Chris Thile Wins MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant”; Stream New Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien Album; New Releases

Juli Thanki | October 2nd, 2012

  • Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien’s live album, We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This, is streaming at American Songwriter.
  • Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and Brad Paisley have been added to the lineup of performers at this year’s CMA Awards.
  • This month’s free Trail Mix from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine includes songs by The Steel Wheels, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more.
  • Rosie Flores and her work with Janis Martin were featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.
  • Stream Lindi Ortega’s new album here.
  • Coming out November 6: three-disc set Ultimate Creedence Clearwater Revival: Greatest Hits and All-Time Classics.
  • Peter Cooper’s most recent Tennessean column profiles guitarist Guthrie Trapp.
  • CMT Edge posted Angel Snow’s “Holiday” video.
  • Taylor Swift is Glamour’s November cover girl. Read excerpts from her interview here.
  • Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss will sing “Make the World Go Away,” from Johnson’s Hank Cochran tribute record, on Letterman October 11.
  • CMT’s Calvin Gilbert interviewed Jerry Douglas about his fantastic album, Traveler.
  • Listen to NPR’s Mississippi Blues Project mix, featuring songs by Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and more.
  • Jake Owen spoke with WSOC 103.7 about his new EP and his impending fatherhood.
  • The compact disc turned 30 this week. What’s the first CD you ever bought?
  • This week’s album releases:

Iris DeMent Sing the Delta

Hank Williams The Lost Concerts

Angel Snow Angel Snow

Tift Merritt Traveling Alone

Willie Nelson The Classic Christmas Album

StompTown Revival StompTown Revival

Forest Sun Just Begun

Rayna Gellert Old Light: Songs from My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds

Charlie Peacock No Man’s Land

Blake Shelton Cheers, It’s Christmas

Jerrod Niemann Free the Music

Garth Hudson Garth Hudson Presents Chest Fever: A Canadian Tribute to The Band

Van Morrison Born to Sing: No Plan B

Lindi Ortega Cigarettes & Truckstops

Andre Williams Life

The Kingston Springs The Kingston Springs 

  • A couple books:

Kenny Rogers Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir

Jason Howard A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music

  • And a DVD:

Cowgirls ‘N Angels

  1. Leeann Ward
    October 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations to Chris Thile.

    The Iris Dement album is great.

  2. Donald
    October 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    First CD purchased? I came to CDs late, although I was selling them as the first shipments hit retail in Canada, mid-to late-83? The first I bought waited until I bought a new stereo after my 3rd year of teaching- imagine, delaying a purchase until you can afford it? So, summer of 1990. I bought a stack of four or five, but the only one that remains in my brain is Jeffrey Hatcher & the Big Beat’s “Cross Our Hearts” featuring songs he would continue to perform with The Blue Shadows. I think I’ll take it off the shelf again tonight. Thanks for making me think.

  3. Paul W Dennis
    October 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    The very first CD I purchased was Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band by the Beatles. The mastering on it was terrible so I didn’t listen to it again, eventually trading it in. Many years later, it was remastered again and the sound was vastly improved.

    Country CDs were fairly scarce during the early years – I don’t remember the first one I bought but it was something current like Alabama, Ronnie Milsap or Crystal Gayle since the older country didn’t begin to be available on CD until the 1990s

  4. Jack Williams
    October 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I can remember the first LP I ever bought (Led Zeppelin IV), but can’t say for certain what my first CD purchase was. Might be Robert Cray’s Bad Influence in early 1988. Was getting big into him at the time and I would guess 4 of my first ten CD’s were by him. Wasn’t much of a straight country fan back then, although I think I bought Hank Williams 40 Greatest Hits before the ’80’s ran out.

  5. Dana M
    October 3, 2012 at 4:40 am

    My first CD is embarrassing but I can’t say I bought it since my mom bought it for me. It was Spice World by the Spice Girls. First country CD would be Dixie Chicks On Top of the World and Martina McBride’s Martina.

    That Gretchen Peters interview is great, it made me want to give Hello Cruel World another listen and now it’s set to be my next purchase.

  6. Janice Brooks
    October 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Summer of 1989. Killing Time Clint Black.

  7. Sam G.
    October 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    The first CDs I ever got were birthday presents. The ones I remember most are Rodney Crowell’s “Diamonds and Dirt” and Dwight Yoakam’s “Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room.”

  8. Ben Foster
    October 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    The first CD I ever bought was Shania Twain’s Come On Over. Don’t laugh.

  9. Andrew
    October 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I believe my first CD was The Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits, Vol. 1. My first country one was Ten Strait Hits.

  10. Sheldon
    October 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Dolly’s “White Limozeen” was the very first CD I ever bought – Here in Canada, before Walmart etc. lowered the CD prices, CDs averaged 20 bucks…A lot of money for a kid in ’89 who thought Dolly was the coolest chick ever. I still buy any CD she puts out – some great, some not so much, but “White Limozeen” is still one of my favorites…Why’d ya Come In Here Lookin like That, Yellow Roses, He’s Alive… what a great CD!

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