Dolly, Nickel Creek Debut Songs; FreshGrass Lineup Announced; New Opry Country Classics Season Premieres March 27

Juli Thanki | March 19th, 2014

  • The 2014 FreshGrass lineup looks excellent: Rodney Crowell, The Gibson Brothers, Valerie June, The Martha Redbone Roots Project, and Darol Anger are just a few of the acts scheduled to play the September festival in North Adams, Mass.
  • RollingStone.com premiered the title track for Dolly Parton’s forthcoming album, Blue Smoke.
  • Larry Gatlin returns as host for a new season of Opry Country Classics, which kicks off March 27. This year’s guests will include Marty Stuart and Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis.
  • Miranda Lambert on her new album, Platinum: “This whole record is in a different place than my second record, because I’m going through different things, different kinds of relationship problems. Back in the day, I would’ve written about cheating boyfriends, burning their house down. And now I’m singing songs like ‘Priscilla,’ because problems change as you get older.”  
  • Brandy Clark’s Ellen appearance got moved to next Monday. (via press release)
  • But Lake Street Dive’s Ellen performance aired; you can watch here.
  • The Bank of Tennessee presented a check for $100,000 to The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol.
  • Here’s a new version of “Wait a Minute” from the Seldom Scene’s next album, which comes out in late April.
  • On March 26, Detroit station NASH FM 93.1 is throwing a free concert. Performers include Terri Clark and Eric Paslay; Kix Brooks will host.
  • Eric at Music Tomes posted an interview with Dick Weissman, author of 100 Books Every Folk Fan Should Own.
  • The Washington Post published a profile of Bobby Bones.
  • Buckwheat Zydeco launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a YouTube video series called Buckwheat’s World.
  • The country music on FX comedy series Archer is more enjoyable than half the stuff you’ll hear on the radio today…but it isn’t as good as Lurleen Lumpkin’s songs.
  1. Leeann Ward
    March 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I’m loving the Nickel Creek track. All three songs that I’ve heard so far have been awesome!

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