Mandy Barnett Salutes Don Gibson; Dierks Bentley Covers Pearl Jam; Play Bro-Country Bingo
Juli Thanki | October 24th, 2013
Stream There Will be Nights When I’m Lonely, the new album from one-man band Possessed by Paul James, at Saving Country Music.
Mandy Barnett will release I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson, through Cracker Barrel on November 11. Tracks include “Sweet Dreams,” “Oh, Lonesome Me,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” (via press release)
Bobby Bare to Barry Mazor: “I’ve always loved really good songs, and I was able to find them. When I hear a great song, I’ll always know exactly where I was when I heard it; it’s like time stops.”
Fiddler Jeremy Abshire announced that he was leavingThe Grascals after six years with the band.
On Fallon last night, Dierks Bentley (who’s working on an album for release early next year) covered Pearl Jam’s “Alive” with Mike McCready.
Norah Jones and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong will release Foreverly, a track-by-track remake of the Everly Brothers’ Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, on November 25. Listen to “Long Time Gone” here.
Nate Rau (The Tennessean) wrote an interesting article on Lorenzo Washington and his new label, Jefferson Street Sound, which aims to revive the area’s musical legacy (warning: autoplay): “Between the 1940s and the 1970s, Jefferson Street was a vibrant corridor of live music where future superstars like Ray Charles, B.B. King, Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix cut their teeth and where local legends like Ted Jarrett, Marion James, Frank Howard and Jimmy Church made their names. But a series of factors, especially the construction of I-40, which severed the road from the rest of the city and gobbled up some of Jefferson Street’s most prominent venues, conspired to shush the rhythm and blues, soul, rock and jazz music that emanated from there.”
Chuck Dauphin wrote about Will Hoge and Never Give In for The 615.
Martina McBride, Eric Church, Trace Adkins, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and John Hiatt are among the acts who’ll salute Gregg Allman January 10 at Atlanta’s Fox Theater.
Go behind the scenes of Little Big Town’s Tornado with this video. (warning: autoplay)
Patty Griffin on winning the best traditional gospel album Grammy for Downtown Church: “No one was more floored by that than me. I never saw that coming. When I got the nomination, I did not take it seriously because I was up against some amazing players, singers and writers. I was really surprised by it all. It was a learning experience for me. I knew a little bit about gospel music, but not a lot. The process of making that album was special. Every kind of music that I have loved my whole life came from gospel music. When I heard that music on the radio, I wanted to sing like that person. It is the foundation of rock and roll and the blues. I am a huge Mavis Staples fan and it all got sparked by getting to work with her. I almost didn’t do that, because she is just so amazing. I didn’t really feel worthy playing next to someone like that. I did it anyway so I wouldn’t miss out on the opportunity.”
Ty Herndon talks with Cindy Watts (The Tennessean) about sobriety and his new album.
On February 4, Carolina Chocolate Drop cellist Leyla McCalla will release Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, on which she sets the poet’s words to music. (via press release)
Here’s a sneak peek at the Hard Working Americans’ (Todd Snider, Neal Casal, Dave Schools, Duane Trucks, and Chad Staehly); their self-titled debut record comes out in January.
Vivien Schweitzer of The New York Times reviewedChris Thile’s “breathtaking” solo performance at Zankel Hall.
On January 14, Mary Chapin Carpenter will release Songs from the Movie, an album that features her songs with orchestral backing. Carpenter also announced tour dates that’ll feature her performing with orchestral musicians.
The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy blog posted a clip of Andrew Bird and Tift Merritt’s “Quietest Show on Earth.”
Check out the trailer for the The Caffe Lena History Project. Caffe Lena, a coffeehouse opened in 1960, is one of folk music’s legendary venues; here’s a New York Times feature about it.
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.