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?”
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.
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.