Brad Paisley Gives Google Talk; Stream Brian Wright, Shelby Lynne Songs; Wide Open Bluegrass Schedule Announced

Juli Thanki | August 30th, 2013

  • Brad Paisley recently participated in the Talks at Google series. Listen to his 30-minute session here.
  • The Blue Ridge Outdoors September Trail Mix (download it for free here) includes songs by Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Drew Kennedy, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, The Sweetback Sisters, and more.
  • On August 18 somebody allegedly tried to burn down the Ryman. Jeffrey Parsley was jailed after surveillance cameras caught him as he lit newspapers by the venue’s back door. Luckily there was no significant damage to the building.
  • The AMA announced the schedule for this year’s panel discussions at the upcoming Americana Music Festival and Conference.
  • The White Buffalo’s new album is streaming on Paste.
  • Adam Steffey shares his thoughts about working with Alan Jackson. (You can also listen to a snippet of “Blacktop” at that link — it’s highly recommended.)
  • Stream Brian Wright’s “Haunted,” a track from the Americana singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album, Rattle These Chains.
  • Also streaming online: The Wood Brothers’ “Honey Jar” from their new album, The Muse, which comes out October 1.
  • Eric Church is working on new material; he says the music he’s writing now has a different sound from his last album, Chief.
  • IBMA announced the full performance schedule for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival, which will be held in Raleigh September 27-28. (There’s also a barbecue state championship being held that week, because the only thing better than listening to bluegrass is listening to bluegrass while eating ribs.)
  • Martina McBride on women in the music industry: I do think it’s harder for women to break through. And when they do, it’s really powerful. But I think it depends on when you’re looking, because I remember a time in the ’90s when there were a lot of women on country radio. We had Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna, Faith Hill, myself, Patty Loveless; it was really woman-heavy. It got a lot of attention, and I remember reading a lot of articles about it, and I thought that was weird – you know, we have to write about how strange it is that there are more women on the radio than men at any given time. 
  • Here’s a new Steep Canyon Rangers teaser for their next album, Tell the Ones I Love, which comes out September 10.
  • The Bluegrass Situation posted video of Ron Block and Sierra Hull playing “Ivy,” a cut from Block’s new record, Walking Song.
  • Craig Morgan talked about his new album over at The 615.
  • The UNC Southern Folklife Collection blog posted audio of a couple recordings made in 1936 by Jesse Rodgers (cousin of Jimmie) and Kama’s Moana Hawaiians.
  • Let Brandy Clark singing “Stripes” at the Opry” carry you into the weekend.

  1. bob
    August 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I’m surprised that the Labor Day playlist didn’t include “Forty Hour Week” by Alabama, written by Lisa Silver, Don Schlitz and Dave Loggins.

    I’m not surprised that “Daddy’s Oldsmobile” by Hal Ketchum was not included since it was not a single. It ‘s a song about a man looking for work with his wife and 4 kids in the car with him. The setting could be the depression of the 1930’s. “Another mornin’ and we’re up and gone, daddy says there’s work in San Antone, two days of driving ain’t no big deal, here in my daddy’s Oldsmobile.” The song was written by Hal Ketchum and David Mallett.

  2. Rick
    August 30, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I’d add the following to the “Labor Day Song List”!

    Wynn Stewart – Another Day, Another Dollar
    Jamey Johnson – The Dollar
    Merle Haggard – Tulare Dust
    Tennessee Ernie Ford – Hey Mr. Cotton Picker
    Roy Drusky’s “Yes, Mr. Peters” for using overtime as an excuse when cheating on his wife! (lol)

    I never watched Columbo on TV, so the answer is no! (lol) It would have been cool to see Johnny Cash though.

    Country radio was a lot more interesting back in the 1990’s with all those female artists getting airplay. The changes in radio station ownership rules (thanks a lot Bill Clinton) and the big corporate mindset that took over programming choices steered away from giving the gals equal airtime on AirHead Country radio. Oh well.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Kristen Kelly (who needs to stick with the bluesy stuff), The Henningsens, Keith Anderson, Joel Crouse, Chris Janson and a bunch of Opry regulars. Grade: B-

  3. Leeann Ward
    August 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I wasn’t wildly impressed with the Labor Day playlist, mostly because I thought all of the current songs on the list were a stretch.

  4. Debbie
    August 31, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Good timing on that Johnny Cash/Columbo episode. It’s on Me TV tomorrow night. I’ll be watching.

  5. Andy
    August 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Brandy Clark has had 3 new tracks played by Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and he will record a session with Brandy during the Americana Festival week!
    Listen to her new track

  6. Luckyoldsun
    August 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I have not seen the Johnny Cash Columbo episode in decades, but I remember it well and I know that the plot description is wrong. It’s his wife and her shrew of a mother who are blackmailing Tommy Brown and it’s those two harpies whom he kills by leaving them to crash in his airplane after he parachutes out. He does not kill any underage girl. Cash plays Tommy Brown as a very sympathetic character in the episode who’s driven to murder after his mother-in-law (who has some political connections) threatens him that she’ll get him sent back to prison. It would have been scandalous if he had murdered an innocent girl to cover up an affair.

    Back then every great actor (who did TV) wanted to murder someone on Columbo: Lee Grant, Janet Leigh, Jose Ferrer, Ruth Gordon, John Cassavettes, Ray Milland, Patrick McGoohan–and Johnny Cash–, among others all got to go up against Peter Falk!

  7. Luckyoldsun
    September 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I also remember that Cash sang “I Saw the Light” throughout the episode–It was his character’s signature song, that he would open and close his shows with. I think that’s where I first heard the song.

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