Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Return 6/20; RIAA to Count Digital Streams Toward Gold & Platinum Certification; Hellbound Glory Announces Tour Dates
Juli Thanki | May 10th, 2013
The Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman concert series kicks off June 20. Vince Gill, Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and The Gibson Brothers are among this year’s performers.
“Always: Singing the Legacy of Patsy Cline,” atribute concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame, will be streamed online Saturday afternoon. Brenda Lee, Jan Howard, Kristen Kelly, Lorrie Morgan, and Pam Tillis will perform.
Yesterday, the RIAA announced that they’ll now be counting digital streams as part of their gold and platinum certifications. From MusicRow.com: Fifty-six titles are included in the inaugural certifications for the newly expanded Digital Single Award. Specifically, the RIAA is awarding 11 Gold, 18 Platinum and 27 multi-Platinum new “combined” Digital Single Awards counting both downloads and streams. This includes streams from on-demand services like MOG, Muve Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify, Xbox Music and others, plus video streaming services like MTV.com, VEVO, Yahoo! Music, YouTube and more. The new certification approach, including the formula of 100 streams being equivalent to one download, is an approximate barometer of comparative consumer activity; the financial value of streams and downloads were not factored into the equation.
Alice Gerrard is working on new music and planning to tour England later in the year.
Della Mae is offering a free download of “Empire” from their new album, This World Oft Can Be (out May 28).
Craig Shelburne of CMT Edge interviewed ukulele virtuosoJake Shimabukuro. Life on Four Strings, a documentary on Shimabukuro, premieres on PBS tonight.
Brett Eldredge will release his debut album August 6.
The Secret Sisters’ new album, which they worked on with T Bone Burnett, will be “a little more rock and roll” than their first record.
Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post interviewedTim O’Brien about his work on The Lomax Project, a celebration of Alan Lomax’s archives. I especially like the sentiment behind this O’Brien quote: Folk music is like our national parks: They belong to everybody.
Kacey Musgraves’ “Blowin’ Smoke” video will debut on her website later today.
Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean column covers Jeff Finlin and his new project, My Moby Dick.
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.