Four the Record Goes Gold; Emmylou Harris Speaks at Warren Hellman’s Memorial; Hank Thompson Vinyl Reissue

Juli Thanki | January 5th, 2012

  • Emmylou Harris spoke and then performed at Warren Hellman’s memorial service. Give a listen.
  • If anyone’s looking to make a music-related field trip this winter, check out this cool feature, written by Terry Conway of the Philadelphia Inquirer, on Martin guitars and the C.F. Martin & Co. headquarters located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
  • Kelly Willis and husband Bruce Robison are collaborating on an album. “Mando Lines” interviewed Willis about the project and what it’s like working together: “We like playing together, we love making music together. We’ve sung on each other’s records for so long now that we really do have a sibling harmony working.  We just know how the other one sings and we know how to match each other.  It’s instinctual, we even know when the other one’s going to take a breath.”
  • Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times wrote an article on the recent Charlie Louvin autobiography. Both book and article are worth a read.
  • Peter Cooper still loves Charlie Louvin and the anecdotes he told, like the one about Little Jimmy Dickens putting a beating on Webb Pierce.
  • Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town appear on Dierks Bentley’s upcoming album, Home.
  • Katy Perry wrote a song for Jessie James that CMT’s Alison Bonaguro describes as “country through and through.” Listen to the demo here.
  • Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Anders Parker, and Will Johnson have recorded New Multitudes, an album derived from unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics. The record is set to drop February 28.
  • Edd Hurt of the Nashville Scene wrote a feature on the classic-leaning Mandy Barnett.
  • Here’s a nifty read about Tracy Newman, a former television script writer who gave up that career to pursue folk music.
  • On February 28, Real Gone Music is reissuing Hank Thompson’s 1959 album Songs for Rounders on 160-gram vinyl. It’s been remastered and Colin Escott has written new liner notes for the project.
  1. Jon
    January 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    It’s instinctual, we even know when the other one’s going to take a breath.”

    Ms. Willis and Mr. Robison may indeed be deeply familiar with one another’s approach to singing, but knowing when the other one’s going to take a breath is setting the bar for “instinctual” might low.

  2. Leeann Ward
    January 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

    That was a great interview with Kelly Willis. I love her facebook statuses/tweets too. She is funny. And, of course, I love her music and look forward to her album with Bruce.

  3. Ben Foster
    January 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Katy Perry wrote a song that Alison Bonaguro says is “country through and through?” Oh gosh.

  4. Paul W Dennis
    January 7, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I’m not a big bluegrass fan but I am looking forward to hearing Cia Cherryholme apart from the family band

    A Hank Thompson reissue on vinly ? Cool

    I don’t doubt that Katy Perry could werite a really country song BUT I wouldn’t trust Alison Bonaguro to be able to judge whether or not a song is country

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