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 leaving The 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 reviewed Chris 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.

  1. Janice Brooks
    October 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Bobby Bare and I could swap some tales including a couple connected to folks I visited in Texas.

    Mandy Barnett doing Don Gibson sounds like a winner. Mary Chaoin Carpenter with an orchastra ?

  2. bob
    October 24, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Interesting day for me with articles about Foreverly, MCC & Ty Herndon. Thanks.

    Nate Rau also wrote an article in Tuesday’s (10/22) Tennessean about Music industry veteran John Grady’s launch of a new record label called I.R.S. Nashville next year with the release of the final full-length album recorded by Cowboy Jack Clement. The label will also be home to Nashville duo Striking Matches’ debut record. Love SM’s music.

  3. nm
    October 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I love the Bottle Rockets.

    That is all.

  4. Rick
    October 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I Hate the Bottle Rockets, but since this is me, that will not be all…(lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s “Classic Country Opry” will feature Bobby Bare, “Mr. Too Much Fun” Daryle Singletary, “Miss Cutie Pie” Joanna Smith, and the Whites along with the wacky Larry Gatlin hosting. Grade: A!
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    It’s a shame Mandy Barnett didn’t record a Don Gibson Tribute album early in her career before she became “The Mangler” with her phrasing and timing issues trying to “personalize” the songs. When Mandy sings songs straight she is hard to beat, but when she “makes them her own” all bets are off. Willie Nelson can pull it off, Mandy cannot. I still want to hear the snippets on Amazon though.

    I will also have to give that Norah Jones album of Everly Brothers songs a listen. I don’t know who the other gal is, but I hope she can sing! (lol)

  5. Barry Mazor
    October 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    “lol” at your own jokes is a warning sign of posting going postal.

  6. Luckyoldsun
    October 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Nice interview with Bobby Bare.

    I really think Bare is very comparable to Johnny Cash in a lot of ways–somewhat similar voices and straight-ahead, unadorned vocal style; they both sang story-songs about larger-than-life characters that they seemed to embody; and they both had similarly long careers–In fact, Bare might have been a hitmaker for an even longer time period than Cash, though only one of Bare’s singles made it all the way to #1; Both had success singing Shel Silverstein songs–Cash might have only done one, but when it’s “A Boy Named Sue,” well…..

    Bare actually seemed a bit more contemporary and even bolder in his material: I don’t think Cash would have done songs about castration or cowboys who make love to cows, as Bare did.

    And I think Bare’s most recent CD–“Darker Than Light” is as good as any of Cash’s late-career albums with Rick Rubin. It’s a shame Bare does not get even a tiny fraction of the accolades that Cash did. It’s great that they’re finally putting him in the H-o-F while he can enjoy it.

  7. Barry Mazor
    October 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Bobby Bare’s all that–and also one of the smartest, straight talking people in Nashville. There are very few performers as able to he to assess his own abilities, and the business too, without flinching, special pleading, making excuses–or apologizing for knowing his own strengths. He’s a real talent–and an adult. Plus, his families not a prop; it’s a family.

  8. Arlene
    October 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

    @Barry: “Plus, his families not a prop; it’s a family.”

    I don’t in any way mean to put words in your mouth or misinterpret the comment but what are you referring to? Do you feel that in contrast to Bobby Bare, Johnny Cash, or someone else, has used his family as a prop?

    I enjoyed the interview.

  9. Arlene
    November 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    @Barry- Never mind. I read Robert Hilburn’s Johnny Cash biography over the weekend….

    (I’m undecided about how apropriate it is for a journalist to disclose an artist’s infidelities but I understand the view that if an iconic artist cultivates a public image at odds with reality, his or her behavior is fair game.)

  10. Barry Mazor
    November 5, 2013 at 3:41 am

    I wasn’t referring sneakily to anybody in particular as using their families, but it’s pretty common in show business in general to see images created, including images of family life, because it’s useful and is good for appearances.

    I’m just saying that, on the other hand, I’ve seen the Bare family interact and that’s all very real and affectionate, not for anybody’s benefit.

  11. Luckyoldsun
    November 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Speaking of families, I recall reading an article about Bare and Tom T. Hall and their long friendship in the New York Times. Bare reminisced about when he put out “Margie’s At the Lincoln Park Inn”–that his wife confronted him about how realistic he sounded, like he was singing from experience. Bare answered her with something like, “I don’t know anything about it, Tom T. wrote it.”

    Then Tom T. Hall’s wife confronted HIM about the lyrics and Hall answered, “Oh, it means nothing–I wrote it for Bare!”

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