Gibson Brothers Sign with Rounder; Alice Gerrard Announces New Album; New Record Releases

Juli Thanki | July 8th, 2014

  • 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.
  • The 37th annual Uncle Dave Macon Days celebration kicks off this week in Murfreesboro. Performers include Roland White and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.
  • Edward Morris of put together a list of a dozen new and recent drinking songs.
  • 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:

Amanda Petrusich Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records



  1. luckyoldsun
    July 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

    “•This is a sentence I never thought I’d write: …”

    What–Did you expect Taylor Swift to be dumb?
    If she didn’t have something else going that pays more, I’d bet she could be a reporter for the WSJ!

    • Juli Thanki
      July 8, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Certainly not; she’s shown that she’s smart and savvy. It was just a bit of a surprise to see her byline in the WSJ this morning. (Things are inherently more surprising at 6 a.m.)

  2. Leeann
    July 8, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Yes, there’s no doubt that Swift is smart and savvy, but I’m with Juli about being surprised that she had a byline in the WSJ.

  3. Barry Mazor
    July 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    It’s not just everybody who gets one of those little sketch portraits in the WSJ, either. Heck, I’ve done about a hundred articles for them and they have felt no need to sketch this face, for some reason. Discrimination I guess. Or discernment.

    • Juli Thanki
      July 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Maybe for E145’s fourth birthday we’ll work up some crudely drawn MS Paint portraits for everyone.

  4. Leeann
    July 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Just downloaded the Mary Sarah album from Amazon and while it seems that the tracks are labeled incorrectly, it’s a pretty good album.

  5. Leeann
    July 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

    And, whoa! There are some really bad static sounds on “Where the Boys Are”, which is obviously some sort of file corruption.

  6. Leeann
    July 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

    After listening to the whole album once now, I’d say that it’s pretty good, but nothing spectacular outside the fact that they were able to get so many legends to sing on an unknown, young singer’s album. It was especially nice to hear Tanya Tucker sound so good though.

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