Marty Stuart on his role in country music: “I think the most important thing for the likes of me and my peers is to make sure that traditional country music makes it into the hands of young people. And to make sure they know there’s a future for it, it’s not dead. There is still a handful of old-timers left -the old kings and queens. We have to make sure that they make it home safely and warm. The next part of the job is to make sure the young ones get it in their hands and their hearts.”
Coming out May 21: Nell Robinson’s House and Garden. The CD release will include eco-friendly packaging and “seed-paper” for listeners to start their own gardens. (via press release)
Paul Anka’s Duets album, due out April 9, includes new versions of collaborations with Dolly Parton [“Do I Love You (Yes, In Every Way)”] and Willie Nelson (“Crazy”). (via press release)
Check out the trailer for Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, a documentary about “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” (warning: autoplay)
Give a listen to the work tape and final version of “Thorn in My Heart,” the title track of Kim Richey’s next album, which due out in mid-April.
Terri Clark talks about her covers record, Classic, with Chuck Dauphin of Billboard. Clark also posted a video on her site in which she takes viewers behind the scenes as she prepares for her upcoming tour.
Crystal Bowersox talks about her new “powerfully percussive and mostly upbeat new roots-music scramble,” All That For This, with Jonathan Takiff of Philadelphia’s Daily News.
Is 14-year old singer-songwriter Torri Melhartthe next Taylor Swift?
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.