Jennifer Nettles Teams Up with Rick Rubin; Black Prairie Records Wild Ones Soundtrack; New Music Videos

Juli Thanki | May 20th, 2013

  • Jennifer Nettles is working with Rick Rubin on a solo album that will be released in the fall.
  • Randy Travis is suing the Texas attorney general’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety to prevent the release of all evidence, including the dash-cam video, from his 2012 DWI arrest.
  • Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck’s son was born last night. As of this morning, the nine-hour old infant had already mastered “Cripple Creek.”
  • Dan DeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a feature on Blue Note Records president Don Was, who has produced albums for Kris Kristofferson, Elizabeth Cook, Willie Nelson, and many, many more.
  • George Strait’s “Give It All We Got Tonight” is his 60th No. 1 song.
  • Garden & Gun posted a feature on Jason Isbell as well as a song from his upcoming album, Southeastern.
  • We don’t want to spoil the ending All-Star Celebrity Apprentice for any fans who might have missed it, but you can find out how Trace Adkins did here.
  • Rural Rhythm Records has created the Rural Roots Digital series, which will focus on “best of” collections and classic album reissues.
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers’ film based on the life of Dave Van Ronk, premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote a positive review of the movie.
  • Black Prairie recorded a soundtrack for Jon Mooallem’s book, Wild Ones. Stream the album here.
  • Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean column covers “veteran sideman” Richard Bennett.
  • The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame exhibit opened in Music City Center.
  • Music videos from the past week or so:

Zac Brown Band “Jump Right In”

Shakey Graves “Unlucky Skin”

Della Mae “Empire”

The Band Perry “Better Dig Two” (Billboard Music Awards performance)

Robert Ellis “The Grand Tour”

Sons of Fathers “Roots & Vine”

Trampled By Turtles “Midnight on the Interstate”

Glenn Jones “Across the Tappan Zee”

Taylor Swift “22” (Billboard Music Awards performance)

Mark Newton & Steve Thomas “Old McDonald Sold the Farm”

Sammy Kershaw “The Route That I Took” (George Jones tribute)

David Ramirez “The Bad Days”

Chasing Blue “Come to Me”

Aoife O’Donovan “Red & White & Blue & Gold” (live at the American Songwriter offices)

  1. Bruce
    May 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Swift’s wins at the Billboard Music Awards in a non-issue with me. But I LOVED Kid Rock’s dig at lip-syncing. I know it isn’t a new thing, but I applaud the Detroit bad-boy for stating it.

  2. Bruce
    May 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Also concerning Nettles solo project, I thought she had been a solo artists for the last few years? Sorry but I just had to say that.

  3. Jon
    May 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Lip-syncing is ancient history; it’s about time people got over that.

    So, Juli, the real question is, have *you* mastered “Cripple Creek” yet?

    • Juli Thanki
      May 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      It sounds just like Earl. If Earl played it at quarter-speed while half in the bag. And perhaps also if he lost three-quarters of his fingers.

  4. Luckyoldsun
    May 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    “Lip-syncing is ancient history;”

    So you’re saying that lip synching is not done–or not commonly done–anymore.

    Gee, this board is so educational.

  5. Luckyoldsun
    May 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    “Randy Travis is suing the Texas attorney general’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety to prevent the release of all evidence, including the dash-cam video, from his 2012 DWI arrest.”

    Boy, we’ve had frantic or dying victims’ 911 calls released to and played by the media, and we’ve had all sorts of information and videos released about accused persons who’ve been EXONERATED.

    I cannot believe the Texas courts will buy into Randy Travis’s efforts to keep secret–and destroy– official videos showing his disorderly PUBLIC behavior for which he’s been CONVICTED.

  6. Bruce
    May 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Jon’s comment about lip-syncing seems to agree with my statement “I know it isn’t a new thing..” At least I think it does. I still love Kid’s dig. Maybe Jon can clarify.

    Possibly it is a reference that it has gone on for years. And that I agree with, even in the country music realm. Doesn’t mean we have to like it. And I, for one, do not. Of course, I am just a fan who picks a little on the side. What the hell do I know?

  7. nm
    May 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Richard Bennett is a class act.

    That is all.

  8. bob
    May 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    After the not so Incredible Machine cd, I’ll try to hear as much of the Nettles solo album as I can before deciding whether to buy.

  9. Jon
    May 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

    “So you’re saying that lip synching is not done–or not commonly done–anymore.”


    If someone doesn’t like the decades-old practice of lip-syncing televised music performances, I suggest they either 1) stop watching televised music performances that are pretty much guaranteed to include plenty of lip-syncing, or 2) get over it, or at least stop blaming anyone but themselves for being confronted with it.

  10. Barry Mazor
    May 21, 2013 at 9:03 am

    One of the funny aspects of lip synching is that virtually every Hollywood musical number ever shot has been lip synched. (The system is called “playback.” It all has to match when shots are taken from a variety of angels and cut together, and you can’t get there by filming 28 versions of the song.) But then, so is a lot of dialogue, retaken after the shoot, and footstep sounds added later (“foleying.”)

    I do get that people seeing what is supposedly a “live” event–whether it’s in the same room they are or it’s on the tube–feel somewhat deceived by the practice…On the other hand, I rarely hear people say “Well, yeah, that was a little less than perfect, but it’s live in a hall with lousy acoustics, and the drummer today is a substitute, and the singer has heartburn, so all is forgiven.” The artists can’t win.

    Sometimes I think we could sue better audiences.

  11. Jon
    May 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I’ve played for some audiences I’d have liked to have sued!

  12. nm
    May 21, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I don’t think the problem with lip-synching (for me as a member of the audience at a live event) is precisely that I feel deceived. It’s that I go to hear live music to hear something different from the recorded version of music. Genuinely live performance has risks: singers and musicians may not be at their best, others in the audience may be boorish, there may be missed notes, my favorite song may be left off the playlist. But with those risks comes the possibility of rewards: an especially tuneful or expressive rendition of a song, a daring musical stretch, an exchange of energy between performer and audience that heightens the performance.

    I think it’s completely legitimate for anyone to prefer recorded music to live. I just don’t know why those people who do prefer the recordings want to go out to a show.

  13. Jon
    May 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

    If you are watching music on a screen in your home, you’re not going out to a show, are you? In this day and age, you should know that when you’re watching music on a screen in your home, the odds are pretty good that substantial efforts have been made to minimize risks of all sorts. Complaining about it has all the disadvantages of whining about how “things ain’t what they used to be” – and unless you’re old enough to remember a time before talkies, it doesn’t even have the advantage of being true. It’s like complaining about using overdubbing. Or studio musicians. Or how you can’t get a good 5¢ cigar any more.

  14. nm
    May 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

    That’s probably why I generally don’t watch music on a screen in my home, except for films of live shows. I think that a lot of the people who do watch award shows, though, watch them because they can’t (for financial or geographical reasons) get to live performances by the artists involved, and so they are expecting something of a filmed live experience. They won’t get it and these days that’s understandable, I guess, but I feel for them.

    Also, there never was a good 5-cent cigar. That’s just a myth.

  15. Barry Mazor
    May 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Look, one sort of music reporting/reviewing I like to do best is reporting on live performance, the interaction with the audience, how things worked as communication, very much included. I don’t find reporting “X may have hit an emotional and artistic highpoint in interpreting that much-herad hit last night, only hew as a quarter of a mile away, I heard it through bad speakers, 2 people in front of me got up at that moment to take phone photos of each other with the band in the background, so I didn’t really see the moment at all, i, and the audience in general didn’t react to the moment because they were all ignoring the show and talking to each other” If genius (or crapola) falls in a forests and theres no one there to hear..

    Life’s too short to report on that stuff–because that stuff is always the same.

    Traditionally, btw, country audiences didn’t just forgive “mistakes,” they loved being there for the reality of the moment, often remembered those best, and felt more empathy for the performer for having “been through that” with them.

  16. Luckyoldsun
    May 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm


    As far as the comparison to movies:
    The person who’s given credit as the “artist” of a movie is the director–not the lead actor. So overdubbing, substitutions etc. do not diminish the artist’s contribution to the product that is presented.

  17. Barry Mazor
    May 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for straightening me out LuckyOlSunbody.

    “Given credit as the ‘artist” by who? Take it up with the Screen Actors Guild.

  18. Jon
    May 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Well, that’s just gibberish. When Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald sang on the silver screen, they were the artists for the performance of that song, and it was a lip synched performance.

  19. Luckyoldsun
    May 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Amazing One,
    ” “Given credit as the ‘artist” by who? ”

    Um, by the movie studio, by the critics, by the Academy.

    It’s Cecil DeMille’s “Ten Commandments”–not Charlton Heston’s.
    It’s Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront”–and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather”–not Marlon Brando’s.
    It’s George Lucas’s “Star Wars”–not Mark Hamill’s or Harrison Ford’s.

    I didn’t think I was making a controversial statement.

    St. Jon,
    Any reasonably educated or sophisticated adult knows that commercial music recordings are made in recording studios–and a movie musical is a movie with a plot and a point of some sort–it’s not a film of the recording session! And that would apply to Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald recordings and movies, I’m sure, though I’m not familiar with them.
    On the other hand people who attend “concerts” have traditionally expected to see an actual live performance of the music.

    I’m not sure why de both o’ youze take the slightest contrary comment as a personal affront, but hey, that’s what makes it fun to post here.

  20. Jon
    May 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    “I think that a lot of the people who do watch award shows, though, watch them because they can’t (for financial or geographical reasons) get to live performances by the artists involved, and so they are expecting something of a filmed live experience. They won’t get it and these days that’s understandable, I guess…”

    Well, that’s my point, I guess: “these days” means, depending on how precisely you want to cut it, at least a few decades. Anyone expecting more than “something of a” filmed live experience – a qualifier which clearly covers lip synching – from a teevee awards show isn’t being, ah, what’s the politest way of putting this? very realistic in their expectations.

  21. Jon
    May 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    “Any reasonably educated or sophisticated adult knows” that a televised awards show (or most any other televised music variety show) includes a healthy amount of lip synching. Even Bruce, who surely qualifies as one, said this up front.

    You, on the other hand, have been behind the 8 ball since your ludicrous misreading of my first post. Which renders your latest effort at pulling a pseudo-fact (“people who attend *concerts* [a qualifier only now being introduced into the discussion] have blah blah blah.”) out of the aether even less interesting than usual.

    Lip synching. Ancient history. Why waste electrons complaining about it in 2013?

  22. Barry Mazor
    May 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I’m not personally offended in the least, luckyducky, I also find discussing things with you an utter waste of time and thought and I won’t be doing it any more. You’re what makes it not as much fun to post and write here as it could be. And that’s my last word on this.

  23. Luckyoldsun
    May 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Jonny Boy,
    Are you really as angry about this as you come off?–This has to be an act.

    I have no problem with lip synching–for a Madonna/Beyonce/Shania type artist. Between all the dancing, acrobatics, and acting out erotic, soft-core maneuvers with the back-up troupe, who really has time to catch their breath and try to sing.

    But if lip synching is fine, I suppose someone else will say using a stunt double is fine, too. If you spray enough smoke and steam around the performer and surrond her with enough gyrating acrobats, who would really care? Or know? With continuing shifts in standards, I’m sure we’ll get to the point where the artist doesn’t need attend his/her own concert at all.

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