Paul Thorn wrote an entertaining guest blog for American Songwriter about a few songs on his new album, What the Hell is Goin’ On: “Bull Mountain Bridge” was written by Wild Bill Emerson. He’s a fairly obscure old-school country songwriter who penned tunes for George Jones and many other traditional artists back in the day. He is a world-class storyteller. He was also a mentor to my main songwriting partner, Billy Maddox. A lot of the things that Billy learned from Wild Bill were shared and passed down to me, which heavily influenced my style of songwriting. This one is a Wild Bill classic about jealousy and murder in the Deep South. Any song that mentions a marijuana dealer, the Ku Klux Klan, breaking the arms of a wife-stealer and then throwing that same person into a cold river to their death, is a tale that should make just about anybody wanna listen. I would also like to say that it was a true honor that my friend Delbert McClinton added his voice to this track. He helped us rock it out.
Lee Ann Womack is in DC, singing at the Centennial First Ladies Luncheon and then attending the presentation of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Award. The latter will be streamed at 7 p.m. Eastern; Lyle Lovett is among the evening’s performers.
Country Fried Rock is offering a NoiseTrade compilation where all proceeds go to benefit Nuci’s Space, a nonprofit which promotes the “emotional, physical, and occupational wellbeing” of the music community in Athens, Ga.
Check out the EPK for the fantastic upcoming Rodney Crowell/Mary Karr compilation, Kin.
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.