Kris Kristofferson to Appear on Troubadour, TX; Noam Pikelny to Deliver IBMA Keynote Address; Isbell Plays Letterman

Juli Thanki | July 25th, 2013

  • Kris Kristofferson will appear on the third season of Troubadour, TX.
  • This fall, ATO Records will release a two-disc set of Civil War-era songs recorded by Dolly Parton, Taj Mahal, and others. Listen to Loretta Lynn’s version of “Take Your Guns and Go, John.”
  • Noam Pikelny will deliver the keynote address at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh this September.
  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin talk Bakersfield with Geoffrey Himes of The Nashville Scene. Stream the pair’s take on “But I Do” here.
  • Jody Rosen of Vulture hops on the Brandy Clark love train.
  • There’s going to be a second Alabama tribute album released this year. High Cotton is full of Americana acts like Jason Boland, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Shonna Tucker.
  • Chicago-based bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers will release their fourth album, the Greg Cahill-produced Breaking Ground, on August 24.
  • Garden & Gun premiered Amanda Shires’ “Wasted and Rollin’.”
  • Out August 13: LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash – An Illustrated Biography and LIFE Unheard, a collection that will include “solo acoustic recordings made at the House of Cash studio at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn, as well as live concerts taped at the Newport Folk Festival and at the White House. The project will include a previously unreleased studio version of Ben Dewberry’s “Final Run,” along with “Movin’ Up,” recorded for Cash’s 1981 made-for-television special, The Pride of Jesse Hallam.” 
  • Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” marks its 21st week at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, tying the record shared by Eddy Arnold’s “I’ll Hold You in My Heart,” Hank Snow’s “I’m Moving On,” and Webb Pierce’s version of “In the Jailhouse Now.”
  • Kacey Musgraves is scheduled to sing “Blowin’ Smoke” on Leno tomorrow. (via press release)
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Patrick Sweany for CMT Edge.
  • Jason Isbell played Letterman the other night.

  1. Jonathan Pappalardo
    July 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Don’t even get me started on FGL. I love how Billboard is touting that “Cruise” is the ‘biggest country single in 50 years’ when it’s NOT. The only reason they’ve logged so many ridiculous weeks at #1 is because of the changes to the chart. If this were happening under the old system, than yeah, it would count for something.

    This means nothing. Except the apocalypse is upon us. The same one we thought we reached last year and the year before that. Who knew you could scrape through the bottom of the barrel and just keep digging?

  2. Michael A.
    July 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Hah! Jonathan, remember the Wynonna song with the line “When you hit rock bottom you got two ways to go/Straight up or sideways”? Yeah, we’ve been going sideways for too long. Anyway, I think Nelly should be credited with a #1 country hit since it’s the remix of that song, which includes him, that is helping propel the sales and non-country airplay factoring into it’s country chart reign. I keep hoping something will be bad enough to snap someone into action and say, “Enough is enough. This isn’t ok.” But that didn’t happen when Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together” broke records on the country chart and it doesn’t seem it will happen here.

  3. Rick
    July 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    So, is tonight’s Ricky Skaggs concert at the Ryman going to be broadcast live on WSM AM like the Daliey & Vincent show last week? I’ve been looking at the WSM and Ryman websites and they don’t say! Crikey! I’ll be tuning in to WSM Online at 5:30 PM Nashville Time and hoping for the best! (lol)

    Vince Gill should have hired Rick Trevino to handle the lead vocals on the “Bakersfield” album. Oh well.

    Nothing could interest me less than tribute albums to Alabama! Well okay, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood tribute albums would rank even lower.

  4. Andrew
    July 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    The frustrating thing to me about Billboard’s nonsense is that’s the chart the average fan is most familiar with and the one that’s going to be remembered 10 years from now when looking up a given group’s chart history on Wikipedia or whatever equivalent we’re using by then. Meanwhile Mediabase is the one radio stations actually use and care about. FGL is on their third single cycle on that one and Cruise hasn’t been on the chart for several months.

  5. Barry Mazor
    July 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Always immensely interested in what doesn’t interest you, Rick–as is the world at large.

  6. Leeann Ward
    July 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you, Barry.:)

  7. Jonathan Pappalardo
    July 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Michael A: I do remember the Wynonna hit. Maybe there would be a change if the song breaking all the records wasn’t from The Big Machine label group? You know, if someone else besides Scott Borchetta was reaping the success, then maybe he would cry foul.

    I wonder if the rules were changed to benefit his label group or he’s is the problem he’s proven so darn good at manipulating them in his favor?

    Anyhow, sideways we continue to go…

  8. Jonathan Pappalardo
    July 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    “I wonder if the rules were changed to benefit his label group or he’s is the problem he’s proven so darn good at manipulating them in his favor?”

    should read:

    I wonder if the rules were changed to benefit his label group or he is just a proven wizard at manipulating them in his favor?

  9. BRUCE
    July 25, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Alabama’s contribution to country music cannot be underestimated.

  10. Leeann Ward
    July 26, 2013 at 9:20 am

    So, you’re not a fan, Bruce?

    I remember that I was a huge fan of theirs when I was a teen listening to country music. While I can’t say that I’m super big on them now, I am intrigued by the two tribute albums. I just hope some of this big mainstream names will surprise me and do a good job with the songs that they’re recording (I didn’t say “covering” for your sake, Barry!), because they are good songs.

  11. BRUCE
    July 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm


    I guess I misspoke. I am a huge fan and beleive their contributions to country music are some fo the greatest of any artist. Hope that clears it up.

  12. Leeann Ward
    July 27, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Okay, Bruce. Thanks for clearing that up.

Tagged In This Article

// // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // //

Current Discussion

  • Paige: Oh damn. :( I never commented here and I haven't been listening to any music at all since Thanksgiving (it …
  • Dave W.: Just read the news here. Will miss E145 very much - love this site. All the best to you Juli …
  • Leeann Ward: Oh, dang! This is real. Farewell to the most generous, informative, quality, intelligent, consistent, ethical country music blog! You …
  • bll: Thanks Juli for all the great articles and information; you'll be missed by me and I suss several others. Best …
  • Both Kinds of Music: I hope people appreciate the irony that one of the best "Americana" albums is titled Metamodern Sounds in COUNTRY Music.
  • Barry Mazor: I would not rule out that possibility..There's a different set of voters involved..
  • Dana M: Does anyone else think that Brandy Clark actually has a good chance of winning since this isn't a country awards …
  • Juli Thanki: UPDATE: Brandy Clark got a Best New Artist nom. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM: Rosanne Cash -- The River & The Thread John Hiatt -- Terms …
  • luckyoldsun: Glenn Campbell is great and I'd love to see him get an award, but the words of that song may …
  • Casey Penn: Juli, it was an honor to write for you here on You're good at what you do, and The …

Recently Reviewed Albums

  • walkerandthetexasdangers3
  • deadmanstown
  • tom t hall storytellers
  • paulthorntooblessed
  • duhksbeyondtheblue
  • kelleymickwee
  • sandrarhodes
  • candi staton