upcoming Austin City Limits Music Festival has a damn good lineup, with Punch Brothers, Kenny Vaughan, Patterson Hood, Megan McCormick, and more all slated to play.
  • Tony DuShane of the San Francisco Chronicle profiled Bay Area country band Red Meat.
  • Music Fog posted a Wade Bowen video this morning.
  • Rolling Stone premiered a new Flatlanders video. The band’s Odessa Tapes, recorded in 1972 and thought lost, have been recovered and will be released next week.
  1. Rick
    August 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Well it’s nice to finally see that some real talent is going to perform at the Republican National Convention after all. Personally I’d invite both Charlie Daniels and Hank Jr. to both perform and give keynote speeches! Now that would be a hoot. I could just see the disclaimers scrolling across the screen during Hank Jr’s tirade against Obama. (lol) So Jon W., will you be joing Larry Cordle and Carl Jackson on stage for this one?

    [Edited.]

    I’ve got a ticket to go “see” Tift Merritt at LA’s McCabe’s Guitar Shop in a couple of months. Her music is just an added bonus! (lol)

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