Free Music from Lori McKenna, Punch Bros. and the Del McCoury Band; New Justin Townes Earle Album; The Story Behind “Rudolph”

Juli Thanki | December 20th, 2011

  • Del McCoury’s got some free music for you too, with “Moneyland” from the 2008 album of the same name.
  • Justin Townes Earle’s fourth full-length record, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, is scheduled for release on March 27. Saving Country Music has the album’s track listing.
  • Scott H. Biram, Hellbound Glory, Wanda Jackson, and more make up Shooter Jennings’ list of his favorite 2011 albums (thanks to Adam Sheets for the tip).
  • Performing Songwriter has the heartwarming story behind the composition of “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” It also so happens that we have Gene Autry’s wife to thank for his recording of the song.
  • Gillian Welch and David Rawlings made the cover of Acoustic Guitar magazine. The feature on the duo features several choice quotes, including this one: “Dave and I felt like such freaks making our first record,” Welch recalled in a phone conversation from Vancouver this past summer, early in the North American tour to support the release of The Harrow and the Harvest. “I could not have felt more like a Martian back then. In the studio next to us is Céline Dion, and she’s cutting the vocal for the song for Titanic. That’s what was around us in the music world. But I’m really happy now. I feel like we have so many more comrades out here in the acoustic wilderness, and I’m so flattered and honored that a bunch of these people point to us and say that we’ve been inspirational to them. It’s a little weird to feel like veterans in the scene. I’m not really used to that, but I’ll take it. I feel like we’ve staked out some really good ground where now there are a lot of people. It’s kind of a party.”
  • Craig Morgan has been nominated in eight categories for the Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Awards.
  • The Roys have signed a deal to tape a weekly musical variety show called Roots and Music with the Roys.
  • Stephen M. Deusner wrote a feature for Paste on Southern gothic rock band 13ghosts. Check it out and listen to the band here.
  1. bob
    December 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Enjoyed reading the Rudolph story. Thanks.

  2. Rick
    December 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Oh great, a “favorite albums” list from Shooter Jennings! I wouldn’t likely touch anything on that list just due to the mental association they now engender with Shooter himself! Ugh.

    Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were featured on last week’s A Prairie Home Companion and it was strange to hear Gillian sing a Christmas song in a straight forward manner. I was impressed how nice her singing voice can sound when she’d not doing her normal, self penned “dour” songs as she described them.

    Freebie music from Del McCOury eh? I’m in! (lol)

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