The 615’s Chuck Dauphin wrote a feature on Nikki Lane.
Jamey Johnson to Jewly Hight (the whole interview is well worth your time): “In my career, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of my different heroes, and I can tell you that after meeting and spending time with guys like George Strait and Ray Price and Willie and Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr., there’s very few things that all of those guys have in common. The things that they do have in common, they all have, I’d say, an indomitable sense of self. It can’t be brought down. There’s nothin’ you’re gonna say or do that’s gonna make Hank Jr. stop bein’ Hank Jr., or make George Strait stop bein’ George Strait. So that tells me that all of the messages that I get from them through their songs or through their writing or through their day-to-day interactions with other people, that all of those messages right there are things about them that you can count on. That makes me aspire to be the same way.”
Peter Cooper’s new column is all about national treasure Jean Shepard and her book, Down Through the Years.
The lineup for the 2014 Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love (which will be held in Marfa, Texas from September 25-28) looks pretty killer, with Elizabeth Cook, The Old 97s, Robert Ellis, and more slated to perform.
Members of the John Henry Historical Society are restoring an old building in Talcott, West Virginia to serve as a museum dedicated to the steel-driving folk hero. (h/t Jeff)
Edd Hurt of The Nashville Scene penned a feature on Cowboy Jack Clement’s final record, For Once and For All, which comes out next week.
Dallas Davidson was arrested in Nashville early this morning for disorderly conduct and public intoxication. TMZ reports that Davidson was challenging “various people” to fight and shouting racial and homophobic slurs.
If you’re interested in learning about the business strategies of Nashville’s top managers, check out Holly Gleason’s neat new article, “When It Comes to Music City Management Styles, It’s Different Strokes for Different Folks.”
On September 27, Carrie Underwood will headline the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park.
American Songwriter looks at “Sweet Amarillo,” the newest Bob Dylan/Old Crow Medicine Show song.
Music City Roots relocated from the Loveless Café to The Factory at Franklin. Last night was their first show in the new location.
Next week’s episode of Drunk History will focus on American music; here’s a clip from the episode that portrays the first meeting between Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash. Not too long ago, Drunk History delivered a pretty funny sketch about Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, so this should be a fun episode.
Here’s a new video for Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ recording of “Motor City Man.”
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.