Post-breakup Swift is back in the studio, probably working on a song called “Wrong Direction.”
Why is the blues called “the blues”? Debra Devi writes, “The name of this great American music probably originated with the 17th-century English expression “the blue devils,” for the intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal. Shortened over time to “the blues,” it came to mean a state of agitation or depression. “Blue” was slang for “drunk” by the 1800s. The link between “blue” and drinking is also indicated by “blue laws” that still prohibit Sunday alcohol sales in some states.”
Chris Mateer interviewed Brian T. Atkinson, author of I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt for the Uprooted Music Revue.
Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves, and Holly Williams are part of CMT’s Next Women of Country campaign, “a yearlong multi-platform initiative showcasing the rising generation of signed and unsigned female artists.”
Kenny Chesney is spreading the word about Music & Memory, a nonprofit organization that brings “music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. We train nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.”
Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass chats with Sarah Anne Perry of RedandBlack.com.
Here’s an American Songwriter feature on Gary Clark, Jr.
The Americana Music Association announced its 2013 executive committee.
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.