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 lovesCharlie Louvin and the anecdotes he told, like the one about Little Jimmy Dickens putting a beating on Webb Pierce.
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.
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.