Gibson Brothers Sign with Rounder; Alice Gerrard Announces New Album; New Record Releases
- Alice Gerrard, who celebrates her 80th birthday today, is going to release a new album called Follow the Music on Tompkins Square September 30.
- This is a sentence I never thought I’d write: Taylor Swift wrote a fine article for The Wall Street Journal. No, really, she got a stipple portrait and everything. An excerpt from the piece: “In recent years, you’ve probably read the articles about major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal. My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet…is that they all realize their worth and ask for it. Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.”
- Since Swift isn’t getting rich from print journalism, it’s a good thing her Red Tour is the highest-grossing country tour to date, raking in more than $150 million.
- Reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year The Gibson Brothers have signed with Rounder Records; the band will release their next album in January. (via press release)
- Loretta Lynn shares her memories of Conway Twitty and discusses her start in country music in this video interview. (warning: autoplay)
- Barry Mazor rounded up a handful of new music books that are worth your time, including Steve Cushing’s Pioneers of the Blues Revival and Steve Lowenthal’s John Fahey biography, Dance with Death.
- Some jerkwad abandoned a dog at Glastonbury. It ended up getting named after this year’s festival headliner: Dolly Parton. The Rhinestoned One herself may adopt the pup. This better result in a new addition to our “Pictures of Country Singers Holding Puppies” Twitter series.
- Della Mae played a tune for Folk Alley.
- From The A.V. Club: “Folk is 2014’s heaviest music.”
- Hugh Bob & The Hustle played a few songs for CMT’s Concrete Country.
- East Tennessee town Lake City officially changed its name to Rocky Top late last month.
- The 37th annual Uncle Dave Macon Days celebration kicks off this week in Murfreesboro. Performers include Roland White and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.
- Dierks Bentley: “Nashville’s all about great songs. We’re just the vessels.”
- Bentley and The Secret Sisters guest on “Got Leaving on Her Mind,” a song on Cowboy Jack Clement’s final album.
- Edward Morris of CMT.com put together a list of a dozen new and recent drinking songs.
- TheMusic.com asks if Aussie pop-country band The McClymonts could be the act to bridge the gap between country music and city audiences: “In Sydney and Melbourne particularly, alt-country and Americana nights are attracting regular crowds of punters who are listening to country without the tag. And even though the three sisters that make up The McClymonts have built a career under the country banner, the mix of demographics that were dancing in the venue’s aisles to back catalogue numbers like Two Worlds Collide as well as new hits like Here’s To You & I proved that music’s oldest cliché – that great music will rise above genres – is true even for Australia’s most segregated mainstream scene.” What do you think, antipodean amigos?
- In September, Rhett Miller and some currently unnamed “All-Stars of Texas Country Music” will play a benefit concert in Fort Worth to help the family of late sportswriter Richard Durrett.
- Chris Stifel has left Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie to pursue other options; he’s been replaced by Tom Adams.
- Not country related — though “In the Mood” sounds mighty fine on a banjo – but fellow history and music nerds may be interested in tonight’s episode of History Detectives on PBS, which will look at Glenn Miller’s disappearance.
- This week’s album releases:
The Mastersons – Good Luck Charm
Mary Sarah – Bridges
I Draw Slow – White Wave Chapel
David Olney – When the Deal Goes Down
Peter Rowan – Dharma Blues
Noel McKay – Is That So Much to Ask
Blackberry Smoke – Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina
BlackHawk – Brothers of the Southland
John Hartford – Life, Love & Music: 5 Essential Albums 1966-1969
Brenda Lee – The Complete US & UK Singles As & Bs 1956-62
Dale Watson – The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy (mp3)
- A DVD:
Linda Ronstadt – Blue Bayou: Live 1977
- And a book:
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- 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 …