Iris DeMent Discusses Songwriting; Los Lobos Celebrates 40th Anniversary; Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside Announce 2013 Tour Dates

Juli Thanki | December 7th, 2012

  • 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.” 
  • Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean column is about photographer Hilda Stuart, who also happens to be Marty Stuart’s mother.
  • David Clarke reviewed the musical Sanders Family Christmas, a “gospel bluegrass celebration” set on Christmas Eve, 1941. The musical is running through the end of the month in Houston.
  • Mumford and Sons’ “I Will Wait” crossed over to the country charts, debuting at #58 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
  • Tina Hart of takes a look at the upcoming C2C: Country to Country music festival that will hit London in March.
  • 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.
  1. Rick
    December 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I really enjoyed those tracks from the Nashville TV series soundtrack album and especially Clare Bowen’s vocal stylings. Connie Britton is not much of a singer (something she readily admits) and her vocals are a bit lifeless, but its still better than most of the stuff on AirHead Country Radio. I don’t expect the TV series to have any lasting impact on the greater realm of mainstream country music, but with songs like that it sure can’t hurt anything! (lol)

    “Depression Blues” eh? I can definitely relate to that for at least the next four years. Any chance Sam Doores and Riley Downing are political conservatives? I didn’t think so…

    So “Sanders Family Christmas” is set right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor eh? This year’s “Rick Family Christmas” has me feeling about the same way after the results of the November elections. Is there a special Christmas 2012 version of the “Depression Blues” song mentioned above? Hmm…

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Mandy Barnett (who thankfully stopped mangling her songs), Charley Pride, the seductive Kristen Kelly, Diamond Rio, and Scotty McCreery. Grade: B
    The Saturday Night Opry will feature Old Crow Medicine Show (Yay!), Del McCoury, Charley Pride, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, and Brandy Clark(?). Grade: A!
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    That “Sound City” documentary sounds really interesting! I’ll have to figure out a way to view it (for free that is!).

  2. Dana M
    December 9, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Dang it. I forgot about Marty Stuart (and Connie Smith!) being on the grand ole opry Saturday night! Otherwise I would’ve sat in my car listening to Sirius radio. I wish these shows were archived online.

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