CMHOF to Display Earl Scruggs’ Banjo; JD McPherson & Pokey LaFarge Team Up for Tornado Relief; “Authenticity” in Music
Juli Thanki | June 28th, 2013
Earl Scruggs’ banjo will become a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Precious Jewels” display next month. The exhibit also includes instruments played by Maybelle Carter, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and Lester Flatt.
Pokey LaFarge and JD McPherson recorded a version of “Good Old Oklahoma” to benefit tornado relief efforts. Listen here; buy/donate here.
The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog premiered a banjo medleyPete Seeger recorded in 1943; the track will be on the forthcoming Classic Banjo compilation that Smithsonian Folkways will release in August.
The Oxford American has been posting several thought-provoking essays that engage the idea of authenticity in music, which is a “fraught notion. Music fans frequently base their aesthetic identities on the honesty and integrity of their favorite musicians, and whole genres of criticism and scholarship are premised on such assertions.” Check out the ongoing series.
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay’s Before the World Was Made, produced by Gurf Morlix, will be released in September. Listen to one of the duo’s songs, “Let’s Go to Lubbock on Vacation.”
Martina McBride talks with Chris Gray about the controversy that surrounded her recording of “Independence Day.” An excerpt: “I had one [radio] programmer tell me, ‘When the video’s on, my daughter walks through the house, [and] now I have to explain to her what the song is about and what’s going on,’” recounts McBride. “I was like, “And that’s a bad thing? Wouldn’t you think you’d want to use that as an opening to sit down and talk to your daughter about some of this stuff? It might be a good thing to talk to her about.’ “But it was just something that was not really talked about back then much.”
Randy Wood Guitars has begun streaming the concerts held in the master luthier’s 100-seat “Pickin’ Parlor.”
Dierks Bentley previewed his next album, Riser, in Nashville earlier this week. Cindy Watts of the Tennessean describes the songs as “personal, moody and reflective, sometimes with cutting guitar solos and – if the first eight he shared are any indication – not up-tempo.”
Greg Jennings of Restless Heart revisits some of the band’s hits in this article posted on The 615.
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.