Four the Record Track Listing Unveiled; IBMA Awards Performers Announced; Kathleen Edwards On Tour with Bon Iver

Juli Thanki | September 8th, 2011

  • Songwriter Owen Davis, best known for “The Other Side of Nashville,” passed away.
  • Emmylou Harris is performing at the Kennedy Center tonight as part of an event to commemorate the events of September 11. The event will stream here tonight beginning at 7:30pm Eastern. Wynton Marsalis, the National Symphony Orchestra, and others will perform, while Madeline Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and others are scheduled as guest speakers.
  • The track listing for Miranda Lambert’s Four the Record includes Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio.”
  • Banjo whiz and Punch Brother Noam Pikelny is offering a free download of “Jim Thompson’s Horse,” a song from his second album, Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail, which drops October 25.
  • Kathleen Edwards teamed up with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver to record a new version of her song “Wapusk” for her upcoming 7″, due September 27. Listen here. Edwards will join Bon Iver on tour through November.
  • The Grascals, Gibson Brothers, Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers, Sam Bush¸ and more are slated to perform at this year’s IBMA Awards (September 29). The event will be broadcast live on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction.
  • Download a free compilation featuring artists scheduled to play Nashville’s SoundLand Festival (September 21-24). The roots artists on the comp include Jason Isbell, Lydia Loveless, Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose, Ben Sollee, and more.
  • Kix Brooks is up for CMA Broadcaster of the Year Award. Check out the other finalists and Broadcast Awards categories here.
  • Don Schlitz, who penned “The Gambler” and co-wrote “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “When You Say Nothing At All,” dispenses some songwriting wisdom via Twitter. One tweet: when people say it’s “the first song I’ve written in ten years”…there’s probably a good reason for the time gap.
  • GAC counts down their top 20 cowboy/rodeo songs, featuring Chris LeDoux, Marty Robbins, Patsy Montana, and more.
  • Pistol Annies continue to be excellent, and Angaleena Presley’s four-year old son seems to have his mom’s musical genes: The girls call him their mascot and stand him on a table before every show and let him sing Roger Miller songs. “He can do ‘Chug-A-Lug’ and ‘Dang Me’ and ‘Do Wacka Do,’ so every night before we go on … he does his little performances and he nails it every time,” Presley says. “Finally, I was like, ‘Miranda, I’m going to start charging for these performances, it will be $10 from here on out.’ And she said, ‘It will be well worth it.’”
  • Bearfoot played a few tunes for some school kids in Wyoming during a two-day residency. Gotta start ‘em young.
  • Go get yourself a slice of birthday cake: Jimmie Rodgers, Patsy Cline, and Harlan Howard were all born on this day.
  • Check out the lovely new video for Dale Ann Bradley’s (with Sierra Hull and Steve Gulley) “Come Home Good Boy.”

  1. Rick
    September 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Quick Report on Amanda Shires at LA’s Mint Club last night: It may have just been Amanda Shires and Rod Picott on stage for an acoustic set, but it was enough to captivate the small audience. In addition to songs off her three studio albums Amanda tossed in the Buddy Holly song “True Love Ways”, fitting since Amanda also hails from Lubbock, Texas. I brought along my trusty “Adorability Index Meter” and Amanda is now competing with Sarah Buxton for the top spot, with Emily West and Joey Martin also scoring very high in past meet and greets. Amanda will be part of the “Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass Festival” and I’d highly recommend an interview by any Engine145 types that might happen to attend. I guarantee Amanda will charm the socks right off your feet! (lol)

    Its nice to read anything about Kathleen Edwards these days. Its been awhile…

    Now that Nora Jane Struthers is with Bearfoot, I want them to do really, really well! Go Nora!

    Now that Angaleena Presly is with The Pistol Annies, I’d expect real life experience songs like “Lemon Drop” to be harder for her to write. Relative poverty does have its merits with struggling songwriters after all.

  2. Jeremy Dylan
    September 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    So what’s the over/under on the ‘Easy Living’ on Lambert’s record being the Billie Holiday song?

    • Juli Thanki
      September 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      That would be excellent. But I’m not going to get my hopes up like I did for “Dead Flowers.”

  3. Rick
    September 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I’d be happy if the “Easy Living” in question is the song Catherine Britt covered in her debut “Dusty Smiles…” album. There just aren’t many good songs about horse drawn medicine show wagons around these days…

    As for “Dead Flowers”, Caitlin Rose did do a nice cover of the Rolling Stones song on her debut EP. In fact it was the best song included in that particular release, followed by “Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray”.

  4. Kelly
    September 12, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I’ll be hitting the Kathleen Edwards/Bon Iver show in Dallas tonight. While I dig Bon Iver, I’ll probably be one of the few who are there more for the opener than the headliner…

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