George Strait is holding a press conference this afternoon at 12:35 Central. You’ll be able to watch here. No word yet on what the big announcement will be, but hopefully it’s not his retirement. UPDATE: the two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour will be Strait’s final tour, but he won’t retire from making records (and will be back in the studio in two weeks), and may play the occasional date. The tour kicks off January 18, 2013 in Lubbock.
Tomorrow, Chris LeDoux’s legacywill be honored with the dedication of a marker on Mississippi’s Country Music Trail.
CMT’s Edward Morris recapped Monday’s ACM Honors Ceremony.
Punch Brothers are offering a free download of three live songs recorded earlier this year. Speaking of the Punch Brothers, Alec Wilkinson previewed the band’s upcoming performance at The New Yorker Festival.
CMT Edge posted a new video from Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons.
Ricky Skaggs and Barry Gibb have struck up a friendship. Gibb co-wrote “Soldier’s Son,” which can be found on Skaggs’ new album, Music to My Ears.
Mumford and Sons played their song “Whispers in the Dark” for WFUV.
The Anchorage Observer caught up with Bearfoot’s Angela Oudean. She talks about the band’s creative process as well as their recent lineup changes.
This Harvard Gazette article about the science of rhythm is a couple months old, but still pretty cool. An excerpt: Rhythm research has implications for both audio engineering and neural clocks, said Holger Hennig, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Eric Heller in the Physics Department at Harvard, and first author of a study of the Ghanaian and other drummers in the journal Physics Today. Software for computer-generated music includes a “humanizing” function, which adds random deviations to the beat to give it a more human, “imperfect” feel. But these variations tend to make the music sound “off” and artificial. The fact that listeners are turned off by “humanized” music led Hennig and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Germany to wonder whether human error in musical rhythm might show a pattern. Perhaps the “humanizing” features of computer-generated rhythms fail because they produce the wrong kind of errors — deviations unlike the kind humans produce. There are rhythms inherent in the human brain, which may affect our musical rhythm.
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.