Why don’t the women characters on Nashville play instruments? (One of the only women who plays an instrument on the show is Megan McCormick, who’s played with Bearfoot in addition to being a kickass solo artist. But she mostly stays in the background.)
The Eli Young Band’s 10,000 Towns debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums Chart, selling 36,000 records in its first week. This is the band’s best sales week and first No. 1 album.
Mandy Barnett talks about her new album and Don Gibson with Peter Cooper.
The Del McCoury Band, Gibson Brothers, Town Mountain, and Jim Lauderdale are among the acts slated to play the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival this summer.
Country music is more popular in the UK than ever, writes Colin Crummy of The Guardian. An excerpt from the lengthy article: If the music has evolved, so has Nashville. Veteran broadcaster Bob Harris has covered the Nashville scene for Radio 2 since 1970, and says it’s not just that Britain is embracing country, but that country is embracing Britain in a way it never used to. He recalls asking the honky-tonk star Alan Jackson for an interview as recently as 10 years ago: “His exact words were, ‘Why would I want to do that?’ There was that insular thing going on in country at the time.”
99U published business strategies you can learn from The Grateful Dead’s example. Tips include maintaining side projects (like Jerry Garcia’s bluegrass forays) and taking a crapton of drugs controlling the entire distribution process.
Even if it weren’t Women’s History Month, you should watch this video because it rules. How many of these singers do you recognize? Here’s one to get you started: Patsy Montana.
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.