Paste has the title track from the upcoming Waco Brothers/Paul Burch collaboration, Great Chicago Fire.
Here’s some info about the New Jersey couple that’ll be wed during Martina McBride’s “Marry Me” performance on this weekend’s ACM Awards. They met at a support group for widows and widowers.
Ha Ha Tonka is giving away a download of their song “Lonely Fortunes.”
Billy Don Burns will release new album, Nights When I’m Sober (The Portrait of a Honky Tonk Singer) this summer.
Alejandro Escovedo’s next album, Big Station, will be released on June 5. It’ll feature his first Spanish recording with a version of “Sabor a Mi.”
Jim Caligiuri caught the Atomic Duo’s record release show; sounds like it was a good time: There were political songs about coal mining disasters and rabble rousers. There were love songs as well as what Rubin called “dating advice from a morbidly obese middle-age man.”
Adam Sheets writes about his hero, Roger Miller: It’s easy to write songs like Jim Morrison. No disrespect intended to a charismatic frontman and a great rock band, but everybody can and has written blatant attempts at poetry, shrouded in so much imagery that only the most astute listener will know or care what the songs actually mean. It’s tougher to write something that is intelligent, yet so simple that you get it on the first listen, get the melody stuck in your head for days at a time and discover a new layer of meaning on every listen. Roger Miller is Hank Williams’ only rival in this regard.
Holly Gleason wrote a feature about Justin Moore that can be found on No Depression. Here are Moore’s thoughts on his song “Outlaws Like Me:” “I caught a lot of shit about that title,” he says, flatly. Not bowed up, not resentful, just a statement of fact. “And I really don’t give a shit – I don’t think I’m an outlaw… That song is about good and evil inside us. The fact that we’re both, that I’ve been the guy in church on Sunday morning, but also the guy going ape shit on Saturday night… and writing that song made me a better person.”
Here’s a fine Bonnie Raitt interview from The Wall Street Journal. Raitt on recording other artists’ songs: I’m sure I would have been considered a more significant artist if I was a singer-songwriter. It’s just not the way I roll. I love being a curator and a musicologist. People write me letters and thank me for turning them on to Fred McDowell and Sippie Wallace, and that’s partly my job this time around.
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.