Dolly Announces Tour Dates; Garth Tops Country Albums Chart; Sacred Shakers to Release Live Album

Juli Thanki | December 6th, 2013

  • Rolling Stone is going to launch a million-dollar country music website in the second quarter of 2014; there will be a country-themed issue of the print magazine to coincide with the site launch.
  • Preview Americana gospel group The Sacred Shakers’ live album, which will be officially released on January 21.
  • Peter Cooper wrote about Buck Owens and his excellent posthumous autobiography, which was written “with Randy Poe.
  • Peter Guralnick was on Boston’s WBUR talking about blues/country music and his re-released versions of books Feel Like Going Home and Lost Highway.
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Noam Pikelny about his salute to Kenny Baker’s salute to Bill Monroe.
  • Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” video will premiere on CMT and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment platforms on Monday.
  • Garth Brooks’ new box set sold 164,000 units in its first week, earning him the top spot on the Country Albums chart once more.
  • Ryan Bingham has written the main title and will produce the music for A Country Called Home, the screenwriting and directorial debut of his wife, Anna Axter. This will be Bingham’s first movie project since the Grammy- and Oscar-winning Crazy Heart.
  • Tonight on TV: the Grammy Nominations Concert featuring performances by Taylor Swift and Keith Urban (CBS, 10 p.m. Eastern) and Styled to Rock – it’s like a Project Runway style competition, only the designers make clothes for musicians — featuring The Band Perry (Bravo, 8 p.m. Eastern).
  • Rebecca Frazier released an EPK. Watch the video here.
  • Larry Rohter of The New York Times penned a feature on Dave Van Ronk. An excerpt: “People refer to gatekeepers, and Dave Van Ronk was one of those guys,” said Jeff Place, a music archivist at the Smithsonian Institution who assembled the CD package and wrote the main essay in its liner notes. “He did the research, and nurtured a lot of people onto the repertoire, people who went on to record those songs and became better known than he was.” Mr. Place compared Van Ronk to progenitors of the British blues scene like Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies, who led the roots movement that gave members of the Rolling Stones and Cream their first opportunities to play. But it was Van Ronk’s voice, a gruff and gravelly baritone, that could shift into a hauntingly vulnerable higher register when needed, his mastery of guitar styles associated with bluesmen like the Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt, and his astute choice of material that drew people to his performances and records. 
  • Third Man Records is going to reissue the following Sun singles as 45s: Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” Roy Orbison’s “Rockhouse,” and D.A. Hunt’s “Lonesome Old Jail.” (P.S. Orbison died 25 years ago today, in case you’re interested in commemorating him with a tattoo.)
  • Derek Halsey of The Bluegrass Situation did a fine interview with Jerry Douglas.
  • Woody Guthrie was posthumously nominated for The Literary Review‘s annual Bad Sex Award for penning some cringe-inducing scenes in novel House of Earth, which was released earlier this year. He didn’t win.

 

  1. TexasVet
    December 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    From MusicRow:

    Underwood’s ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ Brings In 19.3 Million Viewers earned NBC its biggest audience on the night since 2004:

    http://www.musicrow.com/2013/12/underwoods-the-sound-of-music-live-draws-big-ratings/

  2. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I’ll just go ahead and say it. I was impressed with how well Carrie did with the singing. I’m a big Sound of Music fan, but not in a protective kind of way, so I enjoyed the production for what it was. While it’s true that Carrie’s acting stood out as unexperienced, I have a new respect for her. She took on something huge and grueling and has clearly grown immensely as a vocalist. Ultimately, I’m pleased that she showed her support for live theater on television in such a public way.

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