Lucinda Williams, Little Big Town Lead Fall Releases; Sturgill Simpson Plays Letterman; New Albums
- Holly Williams’ Tiny Desk Concert is damn good.
- Lucinda Williams will release the double album Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone on September 30 (via press release). Williams played a free, small club show in Chicago on Saturday when her outdoor gig at Taste of Chicago was canceled due to rain.
- Little Big Town’s Pain Killer is due out October 21. Here’s the track listing.
- Watch Sturgill Simpson perform “Life of Sin” on Letterman.
- Marty Stuart’s photography is featured on The New York Times’ Lens blog.
- Here’s a song from Cowboy Jack Clement’s final record, which comes out today.
- Wall Street Journal columnist Taylor Swift looks better leaving the gym than I look on my best day.
- Garth Brooks’ tour will begin in Chicago on September 4; tickets go on sale July 25 — any bets as to how soon they’ll sell out? Also, his Dublin concerts have officially been canceled. Refunds are being issued.
- Brooks’ Chris Gaines project earned a spot on Mental Floss’ list of “15 Albums That Cost a Fortune to Make.”
- Crooked Still will reunite for three shows in late November.
- The Southern Folklife Collection blog published a post about “short-lived ensemble” The Church Brothers & Their Blue Ridge Ramblers, a bluegrass band from North Carolina.
- John Fullbright played a few for WNYC’s Soundcheck.
- Out September 23: My Name is New York, a three disc Woody Guthrie collection that pairs songs he wrote about NYC with interviews of Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nora Guthrie, and Arlo Guthrie. Listen to the title track here and Seeger and Nora Guthrie talking about how “Tom Joad” came together here.
- “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” is the American Songwriter Lyric of the Week.
- The late James Alan Shelton left behind some serious medical bills. Luthiers Huss & Dalton are raffling off a Shelton signature model guitar to help Shelton’s widow, Greta, cover those costs.
- Rolling Stone spent five minutes with Bruce Robison, who talked about songwriting and his new record with Kelly Willis.
- Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, and John Evans have a side project called The Ego Brothers. Here’s hoping they find time to make a record.
- 40 years ago, The Ryman was in danger of getting torn down. The Tennessean’s Nate Rau recently wrote about the movement that saved the legendary venue.
- This week’s album releases:
Cowboy Jack Clement – For Once and For All
Robyn Ludwick – Little Rain
Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals
Flatt Lonesome – Too
Peter Himmelman – The Boat That Carries Us
Denver – Rowdy Love
The Revelers – Swamp Pop Classics, Vol. 1
John Hiatt – Terms of My Surrender
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Open Carefully, Message Inside
Tim Stafford – Just to Hear the Whistle Blow
Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time: 25th Anniversary Edition
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- 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 …