Lionel Richie to Perform at CMA Awards; Prairie Home Companion to Celebrate Bill Monroe; New Jason Isbell Video

Juli Thanki | October 27th, 2011

  • The Civil Wars were featured in the New York Times. They talk about their first meeting (while working with other songwriters on material for a band that would become Gloriana) and the idea behind the band name.
  • 41 years ago, Roger Ebert wrote the first review of a John Prine performance.
  • Ryan Adams, Janis Ian, and Neil Finn had a falling out while taping BBC program The Songwriters Circle.
  • Offbeat reviewed Jimbo Mathus’ album Confederate Buddha, a record full of “music that sounds best after the second cocktail around 4 p.m., and it covers the gamut from honky-tonk to piano-laced rhythm and blues to straight rock ‘n’ roll boogie and even mariachi.”
  • Richie McDonald and Lonestar have reunited after five years. They’ll record a new album and tour in 2012.
  • Steve Klinge of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote an article on David Dye and the World Café, a radio program—and venue—that features many roots artists.
  • Here is a fascinating two-part interview with Noam Pikelny. Be warned if you’re not a fan of the five-string: Part II is heavy on the banjo geekery.
  • Lionel Richie will perform with Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker at the upcoming CMA Awards. Richie also has an album featuring his hits re-recorded as country duets set for release in March 2012.
  • Miranda Lambert was featured on NPR. An excerpt: Asked if she perceives herself as breaking gender boundaries in country music, she says she hopes so. “To me, country music is about real life,” she says, “the good and the bad. That’s why country started, and it was because of Hank Williams telling true stories. And I don’t see why a woman can’t tell the truth just as fast as a man can.”
  • Jim Reilley, whose songs have been recorded by Hal Ketchum and Vince Gill, is featured in the newest edition of the American Songwriter Nashville Songwriter Series.
  • Check out the new video for Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit’s song “Alabama Pines.”

  1. Rick
    October 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    The Civil Wars duo met while writing songs for Gloriana huh? That is surely the grist for a “Nashville Legend” if I’ve ever read one…

    Della Mae’s free online concert is TONIGHT! The sound and video feed quality through Concert Window is excellent if you have a good high speed connection. The fun starts at 8 PM Eastern time.

    Opry Alert! Competeing with Della Mae is what I believe to be the final Classic Country Opry of its way too short fall season. Tonight’s featured artists include Lynn Anderson, T.G. Sheppard, Ricky Skaggs, James Wesley (?), along with Opry regulars Mandy Barnett and Jimmy C. Newman. Grade B. I wish these shows ran all year long! Oh well…

  2. Rick
    October 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Here’s a sad bit of recent news I ran across at Country

    “Chronicle: Our condolences to the family and friends of Casey Chrisman, youngest son of Riders In The Sky’s Woody Paul and his wife Teresa Goicoechea, who died unexpectedly last weekend. Casey was 21. Funeral arrangements are pending.”

    What a tragedy for the family…

  3. Sam G.
    October 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I like Ryan Adams’ music well enough, but he’s old enough to be out of his spoiled brat rock star stage.

  4. Dave W.
    October 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Looking forward to the Lionel Richie album and seeing him perform at the CMAs. I still love to watch the segment when the Zac Brown Band teamed up with James Taylor.

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