Chatham County Line precursor, the roots band Stillhouse, released their second album, The Great Reprise.
CMT Edge posted a cut from Mandolin Orange’s upcoming record, This Side of Jordan (due out August 6).
George Jones’ planned final Nashville show, which was scheduled for late November, will now be a tribute concert. A representative for Nancy Jones said that they are “re-confirming” all the artists who were scheduled to appear.
Now that the Possum is no longer with us, who is the greatest living country singer? Brian Mansfield runs through a few candidates in this USA Today piece.
On July 9, Preservation Hall Jazz Band will release That’s It! Check out a behind-the-scenes video on the making of the new album.
Stream Lori McKenna’s new record, Massachusetts, and read her thoughts on the album over at Performing Songwriter.
Jim Beviglia of American Songwriter finished his Top 20 Townes Van Zandt Songs countdown.
Out June 18 on Rebel Records: Big Country Bluegrass’ Memories of the Past. (via press release)
Rolling Stone premiered “Home Again” from the Stephen King/John Mellencamp/T Bone Burnett project Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. The song features Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, and Taj Mahal.
Premiering in NYC at the end of the month: A History of Future Folk, a sci-fi comedy about two aliens who were going to destroy Earth until they heard our music and decided to form a bluegrass duo instead. Wackiness ensues, naturally.
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.