Gerry Goffin Passes Away; Rhiannon Giddens Plans Solo Album; New Book Celebrates the Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Juli Thanki | June 20th, 2014
Songwriting legend Gerry Goffin passed away yesterday at the age of 75. What’s your favorite song that Goffin co-wrote? (I’m partial to “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and The Byrds‘ version of “Goin’ Back.”)
The project to restore Woody Guthrie’s childhood home in Okemah has hit a snag due to a financial dispute.
The 615 chose Lera Lynn as their next spotlight artist; the site also premiered “La Di Da” from Lynn’s next record, The Avenues, which comes out September 9.
Lady Antebellum’s new video for “Bartender” stars Kate Upton and Tony “Buster Bluth” Hale.
Wall St. Cheat Sheet reports that Carolina Chocolate Drop Rhiannon Giddens is working on her new solo record with T Bone Burnett. Gidden on her the material she chose for the album: “[Most] of it is material that was either sort of covered definitely by a woman I admire or was written by a woman. So we’re doing a Dolly Parton song, a song Patsy Cline sang, a Nina Simone song, a song Sister Rosetta Tharpe sang and popularized, um, Jean Ritchie … Ethel Waters … So it’s a real, kind of a survey of Americana, women in Americana … from the earlier part of the 20th century.”
The Avett Brothers have a new album in the works as well; they expect to return to the studio with Rick Rubin in November.
This Relix article includes photos from the new book celebrating 40 years of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
VinyloftheDay.com put together a pretty neat post about how the Soviets used x-rays to listen to Western music during the Cold War. An excerpt: “Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock ‘n’ roll records were ‘pressed’ on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. ‘They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,’ says author Anya von Bremzen. ‘You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.’”
Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins played a Backyard Bluegrass Session. Watch them tear through “Wild Mountain Honey” here.
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.