Singer-songwriter Anne McCue wrote a pretty funny blog calling for a ban of assault guitars: A citizens’ action group called E.A.R.P.L.U.G.S. has started a petition to ban assault guitars and to demand that guitar stores must do more thorough background checks on people who purchase guitars and amplifiers. A spokesperson for the group claimed that “random people, many who are tone deaf, can just walk into a store and buy a triple humbucker electric guitar without any background checks as to whether they have had an ear test or have exhibited signs of bad musical taste in the past.”
Dale Watson, Wayne Hancock, and The Devil Makes Three are a few of the acts slated to play this year’s Pickathon, which will be held August 2-4 in Happy Valley, Oregon.
Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass) was interviewed by Cynthia Todd of the Daily Nebraskan. An excerpt about the band’s new project: We’re mostly done recording and now we’re mixing it. I think the biggest things are the new songs that people have not heard yet. Beyond that, probably a little more, I don’t want to say “poppy” necessarily, but it’s a little more accessible to people beyond just bluegrass. I have a feeling that when this album does comes out it will, more so than our other previous albums, it will have a little more of our particular “greengrass” sound than a bluegrass sound.
Keith Urban will host his annual “All for the Hall” benefit show on April 16 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This year’s theme is “Rebels and Renegades, the Outlaws are In.”Loretta Lynn, Hank Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Eric Church, Rosanne Cash, and Willie Nelson are a few of the artists scheduled to perform.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.