Keith Urban Plans Post-Surgery Return to Performing; Decemberists to Release Live Album; Song of the Mountains Needs Help

Juli Thanki | January 13th, 2012

  • Here is live video of The Civil Wars performing their song “Safe and Sound” with Taylor Swift at the Ryman. Dave Paulson of the Tennessean reviewed the show.
  • The GAC blog has a brief post about young country singer Thomas Rhett, the son of Rhett Akins. His debut single, “Something to Do with My Hands,” will hit radio soon.
  • Billboard has some info about the upcoming Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell duets album: Harris says the album will feature “mainly covers,” though the duo also considered some of the songs Crowell wrote for others but never recorded himself. “It’s kind of a crazy quilt of material,” says Harris, who prefers to keep song list specifics “under my hat” for the time being. She and Crowell are “pretty far along” on the recording but that “winter came and Brian got sick and then I got sick. Hopefully Rodney won’t get sick so we can get back to it pretty soon.”
  • On February 3, Keith Urban will play the Opry. It will be his first show since undergoing vocal cord surgery in late 2011.
  • Hal Bienstock of American Songwriter interviewed T-Bone Burnett, who offered up these thoughts regarding the increased interest in roots music: There are a couple of big trends going on in the world. One is toward globalization, the other is localization or tribalism. This is the music of our tribe. The Scots-Irish, Black people, Italians, the people that came here and started cooking up this music. I think things have gotten very depersonalized in the modern world. It started in the 20th century, the century of the self. This is a way to touch base. These songs are hundreds of years old, but they’ve been rewritten and have grown into all kinds of things. 
  • Here’s a photo gallery of Wednesday’s Music City Roots, featuring John Cowan, Carolina Still, and more.
  • Host Tim White is still struggling to keep PBS show Song of the Mountains afloat. If you’ve got a couple bucks to spare and enjoy this bluegrass program, please consider making a donation.
  • David Wax Museum performs among the dilapidated ruins of Fort Adams in this video on NPR’s site.
  • Farce the Music has a YouTube gem for your viewing pleasure: a parody of Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup.”
  • Ryan Seacrest got awfully handsy with Dolly Parton when she appeared on his radio show.
  • Country California offers up three good reasons why you need to subscribe to OpryLive on YouTube.
  • Floridians: the upcoming Yeehaw Junction Bluegrass Festival (Jan. 26-28) looks like a good time. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Alicia Nugent, and Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are slated to perform.


  1. Jon
    January 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    It wasn’t until I went to look at that Civil Wars piece that I saw where Charlie Collins passed away ( RIP, Charlie.

  2. Rick
    January 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    That Thomas Rhett song title is awfully close to Sarah Darling’s “Something To Do With Your Hands”. Crikey!

    Gosh, I didn’t realize T-Bone was so confused about everything! Its no wonder I rarely like anything he’s involved with (like Jack White only less so). I think from now on I will properly identify him as “T-Bonehead”. Sheesh…

    Isn’t Ryan Seacrest keeping his hands busy enough with Julianne Fluff? I guess he follows the Hollywood lifestyle motto “Too much is never enough”.

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