American Songwriter premiered the video for Willie Sugarcapps’ “Oh, Colorado.”
Randall Roberts of The L.A. Times on Taylor Swift’s recent Staples Center show: “At times Swift felt more like a cipher than an artist, offering manufactured messages to eager consumers. She was so measured as to seem unreal, more a symbol than human. Her biggest hurdle was that steely, sexless veneer. She sang about the heart but not the pelvis, offered a world in which a kiss is the purest embodiment of physical love.” Roberts also notes, “To ignore the voluminous thrills on Monday is to be deaf to the full-throttle joy of seeing young people experience live music for the first time. All of us remember that Big Bang, that ignition, that epiphany of hearing songs you know by heart performed by your favorite singer. The sound of music connecting on such an enthusiastic scale is tough to argue with.”
Jenny Lewis (of indie pop band Rilo Kiley) is collaborating with Ryan Adams on a new project. You can listen to a few fragments of their work here.
Alejandro Escovedo and Trombone Shorty’s 2010 episode of Austin City Limits is available online for the next few weeks.
Craig Shelburne of CMT Edge interviewedPete Huttlinger, who released the CD/short novel set McGuire’s Landing earlier this month.
Leo Duffy of UK bluegrass duo The Duffy Brotherspassed away on Saturday.
The legal battle over the rights to Albert Brumley’s “I’ll Fly Away” continues: “Three of Brumley’s children, four grandchildren and a daughter-in-law filed a lawsuit against one of Brumley’s sons, arguing that they should be able to get a share of the royalties from the song. They asked the court to terminate the copyrights to the song, which was being held by a company owned by son Robert Brumley.” The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered more hearings.
Sugar Hill unveiled a teaser for Sarah Jarosz’s Build Me Up from Bones.
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.