George Strait to Hold Press Conference This Afternoon; Chris LeDoux Gets Marker on Country Music Trail; Tony Rice Cancels Shows Due to Illness

Juli Thanki | September 26th, 2012

  • 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 legacy will 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.
  • Someone stole a guitar autographed by Patsy Montana, June Carter Cash’s finger picks, and harmonicas that belonged to Johnny Cash from a museum in Anita, Iowa.
  • Kellie Pickler, Randy Owen, and more are in this star-studded video for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse released a new video for “Walk Like a Giant.”
  • Stream Charlie Peacock’s new album, No Man’s Land.
  • Bluegrass Today posted video of Mark Johnson’s recent Letterman appearance. He was joined by Steve Martin and Emory Lester.
  • 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.
  1. bob
    September 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Enjoyed reading the article about Ricky Skaggs and Barry Gibb. Thanks.

  2. Rick
    September 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    That Loretta-centric Opry show last night was a blast, and the duet with Trace Adkins a hoot. Trace commented it was one of the highlights of his singing career. When the Loretta Opry was first announced here I commented that I hoped the Pistol Annies would cover “Fist City” and they did! (lol)

    So King George is finally gonna hang up his touring hat after a few decades in the spotlight and all those miles on the road eh? I can’t imagine why…

    Music City Roots is taking another break and won’t be back until October 10th! Don’t they know they are causing me to suffer Americana Withdrawal symptoms! Well it’s either that or the questionable burrito I ate for lunch today.

    Now that Nora Jane Struthers is no longer with Bearfoot, I’ve lost interest in them again! Oh well…

    • Juli Thanki
      September 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Give the new Bearfoot lineup a chance, Rick. Megan McCormick is a terrific, soulful singer.

  3. Leeann Ward
    September 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Yes, she is good. She was one of my happy discoveries from Juli’s DCNoise blog. I was surprised that she’s joining Barefoot though, based on the album that I have of hers.

  4. Jon
    September 27, 2012 at 12:54 am

    It’s Bearfoot, friends. Megan is the bomb, and I’m looking forward to hearing her wig the band. LeeAnn, if you had a copy of my album, you wouldn’t be surprised ;-).

  5. Leeann Ward
    September 27, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Aw…I knew I would make that mistake. Sorry, Bearfoot.

  6. Jon
    September 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

    They’ll probably get over it before you will ;-).

    Angela and I both played in Tony Watt’s band at a late night showcase at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass earlier this week, so I had a chance to chat with her a little bit about the personnel changes. She’s pretty excited to have Megan working with them. And at the same time, I know Nora Jane’s pumped to get her solo career front and center again. It’s a winning situation for everyone, except, I guess, for Rick.

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