‘Live at The Bluebird Cafe’ Concert Series Will Celebrate Americana Artists
- Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, Nanci Griffith and Foster & Lloyd have been confirmed to perform as part of the Americana Music Association’s ‘Live at The Bluebird Cafe’ series starting in February.
- Little Big Town announced that bands and musicians can register to compete for an opening slot on the upcoming A Place To Land Tour. Fans will vote for their favorite acts and the top four vote-getters will open shows in March.
- Sony Computer Entertainment product marketing manager Rob Alvarez says SingStar Country was their best-selling title this holiday season.
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri on Undone: A Musicfest Tribute to Robert Earl Keen:
No matter how big a Keen fan you are, it’s where you stand on artists such as Wade Bowen, Jason Boland, Randy Rogers, Cody Canada, and the other 18 that appear here that will go a long way on deciding your appreciation for the proceedings, recorded live in Colorado, January 2008. There are outstanding tracks, but the mostly acoustic performances manage to consistently miss the guts of what Keen’s writing about, while also losing most of his melodies.
- Alabama frontman Randy Owen is scheduled to record vocals for Jason Aldean‘s new album Wide Open, which is due April 7. The song he’ll be recording for is a true-to-the-original version of “My Home’s In Alabama.”
- Could Shania Twain be announcing her new album soon?
- If there are any complaints with Bruce Robison‘s recent release of His Greatest, Hickory Wind’s Hal Bogerd says it’d be the number of tracks–he thinks there are too few.
- Charlie Louvin kicks off this year’s tour the night before the Grammys in L.A. If you haven’t checked it out, read Juli Thanki’s exclusive pre-Grammy interview with Louvin.
- Chet Flippo says every now and then, “a Grammy nomination is just so right, just so sweetly right,” that it renews his faith in the awards process. The nomination that has him beaming this year is The SteelDrivers‘ performance of “Blue Side of the Mountain” in the best country performance by a duo or group with vocals category.
- Owen Temple is finishing a new album this week.
- Shanachie Records will release volumes seven and eight of the Best of the Flatt and Scruggs TV Show DVD series on February 10.
- PopMatters‘ Dave Heaton on The Tom Russell Anthology: Veteran’s Day:
Russell’s story-songs often beg to be referred to as cinematic and no doubt have been. Though some detours to France and the UK are abroad, the anthology, as a whole, seems a quintessential American film, with people of all sorts coming into view, living tough yet interesting lives amidst larger forces of constriction, destruction and deterioration.
- Keith Anderson is taking a hiatus from touring to undergo throat surgery.
- Randy Weeks–who first gained attention when Lucinda Williams recorded one of his songs on her breakthrough album, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road–will be releasing a new album titled Going My Way on February 24. In her review of the album, The Austin Chronicle‘s Margaret Moser claims that Weeks’ distinctive voice is sometimes reminiscent of a young Willie Nelson.
- Listen to “What I Mean To You” and “Mama’s Eyes” from Justin Townes Earle‘s sophomore album, Midnight at the Movies, at Bloodshot Records. (via Flop Eared Mule)
- If there’s one thing country isn’t these days, it’s sad. In a recent article, The Houston Chronicle‘s Andrew Dansby explored select tearjerkers from the genre, including “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” and asked several musicians to name the saddest song they ever heard. Bruce Robison chose “Country Bumpkin,” which prompted a hearty laugh from Robert Earl Keen, who chose Jim Lauderdale‘s “Run Like You.” Sound off in the comments with the saddest song you have heard.
- Stuart Munro: I think this just moves the location of the discussion, Jack. If I named a bunch of rock artists who …
- Leeann Ward: Um, that's too much geekery for me to follow, Sam! My husband would understand you though.:)
- Jack Williams: Alabama Shakes won the AMA Emerging artist award couple of years ago. Also, classic soul influenced artists like Bettye Lavette, …
- Applejack: It certainly seems to me like the inclusion of St. Paul and the Broken Bones stretches the limits of how …
- Stuart Munro: Yes, that's the issue: is the tent so big as to have no boundaries? What *isn't* Americana? Is jazz? Is …
- Jack Williams: Um, roots music, that is.
- Jack Williams: Well, Americana is a pretty big tent. Classic southern soul falls under my personal definition of root music.
- Stuart Munro: Is it just me...or does the idea of St. Paul and the Broken Bones being an Americana act really strain …
- Sam G.: Loki Is playing Hank Williams in a new movie, and Thor bought the rights to a book about him. I …
- Roger: Fabulous interview and fantastic new music that I will listen to over and over again.