Car Plows Through SXSW Barrier, Kills Two; Ray Price’s Final Recordings Due for Release in April; Josh Turner Returns to the Studio
Juli Thanki | March 13th, 2014
Two were killed and 23 injured early this morning at SXSW when a car – whose driver was trying to evade police — plowed through a temporary barrier into a crowd of people outside The Mohawk, then continued driving, running over two people on a moped (those victims, a male and a female whose identities have not been released, were pronounced dead on the scene). The driver is in police custody and will be charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.
Beauty Is…, a collection of Ray Price’s final recording sessions, will be released April 15. This Sunday, an EP featuring three songs from that album (including a collaboration with Vince Gill), will be released.
On June 10 Mary Gauthier will release Trouble & Love, her first studio album in four years. The eight-song record includes a guest appearance by Darrell Scott on “Oh Soul.” (via press release)
Amazon is trying to get a piece of the streaming market. Billboard’s Ed Christman reports that the online store (which is already one of the music industry’s biggest retailers of CDs and downloads) is “trying to secure music on the cheap, and several executives Billboard spoke with are shocked and disappointed by the terms…Sources say Amazon is offering labels a take-it-or-leave-it fixed pool of revenue to license their songs. That fixed amount will be paid out pro rata based on the number of plays for the labels’ songs. The indies are collectively being offered just $5 million for a year — an amount insiders describe as derisory. The terms for major labels are slightly better but the fixed pool is also very small at initially just $25 million, according to sources.”
Did Blake Shelton sell out Madison Square Garden and The Hollywood Bowl? Not so much, says Farce the Music.
Here’s Keb’ Mo’s version of “Rock Me on the Water” from forthcoming Jackson Browne tribute album Looking Into You.
Florida Georgia Line is helping fight hunger nationwide. If the bro-country duo is really interested in helping the situation, I’ve got a modest proposal for them…
The Academy of Country Music and CBS teamed up for new video series “The ACM Sessions.” (warning: autoplay)
Speaking of The ACMs, here’s Taylor Swift’s “For Your Consideration” video, guest starring Taylor Swift’s Cat and Scott Borchetta, who isn’t nearly as charismatic as said cat.
Consequence of Sound picked the 10 best Drive-By Truckers songs. I’d have thrown “Carl Perkins’ Cadillac” in there, but it’s still a solid list.
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.