Out September 7: Remember Me, a country music compilation paying tribute to Buddy Holly. Merle Haggard, David Frizzell (who coordinated the project), T. Graham Brown, and more will appear on the benefit album; proceeds will go to the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, a nonprofit co-founded by Holly’s widow. (via press release)
Lee Brice visited Sports Illustrated Now to play “I Don’t Dance” – fast-forward to the 28-minute mark of this video. (warning: autoplay)
MusicTomes.com posted an interview with Scott B. Bomar, author of Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock.
Taylor Swift tweeted a couple more hints, probably about new music, but perhaps they are cryptic clues that’ll draw some plucky Twitter follower into a Se7en-esque quagmire of murder, mystery, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in a box.
Two live Andrew Combs songs are available for download on LooseMusic.com.
The New York Times’ Nate Chinen reviewedEmmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s recent AmericanaFest NYC/Lincoln Center Out of Doors performance. The article also includes this quote from Nashville’s mayor, Karl Dean: “I think of Americana as the music that everybody likes.”
Our pal Donald pointed us toward this Calgary Herald article about a radio station that switched to a format called “QuickHitz,” in which songs are truncated so that the station can play 24 songs an hour instead of 12. Artists like Jann Arden are speaking out against the format, calling it “insulting” and “blasphemy,” while radio execs say it’ll allow stations to play more songs by more artists. Which side are you on?
Emily Yahr of The Washington Post offers up a hypothesis as to why several country concerts have been beset by alcohol arrests and assaults this summer: For many years, country music was targeted to middle-age women, with the reputation of sappy love songs and family-friendly tunes. Now, the demographics have dramatically changed, as the audience is getting younger and the demand grows for rock-charged songs that blast out of your speakers as you pre-game a concert. At the moment, the genre’s most popular artists (from Aldean to Kenny Chesney to Luke Bryan, whose 2011 smash album was called “Tailgates & Tanlines”) cater to a young, often testosterone-fueled audience, many of whom enjoy an alcoholic beverage before, during and after a show. Some who specialize in security have a theory about why there are so many issues at country shows: Tailgates. (h/t Katy Daley)
Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer’s Bass & Mandolin will be released on Nonesuch Records September 9. Here’s one of their new songs, “Tarnation.”
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.