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:
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.
- luckyoldsun: I made it through a minute of that "Girl In a Country Song Video." Man, that sucks.