There’s a new, free ATO Records sampler on NoiseTrade that includes songs from Lucero, Caitlin Rose, and The Alabama Shakes.
The upcoming Jerry Douglas album, Traveler, will feature a stellar lineup of guests, including Paul Simon, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, and Eric Clapton. Douglas will also make his lead vocal debut on the album with a Leadbelly cover.
CMT’s Craig Shelburne is digging new tunes from Turnpike Troubadours, Carrie Hassler, Paul Thorn, and Ray Wylie Hubbard, to name just a few.
Randy Travis’ father “tells all” to the National Enquirer. If you won’t be waiting in a supermarket checkout line anytime soon, you can read entire article here.
Gram Parsons’ prep school pal, Bill Conrad, shared his memories of the singer: We shared a few lines in a Drama Club production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and a few songs in Chorus where my untrained tenor was placed right beside Gram’s amazing voice. Christmas season in 1964, we were bussed to a Lakewood Women’s Club luncheon. Our show stopper was “The Whiffenpoof Song:” We’re poor little lambs who have lost our way, baa, baa, baa… I kept losing the harmony part and suffered Gram’s elbow each time. After “Deck the Halls,” he was introduced, and with his guitar proceeded to blow those sweet southern moms away.
Jason Aldean was interviewed on CNN.com. He reveals that his next album will be out in October and that he’s “in talks right now of like possibly doing a movie.”
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.