HOF to Host “A Conversation with John Prine”; Pinecastle to Release Lost Osborne Brothers Recordings; T Bone Burnett Producing All-Star Basement Tapes Sequel

Juli Thanki | March 26th, 2014

  • Albums I forgot in yesterday’s record roundup: John Nemeth’s Memphis Grease and Brandon Isaak’s Here on Earth.
  • The Old 97s’ “Nashville” from their new record, Most Messed Up, is streaming on The New Yorker’s website. (warning: autoplay)
  • The Chicago Tribune published a piece on Special Consensus and their solid new tribute to John Denver, Country Boy (check back here tomorrow for our review of the record).
  • Listen to Jon Langford’s new album, Here Be Monsters, before its April 1 release date.
  • On May 13, Dolly Parton will take part in the Today Show Concert Series. (via press release)
  • Pinecastle Records has some neat sounding projects coming down the pike, including a CD of “lost” Osborne Brothers recordings slated for release on June 10.
  • Here’s video of Brandy Clark performing “Stripes” on Ellen.
  • This fall, Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records will release Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, an album of “24 songs culled from newly discovered lyrics written by [Bob Dylan] during the Basement Tapes era.” Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album will feature Carolina Chocolate Drop Rhiannon Giddens, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes. A companion film will also air on Showtime.
  • Banjo player Russ Carson has joined Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder.
  • Here’s an interview with the man behind Farce the Music.
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings tore it up on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.
  • Read and download a chapter of Philip R. Ratcliffe’s 2011 book Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues.
  • Tom Roland of Billboard writes that George Strait’s recent Nashville show left a lesson for those who would follow him. The next generation may desire bigger props or use different instruments, but they still have to have an authentic emotional connection to the material to succeed. That’s how an artist creates the emotional bond with the audience, as Strait did that night. That’s really what spurs them to open their wallets in the first place.”  
  • Americana singer-songwriter Tom Gearan is the Boston area’s best kept secret, according to The Patriot Ledger.
  • There’s an interesting article posted on Salon.com called “Talkin’ Siege of Sebastopol Blues: How the first Crimean War helped create rock ‘n’ roll.”
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed John Gorka for CMT Edge.
  • Michael McDonald talks to Kenneth Partridge about the Doobie Brothers’ new country album, which features guests like Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, and Sara Evans.
  • Folk-pop duo Us got a record deal based on the six-second cover songs they posted to their Vine account beginning in late November. (After you read this article, put a few extra bucks in the tip jar of your favorite local singer-songwriter who’s been toiling away at his or her music for years.)

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