George Strait to Release Live Record; Nickel Creek Goes Platinum; New Album Releases
- George Strait will release a live album, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium, on September 16. On August 29, CMT will air a two-hour special that was shot at that concert.
- John Fullbright will be on Letterman August 28.
- Angaleena Presley, the new American Songwriter Writer of the Week, talks about her new album, co-writing with Gretchen Peters, and more in this Q&A. Presley also charmed the hell out of me when she opened for Marty Stuart last Saturday, but more on that later.
- The Secret Sisters are going to appear on Friday night’s episode of The Tonight Show. (via press release)
- Nickel Creek’s self-titled album, which was released on Sugar Hill in 2000, has been certified platinum. (via press release)
- American Songwriter Lyric of the Week: Steve Earle’s “Jerusalem.”
- Jerry Lee Lewis will play the Ryman on October 4.
- Check out Sturgill Simpson playing “Life of Sin” in Studio A.
- Mac Wiseman will celebrate Songs from My Mother’s Hand with songs and stories at the Franklin Theatre on October 21. This is a pretty rare event, so if you’re near Franklin, Tenn., you need to go to it.
- Evergreen Media Holdings has secured the rights to make a movie and a musical about the history of Stax Records.
- American Aquarium’s BJ Barham says the band has finished making an album of “the best group of songs” they’ve ever recorded together. The record will be released in early 2015.
- David Morris of Bluegrass Today makes the case for Hazel Dickens’ induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
- The “absolutely magnetic” Billy Joe Shaver celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday with a show in L.A.
- David Nail released a video for an acoustic version of “The Secret.”
- Adam Gold (The Nashville Scene) put together a list of 19 must-see clips from The Johnny Cash Show.
- Robbie Fulks was on BBC Radio Scotland the other day; listen to the interview here. (warning: autoplay)
- Nicole Atkins covered “Dancing in the Dark” on Dead Man’s Town, the upcoming Americana salute to Born in the USA.
- Shooter Jennings did an Ask Me Anything for Reddit.
- Sasha Frere-Jones in the August 25 issue of The New Yorker: Until recently, country music was seen as stylistically retrograde—conservative music for the conservative states. But the truth is more complicated. In the nineties, Garth Brooks was blending stadium rock into his country songs. He was also singing about gay rights, something that it took a Top Ten rapper two more decades to do. In 2000, when pop stars were unlikely to write songs about domestic violence, the Dixie Chicks scored a Top Twenty hit with “Goodbye Earl,” a cheerfully ruthless narrative about two friends poisoning an abusive husband. And Taylor Swift is only one of many country artists who incorporate covers of hip-hop and R&B into their live sets, a favor that is not often returned by their peers in other genres. Country refuses to die because it isn’t particularly specialized—it’s an ecumenical church that admits all comers.
- On September 27, Willie Nelson and Neil Young will be in Nebraska performing at a protest concert organized by opponents of a pipeline that will carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
- This week’s album releases:
Otis Gibbs – Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth
Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder
Paul Thorn – Too Blessed to Be Stressed
Ruthie Foster – Promise of a Brand New Day
Rob McCoury – The 5 String Flamethrower
Smoke Dawson – Fiddle
Crowe, Lawson & Williams – Standing Tall and Tough
Michael-Ann – Heavy Load
Town Mountain – Live at the Isis
Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer – The Flower of Muscle Shoals
Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker
Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit of Satch
Parsonsfield – Afterparty
Ray Stevens – Gospel Collection, Vol. 1
Elvin Bishop – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
Phil Ochs – Live in Lansing, 1973
Various Artists – Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …