Bob Dylan Releases New Music; IBMA Extends Raleigh Stay; Cumulus and Big Machine Launch “Nash Icons”

Juli Thanki | May 14th, 2014

  • IBMA is keeping their annual World of Bluegrass conference and festival in Raleigh through 2018. Hot Rize, The Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs, and The Gibson Brothers are just a few of the acts who’ll perform at the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh this September; more bands will be announced at a later date. Plus there’ll be barbecue.
  • Cumulus and Big Machine are launching a new record label and live events venture called Nash Icons to “showcase Nashville’s most iconic talent from the last 25 years.”
  • Martina McBride channels her inner Supreme with her version of “Come See About Me.” Here’s the video.
  • Ben Jones, better known as “Cooter” from The Dukes of Hazzard, organized the upcoming Rappahannock Americana Music Festival, which will be held in Washington, Virginia this Saturday.  
  • Ray Scott’s Rayality is available for free download on NoiseTrade.
  • Deborah Evans Price put together a list of Dolly Parton’s Prime Hits for CMT.
  • Give a listen to Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens’ “Sinner.”
  • Bob Dylan posted his new cover of “Full Moon and Empty Arms” to his website. The song is from an upcoming album called Shadows in the Night, which will be released later this year.
  • Stream Home is the House, the new album from folk-pop outfit The River Monks.
  • Randy Houser is debuting his new single, “Like a Cowboy,” on Letterman tonight. (via press release)
  • Singer-songwriters Shakey Graves paid tribute to Jefferson Airplane for The A.V. Club’s “Pioneering” video series. (warning: autoplay)
  • Music lover and “data-holic” Alexandre Passant analyzed the lyrics of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. Check out his wonderfully geeky blog post on the code he used to analyze the list and the results he got.
  • The Library of Congress wants to learn how CDs age so that they can figure out how to save them from deteriorating.
  1. Saving Country Music
    May 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Ben “Cooter” Jones also left a comment on my Sturgill Simpson review yesterday:

    “This cat comes in shooting’ up the town like Billy Joe Shaver on peyote.
    Sounds like an original who has paid his dues. Hide yer chillun, here comes a poet. Like when Dylan went electric, the rules get changed. 3 thumbs up.”

    I think this Cumulus/Big Machine partnership could stimulate the formal splitting of older country and new country on radio officially, eventually making two completely autonomous formats … potentially.

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