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
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.