Country Stars Revisit the Bristol Sessions; Pokey LaFarge Announces Tour; HoF & Music City Roots to Celebrate Night Train to Nashville Anniversary

Juli Thanki | June 11th, 2014

  • Justin Townes Earle will release Single Mothers on Vagrant Records September 9. (via press release)
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Music City Roots are teaming up for a concert (scheduled for July 30) celebrating the tenth anniversary of Night Train to Nashville. Performers will include The McCrary Sisters, Clifford Curry, and more. (via press release)
  • Carl Jackson is producing Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, an album (scheduled for release in October) that’ll feature folks like Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, and Ashley Monroe tackling the songs that Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family recorded with Ralph Peer more than 80 years ago.
  • Speaking of Bristol, The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will officially open on August 2. (via press release)
  • Wall Street Journal music critic Jim Fusilli interviewed producer Dave Cobb.
  • T Bone Burnett wrote an op-ed piece for The L.A. Times about artist royalties and the “devaluation” of music.
  • Pokey LaFarge announced his Central Time Tour, which will feature special guest/master of ceremonies Dom Flemons, The Tillers, and more.
  • Our prayers have been half-answered: the release date for that country music tribute to Motley Crue has been pushed back to August 19.
  • Jewly Hight wrote a Rolling Stone piece on the evolution of country dance music.
  • The New York Times published an interview with Donovan.
  • W.S. Holland appeared on Otis Gibbs’ newest podcast.
  • Lucero: Live from Atlanta is coming out August 12.
  • Several MLB team Twitter accounts engaged in a silly Taylor Swift “singalong.”  Swift’s hometown team, the Phillies, didn’t participate, because they seem to hate anything resembling fun, success, or joy this season.
  • Flatt Lonesome’s Too will be released July 15. (via press release)
  • USA Today premiered the Dex Romweber Duo’s new video for “Roll On.”
  • Bela Fleck will give the keynote address at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh this fall.
  • Our pal Don of Both Kinds of Music interviewed photographers and curators of the country music photo exhibit that recently opened at the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A. Listen here.
  • Chuck Dauphin wrote a feature on Nicki Bluhm for The 615.
  • According to Dauphin, rumor has it that Darius Rucker’s next record might include “more traditional sounds,” thanks to the success of Rucker’s version of “Wagon Wheel.”
  • Mother Jones published a feature on Joe Henry.
  • The Atlantic’s Elias Leight on Miranda Lambert and Platinum: Again and again, Lambert moves in a new direction; again and again, she succeeds—a rarity for an album in any genre. Crucially, she manages to do so without really abandoning country (except perhaps on “Gravity Is a Bitch”).  This stands in contrast to the genre’s other two recent ambassadors to the mainstream, Shania Twain and Taylor Swift, who played an important role in expanding the country audience, often through increased hybridization with rock and pop. Twain’s most recognizable hit, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman,” does not scream Nashville; neither do Swift’s last three albums. Lambert displays the variety within a genre that has increasingly porous borders, but she doesn’t obliterate those borders. If Twain and Swift moved country closer to everything else, Lambert pulls everything else closer to country.

 

 

  1. Both Kinds of Music
    June 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for the linkage!

  2. Arlene
    June 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    “Our prayers have been half-answered: the release date for that country music tribute to Motley Crue has been pushed back to August 19.”

    I literally laughed out loud when I read this.

  3. Leeann Ward
    June 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    That Bristol Sessions album sounds intriguing! I’m looking forward to it. I’m also interested to hear a new Justin Townes Earle album.

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