‘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.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …