Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum to Offer Free Admission 2/23; Stream New Drew Holcomb, Caitlin Rose Records; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | February 19th, 2013

  • Holly Gleason wrote about Mindy McCready for NPR’s music blog.
  • Ashley Monroe’s duet with Blake Shelton, “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter)” premiered on USA Today‘s website.
  • This week’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion celebrates “all things banjo” with Bill Evans, Joe Newberry, and Noam Pikelny. Other guests will include Suzy Bogguss and country music historian and author Bill C. Malone.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has teamed up with Ford to offer free admission to the museum on February 23. Performances by Josh Turner and Lauren Alaina are two of the special events being held that day.
  • Lady Antebellum’s next studio album, Golden, will be released May 7.
  • Taylor Swift is being sued over what TMZ calls an “epic Canadian hoedown disaster.” Swift was paid $2.5 million up front to headline the Capital Hoedown in August 2012, but when the event was canceled, Swift allegedly kept the money. The ticket company, “which had to refund $1.8 million in tickets, thinks she should foot the bill.”
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Claire Lynch on CMT Edge.
  • Stream Caitlin Rose’s new album, The Stand-In, before its March 5 release date.
  • Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors’ new album, Good Light, is streaming now at Paste.
  • Watch the Love for Levon DVD trailer and check out the track listing here.
  • Brad Wheeler of The Globe and Mail profiled singer-songwriter Daniel Romano.
  • A trial date has been set for mid-August in the legal battle between the Grascals and their former management company, Webster PR.
  • Speaking of bluegrass legal disputes, the fight over Bill Monroe’s name continues: “The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports the Ohio County Industrial Foundation has filed a petition with the Kentucky Court of Appeals seeking a rehearing on whether a non-profit organization can use Monroe’s name to promote the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Festival and for tours of the musicians home in Rosine.”
  • Chris Mateer conducted a fine interview with Aborigine country singer Roger Knox.
  • Album releases:

Bobby Rush Down in Louisiana

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Good Light (iTunes only this week)

Susan James Driving Toward the Sun

Todd May Rickenbacker Girls

The Slide Brothers Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside Untamed Beast

Black Twig Pickers Rough Carpenters

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie “Prince” Billy What the Brothers Sang

The Beaumonts – Where Do You Want It?

Various Artists Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys

  • And a DVD:

Turn Turn Turn: A Musical Documentary (live Byrds performances from 1965)

  1. Saving Country Music
    February 19, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I love the loquacious introduction the Independent gives to the Caitlin Rose album stream.

    “Caitlin Rose has been called the best thing to come out of Nashville for decades. Listen to her new album, The Stand In, exclusively here. Please leave your responses in the comments field below:”

    Not even let folks know when the album is coming out? I guess never pay someone to do something that an intern can do for free.

  2. Jon
    February 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

    If you’re being told where you can go listen to an album right this very instant, why would you necessarily care when it’s “coming out?” What does that even mean if you can listen now?

    The Claire Lynch interview, by the way, is killer, and so is Barry’s piece on Willis and Robison.

  3. Leeann
    February 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Some great links today. Agreed about the Lynch and Willis/Robison articles.

  4. Arlene
    February 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I agree with Jon (!) and Leeann about the Willis/Robision article.

    I saw them perform last week at Joe’s Pub in NYC and loved hearing live versions of the material from their new album– also, Kelly did a KILLER version of Harper Valley PTA as an encore.

  5. Barry Mazor
    February 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Well thanks Arlene, Leeann, Jon..it was my pleasure to do that one.

  6. Occasional Hope
    February 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for the link to the Ashley Monroe/Blake Shelton duet – I love it.

  7. Leeann
    February 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Yes, agreed on the Ashley/Blake duet. It’s very good, though I’m partial to Ashley’s duet with Dwight from the first album. I think her voice is the female version of Dwight’s.

  8. Dave D.
    February 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Great article, Barry.

    Arlene, did Kelly tell the story behind why she started singing Harper Valley PTA? It’s pretty funny.

  9. Leeann
    February 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Yeah, it is amusing.

  10. Arlene
    February 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    No she didn’t but a friend who follows her on Twitter shared it with me.

  11. Barry Mazor
    February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    We can tie this together: The Ashley/Blake duet would go pretty well with the Kelly Willis/Robbie Fulks “Parallel Bars” duet. DJs take note. If you want to.

  12. Leeann
    February 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I love that song, including the banter at the end!

  13. Rick
    February 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    That Ashley and Blake duet is alright but they should have recorded Ashley’s song “Alone Together Tonight” which made it onto the Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent duets album. I have the demo version cut by Ashley with co-writer Billy Yates and it kicks the ass of the Gene and Rhonda version and is just plain more fun than this Dolly/Porter thingamabob.

    That interview with Roger Knox made me think of the fine films “Quigley Down Under” starring Tom Selleck and “Rabbit-Proof Fence”. It seems the Aussie settlers treated the Aborigines about as well as European settlers treated the Native Americans in North America. It’s nice that Roger has been able to rise above the past.

    I’m interested to hear what direction Caitlin Rose is heading now. That is one gal who plays by her own set of rules musically.

  14. Dave D.
    February 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    RF: Kelly, what do you say we patch up our differences and just meet halfway?
    KW: You’re about one fifth too far gone for that.
    RF: I’m so drunk, I can’t even remember why we’re scrappin.
    KW: That’s ’cause you’re an asshole.
    RF: But other than that.

  15. Leeann
    February 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    RF: “I’m so drunk, I can’t even remember why we’re scrappin.”

    That’s my favorite part of that back and forth…the way he says it is more amusing than it looks on “paper.”

  16. Leeann
    February 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    If given the opportunity, I listen to albums “now” in order to see if I want to buy them when they’re released. So, it’s good to knnow when they’re going to be available for me to buy. Of course, I can always look it up, so not a big deal if it’s mentioned with the stream, but the convenience is always nice.

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