Initial List Of Artists Announced For Americana Music Festival
- Check out the initial list of artists performing at the 2008 Americana Music Festival in Nashville.
- Nashville Star is on the verge of crowning the victor of their sixth season on tonight’s episode, which means Melissa Lawson has a real chance of winning. However, as the Star-Telegram‘s Preston Jones points out, Lawson doesn’t fit the mold of Nashville’s pretty, young, rail-thin and often blonde starlets. But he suggests that her very public weight loss and story of full-time working mom embarking on a music career seems far easier to relate to. He turned to Entertainment Weekly senior writer Whitney Pastorek and The 9513 editor Matthew Clark to provide further opinions.
- Ken Tucker says Loretta Lynn is as busy as ever with her touring, songwriting and two new albums that she has in the pipelines. She’s working on one of those albums with John Carter Cash, which will be a collection of her hits, and the other is an album she’s recording with her sisters, Crystal Gayle and Peggy Sue.
- Despite her busy schedule, Jon Caramanica paints the picture of a frail Loretta Lynn in his review of her concert at the Bergen Performing Arts Center on Friday night. Four songs into her set, the 73 year-old Lynn had to take a seat.
In her chair, its arms covered by the fullness of her lavender, rhinestone-splashed dress, Ms. Lynn was in moments discomfitingly frail. Her voice was unsteady, like a radio station coming in and out of reception. And her short songs, most topping out at around two minutes, felt even shorter. They required little stamina, but it often felt like Ms. Lynn barely had even that.
- The Johnny Cash documentary airing on PBS tomorrow night may see a theatrical re-release in the future, and the man who filmed it, Robert Elfstrom, answered a few questions about Cash and his documentary for the Tennessean.
- The newest Jason Boland & The Stragglers album, Comal County Blue, hits shelves August 26th. Unfortunately Boland’s recent throat condition will prevent him from touring in support of the album. Instead, he’ll have to have surgery to remove a polyp from his throat followed by three months of recovery time.
- The Eye of the Hurricane blogger Ryan is a fan of Pat Green and his song “West Texas Holiday,” off of his first album, which used to be featured regularly in his set list. As Green grew in stature, the song was dropped from the live shows, much to the chagrin of Ryan. So he facetiously mentioned on the Galleywinter forums that he’d riot if Green didn’t play the song at an upcoming concert he was planning to attend, and took it a step further by saying that Green probably didn’t remember the words. Make your way over to The Eye of the Hurricane to find out what happened next.
- Kevin at Country Universe lists his top 25 favorite Pam Tillis songs, and knowing his affinity for Tillis you know a lot of thought went into the list. Good stuff.
- Peter Cooper commenting on Jamey Johnson: “Nashville barrooms are full of singers who’ll tell you the kind of album they’d make if they had the chance to do what they wanted. Johnson just made that album.”
- Andrew Dansby calls it (That Lonesome Song) the best hard-country album he’s heard in years.
- Hayes Carll played at Threadgill’s in Austin on Saturday night and Michael Corcoran says if the location holds 600, the audience seemed to swell to 750.
Carll’s rockin’ new band gives the songs more of a Stonesy feel than before, but there’s no mistaking that this Austinite (via Houston) a Texas songwriter, whose lyrics run wind sprints between Townes Van Zandt and Ray Wylie Hubbard. He did a solo acoustic segment at the midpoint that was as soul-stilling as the full band stuff was soul-stirring.
- Beginning next week, the Country Standard Time featured blog, Country Mike, will be Texas-based.
- Eric Church on his next album (via Country, California):
“It’s definitely going to shock some people. We made a record that’s totally different (from “Sinners”). It’s brighter, not as gritty, more melodic. I’ve been listening to a lot of rock ‘n’ roll … I can’t wait for people to get it and see the contrast.”
- The release date for Chris Knight’s new album, Heart of Stone, has been moved to September 2nd due to production issues.
“Right now, this is my favorite record,” [says] Chris Knight. “It might just be my best. For some reason, there’s a cohesiveness here that’s not like anything I’ve done before. But at the same time, it’s not real predictable. There’s a lot of texture to it as well, but it’s a simple record. I don’t know how that happened. But I know it when I hear it.”
- Brady debuts The 9513 forums by asking who your favorite Texas artists are. So go check it, sign up for an account and help us build a community of country music aficionados.
- Lynchie from Aberdeen: Delighted to hear that Hot Rize have a new album coming out – and thanks for the link to that …
- luckyoldsun: Nobody can do Karaoke George Jones like Kershaw!
- Bruce: LW, Don't apologize for your Bryant comment. You were more gracious than I would have been.
- Bruce: My vote is for Marty Stuart for his exhaustive body of work that is directional yet diversified.
- Leeann: Dang! Let me write my above sentence again!: Kelley MicKwee’s album is sounding good so far too. I really like “Beautiful …
- paul w dennis: The Kershaw album is really noteworthy for its song selections. Other than "I'll Share My World With You", it omits …
- Leeann: The Sammy Kershaw tribute to George Jones is pretty good on first listen. Of course, Sammy's no George, but their …
- Jeremy Dylan: I did a podcast on Joni Mitchell's BLUE album recently and was wondering if there was a good bio of …
- Leeann Ward: Well, that was a mighty unnecessarily flippant comment I just made there and the better angels of my nature make …
- Leeann Ward: As for me, I'd realize I'd written a crappy song if Luke Bryan ended up being the one who wanted …