Loretta Lynn Back in Action; New Ryan Adams Album; Sugarland covers Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Juli Thanki | August 2nd, 2011

  • If you weren’t at the Newport Folk Festival, or just want to relive it, check out NPR’s streams and downloads of artists like the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Wanda Jackson, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, and lots more.
  • Opry Pioneer Trudy Stamper has passed as well. She was responsible for the Opry’s first Carnegie Hall performance, according to this lovely article by Robert K. Oermann.
  • Loretta Lynn is back in action after having to cancel performances due to illness.
  • Peter Cooper on Laura Cantrell and her Kitty Wells tribute album. Say, do you want a free download of that record’s title track?
  • The AV Club interviewed Gillian Welch. An excerpt: “I think this is our most adult record. I think the themes are fairly adult, rather major themes of regret and loss and dealing with substantial reversals, and dealing with life not dealing you the hand you were wishing for or expecting.”
  • Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile made this gal dig country music.
  • Can’t wait to listen to the Pistol Annies’ upcoming album? Preview the songs on Amazon.
  • New releases:

John HiattDirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns

Trace AdkinsProud to Be Here

Rodney Parker & 50 Peso RewardLive in the Living Room

The Wood BrothersSmoke Ring Halo

Antigone Rising23 Red

Richard BucknerOur Blood

Drive-By TruckersUgly Buildings, Whores & Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009

Dehlia LowRavens & Crows

  • Kenny Baker’s obituary in the New York Times.
  • Paste premiered Dave Stewart’s new song.
  • Here’s some info on Ryan Adams’ upcoming album Ashes & Fire, plus a couple videos of Adams performing new material.
  • Sugarland and tourmate Sara Bareilles covered ’80s classic “Come on Eileen.” It is so unapologetically dorky and freakishly catchy that I love it.

  1. Leeann Ward
    August 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Pretty sure the Sugarland cover just made my day.

  2. Stephanie
    August 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    The Pistol Annies’ tracks sound dang good to me, can’t wait to get to hear the whole album!!

    Ok that Sugarland cover was so dorky!! Pretty hilarious, makes me think of the geeky kids in High School getting a moment in the spotlight. :D

  3. Rick
    August 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    So Brandi Carlile is a lesbian huh? In that article the writer indicates that Brandi’s coming out hasn’t seemed to affect her popularity. I would guess that’s because most of them probably either don’t know or since she’s an Americana realm gal they wouldn’t care either. The big media hullabaloo about Chely Wright was because she came out of the Mainstream Country Top 40 realm, while in the far more liberal leaning Americana zone anything goes.

    I’m trying to like the music of The Pistol Annies, but its just not happening. Oh well..

    If Ashton Shepherd is now an honorary Kentucky Colonel, I think she should become a new spokeswoman for KFC! They could film a commercial in Ashton’s pickin’ shed for that total down home experience! (lol)

  4. Leeann Ward
    August 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I don’t like all the Pistol Annie Clips, but I’m holding out judgement until I can here the album in its entirety. I do like some of the clips a lot though, particularly the ones that Miranda Lambert is singing lead on.

  5. Jon
    August 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    That Dehlia Low album is a good one. Here’s a Critic’s Pick I wrote for the Nashville Scene about a recent appearance:


  6. Kelly
    August 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Rick – to my knowledge, Carlile has been relatively open about her sexuality for some time now. Her fanbase has long had a substantial lesbian element to it. Of cuorse, I’m a straight dude and love her to death :-)

  7. Noeller
    August 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I just found out about this site and am so deliriously happy that there’s a replacement for 9513, that I can’t comment on one specific thing, though I’m in the same boat on Pistol Annies. Really desperately WANT to like the project, but I’m not loving it yet. Fingers are crossed that the finished project, in entirety, will be solid.

  8. Rick
    August 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Jon, this shameless self-promotion has got to STOP!…(lol)

    Kelly, if you tried to “love” Brandi Carlile, her lesbian fans would probably beat you to death! (lol)

    Noeller, I’m also glad you found about the Engine 145 blog as we have been in desperate need of a Canadian for the last few weeks! There has been a fair amount of news coverage of Canadian artists here, but no commenters thus far who have really given a crap! You have hereby been appointed to that worthy task! (lol)

    I think the whole Pistol Annies deal is one of those concepts that sounds better on paper than in the recording studio. In this case they have three chieftesses and no squaws…

    PS – I’m excited that I will finally get to see Shelly Fairchild perform live this month at the tiny Mint Club in a show that also features David Nail. Shelley is pushing a new album and the picture they are featuring makes her look like a punk rocker! YIKES! I’m hoping she will sing at least one song off her fine “Ride” album, but I know its a long shot. Go Shelly!

  9. Rick
    August 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Ooops! Forgot about tonight’s Opry Alert!

    This week’s Tuesday Night Opry will feature Daryle Singletary, Suzy Bogguss, Jimmy Fortune, Sarah Darling, and The Grascals whoopin’ and hollerin’ like a bunch of drunk hillbillies! Only 3 “Opry Legends” this go round, earning this show a solid B+!

    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html
    Listen: http://www.wsmonline.com/home/listen-live

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