Kelley Mickwee Announces Solo Album; The History of “Home on the Range”; Album Releases
- Barry Mazor wrote a feature on Mary Gauthier for The Wall Street Journal.
- 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)
- Banjo picker Eddie Adcock could use your help.
- The fine folks at Country Universe love Miranda Lambert’s new record.
- 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
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.
- Six String Richie: It's great to hear that Sundy Best has a new album coming out. I really encourage anybody that reads …
- Louie: "Brotherly Love," IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith's …
- Erik North: A big loss for not only the Nashville songwriting community, but for songwriting communities everywhere, in my opinion, that Paul …