“The Christmas Shoes” sent our fake pal Reginald Spears over the edge as he brought a country radio station to its knees this week: “I told that little weasely sumbitch DJ that if he played that ‘Christmas Shoes’ crap again, he was going to regret it,” said the local man by phone interview yesterday.
Rural Rhythm Records and Musicians Against Childhood Cancer are planning to release benefit record Life Goes Onin 2012. The album will include live performances from past MACC festivals.
Charlie Clark of the Falls Church News-Press wrote a feature on Mary Cliff, who has spent the past three decades hosting the weekly folk music radio show “Traditions,” which can be streamed on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country.
Chris Mateer interviewed American Primitive guitarist Glenn Jones. Here’s an excerpt in which Jones talks about developing his own voice as an artist: In terms of developing my own voice, I don’t think that happened until I was in my thirties. Listening to the tracks Fahey recorded as a teenager for Joe Bussard’s private Fonotone label…I’m amazed how fully formed Fahey’s aesthetic is right from the get-go. Over the course of that set you can hear him becoming a better guitarist, and a better composer for guitar, with each session. For me, it took years to find something that felt like it belonged to me.
Here’s Trace Adkins singing “Kiss You All Over” with Exile.
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.