Iris DeMent on songwriting: “I have always been very shut-off in that [songwriting] department…I remember trying to write a song with John Prine — someone I love and I’m very comfortable with — and I had to go to the bathroom and shut the door. Then, I’d come out and say, ‘I have a line!’ I think it’s because I came from such a big family that I was always searching for someplace that would be my own and writing just turned out to be that place.”
Tina Hart of MusicWeek.com takes a look at the upcoming C2C: Country to Country music festival that will hit London in March.
“Mexo-Americana” band David Wax Museum is featured in the Ashland Daily Tidings.
When it comes to making music, is technology an “adversary or compatriot”? From an article in The Atlantic on documentary Sound City, about the famous L.A. recording studio that was used by artists including Johnny Cash and Tom Petty: John Fogerty, of Creedence Clearwater Revival, recounts with some revulsion a young musician explaining that perfection is just a digital procedure away. The irony is that Fogerty is himself a studio aficionado who famously recorded his hit album Centerfield alone, playing every instrument from vocals to drums to guitar. Gains in multi-tracking technology provided him with what he desired: artistic control over every recorded element…There’s no doubt that the rise in laptop and related technology, both software and hardware, has contributed to the decline in numbers of large-scale recording studios. The question that lingers is whether Sound City will be rockist nostalgia, technological contemplation, or both at the same time. How much is this recent shift a story of new technology replacing old technology, and how much is it the story of new technology limiting human interaction?
Bonnie Raitt performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Watch here.
On December 11, Blackberry Smoke will play a StageIt show (as of this morning, there were still more than 200 tickets available; the price is “pay what you can”). Proceeds will go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Natalie Maines covers Pink Floyd on the soundtrack for an upcoming documentary about the West Memphis Three.
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.