Isbell, Hiatt to Celebrate Skynyrd; Joss Whedon Goes Folk; Album Releases
- Check out a teaser for The Southern Gospel Revival, featuring Courtney Patton, Drew Kennedy, Jamie Lin Wilson, and Ben Hester.
- John Marks of SiriusXM, who helped break Florida Georgia Line, is hoping to do the same thing for women country singers by introducing “Fresh Female Voices” programming on The Highway channel.
- Taylor Swift is hosting a mysterious “worldwide live stream” event on August 18 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. She’ll probably announce some new music. Or commit a ritual sacrifice to appease Cthulhu.
- The Wall Street Journal published an article on Europe’s country music scenes and homegrown acts like The Common Linnets and The Shires.
- Billy Joe Shaver and The SteelDrivers are among the acts scheduled to play Outlaw Fest in Bowling Green, Ky. this October.
- Watch Valerie June play “Workin’ Woman Blues” for CMT Edge.
- “Eastbound and Down” and Dolly’s “Straight Talk” made The A.V. Club’s list of soundtrack songs that double as film synopses.
- Jason Isbell, John Hiatt, Jamey Johnson, Don Was, and Blackberry Smoke are just a few of the acts who will celebrate Lynyrd Skynyrd at a tribute concert in Atlanta on November 12.
- Eric Church released a video for “Cold One.”
- There’s a Ben Glover sampler available for download on NoiseTrade.
- Tom Douglas, who co-wrote “The House That Built Me” with Allen Shamblin, talks about the story behind the song in this interview posted on the Tennessean site.
- Joss Whedon, the guy behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a bunch of things not as great as Buffy but still pretty good, is collaborating with singer-songwriter Shawnee Kilgore on a folk EP.
- Brittney McKenna of American Songwriter wrote a feature on rising star Adia Victoria.
- Stream Benjamin Booker’s self-titled album.
- David Bellamy to Chuck Dauphin: “I don’t know if we actually were the beginning of country rap, but I do think we were ‘Bro Country’ before it was cool.”
- Lera Lynn is the American Songwriter Writer of the Week.
- Brazilian kazillionaire Zero Freitas wants all the vinyl. He’s already got a collection of several million records, and he hopes to share it with the public by setting up a listening library that he’s calling “Emporium Musical.” Over the weekend, The New York Times published a piece on Freitas’ quest.
- Brandi Carlile’s Pin Drop Tour – inspired by a show in which her band’s PA system cut out — begins October 1 in New Hampshire. Carlile recently finished recording a new album, so concertgoers can expect to hear some new material at her fall shows.
- Brad Paisley on the “Accidental Racist” controversy: What I learned is that there are certain subjects that are almost next to impossible to sing about, to do songs about, but that was the point of the last album was to tackle those things that seem like they would be impossible to do and see if they are possible. Intention is everything and our intention was to try to raise awareness for points of view… I’m proud that we stood up and did this. I wish we’d gotten out in front of the people who took it the wrong way and framed it a little bit better that way and framed the debate ourselves, but it’s too late for that, but I also don’t know if I’d change much about it because in the same way that training for a fight as a fighter, you have to take punches to train for a fight. You can’t just stand there and throw punches, you have to take them and I took them. And in that sense, I’m ready to do better things and greater things because of the punches I took.
- This week’s album releases:
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen – Cold Spell
Ethan Johns – The Reckoning
Curtis McMurtry – Respectable Enemy
Randy Travis – Influence, Vol. 2: The Man I Am
Brian Setzer – Rockabilly Riot!
Quiet Life – Housebroken Man
Lucero – Live from Atlanta
Mike Zito & The Wheel – Songs from the Road
Louvin Brothers – Complete Recorded Works 1952-1962
Eddy Arnold – Complete US Chart Singles 1945-1962
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