Billy Grammer Passes; Pistol Annies Love True Crime TV; National Folk Festival Sneak Peek

Juli Thanki | August 11th, 2011

  • Songwriting ace Darrell Scott’s new album Long Ride Home is coming out on October 11. Legendary session musician Hargus “Pig” Robbins appears on the album, as do Tim O’Brien, Patty Griffin, and others.
  • Also from American Songwriter, an interesting read about artists’ (Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Ray Charles are all mentioned) inner demons: Creativity – the muse – is a bit of a troublemaker. If she likes you, you’re in heaven. If she doesn’t, you’re in hell. Every songwriter who has ever faced a blank page knows all about her capricious personality, but never loses interest in her. Sometimes, though, we should be careful of what we wish for – we may get it. Dancing with the muse can be a dance with the devil.
  • WAMU Bluegrass Country is giving away a pair of tickets to the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion (September 16-18). The lineup looks fantastic, with Marty Stuart, The SteelDrivers, Elizabeth Cook, and lots more scheduled to perform.
  • Watch the new video for Taylor Swift’s “Sparks Fly,” which uses footage from her live shows.
  • The National Folk Festival is coming to Nashville over Labor Day weekend. Let Jim Lauderdale lead you through a sneak peek of the music in store.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN9NL_FIfAQ

  1. Rick
    August 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    That Pistol Annies interview article with Ashley Monroe by Stephen Deusner was a fun read. I think Blake has been put on notice about what might happen if he gets too far out of line! (lol)

    Apart from Alan and George the rest of CMT’s Top 10 (of the Top 20) male artists of the past 20 years reminds me why I quit listening to Top 40 country radio.

    Really enjoyed Suzanne O’Keeffe’s article on Mike Stinson and the LA Roots Music Scene. I’ve seen Suzanne at The Grand Ole Echo shows and Redwood Bar for years now and had no idea she was a writer and a contributor to the Huffington-Puffington Compost Pile! I guess I won’t be talking politics with Suzanne any time soon! (lol) As mentioned this Sunday is the second “Roots Roadhouse” concert at The Echoplex and I’m hoping I’ll get to be the DJ upstairs in the smaller room if the slot is available. Its a lot of music for $ 10.

  2. Paul W Dennis
    August 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Billy Grammer was a fine performer, who likely thought of himself as a musician first and a singer second. I liked his version of “Detroit City” , which Billy released under the title “I Wanna Go Home”. I remember hearing an interview he did with Pat Campbell on the BBC; he struck me as very modest and well-grounded

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