Kix Brooks to Host Overnight Radio Show; Bankesters Premiere New Video; How Does Americana Stay True?

Juli Thanki | September 19th, 2012

  • Wall Street Journal music critic Jim Fusilli wrote a fine article called “How Americana Stays True.” An excerpt: Will the Americana movement succumb to the temptation to dumb down, or gloss up, its music to appeal to a wider audience? It seems unlikely. The AMA’s 1,600 members, many of whom are Americana musicians, control its immediate destiny. Said AMA President Jed Hilly during an interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame: “The artists are our checks and balances.” Americana music, he added, “has to be rooted in the tradition.”
  • Patterson Hood made The A.V. Club a mixtape featuring Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Gram Parsons, and more.
  • has an exclusive video of the making of Dwight Yoakam’s 3 Pears.
  • Listen to Ann Powers and Bonnie Raitt’s keynote conversation from last week’s Americana Music Conference & Festival.
  • The ABC special Country’s Night to Rock averaged about 6.2 million viewers; in 2011, the program averaged about 7 million.
  • Kix Brooks has another radio show. From the press release: Cumulus Media Networks, with more than 4,000 affiliate radio stations reaching 121 million listeners, will offer stations nationwide a new overnight radio show hosted by Country music superstar Kix Brooks beginning in September. “Kickin’ it With Kix” will air each Monday – Friday from 12am – 5am and feature artists discussing the stories behind their music while giving listeners a chance to interact with the show through social media.
  • Brad Paisley will debut the first single from his next album Thursday night. Paisley also appears on a track on Colbie Caillat’s upcoming Christmas album.
  • Bluegrass family band The Bankesters have a new video for “Don’t Try to be Anyone Else.”
  • Also on CMT Edge: a feature on Radney Foster written by Brian T. Atkinson.
  • Here’s a neat article on guitarist Elizabeth Cotten. On October 2 in Syracuse, a bronze casting of Cotten will be dedicated in a park that is already named after her.
  • Country Universe is giving away a signed copy of Easton Corbin’s All Over the Road. And here’s an acoustic version of the title track.
  • Joy Kills Sorrow played a few for The Bluegrass Situation.
  • Taylor Swift  got five MTV Europe Music Awards nominations; the show will air on November 11 from Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Scott Avett made a playlist featuring Ola Belle Reed, George Strait, Townes Van Zandt, and more for Southern Living.
  • Farce the Music parodied several album covers for the first part of this month’s “Country Day.”


  1. Dave D.
    September 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Props to Warner Bros. (whom I assume is responsible for much of it) for cranking up the promotion of Dwight’s 3 Pears: the video posted here, a TV special last night on Palladia, interviews with Barry Mazor and Peter Cooper among others, Don McCleese’s talk on is Dwight book at the Country Music Hall of Fame, etc.

    Kind of odd these days to see this much attention given to music that I’m actually interested in.

  2. TX Music Jim
    September 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    It is refershing to see a Dwight project get a promotional push like this. Dwight has been high on my list since I dropped a needle on Guitars and Cadilac’s back in the day.

  3. Jon
    September 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    That seems like a dubious assumption.

    In other news, that link in the Bankesters video note is actually to a page at Bluegrass Today that, along with the embedded video, describes a contest to see who can identify the biggest number of bluegrass faces therein. Some nice musicianly prizes, too.

  4. Rick
    September 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I haven’t looked at the link but my list of top country guitarists would include: Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Maybelle Carter, Jimmy Bryant, Joe Maphis, Redd Volkaert, and Albert Lee among many other. Brad Paisley and Keith Urban don’t qualify purely because I don’t care for their music! (lol)

    Tonight’s Music City Roots is the Aussie artist special. Should be a ripper mate!

    I think it is admirable most “Americana” branded artists stay true to their musical vision. Its just a shame so much of said music is just not “musical” enough for me to find any enjoyment within it.

    It’s nice Dwight is getting a bit of a media blitz after being off the radar for so long. The effects will likely last as long as the feeling of being “full” after a Chinese food meal…

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