Harris & Crowell to Tape Austin City Limits; Black Prairie on Mountain Stage; Steve Earle Writing Historical Fiction Novel

Juli Thanki | April 3rd, 2013

  • Here’s an interesting Nashville Scene feature on African-American brothers Tosh and Nioshi Jackson, who have made country music careers for themselves as the program director of KNTY and drummer/artist management representative, respectively. An excerpt from the article: Both Jacksons feel the country industry hasn’t tried to establish any ties with black audiences, even though they say they hear a lot of contemporary country music that would resonate with African Americans. “Well, musicians on the whole aren’t so resistant to hearing different things,” Nishoi says. “But I think what’s turned off some black fans is they hear the pedal steel or twang and don’t go beyond that. “There are new harmonies now in country music, particularly since the ’70s. It has embraced a lot of things from other styles, and there are rhythms, melodies and stories in a lot of country songs I think would appeal to black audiences.” “Blacks haven’t really been exposed to country in a lot of areas,” Tosh adds. “One thing I see when you play newer songs and contemporary styles, there’s not as much automatic resistance. I think country has become more accessible to everyone, and I think it has definitely been influenced by black music and vice versa.” 
  • Lynne Margolis of American Songwriter interviewed Kris Kristofferson. An excerpt: Imagine if you’re me, standing up on the stage with Willie Nelson, this guy who was the serious songwriters’ hero; Johnny Cash, who still is larger than life to me; and Waylon Jennings, who is one of the greatest people I’ve ever known. It was like a dream that I was afraid I’d wake up from and find out that I was still the ashtray emptier…That’s what I mean about looking at my life and being so grateful.
  • Wynonna’s husband/drummer, Cactus Moser, is walking again after the motorcycle crash that took one of his legs.
  • Judd was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars last night.
  • In addition to his memoir, Steve Earle is working on a historical fiction novel that will “tell the story of a runaway slave who survived the battle of the Alamo.”
  • Black Prairie was on Mountain Stage. Listen here.
  • Gary P. Nunn, Jimmy LaFave, Cindy Cashdollar, and Stoney LaRue were a few of the artists who took part in the Center for Texas Music History’s annual Unplugged concert.
  • Stephen Deusner wrote an American Songwriter feature on alt-country band Mount Moriah.
  • Deusner also interviewed April Verch for CMT Edge.
  • Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will tape an episode of Austin City Limits on June 14.
  • Nathan Stanley (of the Stanleys) will release his second solo album, The Legacy Continues, on April 12.
  • Americana singer-songwriter Kenny Roby was featured on IndyWeek.com.
  • Irish bluegrasser Niall Toner wrote about finding success in the genre from outside the States.
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard’s Grit ‘n Groove Festival is this weekend in New Braunfels.
  • Rita Ballou and Hayes Carll talk music, wardrobe, and boobs in this interview.
  • The Charleston City Paper also posted an article about bluegrass band Town Mountain on the site.


  1. Jon
    April 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I like Jay Farrar’s list pretty well, so I thought I’d hop onto Spotify and give this new Son Volt album a listen. Oh, well.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the excellent Ron Wynn piece in the Scene!

  2. Rick
    April 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I really enjoyed the April Verch interview at CMT’s Edge. My favorite comment of April’s: “We just decided to just play the music that we really love right now. Southern Appalachian fiddle tunes make up a big part of that, but we also have stuff on there that’s more old-time — some Western swing and some country classics. All of that stuff fits together naturally because the roots are similar, at least when you trace it back far enough. It’s nice to reach a point in my career when we can play what we love.” Now that is the kind of comment I like to hear from artists in the greater realm of country music! Go April!

    Music City Roots is still on spring hiatus but will be back in action next week.

    I will have to listen to that Rita Ballou interview of Hayes Carll due to the intellectual nature of the subject matter…(lol). I’m just not going to do it here at work today during business hours.

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