Loretta Lynn and Bret Michaels Duet; Bonnie Raitt Covers Gerry Rafferty; Dwight Yoakam Added to Country Thunder Lineup
Juli Thanki | February 10th, 2012
An excerpt from Chet Flippo’snewest Nashville Skyline column: Mainstream acceptance results in a neutered music that is totally compromised. Being co-opted killed rock music, just as mainstream country radio forces country music’s creators and artists to fit into its parameters — or, else, broad commercial absorption further narrows the music into a certain mold.
Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, and Brantley Gilbert are the nominees for the ACM New Artist of the Year award. Voting opens on March 19.
Loretta Lynn and Bret Michaels duet of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” will be on Michaels’ upcoming album Get Your Rock On. An excerpt from the Rolling Stone article: “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” is just one of the songs that came from his Thanksgiving jam session with Lynn. There will be more. “There are two songs we wrote together. One of them is going to appear, she’s a doing a new album with T-Bone Burnett, we’re gonna go down and do one on that,” he says. “And then we’re gonna do one [on] an album that’s called Me, My Guitar And I, it’s a record that will come out either later in the year or sometime next year.”
Deering Banjos posted a lengthy interview with Scott Avett on their site. Here’s his take on the Avett Brothers’ sound: If Neil Young was rock and roll, I don’t see why we couldn’t be rock and roll. I think that if John Prine was country then I don’t see why we couldn’t be country…It is somewhere in that realm of folk-country-rock or indie-punk-old time.
Jamie O’Neal has started a new label, Momentum (link warning: autoplay). From the press release: Momentum Label Group’s flagship artist, Rachele Lynae, [will] release her debut single, “Party ‘Til the Cows Come Home” in March.
Trace Adkins narrated a free children’s ebook called Owney: Tales from the Rails. It’s available at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum site.
Cindy Watts of the Tennessean chats with Eric Church about his Grammy-nominated album, Chief: “When we went in to make Chief, ‘Smoke a Little Smoke’ was the template,” Church says from the tour bus in route to Savannah, Ga. “I said, ‘We trusted the gut and we put out the wildest song on the last record, I’ll have no constraints on this one.’ ‘Smoke a Little Smoke’ gave us that freedom.”
Here’s the trailer for Lionel Richie’s upcoming country album, Tuskegee.
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.