“Jolene,” Kristofferson Added to Grammy HOF; Della Mae to Make Opry Debut; Drive-By Truckers Announce Tour Dates

Juli Thanki | December 4th, 2013

  • Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Kris Kristofferson’s eponymous debut album are among 27 new additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame. In order to be selected, singles and albums must be “at least 25 years old and exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprised of knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.”
  • Garth Brooks is rounding up his band for four Vegas shows in early January. Tickets – which start at $200 – go on sale Friday. In other Garth news, Jon Caramanica (The New York Times) takes a look at Brooks’ new box set.
  • Tony-winning director Walter Bobbie is going to direct Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Broadway musical, Bright Star. Here’s the casting notice.
  • Stream the Sound of Music soundtrack featuring Carrie Underwood.
  • Blue Ridge OutdoorsDecember Trail Mix includes songs by The Henry Girls, Poor Old Shine, and more.
  • Check out the track listing for The Drive-By Truckers’ English Oceans (out March 4) and some of their recently-announced tour dates.
  • T Bone Burnett and the Coen Brothers talk with Jim Fusilli of The Wall Street Journal about selecting songs for the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack.
  • Another Day/Another Time, a concert special inspired by Inside Llewyn Davis, is scheduled to air on Showtime December 13. Performers include Rhiannon Giddens, Gillian Welch, and Punch Brothers.
  • Bonnie Raitt on the “Americana” label: It’s a catchall phrase that I think is really great, because people want to put music in a box. And I don’t want to be in one, but if I have to be in a broad-based holding pattern like that, at least we have some validity and somewhere to stand under in this roofless business, for people who see something and want to get it out there – they kind of need a label to be able to promote it… It’s ended up being a really good thing, because there’s just been so much fragmentation and segregation of musical styles…My record was No. 1 on the Amazon blues chart last year, and I don’t understand why. There’s two songs that are blues, but the rest of them aren’t. I want the people who are really working in those fields to have a clear shot at it, so while I appreciate the esteem in which I’m held, I want to broaden it out a little bit, and of course all this music deserves to be heard. There’s so much out there. When I talk to reviewers I’ve trusted for years and years, just the sheer volume of new great acts coming across their table to listen to is just deafening. It’s overwhelming, to decide which album by which great artist you just heard about to check out.  
  • RollingStone.com posted a Jake Owen live performance video. (warning: autoplay)
  • Rolling Stone also premiered “Stomp & Holler,” a Hayes Carll song covered by the Hard Working Americans (Todd Snider’s new band).
  • The L.A. Times gave out some awards to the stars of CMA Country Christmas. A sample: Most Dead-Eyed Performance of a Yuletide Staple, for instance, was a fierce two-way fight between Rascal Flatts, who drained everything jolly from “Jingle Bell Rock,” and Lucy Hale, who despite her regular acting gig on “Pretty Little Liars” brought zero believability to “Christmas (Baby Please Come [Home]).”


  1. Janice Brooks
    December 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I’m happy with the Grammy list as usual. Don’t overlook the Doc Watson album.

    As far as Bonnie R’s comments, the Bluegrass dj’s have been talking about how Bluegrass gets tied to albums with nothing near Bluegrass in the content.

  2. BRUCE
    December 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. These are the CMT Artists of the Year? Folks, it’s over.

  3. Country fan
    December 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Could not agree more with Bruce !

  4. Luckyoldsun
    December 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Well, Hunter plays a mean accordion on Jambalaya!

  5. Country fan
    December 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Hunter is very good, I wish he would do some traditional country music.

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