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.”
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.”
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.