Loretta Lynn Receives Medal of Freedom; Dave Adkins, Edgar Loudermilk Join Forces; Sturgill Simpson Sampler Available for Download

Juli Thanki | November 21st, 2013

  • Loretta Lynn was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House yesterday. Watch the video here.
  • There’s a four-song Sturgill Simpson sampler available for download on NoiseTrade.
  • Scott H. Biram’s next album, Nothin’ But Blood, will be released February 4 on Bloodshot Records. Listen to Biram’s new single, “When I Die.”
  • Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk are joining forces to form…Adkins & Loudermilk. The duo — which sounds mighty fine — will tour together starting in January, and the duo will release an album sometime later next year.
  • Your local PBS station is probably airing Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana on Friday night. Philadelphia Inquirer TV critic David Hiltbrand describes it as a “fascinating if futile attempt to squeeze a lot of round-peg music into one very square hole.” He later notes, “It soon becomes apparent that Americana consists of whatever acts the producers have footage of. Fortunately, they have footage of some terrific acts… [that footage] is what makes this program well worth your time.”
  • Trisha Yearwood, Reba, and Blake Shelton will appear on Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas special, scheduled to air December 11 on NBC.
  • Here’s Roy Orbison singing “Blue Bayou” in a clip from The Last Concert: 25th Anniversary Edition, which comes out December 3.
  • Toby Keith (who earned $65 million over the past year), Taylor Swift ($55M), Kenny Chesney ($53M), and Tim McGraw ($33M) made Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid musicians.
  • In other Toby Keith news, he’s narrating an NBA TV program on the Oklahoma City Thunder that will air tomorrow night. (via press release)
  • Shane McAnally on tailgate/party songs: “I mean, we’ve all written them. Sometimes you just want to write a party song. [Other people’s] just seem to get cut more. I think they, at times, can even get frustrated with it. They have stacks of songs that could compare to the greatest. Those don’t always get the attention. We’re trying to make a living and some days it’s just fun to write those songs. Why do those always get cut? Who knows? That’s not been my story.  I mean, I’ve had a few party songs get cut, but maybe it just doesn’t read as authentic on me.” 
  • The Wood Brothers played “Wastin’ My Mind” on the Relix rooftop.
  • CMT Edge premiered The Speedbumps’ “Back to the Start” from the Americana band’s forthcoming album, The Harbors We Seek.
  • CMT is asking people to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit that helps servicemen and women stationed overseas stay in touch with loved ones.
  • Mary Gauthier on songwriting: “My experience is that the universal is the personal…If you can get past your navel-gazing into the deepest part of yourself as a writer you find everyone—we’re all there. The reason Hank Williams’s catalogue is still so active is because he had a very deep grasp of how to articulate very complex emotional states simply, so everyone can understand.”   
  • Clay Stevens of American Songwriter wrote a lengthy feature on Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids’ recent Gruene Hall show.



  1. Janice Busgal Brooks
    November 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Got the Simpson download this morning as well as several holiday samples. Look forward to the PBS special.

  2. bob
    November 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks for the Hight article. My wife and I saw Brandy the other night at the Bluebird. She was great.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    November 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    If you were asked in 1993 to predict which of the then-current country radio stars would still be having hits in 20 years, would anyone have predicted Toby Keith?

    As far as I can tell, he’s the only top-40 artist from ’93 who’s still on the radio chart in 2013.

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