Emmylou’s Wrecking Ball Gets Deluxe Reissue; Dierks Bentley Documentary Due 2/22; New Album Releases
- Nonesuch Records will release a three-disc (including a documentary DVD) expanded version of Emmylou Harris’ 1995 album Wrecking Ball on April 8. Harris also announced she and Daniel Lanois will be touring this spring to celebrate this reissue.
- The Tennessean‘s Nate Rau reports that, “Under current copyright law, songs recorded prior to Feb. 15, 1972, do not pay a performance royalty to the artist and musicians, but songs recorded after that date do. That means, for example, that Luke Bryan gets paid when his single ‘Drink a Beer’ is played on an Internet or satellite radio station, but Loretta Lynn is not paid for plays of ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter.'” However, Tennessee lawmakers have proposed a bill that will fix this loophole and allow artists to receive digital performance royalties for their pre-1972 recordings.
- Check out Chuck Mead’s “Knee Deep in the Wakarusa River” from his forthcoming album, Free State Serenade (out March 4).
- New documentary Dierks Bentley: Riser, will be released on February 22, three days before Bentley’s new album comes out. Here’s the trailer.
- Peter Cooper’s new column focuses on Billy Block and his battle with Stage IV melanoma.
- Todd Snider on Hard Working Americans’ self-titled debut: “It’s for free-spirited people and people who feel oppressed or left out…I don’t really think that we’ll be catering to the handsome fellas on the football team or their cheerleader girlfriends.”
- The Wall Street Journal premiered Drive-By Truckers’ “Made Up English Oceans.”
- Here are some outtakes from Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids’ Austin City Limits taping.
- Our pal Dallas Terry interviewed Honeyhoney for Galleywinter.
- CMT Edge’s Chris Parton interviewed Scott H. Biram.
- American Songwriter posted the video for John Nemeth’s “If It Ain’t Broke.”
- Bob DiPiero talks about writing songs for Nashville in this interview posted on The A.V. Club.
- Stream The Farewell Drifters’ “Modern Age.”
- Balsam Range is working on a new album that’ll be released later this year. American Drive is back in the studio as well.
- 90-minute documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is streaming online.
- Tracy Lawrence in The Chicago Sun-Times: “I’m all about getting out there and finding what I think is cool, even if it’s not the over-the-top power rock country stuff out there now…I want to say the things that are relevant to a person of my age through my songs. I think there is a big trick to being a mature artist these days. You have to continue to connect with fans by being real rather than just going out there trying to chase what everybody else is doing.”
- Blue Ridge Outdoors’ free February Trail Mix includes songs by St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Levi Lowrey, Dirk Powell, Lydia Loveless, and more.
- Band of Horses’ live album, recorded at the Ryman, is streaming on RollingStone.com.
- Changes at Sirius-XM mean you’ll unfortunately be hearing a lot less of bluegrass DJ Chris Jones.
- Amelia White talks about songwriting and her forthcoming album, Old Postcard, in this American Songwriter Q&A.
- Chrissie Dickinson reviewed Patty Griffin’s Chicago show for the Tribune.
- If you’ve got $100,000 to spend on a Valentine’s present to yourself, Gram Parsons’ 1972 David Russell Young Custom Dreadnought is going up for auction on February 15.
- This week’s album releases (thanks for supporting E145 by purchasing music through the below affiliate links):
Dirk Powell – Walking Through Clay
Leyla McCalla – Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes
Suzy Bogguss – Lucky
Parker Millsap – Parker Millsap
A.J. Croce – Twelve Tales
Amy Black – This is Home
The Grahams – Riverman’s Daughter (Deluxe Edition)
Buzz Cason – Troubadour Heart
The Haden Triplets – The Haden Triplets
Eric Paslay – Eric Paslay
Tony Trischka – Great Big World
Scott H. Biram – Nothin’ But Blood
Whiskey Myers – Early Morning Shakes
- And some movies to round out your Kenny Rogers DVD library:
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …