Black River Signs Clear Channel Partnership; Sammy Kershaw Re-Records Hits; Stream Skaggs’ Soldier Song

Juli Thanki | October 17th, 2013

  • Graham Nash was recently interviewed by NPR’s Terry Gross. Listen here.
  • Stream Ricky Skaggs’ take on “Two Soldiers” from upcoming Civil War compilation Divided & United.
  • Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, and Hunter Hayes have been named the CMT Artists of the Year. They’ll be honored during a live, 90-minute television special on December 3.
  • Rodney Crowell, Lincoln Durham, and Amy Cook were among the first acts confirmed for SXSW 2014.
  • Black River Entertainment (home to Kellie Pickler and Craig Morgan) signed a partnership deal with Clear Channel.
  • The Capital Area Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association (CABOMA) has been holding regular jam sessions for the past 30 years; The Washington Post recently published an article on the organization.
  • Patty Griffin on her two album releases this year, American Kid and Silver Bell: “It’s inspired me to sort of look at everything in a fresh way…Like, you don’t have to do this for the money. You don’t have to do anything. You can just go and sort of bounce off the walls until the cows come home, and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, but you’ve done something for you. If you want to have chill bumps, do shit that you don’t understand. Dig into your heart’s desire. Dig into fun. Dig into joy, and don’t let self-consciousness or what you know can get you a paycheck take precedence.”  
  • Jewly Hight conducted a fine interview with Scott Miller for CMT Edge.
  • Out October 22: Andy Statman’s Superstring Theory, featuring guests Tim O’Brien and Michael Cleveland. Preview the album here.
  • Eric Church posted a teaser to YouTube; the full story will be revealed October 22 – and will apparently include a lot of aviator sunglasses and scowling.
  • There’s a new interview with Elephant Revival posted on CMT Edge.
  • The UNC Southern Folklife Collection blog posted audio of a Mike Seeger/Alice Gerrard interview and performance taped in Japan in 1970.
  • Sammy Kershaw re-recorded some of his most successful songs for a new album; Big Hits: Volume One (due out November 11) will also include two new songs.
  • The Country Radio Broadcasters’ Board of Directors announced that Carrie Underwood will be honored with the 2014 Artist Humanitarian Award at CRS in February.
  • Here’s Steep Canyon Rangers’ video for “Tell the Ones I Love.”

  1. Rick
    October 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s “Classic Country Opry” is a bit of a sleeper. The spotlight artist is Crystal Gayle while the rest of the roster includes Jim Lauderdale, Mandy Barnett, and John Conlee. Yawn. Grade: B

    It looks like Valerie June is going to get some stiff competition from Scarlett’s best friend on ABC’s Nashville! (lol) That was a pretty mean karoke performance those two gals did on last night’s episode. Go Scarlett!

    I just found out the Arizona based Run Boy Run is coming back to the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena next Tuesday night. WooHoo! Seeing them live is even better than hearing them on a Prairie Home Companion. There’s just something about that cello… (lol)

    I’ve seen ads on TV for the CMA Awards show broadcast, and that alone is enough to make me queasy. What a joke.

  2. BRUCE
    October 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    And it appears, thus far, that the Zac Brown band isn’t performing. Can anyone say politically correct?

  3. BRUCE
    October 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Skaggs “Two Soldiers” is simply awesome. Many you can feel this from the melody to the vocals.

  4. Barry Mazor
    October 18, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Bruce, could you detail what you’re suggesting by the Zac Brown comment? I’m not following,but interested, and maybe I’m not alone.

  5. Bruce
    October 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    His comments on Luke Bryan.

  6. Barry Mazor
    October 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Ah, that!

    Well, the ZB band does have a group nomination, so I guess we’ll have to see..

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