Hank Williams Concert Recordings Scheduled for October Release; Laurie Lewis & Del McCoury to Host IBMA Awards; Brantley Gilbert Announces First Headlining Tour
Juli Thanki | July 12th, 2012
Hank Williams: The Lost Concerts Limited Collector’s Edition will be released on October 2. The collection features “the only two Hank concerts reputed to be recorded…the concerts were recorded only six weeks apart in 1952, less than a year before the songwriter’s death. At the time, tape recording was expensive and rarely done, but lucky for us, a radio DJ in Buffalo, New York, and a promoter in Pennsylvania, decided to capture the unscripted and intimate performances in their respective hometowns. In between the songs, Hank shares personal anecdotes about himself, his band members and his songs.”
Jewly Hight interviewedJason Isbell for the Nashville Scene. An excerpt: “I try to have sort of an ideal listener in my head that basically remains the same person for every song that I write. I kind of have this person I’ve made up that’s sort of sitting next to me listening when I finish a song, the kind of person I want to play for, I guess. I don’t know if that’s intellectually elitist or the opposite, but it’s just sorta for me, somebody that’s my ideal audience member.”
Jim Caligiuri of the Austin Chroniclepicked a few of his favorite songs from the first half of 2011. His downloadable mix includes John Fullbright, Lyle Lovett, and Marty Stuart.
Lots of folks are weighing in on Luke Bryan’s performance at All-Star Game, during which he read a few “key words” of the national anthem off his hand. Here are posts from Saving Country Music’s Triggerman and CMT’s Alison Bonaguro.
Hear another Woody Guthrie playlist, featuring not only Woody and son Arlo, but Alison Krauss & Union Station, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Tim O’Brien, to mention just three acts.
Chris Mateer of Uprooted Music Revue interviewed Smithsonian archivist Jeff Place about the new Woody Guthrie box set.
The July 17 episode of PBS program History Detectiveswill take a look at a vintage Stratocaster that is allegedly the one played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
A couple weeks ago, Punch Brothers played a few for Garden & Gun.
Hank Jr. on his new music: I’m playing like four or five instruments on here myself. I’m a pretty much hands-on guy. Even the engineers said, “Nobody in this town does this! They don’t come in here and play five instruments. Are you crazy?” I said, “Well, I’m not them.” It’s really fun, getting rid of Curb [Records] and saving some of those good songs and all the new stuff.
Congratulations to the winner of our autographed Sara Evans CD giveaway: Michael A.
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.