Bankesters Offer Sneak Peek at New Album; Celebrate Louis Armstrong at Satchmo Summerfest; Is Cracker Barrel Country Music’s Starbucks?
Juli Thanki | August 2nd, 2013
Vince Gill and Paul Franklin talk gear with Premier Guitar.
JD McPherson played a session for WEXT. Listen here.
Our filmmaking pal Jeremy Dylan (remember that time we interviewed him about the Jim Lauderdale documentary?)finished a new project: a short documentary on the making of Australian country singer Jasmine Rae’s new record, If I Want To. Check it out.
Take a sneak peek at the forthcoming Bankesters album, Love Has Wheels.
Cracker Barrel is a “country version of Starbucks, selling well-targeted CDs to its restaurant customers,” writes Don Steinberg of The Wall Street Journal. An excerpt from the article: “You can hyper-target your consumer there,” says Brinson Strickland, a talent manager in Nashville whose client Clint Black has an exclusive album debuting on Cracker Barrel’s label next week…”They know exactly who their customer is. Cracker Barrel sells exactly the same thing that country music does, which is familiarity and comfort.”
The Commerce Department is now including creations in the arts and entertainment industries as part of the nation’s GDP. This CBS News video about it includes a sound bite from Jason Isbell.
Ethnomusicologist Greg C. Adams discusses the banjo’s history and rising popularity in this Smithsonian blog post.
Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean column covers the 30th anniversary of Restless Heart.
Jazz guitarist Julian Lage and Punch Brother Chris Eldridge are playing a number of East Coast shows as a duo.
Celebrate Louis Armstrong’s legacy this weekend at the 13th annual Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans.
Jewly Hight interviewedAndrew Marlin, one-half of Americana duo Mandolin Orange.
Darin & Brooke Aldridge’s next record, Flying, will be released September 17. You can listen to snippets from the album on Amazon.
Rodney Crowell in The Chicago Sun-Times: “I watch these young country artists come in and burst onto the scene, and I always have to remind myself that these artists didn’t experience Hank Williams Sr. or Big Joe Turner or Kris Kristofferson, who was able to bring the bedroom and sensual poetry into country music,” says Crowell during a recent interview. “These artists came from a different set of archetypal images. If I took the old school curmudgeon approach, I would say these guys are really missing the boat.”
Billboard’s Ed Christman reports: “U.S. album sales have hit new historic lows over the last five weeks marking the longest consecutive stretch in the SoundScan era that the industry has gone without scanning more than 5 million units. And, over the last two weeks, album sales hit consecutive record lows.” Are these lackluster sales due to the “summer doldrums, streaming’s rise, dwindling catalog sales or all three?”
Jim Beviglia takes a look at the story behind Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire” for American Songwriter.
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.