George Strait Inks New MCA Deal; Initial IBMA Awards Performers & Presenters Announced; Stream The Coal Men’s New Album

Juli Thanki | August 29th, 2013

  • George Strait was celebrated at a private event at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center last night. Strait recently inked a deal to record five more albums for his longtime label MCA.
  • The Gibson Brothers, Del McCoury Band, and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are among the acts confirmed as performers at this year’s IBMA Awards. The initial list of presenters includes Dale Ann Bradley, Jim Mills, Ron Stewart, and The Spinney Brothers.
  • Randy Fox of The Nashville Scene wrote a feature on the Muddy Roots music festivals. This year’s festival, scheduled for this weekend in Cookeville, Tenn., includes a lineup of 70+ bands.
  • Shovels & Rope kicks off their fall tour September 6.
  • Then stream The Coal Men’s new album, Escalator.
  • Dale Watson talks about his Ameripolitan movement in this article, penned by Arden Ward.
  • The Times of India reported on The Corn Potato String Band’s visit to the subcontinent on a tour funded by the State Department.
  • Get the story behind the songDoc Watson Morning,” which can be found on Peter Rowan’s most recent album, The Old School.
  • CMT Edge posted Tired Pony’s new video. The band includes Peter Buck of REM and Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol).
  • RollingStone.com premiered a new The Devil Makes Three song.
  • Bruce Hornsby talks with The 615’s Chuck Dauphin about his new live album with Ricky Skaggs, Cluck Ol’ Hen.
  • Linda Ronstadt discusses her memoir and Parkinson’s battle in this New York Times article.
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band released a video for “Part of Me,” a Motown-flavored song from their excellent new blues-rock album, Made Up Mind.
  • Relix.com posted some live videos shot at a Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers show.
  • Variety.com posted a feature on the Coen Brothers’ new folk music film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The film is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk; on October 29, Smithsonian Folkways will release Van Ronk retrospective Down in Washington Square.
  • The two remaining members of Peter, Paul and Mary were at yesterday’s March on Washington, reprising the folk group’s appearance at the 1963 march.
  • Heidi Feek, daughter of Joey + Rory, will release her debut album, The Only, on October 8. Here’s a preview.

  1. Janice Brooks
    August 29, 2013 at 11:01 am

    So happy for thé Spinny Brothers making award show. They work hard for Bluegrass as well as their lable Mountain Fever.

  2. Rick
    August 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    So are the good folks at Music City Roots going to stream the IBMA Awards Show live through their website? I surely, truly hope so! That bluegrass show they streamed from the Loveless Barn after announcing the IBMA nominations was awesome! Go Gibson Brothers, Go Flatt Lonesome, Go Music City Roots!

    So Heidi Feek is Rory’s daughter and Joey’s step-daughter, right? If ever there was a reason to create a fake “stage last name”, it’s Feek! (lol) I think Heidi should adopt her step-mom’s maiden last name and become Heidi Martin! Has a nice ring to it…

    Thanks for the Nicki Blum live concert video links! Go Nicki!

    Shouldn’t that new Americana project with members of REM and Snow Patrol be named “Tired Rockers” instead? Hmm…

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