Free Admission to the Hall of Fame on 2/4; Jennifer Nettles Sings Hank Williams; Album Releases
- William Weir asks why people don’t sing about disease like they used to: Songs about sickness are fewer these days, and you rarely get the level of detail that singers once delved into about their symptoms. Today, when a song is about illness, it’s a good bet that the ailment in question is actually a metaphor for something else—unrequited love or society or what have you. Even when a song’s subject is sickness qua sickness, songwriters tend to shy away from the unpleasant details, either out of squeamishness or a sense of obligation to aim for some higher truth.
- By the end of the year, if everything goes well, the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, will be transformed into the Earl Scruggs Center: Music and Stories of the American South.
- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Ford have teamed up, and on Saturday, February 4, they’re offering free admission to the HoF. There will be various special programs offered throughout the day, including a Hatch Show Print demonstration and an Oak Ridge Boys autograph session.
- 30 Rock fans: re-watch Steve Earle’s “The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell” that played over the credits of the latest episode.
- Rolling Stone posted an Avett Brothers photo gallery that features the band on the stage and in the studio.
- Cindy Watts of the Tennessean delivers some info about Dierks Bentley’s upcoming album, Home: Bentley co-wrote six of the 12 songs on this album, including his two singles, an overall ratio that’s a little low for him. Unlike previous projects that [co-producer Luke] Wooten says were literally knocked out in days due to the singer’s hectic schedule, Bentley spent about a year writing and gathering songs, and then he recorded enough songs to make two records.
- Want to listen to a nearly 40-minute Neil Young jam session? Here you go.
- Peter Cooper’s most recent Tennessean article features Darrell Scott.
- Dave Heaton of PopMatters discusses “The Mythical Country” found on Montgomery Gentry’s newest album: For a genre historically filled with references to specific places, these days there are remarkably few songs that do so. Where are these towns and neighborhoods that Montgomery Gentry sing about? You’ll find them in The Mythical Country; the country that exists in the collective imagination of Nashville songwriters and singers, and that of the audience.
- Check out The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s recent Mountain Stage gig.
- This week’s album releases:
Gretchen Peters – Hello Cruel World
Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
Darrell Scott – Long Ride Home
Tony Rice – The Bill Monroe Collection
Buxton – Nothing Here Seems Strange
Ruthie Foster – Let It Burn
Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie – The Touch of Time
Matt Flinner Trio – Winter Harvest
Susan Greenbaum – This Life
Various Artists – The Alan Lomax Collection From The American Folklife Center