New York City is the capital of country music in spite of the fact that it hasn’t had a country station in over fifteen years, writes Jim Farber in this New York Daily News article.
The Boot has info about a free Time Jumpers mp3download.
Chet Flippo on Gram Parsons’ Hall of Fame chances: I can tell you flatly that it won’t happen in my lifetime. Not that I’m all that old, but the powers that be in Nashville are not ready for Gram. The memory of his appearance with the Byrds on the Grand Ole Opry still rankles many living Nashville power brokers. Gram’s sin? Performing an original song (“Hickory Wind,” which he dedicated to his grandmother in the audience) after being told not to by the Opry brass.
Pete Seeger was recently a guest on The Colbert Report.
Performing Songwriter has a stream of Radney Foster’s Del Rio, TX Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome.
Kathleen Edwards talks music, hockey, and cat photos in a funny, foulmouthed interview with The Huffington Post. An excerpt: “I had some very calculating and intentional ideas about not wanting to be the kind of Americana recording artist who just puts out the same type of material every record,” she said, crediting her start “that was really strongly rooted in this Americana/alt-country/roots-rock songs with a bit of country twang” for developing her fan base. “As much as I initially really felt like that was me, I mean people change, right? … I felt really sort of pigeonholed by my own work a little bit and wanted to spread my wings a bit and work on being a … You know, I would listen to a Joni Mitchell song from all different parts of her career and I’d be like, ‘How the f*** does somebody even write this song? The song is all over the map in arrangement. There’s no time signatures and key signatures.’ I want to challenge myself and sort of live outside of this verse/chorus, verse/chorus, bridge/chorus bull****. And it’s boring. You know, everyone’s doing it.”
Kim Richey’s about ready to start work on a new album.
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.