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.”
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.”
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.