Chet Flippo remembers the late Barbara Orbison in his newest Nashville Skyline column: I never met anyone like Barbara Orbison before. She was smarter than any other woman I have ever known — with the possible exception of Dolly Parton and my own darling bride — but she was also caring and compassionate and ever curious to learn everything she could about everything. And she had a consuming love of music. That love continued up to the moment she died a few days ago.
Alison Krauss and Union Station were on Leno the other night; watch their performance over at Bluegrass Today.
Rodney Atkins apparently hasn’t learned from fellow artists’ difficulties and hasre-signed with Curb.
Chris Mateer of Uprooted Music Revue interviewed John Szwed, author of Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World.
Jonathan Bernstein of American Songwriter reviewedRyan Adams and Jessica Lea Mayfield’s Carnegie Hall show: With all the many opportunities to reflect tenderly on his younger years in New York, Adams instead told jokes about C+C Music Factory. His stage persona was warm but distanced, playful but guarded.
Check out the video for Bearfoot’s “Tell Me a Story.”
Zac Brown Band’s special Live at Red Rocks will air on CMT this Saturday, December 10.
John Fogerty and the Pistol Annies teamed up for an excellent take on “Bad Moon Rising” at the Annies’ Wednesday night show.
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.