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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff Miller: Yeah, the first time I played Jimmie Rodgers for my wife & daughter- they were aghast that he was singing …
David Cantwell: I think it more helpful to think of Americana not as a genre but as a format--and, perhaps better, and …
Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/
Applejack: "I’m sure there are many ways to lasso in and constrict any genre or format, any of them, so tightly …
Emily: Wow!! Fabulous! Love those boots and you all look stunning!
Leeann Ward: Bangor is named somewhat commonly in country songs. It's usually their example of the most north you can go: Vince …
bob: Portland West was almost Boston West.
From Names on the Land by George Stewart:
"When more people arrived in Oregon, Amos …
Jack Williams: There's "Eight More Miles To Louisville", where Portland is referred to as Portland East.
nm: Of course, Bangor is also mentioned in "I've Been Everywhere."
Stuart Munro: As if that's what this discussion is doing, Barry. I'm for the online commenters thinking about and discussing the music …