Emmylou Celebrates 20 Years with the Opry; New Videos From The Roys and Josh Kelley; New Springsteen Album Drops in March

Juli Thanki | January 19th, 2012

  • Bruce Springsteen’s new album, Wrecking Ball, is due out March 6. Take a peek at the track listing and listen to a song here.
  • Geoffrey Himes wrote a feature on Kathleen Edwards for Paste. Here’s an excerpt: “Those first three records are accomplishments I’m proud of,” Edwards says by phone from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she is staying with her current boyfriend, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. “No one told me what to do on those albums; I made all the decisions myself. But I did what I knew how to do; I stayed in this folkie, twangy world of Americana singer/songwriters. Finally I told myself, ‘You know, I have other ambitions; there are other things I want to do.’”
  • The Joyful Noise soundtrack, featuring music from Dolly Parton, is #1 on the Billboard Soundtrack Chart.
  • Emmylou Harris celebrates 20 years as an Opry member this weekend. The Nash Ramblers’ live album, released 20 years ago, played an important part in the restoration of the Ryman, writes Peter Cooper.
  • Miranda Lambert has postponed shows this week due to the death of her father-in-law.
  • Josh Kelley has a new video for “Naleigh Moon,” a song about his daughter. It’s pretty sweet.
  • Here’s a new video from The Roys as well.
  • Fiddler Dewel Bullington, who played with The McCormick Brothers for 50 years, passed away earlier this month at the age of 78.
  • Jason Bentley of KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” thinks Americana duo HoneyHoney might be the next big thing.
  • Dolly Parton chatted with Michel Martin of NPR about her role in Joyful Noise as well as writing songs for the film. An excerpt: In all, Parton ended up writing 12 songs, some of which she hopes to rework for future demos. “Well, I love to write,” the Grammy Award-winning singer says. “Especially when I’ve got a challenge.” Parton, who can play 12 instruments but can’t read music, says songwriting comes naturally to her. “I just need a subject,” she says, “and I’m off and running, ’cause I know how to rhyme, and I love the music, and I just go for it.”
  • Steel Magnolia and their label, Big Machine Records, have parted ways.
  • My Kind of Country takes a look back at albums from Sweethearts of the Rodeo.


  1. Saving Country Music
    January 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Excellent piece on Emmylou Harris and lower Broadway by Peter Cooper. I was hoping he’d speak a little more though about the bands like Jason & The Scoarchers, Hillbilly Casino, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, Joe Buck and Layla, Layla who still owns and operates The Bluegrass Inn, who helped revitalize lower Broadway as much as anyone.

    This is a great video from 1983 by Jason & The Scoarchers. It starts off at Hatch Show Print, shows them at various spots on lower Broadway, and ends with them playing a concert at the then shuttered Ryman. The cowpunks cared about this historic part of town when much of Nashville didn’t.


  2. Rick
    January 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Juli, I’m curious how you know about KCRW and the “Morning Becomes Eclectic” radio show? I live in LA and I avoid that People’s Republic of Santa Monica NPR station like it was the plague. Even “A Prairie Home Companion” is wise enough to be on high power KPCC instead. But then again you don’t feel towards political leftists quite the same way I do…(lol)

    As for “Honeyhoney”, I just never see them having broad market appeal. Sure every straight guy that looks at Suzanne Santo lusts after her (ala Jimmy Carter), but the music is just not that accessible. Well that and the potty mouth lyrics that lead to parental warning labels on their CD’s…

    I enjoyed The Roys’ new video, but then I’ve been a fan of their music for at least 4 years now when I bought their 1st indie CD release. They originally tried to break into the Top 40 country market with songs that sounded like Ricky Skaggs back in the 1980’s! That sure wasn’t going to happen these days, so I’m glad the bluegrass folks are making them welcome. Elaine doesn’t have the strongest voice around, but Lee can sound almost exactly like Ricky Skaggs! Go Roys!

    Its nice to read Kathleen Edwards hasn’t lost her spunkiness or attitude! Go Kathleen!

  3. Jack Williams
    January 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Hard to believe it’s been twenty years since Emmylou’s At the Ryman album. My first Emmylou album and one of my first country albums. Saw her and the Nash Ramblers on that tour at the old Birchmere and they were just great.

    Enjoyed the article by Mr. Himes on Kathleen Edwards and how the new album came about. Looking forward to seeing her live in a couple of weeks.

  4. Leeann Ward
    January 20, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I love that At the Ryman album. It’s what first got me to like Emmylou and subsequently made me a solid fan.

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