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.”
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-partinterview 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, isfeatured 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.”
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.