Kelley Mickwee Announces Solo Album; The History of “Home on the Range”; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | June 10th, 2014

  • Kelley Mickwee (The Trishas) will release a solo album, You Used to Live Here, on July 22. Listen to one of the tracks, “River Girl,” here.
  • Take a sneak peek at Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry’s Crossroads episode, which premieres on CMT this Friday.
  • Eric of Music Tomes interviewed Brian Southall, author of Banned on the Run: The Music They Wouldn’t Let You Buy, a book that chronicles 80 years of songs banned by radio and television.
  • Drive-By Trucker Jay Gonzalez launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the release of his solo album The Bitter Suite.
  • This is an interesting story of how John Lomax – joined by Henry and Virginia Lebermann –first came to record “Home on the Range.” An excerpt from Virginia’s memories of that day: “One day in June 1908, Mr. John Lomax, an administrator at the University of Texas, turned up in a colored saloon beyond the Southern Pacific depot in San Antonio, Texas, lugging an old-fashioned Edison recording machine about the size of a hay wagon. The Negro proprietor had been a camp cook and for years had sung songs up and down the Chisholm Trail. Lomax found him behind the saloon, under a tree, asleep. He punched him in the ribs and told him that he wanted to record one of his songs. ‘Come back tomorrow,’ mumbled the singer. This Lomax did, and under the mesquite where he had previously found him, the first recording of ‘Home On the Range’ was made.” 
  • Neko Case talks about her personal style in The New York Times.
  • On July 5 The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor Buzz Cason as part of its “Poets & Prophets” series. This program (which will stream on the HoF website) is part of the 10th anniversary of the Night Train to Nashville exhibit. (via press release)
  • The Daily News reports that country radio’s audience in New York City is slowly, but steadily, growing.
  • American Songwriter chose Jamey Johnson, Bill Anderson, and Buddy Cannon’s “Give It Away” as their Lyric of the Week.
  • Dom Flemons’ “Have I Stayed Away Too Long” is streaming on The Key.
  • This week’s album releases:

Mary Gauthier Trouble & Love

Gene Watson My Heroes Have Always Been Country

Jason D. Williams Hillbillies and Holy Rollers

Osborne Brothers Nashville

The Gentlemen of Bluegrass Carolina Memories

Seth Walker Sky Still Blue

First Aid Kit Stay Gold

Linda McRae – Fifty Shades of Red

  1. Grace
    June 10, 2014 at 8:32 am

    For anyone who’s interested, there’s a second Kelley Mickwee track available for streaming now too called “Take Me Home” co-written with Phoebe Hunt and some nice steel work from Eric Lewis. Link on Twitter where she’s releasing one every Monday.

  2. Barry Mazor
    June 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Between Lomax’s recording of “Home on the Range” and the general acceptance of who’d originally written it, as related in the Lebermann story, were major court battles and epic research efforts by teams of lawyers, which I’ll relate in my Ralph Peer book later this year. John Lomax’s published version was cobbled together from several different ones he’d heard, by the way, as was his practice. The name he stuck on it as author, in his first edition, was made up, because he couldn’t remember that cook’s name. (Seems like Ms. Lebermann couldn’t either.) In any case, the cook hadn’t written anything.

  3. bob
    June 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Good article at RS Country – “37 best things we saw at CMA Music Fest 2014″.

  4. bruce
    June 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Gotta hand it to RS – the features thus far are varied and not just stuck on the top pop acts in country. Well-rounded articles so far.

  5. luckyoldsun
    June 11, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Can’t study “Home on the Range” without thinking of the Isaac Asimov version:

    Oh, give me a clone
    Of my own flesh and bone
    With its Y chromosome changed to X.
    And after it’s grown,
    Then my own little clone
    Will be of the opposite sex.

    Clone, clone of my own,
    With its Y chromosome changed to X.
    And when I’m alone
    With my own little clone
    We will both think of nothing but sex.

    Oh, give me a clone,
    Is my sorrowful moan,
    A clone that is wholly my own.
    And if she’s X-X,
    And the feminine sex,
    Oh, what fun we will have when we’re prone.

    My heart’s not of stone,
    As I’ve frequently shone
    When alone with my own little X.
    And after we’ve dined,
    I am sure we will find
    Better incest then Oedipus Rex.

    Why should such sex vex,
    Or disturb or perplex,
    Or induce a disparaging tone?
    After all, don’t you see,
    Since we’re both of us me,
    When we’re having sex, I’m alone.

    And after I’m done
    She will still have her fun,
    For I’ll clone myself twice ere I die.
    And this time without fail,
    They’ll be both of them male,
    And they’ll each ravage her by and by.

    Clone, clone of my own,
    With its Y chromosome changed to X.
    And when I’m alone
    With my own little clone
    We will both think of nothing but sex.

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