Levon Helm in Final Stages of Cancer Battle; Pistol Annies Celebrate Record Store Day with Vinyl; Stream New Waco Brothers & Paul Burch Album
Juli Thanki | April 18th, 2012
Sad news was posted on Levon Helm’s website by his wife and daughter yesterday afternoon: Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey. Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration… he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage.
The Pistol Annies are celebrating Record Store Day this weekend with the release of Hell on Heels on vinyl. You can also stream the album, doctored with the pops and crackles to mimic the sound of an album, here and be entered to win an autographed LP and Sony USB turntable.
In 1989, former Bluegrass Boy Doug Hutchens taped a lengthy radio interview with Earl Scruggs, which is now available online in 15 parts.
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings announced some new late May/early June tour dates.
Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless will be touring together again in June. Here’s a free mp3 from each artist.
The A.V. Club is digging Joe Pug’s new album, The Great Despiser. The article also features a stream of the record’s opening track, “Hymn #76.”
Lucy Jones of the Telegraph asks if we’re losing our respect for music: Look at the panorama of music available to us today. We have access to any song we’ve ever wanted to listen to… The one thing we don’t have more of is time. We cannot listen to the entire matrix of music, nor can we pay attention to, say, 100 songs, in the same way as we can 10. Our listening is often quicker, shallower and of a lesser quality, through tinny computer speakers and low bit rate streams and downloads. It is in danger of degrading and trivialising what we’re hearing.
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.