Garth Returns to Vegas; Third Season of Troubadour, TX Premieres Sept. 28; Stream Sioux City Kid, Declan O’Rourke

Juli Thanki | September 25th, 2013

  • The third season of Troubadour, TX begins on September 28. Kris Kristofferson is a segment host this season, and artists like Radney Foster, Walt Wilkins, and Bonnie Bishop are scheduled to appear.
  • Del McCoury was interviewed by CMT Edge’s Stephen Deusner.
  • American Songwriter published a lengthy feature on roots rockers Deer Tick. (Stream Deer Tick’s “Big House” here.)
  • Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler, and Eli Young Band will tour Australia in March.
  • Kelly Dearmore ranked the Randy Rogers Band’s discography.
  • Fretboard Journal filmed a short piece about John Reischman’s 1924 Lloyd Loar-signed Gibson F-5 mandolin.
  • Los Angeles Review of Books essayist Alice Bolin on the gender dynamics of modern mainstream country: [In] contemporary country, women are rebellious and angry, subverting a stifling (read: conservative small town) societal order whenever possible, while men hold fast to traditional norms, at turns smug and defiant…I am grateful to female country artists for, even at their most melodramatic, keeping it emotionally real — real about insular, alienating small towns, being bored and dissatisfied, wanting to fuck up your ex-boyfriend and kill your husband if he cheats on you. They may be appealing to their audience’s frustration just as insincerely as their male colleagues are to country pride, but not as artlessly — their hearts are in it.  
  • Chris Funk (The Decemberists, Black Prairie) was backstage at last week’s Americana Awards. Here’s video of him interviewing some of the evening’s winners and performers.
  • Our pals at Country Universe are giving away a signed copy of Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album.
  • Alejandro Escovedo on his musical evolution: I believe more in minimalism now than I ever have. Things have become simpler, I think. I have a songwriting partner now, too, which has changed the way I make records. Chuck Prophet and I have written my last three albums together, or most of them. So his influence has changed the way the songs sound. 
  • Billboard’s Phyllis Stark asks, “[Have] contemporary community standards changed to the point where [references to smoking pot] are no longer controversial or concerning from a programming perspective?” 
  • Stream Declan O’Rourke’s 2011 album Mag Pai Zai, which will be released with bonus tracks in the U.S. this October.
  • The second season of Nashville begins tonight. The two best parts will probably be Connie Britton’s hair and “How You Learn to Live Alone,” a song written by Gretchen Peters and Mary Gauthier.
  • The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records looks like a drool-worthy box set. The first volume, which includes 800 songs, comes out in late October; the second volume will be released in November 2014.
  • Lynn Anderson talks with Chuck Dauphin about The Betty Swain Project, a new collection that features song recorded by Anderson and a number of other singers.
  • A beloved stuffed armadillo was stolen from the stage at a Willie Nelson concert in Port Chester, New York.
  1. Ken Morton, Jr.
    September 25, 2013 at 11:35 am

    The Bone Guitar: creepy, cool, or both?

  2. Kelly D.
    September 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I’m a big Deer Tick fan but I’m having a tougher time with the new one… Maybe it’ll grow on me. As always, thanks for the link-love. I enjoyed diving fully back into the RRB catalog all at once!

  3. Rick
    September 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Kelly come back! I miss using your guidance and record reviews as a reference point for albums I could completely ignore without consequence! Darn!…(lol)

    So now Jon Weisbereger is Chairman of the Board of the IBMA! Crikey! I didn’t think it was possible for anything to happen that could make Jon even more insufferable! Guess I was wrong…(lol)

    The big question regarding ABC’s “Nashville” is whether the musical integrity quotient will be maintained without T-Bonehead Burnett at the helm? I’m not a big T-Bone fan but he did a great job with the first season of Nashville. I heard more music I liked on that show than I’d encounter on Top 40 AirHead Country Radio these days. Time will tell.

    The Aussies Are Coming! Yes, Australian Americana(?) style artists are taking over Music City Roots tonight! I can hardly wait to see/hear the Catherine Britt with Bill Chambers segment! WooHoo! It’s just a shame Bill didn’t bring his daughter Kasey along. Other artists featured include Paul Kelly, Melody Pool, The Bushwackers, Mustered Courage, and Dave Mason (umm “the” Dave Mason or an Aussie equivalent?). Forget the IMBA Festival live online stream as this is where the real action will be! (lol)

  4. Barry Mazor
    September 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Don’t worry , Rick. Nothing will happen that could make other people more insufferable.

  5. Luckyoldsun
    September 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I don’t know, but can see the IBMA setting records for fastest board meetings–No-one but the chairman will speak.
    But I’m sure he’ll do a fabulous job.

  6. Janice Brooks
    September 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Im sure Miss Vice Charman will have some say.

  7. Kelly D.
    September 26, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Why do I get the feeling that Rick is the only one “lol-ing” when he types “lol.” Oh, sorry. Lol :-)

  8. nm
    September 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Janice, if it’s not too personal a question, are you the Janice who long, long ago used to make up wicked Ricky Skaggs stories on the Bluegrass List?

  9. Janice Brooks
    September 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

    No Im Just A dj and member of IBMA

  10. nm
    September 27, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Aw, too bad. They were hilarious stories.

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