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.
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.