Braddock, Gill Among Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominees; Avett Brothers & Randy Travis to Film CMT Crossroads Episode; Stream New Rosie Flores Record

Juli Thanki | October 11th, 2012

  • Bobby Braddock, Vince Gill, JD Souther, and Bob McDill are among the nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Wanda Jackson talks about her old songs, new album Unfinished Business, Elvis, and Justin Townes Earle, in this interview posted on The A.V. Club. Jackson also answered a few questions for CMT.
  • Jim Caligiuri interviewed Patterson Hood for the Austin Chronicle. Hood was also featured in this essay written by Jonathan Bernstein for the Oxford American.
  • Performing Songwriter celebrated John Prine’s birthday yesterday by posting a feature from their archives on the stories behind songs like “Sam Stone” and “Spanish Pipe Dream.”
  • The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis are teaming up for an episode of CMT Crossroads that’s scheduled to air November 23.
  • Ronnie Fauss is the subject of this Kelly Dearmore feature for the Dallas Observer.
  • Read an excerpt from Willie Nelson’s new memoir, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.
  • Cameron Schaefer wrote a guest post for The Art of Manliness that’s about his transformation into a record collector: Albums I’d heard hundreds of times on CD or mp3 felt completely new on vinyl. I didn’t know all the science or sound theory behind it at the time, but I didn’t care — it sounded pure. I loved it. In the end, this ritual, or practice of actively listening to music, was what pushed me over the edge into purchasing my own turntable and records. Ask yourself, when’s the last time you sat down and listened to an album from start to finish? For most, even the idea causes a sense of discomfort, “You mean just sit there for, like, an hour…just listening to music?” Sure, all of us have our iPods constantly shuffling through songs like a deck of cards, or Pandora playing in the background at home or the office while we attend to other things. It’s music, but it’s different. 
  • The planned Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville will include more than 1,000 items on display, including handwritten lyrics, home furnishings, and one of Cash’s report cards from 12th grade.
  • Paste posted video of Trampled By Turtles’ performing “Keys to Paradise” at the Newport Folk Festival.
  • The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers and My Morning Jacket with Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) have limited edition Record Store Day vinyl coming out on Black Friday. The White Stripes’ cover of Loretta Lynn’s “Rated X” will be the B-side of one of their RSD releases.
  • Speaking of The Rolling Stones, they’ve got a new song out.
  • Keith Urban will receive the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award: “In awarding the honor, the symphony cited Urban’s work to raise millions of dollars for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Officials also noted his work for victims of the 2010 Nashville floods and for Habitat for Humanity and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
  • Will Hodge interviewed singer-songwriter Shelley Colvin for CMT Edge.
  • Ryan Bingham played his song “Flower Bomb” for Extra.
  • The UNC Southern Folklife Collection takes a look at song folios from the Bailes Brothers and Bob Wills.
  • Infamous Stringduster Chris Pandolfi talks about bluegrass and the “stringband revolution” in this article posted on The Phoenix’s site: “It’s hard for bluegrass fans to just accept what’s being done by artists out there, but this idea of people wanting the genre to just go in one direction is a very confusing thing,” Pandolfi says. “Art is all about evolution. Art never arises because someone wants something to be a certain way and never change. It just doesn’t work like that.”
  • Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith will release their record, Bring It On Home, on November 20. (via press release)
  • Blake Boldt wrote about Nashville singer-songwriter Jesse Lafser, whose new album, Land in Sight, “recalls the spare instrumentation and raw storytelling of revered folk artists Gillian Welch and Mary Gauthier.” 
  • Here’s a clip of Bobby Bare and Alejandro Escovedo singing Escovedo’s “I Was Drunk.” The song will appear on Bare’s forthcoming album, Darker Than Light, which is due out November 13 on new label Plowboy Records.
  1. Rick
    October 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    The debut episode of “Nashville” on ABC was a pleasant surprise last night as the music presented was far better than I expected! Yes it’s a melodrama along the lines of “Dallas” relocated to Nashville, but the writing and characters are top notch if not totally believable. (Hey, it’s TV!) The Connie Britton character’s singing reminded me of Jo Dee Messina and the Hayden Panettiere character a cross between Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift. Series creator and writer Callie Khouri definitely has a current handle on the real Nashville scene as so much of the music business/country radio presentation seems to ring true. (Well at least from what I read about it anyway.) Of the new series pilot episodes I’ve watched this season “Nashville” is the best so far followed by “The Mob Doctor” on Fox, and “The Last Resort” on ABC. I was really expecting Connie Britton’s rich, conniving 1%’er daddy to be named Romney! (lol)

    Here’s a link to transcript of a short interview session the Nashville cast members gave awhile back:

    I will have to check out that new Jamey Johnson album and give the snippets on Amazon a listen. Now if only the songwriter chosen to be so honored had been Cindy Walker, or Don Gibson, or Boudleaux Bryant, or….

  2. luckyoldsun
    October 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I’ll definitely want to hear the Bobby Bare album. He’s a guy who should be in the HoF.

    What makes this Bobby Bare album look especially promising is that Bobby Bare Jr. apparently did not produce it.

  3. Ken Morton, Jr.
    October 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to watch Nashville yet on my DVR, but I found it somewhat amusing that a few of my Nashville industry friends thought the least believable thing about the show was that the Music Row label executives were in suits.

  4. Adam Sheets
    October 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I too found “Nashville” to be a very pleasant surprise. It’s not perfect by any stretch, but it was entertaining for the hour it was on and a bit different from the Music Row infomercial I expected. I’m not totally sod just yet, but I’ll probably keep it on the DVR next week.

  5. nm
    October 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Ken, the least believable thing about the show was that there was an open mic night at the Bluebird that wasn’t completely booked up. They have so many people who want to perform there that they have created a series of hoops for artists to jump through before even getting on the list. The idea that they’d have this open slot was pretty funny.

  6. Jon
    October 12, 2012 at 1:48 am

    It was fun to watch Powers Boothe chewing the scenery.

  7. nm
    October 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Jon, some things just go without saying, yaknow?

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