Gretchen Peters posted a new blog entry about “Five Minutes,” a song from her upcoming album Hello Cruel World.
Texas duo Beck & Cauthen changed their band name to Sons of Fathers after hearing from Beck’s (Odelay Beck) representatives. The release of their now self-titled record has been pushed back to November.
Martina McBride has partnered with Amtrak to promote her upcoming album. McBride will travel by train to 11 cities including Philadelphia, DC, and Kansas City, where she’ll perform concerts.
Country California is giving away a copy of Luke Bryan‘s Tailgates & Tanlines.
Peter Cooper spoke with Hank3 for his newest Tennessean column and provided a succinct review of Cattle Callin': ” Distorted guitars groan atop drums that hit with the speed and impact of a flurry of Roberto Duran jabs, creating a splattering heavy metal sound that evokes… Well, I don’t know what a seizure feels like, but I know what it sounds like now.”
Chris Young and Taylor Swift have joined Give the Gift of Music, a campaign which spreads the word that “music makes an excellent gift.” The site features videos in which Young talks about the guitar he received as a present while Swift mentions hearing “This Kiss” and immediately adopting Faith Hill as her musical role model.
Gibson is offering a limited run of one hundred J-200 Ray Whitley Special guitars to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s expansion. Each guitar, which will have a few precious stones on it, will come with a custom case and be associated with a year in country music history.
Tomorrow, from 4-6pm Eastern, the Infamous Stringdusters are hosting a listening party on Turntable, where they’ll be digitally spinning tracks from bands slated to perform at The Festy, an annual celebration of music/beer/the outdoors. Check in with the Festy Facebook page at 3pm Friday for the listening room link.
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.