Dirt Drifters Cancel All Upcoming Appearances; Chatham County Line Plans Live Album Release; Jewel to Play June Carter Cash in Lifetime Movie
Juli Thanki | May 4th, 2012
The Ryman’s chief audio engineer, Les Banks, talks about the room’s sound with Mix Magazine: “There are so many reflective surfaces, and the biggest challenge is the absolutely phenomenal difference between the empty Ryman at soundcheck and a full house that night. It’s night-and-day different; to this day I get freaked out by how loud everything is when it’s empty.”
Jewel will play June Carter Cash in Lifetime movieThe June Carter Cash Story, which begins filming this summer.
Vince Gill is heading out on a bluegrass tour this June with Stuart Duncan, Jeff White, Jim Mills, and Dennis Crouch. Sarah Jarosz will open the June 13-23 shows.
Chet Flippo is enjoying new music from Alan Jackson and Don Williams.
On May 26, the Country Music Hall of Fame will salute songwriter Mark D. Sanders (“The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” “I Hope You Dance,” “Heads Carolina, Tails California”) as part of their Poets & Prophets series.
Carrie Underwood is the subject of a lengthy USA Today feature. An excerpt: In retrospect, all the quick acclaim and success that followed her American Idol win and first album set her up with unrealistic expectations. “The first year, I was so lucky: I came in, I got nominations, and I won,” she says. “I was like, this is how it is all the time! This is awesome! I get No. 1’s for five weeks, six weeks! I start winning stuff! This is just how it happens. I got a good lesson in how stuff doesn’t always happen like that. And it really was good for me.”
The Dirt Drifters have canceled all upcoming appearances and performances due to “private, personal issues.”
Dave Paulson of the Tennessean interviewed J.D. Souther about new albumNatural History and his experience acting in the TV pilot Nashville.
Craig Shelburne interviewed Tim McGraw for American Songwriter. An excerpt where McGraw talks about releasing “serious and sensitive” singles like “Angry All the Time” and “Grown Men Don’t Cry”: “Red Ragtop” was one of those, certainly, that people fought against. But I thought it was such a great song that told a story. For me it wasn’t about issues. It was about a poignant story. I think that sometimes you get caught up on what the issues are and not about what the story is. And musically I really liked the way that song sounded. Still to this day, my favorite songs on my albums are not necessarily singles … I sort of cringe when I think that people judge my career according just to what they’ve heard on the radio. To me, the body of work is so much better or deeper than the singles are. If I had to pick a song for someone to judge my career, it would be “Kill Myself” or “I Think Something’s Broken” – one of those kinds of songs.
Levon Helm is featured on “Toast to Freedom,” a song being released to celebrate Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary. Other artists on the recording include Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal, Carly Simon, and a few dozen more.
Here’sJason Eady performing the title track to new album AM Country Heaven for Music Fog.
Lonesome River Band is asking fans to vote on the songs that will appear on Chronology, Vol. 3, which is due out this fall.
The Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina is hosting “Dark Corners: The Appalachian Ballad,” an exhibit of Julyan Davis’ paintings inspired by Appalachian love songs and murder ballads, through July 1.
Here’s a free download of three Virginia songs from Sons of Bill, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Sarah White.
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.