Josh Thompson Signs with Show Dog-Universal; William Blake Goes Country; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | September 18th, 2012

  • Sam McDonald interviewed Emmylou Harris for the Daily Press.
  • The Wall Street Journal also featured an article on the Americana compilation Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe, which comes out today.
  • Big & Rich say their four-year break was beneficial. For them, specifically, though a few country fans probably enjoyed the duo’s hiatus as well.
  • Speaking of CMT Edge, a new Infamous Stringdusters video will premiere on that site later today.
  • Kenny Rogers’ Facebook fans can read an excerpt of his upcoming biography, Luck or Something Like It.
  • Here’s video of Tom T. Hall, Lee Ann Womack, and Peter Cooper performing “I Love” at last week’s Americana Music Awards.
  • And a couple clips of Womack singing with Buddy Miller. You can read Holly Gleason’s account of the duo’s show here.
  • Blair Daly, whose songs have been cut by Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts and Big & Rich, is the newest subject of American Songwriter’s Nashville Songwriter Series.
  • Out October 22: The Essential Martina McBride, a 40-song compilation.
  • This is pretty cool: Martha Redbone put the words of William Blake to Americana music on an album produced by John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Listen here.
  • World Café recommends roots rockers Holy Ghost Tent Revival.
  • Michael Berick of American Songwriter interviewed Ben Sollee, whose record Half-Made Man comes out next week.
  • Ring in 2013 at the Ryman with Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three.
  • Jerrod Niemann sat down for five questions with CM Wilcox of Country California.
  • This week’s album releases:

Dwight Yoakam 3 Pears

Easton Corbin All Over the Road

Catherine Irwin Little Heater

Big & Rich Hillbilly Jedi

Janis Martin The Blanco Sessions

Ryan Bingham Tomorrowland

Jimmy LaFave – Depending on the Distance

Bart Crow Dandelion

The Coal Porters Find the One

Black Prairie – A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart

Cornell Hurd Band – Drop In on My Dream

Carolyn Mark The Queen of Vancouver Island

Whispering Pines Whispering Pines

Various Artists Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe

Various Artists – Quiet About It: A Tribute to Jesse Winchester

  1. Dave W.
    September 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Looking forward to reading Kenny Rogers. I’ve been a fan my whole life.

  2. Jon
    September 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

    The Fugs made a country song out of William Blake’s “How Sweet I Roamed” more than 45 years ago. .

    • Juli Thanki
      September 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks for the link; my Fugs/English poetry knowledge began and ended with “Dover Beach.”

  3. Jon
    September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Here, you need to deepen your knowledge in that department just a bit more:

  4. Arlene
    September 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Not a country recording but in writing The Doors song “End of the Night,” Jim Morrison was allegedly inspired by reading Blake’s poem “Auguries of Innocence.” See

    (That’s about the only thing I recall about a high school term paper I wrote when Emmylou Harris was still a brunette.)

  5. Barry Mazor
    September 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    And for what it’s worth, Allen Ginsburg recorded whole cycles of Blake poetry sung, in his way, to more or less Eastern music..

    Brought to you by the Country & Eastern dept.

  6. Rick
    September 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Who in the hell is William Blake? The closest I ever get to classic literature is via Ruth Harrison on “A Prairie Home Companion”. Hmm…

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry covers the gamut from Dierks Bentley and Kellie Pickler to Lorrie Morgan and Connie Smith, with some Opry Regulars and Jimmy Wayne tossed in. Grade: B+

  7. Barry Mazor
    September 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

    It was William Blake Shelton who had that record “Tyger, Tyger, You Can Kiss My Ass.” Country radio didn’t seem to know what to make of it, a unique situation.

  8. Christie
    September 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Hey, whether or not you know Blake, you gotta hear Martha Redbone’s renditions of Blake’s poetry set to her Appalachian rootsy songs.

    Here’s a link to give them a listen!

  9. Drew
    September 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    @ Christie

    Checked out Martha Redbone’s renditions…. I DIG IT! That album is up for a possible Grammy huh? Definitely good vibes!! For others who haven’t clicked the link, I’d definitely check her stuff out.

  10. Ed Jacobs
    September 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Martha Redbone’s album is wonderful.

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