Willie Nelson’s got two: “I have one coming out called Face The Music And Dance, with my band. I’ve always loved that Irving Berlin song. Then I have an album of duets with girls called Who All The Girls Are. I sing with Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash and Barbra Streisand – that’s something I have long wanted to do. There will be 12 collaborations in all, with songs old and new. One song, brought by the producer Buddy Cannon, is a unknown song written by Waylon Jennings, one of the last he wrote, called ‘She Was No Good To Me.’ And I get the chance to sing with Dolly Parton again, on a beautiful song she has written called ‘From There To The Moon And Back.’”
Big Machine is withholding new releases from Spotify. Says Scott Borchetta, “We’re not putting the brand-new releases on Spotify. Why shouldn’t we learn from the movie business? They have theatrical releases, cable releases. There are certain tiers. If we just throw out everything we have, we’re done.”
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times writes about Nashville and its music: The soundtrack goes out of its way to ground the show in the city’s un-flashy side. The alt-country Allison Moorer sings background vocals on one song, and the perennially almost-made-it Sarah Buxton on another. The recordings feature well-regarded Nashville musicians like the mandolinist Sam Bush, the fiddler Casey Driessen and the guitarist Ilya Toshinsky. In one episode the local roots rocker Lindi Ortega appears to spoil Avery Barkley’s (Jonathan Jackson) dreams of opening for the Lumineers. But these are insider references on a show that is more “Desperate Housewives” than “Austin City Limits.” When Mr. Miller and Mr. Burnett make music for Rayna and Juliette, they rely on musical density and heavy Auto-Tuning, which falls somewhere between a true-to-life representation of pop-country and a critique of Nashville’s center, a not-so-subtle assault on the town’s mystique. If a bunch of actors (some with formal musical backgrounds, some without) can come along and, in the right hands, make music as credible as the people who get paid to do it as a career, then has the music been devalued? That’s a case only an outsider would make.
Ex-University of Montana basketball player Sam Riddle is a “budding country music star” in Vegas.
Robert Plant joinedPatty Griffin onstage Saturday night at a benefit show in Austin.
Bluegrass Today’s John Lawless previews the upcoming John Driskell Hopkins-Balsam Range collaboration, Daylight.
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.