Kathy Mattea to Host Nashville Public Television Show; Elvis’ Gold Piano Leaving CMHoF; New Inside Llewyn Davis Trailer Released

Juli Thanki | August 23rd, 2013

  • Kathy Mattea will host a Nashville Public Television show called Aging Matters. The program, which will debut September 12, focuses on “issues such as caregiving, finances, end-of-life care, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.” 
  • This spring I enjoyed reading David Wesley Williams’ first novel, Long Gone Daddies. You can win a copy of the audiobook by entering this blues music trivia contest.
  • Left Lane Cruiser is offering a free download of “Juice to Get Loose,” a song from their next album, Rock Them Back to Hell (out September 17).
  • Eli Johnston has joined Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver as the band’s new bass player.
  • Actor Katey Sagal (Peg Bundy/Gemma Teller/Leela) is releasing another album this fall with The Forest Rangers. Covered will include her versions of songs by Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, and others.
  • Deborah Evans Price of CMT.com posted a list of ten Keith Urban prime hits.
  • Robbie Whelan (The Wall Street Journal) wrote a fine Chris Thile profile. An excerpt: Mr. Thile argues that the same crowds that headbang to Radiohead anthems should be just as able to get psyched for Bach or Mahler. “The great musics of the world are great for very similar structural reasons: good melody, good harmony, and a balance of feminine and masculine energy. What makes one type of music classical and one bluegrass and one folk—these things aren’t what’s important,” he said at a recent interview in midtown Manhattan. “My thesis statement would be—Bach didn’t write Baroque music. He wrote great music.”
  • Here’s the new trailer for the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, which is loosely based on the life of Dave Van Ronk.
  • Brett Eldredge did an American Songwriter Q&A.
  • The Lonesome River Band will headline The 22nd Annual Bluegrass Music Festival in Omagh, Northern Ireland August 31-September 1.
  • Elizabeth Mitchell is going to release The Sounding Joy on Smithsonian Folkways October 15. The album is a “spirited collection of folk carols drawn from Ruth Crawford Seeger’s 1953 songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas. This album celebrates the spirit of community and homespun traditions that existed in times before the commercialization of Christmas.” Listen to a track from the album here. (warning: autoplay)
  • Elvis’ gold piano is leaving the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and if you’ve got $3.5 million, it could be yours.
  • Carrie Underwood received the BMI “Million-Air” award, which is given to songwriters, composers, and publishers whose songs accumulate 1,000,000 U.S. broadcast performances.
  • Valerie June’s Pushin’ Against a Stone came in at No. 41 on the Billboard 200.
  • Wes Orshoski of Relix penned a lengthy feature on steel guitarist Robert Randolph.
  • Paste premiered Ramblin’ Jack Elliott’s version of “Pretty Boy Floyd” from upcoming collection Live at Caffe Lena: Music from America’s Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013.

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