Country Music at the White House; AMA Festival Sets Attendance Record; The Mountain Music Project Links Appalachia and Nepal
Juli Thanki | November 17th, 2011
Country music will be played at the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday, November 21, as Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Lyle Lovett and others sing as part of the “Performance at the White House” series. The hour-long program premieres on PBS 11/23; check local listings.
Rodney Atkins will perform at the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 1.
Mark your calendars: the 2012 Americana Music Association Festival and Conference will be held in Nashville from September 12-15. This year’s festival and conference set a record with 10,000 fans, 300 performing artists, and 1,000 industry professionals attending over the four-day shindig.
The Band Perry has been added to the Grammy nominations concert lineup. The show will be held November 30.
Fiddling mad scientist Casey Driessen will embark on The Singularity Tour, a “sonic adventure,” next year. Take a sneak peek here.
The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya recently started a Kickstarter page to raise funds to release their documentary and companion CD. View the trailer over at Bluegrass Today; it’s pretty neat.
Los Angeles is Gram Parsons Country. (The article also includes a link to a petition to get Parsons inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.)
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.