Here’s Alison Krauss and Union Station’s version of The Simpsons theme song.
Al DeLory, who produced and arranged songs such as “Galveston,” passed away earlier this month.
Kix Brooks’ “New to This Town” is headed to radio March 19.
The newest Quotable Country features Marty Stuart, Darrell Scott, Larry Gatlin, and others.
Dierks Bentley talks about Home with CMT.com. An excerpt: I really want the Nashville songwriting community as involved with this record as possible. I kind of did that on the last record, Up On The Ridge, and I really found out how much I enjoyed listening to great songs — whether they’re new songs or old songs — discovering songs and seeing how they work into my album and fit into the whole piece. For this record, I cut six songs I didn’t write, which is odd because I’ve written more for this record than I’ve ever written for anything else. But I really wanted to find a way to make those songs work with my material and come up with the best overall album. I found some killer outside cuts.
A Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers video for “Me and Paul Revere” will premiere on Rolling Stone’s site today.
Tim O’Brien talks Woody Guthrie: Like Woody Guthrie, I come from a small town and left there with music as my main source of income. And like him, I gained perspective about my home by traveling away from it. Using his music to make the world a better place, Woody provided a great example to those who followed him. He meant to perform and to write songs in such a way as to give people not only entertainment, but also hope and solidarity in their common struggles. He taught me that music is best when it brings people together.
Pistol Annies’ “Hell on Heels” and David Nail’s “Let it Rain” have gone gold.
Heads up, Australia: The King of Broken Hearts, a documentary about Jim Lauderdale directed by Jeremy Dylan, will premiere March 6 on the Country Music Channel. Here’s the trailer:
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.