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.
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.
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.