Initial List Of Artists Announced For Americana Music Festival

Brody Vercher | August 4th, 2008

  • 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.

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  1. [...] The documentary “Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music” will air on PBS stations tomorrow night. The film is dirested by Robert Elfstrom and is a “cinema vérité look at Cash.”  PBS produced the documentary almost 40 years ago (!) Robert Elfstrom also takes some time to answer some questions for the the Tennessean (via the 9513) [...]
  1. leeann
    August 4, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Matthew Clark, huh? Very official!

  2. Rick
    August 4, 2008 at 11:38 am

    The Americana Fest sure has a lot of interesting acts lined up thus far. Finally a non-commercial alternative to Fan Fair based in Nashville! If I were in town I’d be sure to catch The Everybodyfields just because Jill Andrews is so darn cute…(I’m so shallow)

    I’m really looking forward to the FINAL episode of Nashville Star tonight, in the same way William Shatner liked the end of Brad Paisley’s “Celebrity” song in music video. (lol) I’m going to miss the weekly blogs here that not only made the show bearable but actually fun! I really don’t expect the show to be back on NBC….

    All of the critical praise for Jamey Johnson’s “The Lonesome Song” is spot on. I just hope some of that translates into decent sales levels for the album…

    (PS – I’ll cheat and say on this thread my favorite current Texas based artists are Sunny Sweeney and Amber Digby. They are definitely not “Red Dirt” and that’s what I like about them!)

  3. Kelly
    August 4, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Rick, I live in Texas and go to a ton of shows and love many of the bands that are considered “Red Dirt” for one reason or another, and I am still trying to figure out what “Red Dirt” actually means. Jackson Taylor, Aaron Watson and Jason Boland are just as “country” as Sweeney (and Chris N.) and are considered “Red Dirt” by many people. Dont be so quick to dismiss the bands that are ignorantly placed under the nebulous and far-reaching banner of “Red Dirt”…

  4. Jim Malec
    August 4, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    No Twilight Hotel at the AMA makes me a sad panda…

  5. Brody Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I read somewhere that this is an initial list, so there’s still an opportunity.

  6. C. Eric Banister
    August 4, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    For anyone interested, the Cash documentary came out on DVD about a year ago. It is not a documentary in the sense that it tells a story through narration, but it is more like a home movie where you see Cash in different situations like backstage (where he invites a guy in who wants to pitch him a song) to visiting his old Dyess home place (if you have watched the “Hurt” video closely you’ll recognize this doc as the source for a few scenes).

  7. Rick
    August 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Kelly, I know the whole “Red Dirt” concept has been discussed in detail here at The 9513 on previous occasions with no firm definitions ever reached or mutually agreed upon. I see the Red Dirt music scene as a Texas based subset of the larger Americana music scene, with Red Dirt reaching towards the Alt. Country/Roots Rock end of the spectrum, but that is just my perception.

    I appreciate the fact that traditional sounding artists like Sunny Sweeney, Amber Digby, Kimberly Murray, and The Hot Club of Cowtown can thrive in the Texas music scene as it helps to keep these older country genres alive. When I read “Red Dirt” I just naturally think of bands like Cross Canadian Ragweed which to me are far more representative of the Red Dirt sound than say Aaron Watson…..(remember, I’m from Los Angeles )

    Regarding Loretta Lynn: Loretta is getting up there in years and won’t be around forever. That’s one reason I am glad Amber Digby is carrying on the torch for that style of music.

  8. leeann
    August 4, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I just downloaded a Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Somewhere In the Middle, album for $6.99 on Amazon today, because I’ve been seeing his name a lot from 9513 people. I’m glad I did. Good stuff. How does it compare to his other albums?

  9. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Leeann, it’s hard to go wrong with any of them, but I’d go with The Bourbon Legend, then Pearl Snaps.

  10. Corey
    August 4, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Commenting on the forthcoming Eric Church album, I loved his first album, for the grittiness. I was not thrilled with the first single from his next album, but have heard some other tracks live in concert. Hopefully this album holds up to his last one.

  11. Chris J
    August 5, 2008 at 12:00 am

    From the new album of Eric Church I have only heard of the song on the radio and I like it so this might be worth looking into

  12. Dylan Gramm
    August 5, 2008 at 12:53 am

    I’m rather baffled that Church thinks his first record qualifies as gritty – Todd Snider it ain’t!

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