Kinky Friedman and Lady Antebellum Announce Tour Dates; Listen to Upcoming John Prine Release; Justin Townes Earle’s Year of Recovery

Juli Thanki | October 19th, 2011

  • Ann Powers on Americana: The highlight of this year’s Americana Music Awards ceremony — and, some would say, of the entire Nashville conference and festival devoted to celebrating and debating the groundwork of American music — featured England’s most famous golden rock god performing a song by an underground goth-shoegaze band whose own version was released on the venerable indie rock-ish label Sub Pop. Contradictions, anyone? Let’s call them growing pains.
  • Listen to upcoming John Prine release, The Singing Mailman Delivers, over at Paste.
  • Kinky Friedman will begin his 2011 Hanukkah Tour on November 29. Tour dates are listed here.
  • Miranda Lambert has announced that she’ll begin 2012 with her On Fire tour. Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann are slated to be the opening acts.
  • Tasmanian-born country singer Ange Boxall is playing several West Coast dates with the excellent Sara Petite and Brigitte DeMeyer. Give a listen to Boxall’s song “Electric Blue.”
  • Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival (to be held this weekend in Charleston, SC) looks pretty excellent, with a lineup including Del McCoury Band with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Wood Brothers, Sonia Leigh, and more.
  • Here’s a lengthy, well-written piece on Justin Townes Earle and his recovery process since he completed rehab.
  • Tonight, at 7pm Eastern, Little Big Town will perform their cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” on The Rosie Show, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
  • Colt Ford’s liquor line, Goodtime, has hit stores.
  • Evan Schlansky of American Songwriter interviewed rising star Hunter Hayes. The post includes a pretty cute video of a four-year old Hayes playing accordion and singing “Jambalaya” at a Hank Jr. show.
  • All five CMA New Artist of the Year nominees—Chris Young, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and Thompson Square—will perform during the awards broadcast on November 9.
  • Saving Country Music asks if “country” is an embarrassing term for top-tier talent: Now that mainstream country music has been seen as just another version of pop music by so many people for so long, my concern is that talented musicians are being turned off by the mere mention of the term ‘country’, seeing it as a genre without gravitas, obsessed with money and image, making it even more likely for the one-in-a-million music talent to stay away. 
  • Bluegrass Today’s John Lawless posted a video performance from Sarah Jarosz’s trip to the UK.

  1. Rick
    October 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Speaking of Ange Boxall, she will be one of the featured artists on tonight’s “Aussies Only” edition of Music City Roots! I’m most looking forward to seeing Catherine Britt perform tonight and I hope she sings “Sweet Emmylou”. It sure would be nice if the song’s co-writer Rory Lee Feek of Joey+Rory were to show up and do a duet. The fair dinkum show starts at 7 PM Nashville time as usual.
    Link: http://www.musiccityroots.com/

    I sure wish that Sara Petite, Ange Boxall, Bridgette Demeyer series of shows had a gig booked in Los Angeles! Oh well…

    So the Pistol Annies will not be an opening act for Miranda’s next big tour? That’s a shame as Ashley and Angaleena need all the money they can get! (lol)

    I actually tuned into Dancing With The Stars last night for 3 minutes just to watch The Band Perry perform “If I Die Young”. I’m not quite sure about the song choice, but Kimberly did her usual fine vocal performance.

  2. Jon
    October 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    “Saving Country Music” apparently requires avoiding “infection from other genres.”

  3. Rick
    October 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Texas Aussie Invasion Alert! This coming Friday and Saturday Bill Chambers (Kasey’s dad) and Catherine Britt will be performing at the grand opening of the Down Under Deli in Spicewood, Texas. Darn, why couldn’t that restaurant have been opened in say Redondo Beach instead? Hmm…

    Details Link: http://www.downunderdeli.com/Events/DUDE_Events.html

    Man would I love to be at that gig! Pshaw.

  4. Jeremy Dylan
    October 20, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Catherine always brings the goods live. I’d encourage anyone with the opportunity to get out and see her.

    I’m a little disappointed after reading this headline thought – I was looking forward to that Friedman-Antebellum co-headlining tour.

  5. bob
    October 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Saw Catherine Britt last week at a “Taste of Australia” show at the Bluebird Cafe. She sounded great but only sang 2 songs, “Sweet Emmylou” and “What I Did Last Night”.

  6. Jeremy Dylan
    October 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Those are two pretty good songs.

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