Little Jimmy Dickens Turns 92; iTunes Offers Nashville Indie Spotlight Sampler; Zac Brown Band, Aldean Among World Music Awards Nominees

Juli Thanki | December 19th, 2012

  • Read this fine Jewly Hight interview with Connie Smith and Marty Stuart.
  • Adam Gold of Rolling Stone interviewed T-Bone Burnett. Here’s an excerpt where Burnett talks about Nashville: The reason this show is important to me is that music is to the United States as wine is to France – we’ve defined ourselves through music really since the beginning of our country. And the world of the musicians has gotten dismantled in the last 20 years due to new realities in technology; and Nashville is the last bastion; Nashville is the Alamo. So what I can tell you is, to the extent that this show shows the human side of musicians and the real-life struggles that we have; I think it’s a positive thing. 
  • The Henningsens will release their Arista Nashville debut album in early 2013.
  • There’s an exclusive, $7.99 iTunes sampler called Nashville Indie Spotlight that has tracks from artists like Holly Williams, Emily West, and Trent Dabbs.
  • Nikki Lane played “Away in a Manger” at the Station Inn. Watch here.
  • Nashville may ease restrictions on home studios, reports Blake Farmer of It’s tough to throw a rock without hitting a basement studio or backyard recording space. But anytime a guitarist lays down a lick, the studio owner could be violating the law. There’s a blanket ban on home-based businesses serving patrons on site. Codes officials generally look the other way, but one studio owner received a citation in recent weeks. So this month the city council is considering an exemption for music makers, allowing them to have up to 10 visitors a day. Producers say they’re ready to come out of the woods. “Legislation is going to help the neighbor who is scared because now you’re going to have a legal framework that you can go and complain,” says home studio owner Nomad Ovunc. 
  • Michael Bialas of The Huffington Post reviewed Shania Twain’s Vegas show.
  • Stephen Parry, the filmmaker behind The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance, has started a fundraising campaign to help the documentary reach a wider audience: Our goal has always been to bring The Hayloft Gang to the widest, most diverse audience possible; it needs to be used in schools and libraries and available to the general public. Unfortunately our production funding only covers the costs for licensing the music for public television broadcast. We have to pay the music publishers and record companies for the additional rights for DVD and digital media distribution.
  • Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band are among this year’s World Music Awards nominees; the show will be broadcast in more than 160 countries on December 22.


  1. Rick
    December 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I really enjoyed T-Bone’s comments about Nashville being a sort of Alamo as far as the traditional approach to recording music is concerned. Long live Nashville as a true community of musicians!

    I’ll have to check out that Nashville Indie Spotlight album. Well except for Trent Dabbs anyway…(lol)

    MCR Alert! Tonight is the Music City Roots “East Nashville Christmas Show” featuring a whole bunch of performers. I can’t wait to see and hear all of the mayhem that is bound to ensue! (lol)

  2. Jon
    December 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    That’s a pretty meaty round-up there, thanks.

    That little April Verch is just cute as a button!

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