Debating File-Sharing and Artists’ Rights; Easton Corbin’s Sophomore Album Due in Sept.; Album Releases
- NPR intern Emily White, a college senior who’s only bought 15 CDs in her life and has an 11,000 song personal library, wrote a blog about being a music fan who has “never supported physical music as a consumer.” An excerpt: “As I’ve grown up, I’ve come to realize the gravity of what file-sharing means to the musicians I love. I can’t support them with concert tickets and T-shirts alone. But I honestly don’t think my peers and I will ever pay for albums. I do think we will pay for convenience.”
- David Lowery’s response to White: “Many in your generation are willing to pay a little extra to buy “fair trade” coffee that insures the workers that harvested the coffee were paid fairly. Many in your generation will pay a little more to buy clothing and shoes from manufacturers that certify they don’t use sweatshops. Many in your generation pressured Apple to examine working conditions at Foxconn in China. Your generation is largely responsible for the recent cultural changes that has given more equality to same sex couples. On nearly every count your generation is much more ethical and fair than my generation. Except for one thing. Artist rights.”
- Bob Lefsetz responds to the response: “To be fighting file-sharing is akin to protesting dot matrix printers. File-trading is on its way out. Because it takes too much time to do it. And you don’t fight piracy with laws, but economic solutions. It doesn’t pay to steal if you can listen instantly on Spotify and its ilk.”
- Robbie Fulks likes The Pistol Annies: “Pistol Annies is the name of a supergroupy kinda project undertaken by a N***ville megastar, Miranda Lambert, and involves N***ville players and producers doing the kind of trailer-trashy swagger and pottymouth cornpone that is the trademark of O**tl*w C**n*ry and B*******t Records….I mean, it’s like the deacon farting in his own church, and using his own organist to accompany. The songwriting plays as too tossed-off — and is actually bad in spots — but the performances are so good that it doesn’t make too much difference, once again illustrating the old saw that it’s the singer not the song. If for instance you love hearing George Jones and Melba Montgomery singing “Looking Back To See,” or Shania Twain’s “No One Needs To Know,” then you probably know how to put your inner Allan Bloom on hold while a good groove is going on, and this stuff will make your heart soar.” (thanks to reader NM for sending this our way).
- Out September 18: Easton Corbin’s sophomore album, All Over the Road.
- At his Saturday night show in Philadelphia, Tim McGraw sported father Tug’s 1980 World Series ring. Here’s a review of the show, which was a stop on McGraw and Kenny Chesney’s Brothers of the Sun Tour.
- Speaking of Kenny Chesney, Peter Cooper wrote a lengthy feature on him for the Tennessean.
- Premiering tonight as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival: Ballads, Blues, and Bluegrass, a documentary featuring unearthed footage of Willie Dixon, Doc Watson, and Memphis Slim at an Alan Lomax house party in 1961.
- Here’s an article about Ruby Jane, singer-songwriter-fiddler and new high school graduate.
- Amber Hayes is offering a free download of “Always There for Me,” a duet with Richie McDonald.
- CMT.com’s Alexandria Sardam interviewed Sam Bush. An excerpt: “[B] by playing in other people’s bands, I can learn from them, things I like about what they do, things that I might not want to do the way they do. For instance, I used to play with Lyle Lovett’s road band. He likes an 18-piece band, and I learned that the more people that are playing, the less we all need to play so that it doesn’t all jumble up. I learn things about stage presentation from people. From Emmylou, I learned to sing in a better way, to soften up and not sing as hard and loudly as I once had. She helped me increase my range a little bit. She was a very generous bandleader, so I also learned generosity. She’s just a wonderful person. We became pals, and I taught her baseball.”
- This week’s album releases:
Don Williams – And So It Goes
MilkDrive – Waves
Ruby Jane – Celebrity (Empire of Emptiness)
Kenny Chesney – Welcome to the Fishbowl
Delta Rae – Carry the Fire
Marlee Scott – Beautiful Maybe
Chris Smither – Hundred Dollar Valentine
Audie Blaylock & Redline – Hard Country
Seth Walker – Time Can Change
Girlyman – Supernova
Buck Owens – ‘Live’ at the White House
Del McCoury & David Grisman – Del and Dawg: Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House
B.J. Thomas – The Complete Scepter Singles
Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – Screams from the Holler
Bradley Kincaid – A Man and His Guitar: Selected Sides 1927-1950