Jason Eady Releases New Single; Hunter Berry to Record Live Album; Folk Music Could Help Track Human Migration

Juli Thanki | November 14th, 2013

  • This is cool: research suggests that the history of human migration may be traced by studying a population’s folk music in addition to examining DNA and linguistic evidence. From LiveScience.com: By comparing elements of the music, such as pitch, texture and rhythm, with the genetic data, the team found that groups with more similar musical styles also tended to be more closely related genetically. Though using folk music to trace human migrations wouldn’t replace genetic or linguistic studies, it could add an additional layer of information, [neuroscientist Steven Brown] said. Because music is universal but also diverse enough for differences to track with population changes, it could be used to study many different regions of the world. “We ‘re trying to add music as a new kind of evidence,” Brown said. “The more kinds of things you can include in the story of humanity, the better off you are.”
  • Brett Detar’s Too Free to Live is available for download on NoiseTrade.
  • Uncle Tupelo’s seminal alt-country record No Depression is getting the Sony Legacy treatment; the two-disc collection will be released January 28. Listen to a demo of “I Got Drunk” here.
  • Speaking of re-releases, you can stream Bloodshot’s forthcoming Bottle Rockets reissues at The A.V. Club
  • Mary Gauthier on her songwriting: “Life’s hard. Conflict is what makes stories great and that’s what I do — I write about the difficulties and the joys of being in relationships…There’s a quote from Willie Nelson that I like: ‘Ninety percent of the people on Earth end up with the wrong people and that’s what makes the jukebox spin.’” 
  • A new documentary released today focuses on The Music Mill. From MusicRow.com: Built in 1982, the legendary Music Mill not only housed a studio, but a label and publishing company as well, and was a launching pad for artists ranging from Reba and Billy Ray Cyrus to Toby Keith and the Kentucky Headhunters
  • Jordan Lawrence of The Nashville Scene wrote a feature on 24-year old American Primitive guitarist Daniel Bachman.
  • Brad Paisley’s Beat This Winter Tour will kick off January 9 in Greenville, South Carolina.
  • More about Jennifer Nettles’ Rick Rubin-produced solo album, That Girl: Nettles worked with songwriters such as Butch Walker, Sara Bareilles and Richard Marx, as well as wrote material on her own. She also tackles Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock.” 
  • Deborah Evans Price selected 10 Alan Jackson Prime Tracks for CMT.com.
  • Steelism, the “instrumental party band” that’s planning to release its first full-length album, chats with Kevin Walters for a new Tennessean music podcast.
  • Go behind the scenes of Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s new duet, “We Were Us,” with this video posted on RollingStone.com.
  • Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott visited the WAMU Bluegrass Country studios; here they are playing the title track to their new album, Memories & Moments.
  • American Songwriter premiered the title track to Amelia White’s new album, Old Postcard.
  • Jason Eady’s next record, Daylight & Dark, will be released January 21. Here’s the first single, “OK Whiskey.”

  1. Janice Brooks
    November 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Reba was active before 1982.

  2. Brad
    November 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    She was active but not really “launched” until after switching to MCA in 1983

  3. Both Kinds of Music
    November 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    There’s a Laurie Anderson quote paraphrasing Willie Nelson that says, “Ninety percent of the people in the world end up with the wrong person. And that’s what makes the jukebox spin.”

    Willie Nelson actually said, “Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play.”

    There’s a difference. It’s subtle, but still…

  4. Luckyoldsun
    November 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Wasn’t that a Moe Bandy song?
    I don’t think Willie wrote it.

  5. Dana M
    November 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Looking forward to the new Wailin’ Jenny’s album!

  6. Rick
    November 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Speaking of ABC’s “Nashville”, it seems Deacon is really into The Wrights’ song “You’re The Kind of Trouble”! Go Deacon! (lol) PS – With the rich guy’s wife making a play for Juliette last night, I consider this Nashville’s defining “Jump The Shark” moment. (It’s time to DVR the show so I can skip the superfluous stuff Hollywood dishes out these days..)

    On last night’s Music City Roots April Verch was fiddling and clogging up a storm! Good stuff! The Americana boundary pushing music of “Black Violin” was also a pleasant surprise as it’s in a class by itself. Definitely not the same old, same old…

    I’m glad Heather Masse is featured so often on A Prairie Home Companion as the songs she sings are far more interesting than the typical Wailin’ Jennys material. Give those gals a case of Red Bull for goodness sakes! (lol)

  7. Barry Mazor
    November 15, 2013 at 4:59 am

    The song’s Moe Bandy’s, but it doesn’t contain that line, which was, yes, a comment Willie made.

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