CMA Donates $250,000 to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame; New Nora Jane Struthers Video; Stream Albums from John Corbett, Stephen Wade

Juli Thanki | January 30th, 2013

  • The CMA Foundation donated $250,000 to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Ralph Stanley is featured in the February/March 2013 issue of Garden & Gun. In addition to the article, there’s also a “highly selective” discography.
  • Charley Pride talks about his relationship with Cowboy Jack Clement in this Tennessean article.
  • Sarah Darling talks with Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin about her new EP and her new role as the face of MoonPies.
  • Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line have a new video for their song “Barn Dance.”
  • Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, recorded a song for Dogfish Head’s new Sixty-One beer.
  • USPS rate increases are making it harder for small record labels: “The domestic [increase] is real minimal, but I am concerned about the international,” says Jeremy Bible, who runs Experimedia, a label, retailer and distributor. Think about everything that goes into the final LP before it gets shipped, he says, from the paper sleeve to the circle glued to the center of the disc: “the labels for when they’re manufacturing, and supplies, probably even up to the manufacturers such as the pressing plants, who have to have stuff shipped to them.” Bible says the biggest hit will be taken by small labels who rely on direct orders from consumers to stay in the black. In some of these cases, the shipping is becoming more expensive than what the people are actually buying,” he says.
  • Johnny Cash is going to be on a USPS stamp released later this year.
  • Robert Kimmel interviewed Dailey and Vincent for CMT Edge.
  • Allison Stewart wrote a feature on Kris Kristofferson for the Washington Post.
  • The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are broken, argues Emma Hartley.
  • Check out a Spotify playlist of a few of our favorite tunes of the past month.

 

  1. Arlene
    January 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

    As for the article regarding the BBC Radio Folk Awards, whatever you think of Mumford & Sons, I think it’s absurd to suggest that their international commercial success is due, in significant part, to the fact that Marcus Mumford is married to a British actress, Carey Mulligan (who BTW, I’ve never heard of, and I own two of their albums).

    But of course, their are many, many talented and deserving artists who never attain widespread, or even limited commercial success– and the sky is also blue.

  2. Saving Country Music
    January 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    The Bluegrass Situation’s “Past Their Prime” article is a good read. I have to say though, my #1 musical experience last year was watching Ralph Stanley hush a rowdy crowd foll of punks and rednecks singing “O Death”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOzgEwoD-vA

  3. Rick
    January 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    The question was asked: “Ever been underwhelmed or disappointed by a live performance of an artist past his or her prime?”
    Answer: Absolutely YES! In fact every time I listen the the Friday and Saturday Night Opry’s over 50% of the music presented consistently falls into that category…

    I guess Nora Jane Struthers’ stint with Bearfoot moved her squarely into a bluegrass / old timey string band mindset! I’ll have to check out her new album when it becomes available as the sound from that live performance leaves more than a little to be desired.

    So Sarah darling has gone from being a mannequin in the first Big and Rich music video to being the new face of Moon Pies! That’s quite a career trajectory! (lol)

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