Curb to Release Hank Jr. Walmart Exclusive CD; Jim Lauderdale Documentary to Air in Australia; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | February 21st, 2012

  • Old-time fiddler Joe Thompson passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Thompson influenced several musicians, including the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Here is a 2007 performance at the Kennedy Center.
  • George Jones and Tammy Wynette and Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell are featured in Geoffrey Himes’ article on musical couples.
  • 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 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.
  • This week’s releases:

Moot Davis Man About Town

Ann Claire Honkytonk Princess

Chieftains Voice of Ages

Wrinkle Neck Mules Apprentice to Ghosts

Lonesome River Band Chronology, Vol 1. (MP3 version available on 2/24, CD on 2/28)

The James Low Western Front Whiskey Farmer

Various Artists Act of Valor (Soundtrack)

Various Artists Another Jubilee: Old Time Country & Cowboy Singing

  • 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:

  1. Leeann Ward
    February 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    The Chieftains album is well worth checking out. Not only is it just $3.99 for the digital download today, it features a lot of guest stars: The Pistol Annies, The Civil Wars, Punch Brothers on two songs, The Decemberists, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Secret Sisters, etc.

  2. Jeremy Dylan
    February 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I hear that Lauderdale documentary is real neat.

  3. Rick
    February 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    “Hell On Heels” is one of my least favorite songs on the Pistol Annies album and yet it goes “gold” as a single. What’s up with that? (lol)

    I’m glad its Woody Guthrie’s music and not his politics that inspire Tim O’Brien! Whew, that was a close call…

    Whenever Dierks Bentley talks about his albums, it always bores the crap out of me. Am I the only one? Maybe the fact I don’t much care for the music contained therein (well not since “Don’t Leave Me In Love” anyway) has something to do with it. Hmmm.

    Will country radio spin the new Kix Brooks song? The anticipation is killing me! (…lol)

    Shouldn’t that Jim Lauderdale documentary be titled “King Of Disposable Albums”? I’m confused here…

  4. Dana M
    February 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I love “Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies” since I heard it off the Winter’s Bone soundtrack and heard Dolly Parton’s cover. Throw in the Pistol Annies and I’m definitely interested even though I haven’t found the Chieftain’s music appealing.

  5. luckyoldsun
    February 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    “Kix Brooks’ “New to This Town” is headed to radio”

    It sure will be a hoot if radio plays it–They haven’t played anything that he’s really sung on since the Clinton administration.

  6. Jeremy Dylan
    February 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Something to note about my Lauderdale documentary – it features a brief appearance by a guy who frequents these comment sections.

    Clue: It’s not Rick.

  7. Jon
    February 22, 2012 at 11:54 am


  8. Jeremy Dylan
    February 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I’m assuming this will be your Australian TV debut Jon.

  9. Jon
    February 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    As far as I know…

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