Mel Tillis Receives National Medal of Arts; Muddy Roots Festival Lineup Additions; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | February 14th, 2012

  • CMT.com has the story about how Whitney Houston came to record Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
  • This project, a documentary about Peter Rowan, looks pretty interesting.
  • Jake Kelly of American Songwriter paid a visit to the Deering Banjo factory in Southern California.
  • Bearfoot played a few tunes for WNRN last Friday. Listen to the in-studio performance here.
  • Scott H. Biram answers ten questions for Uncommon Music and reveals that he’s “penciled in” to play Letterman in April.
  • Here’s a fine interview with Glen Campbell posted on CNN.com.
  • Dan DeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer takes a look at “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen,” an exhibit that opens at the National Constitution Center this week.
  • Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club gives the new Punch Brothers record an A-.
  • Daniel Mullins from Bluegrass Today offers up his thoughts on Adele’s Grammy haul and her interest in bluegrass: There has been a good bit of chatter in the music world since the news broke that Adele would be recording a bluegrass-influenced album. To have the number one artist in the WORLD cut a bluegrass project could be a real turning point for our music. I am getting giddy just thinking about it! This has the potential to be for bluegrass what Ray Charles’ Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music was to classic country. Willie Nelson has claimed that Charles did more for country music than any single artist, through just that one album. Ray introduced audiences to country music who may never have heard it otherwise, and the seeming incongruity of a hit-making rhythm and blues singer doing a country record generated barrels of ink in the music press. Could Adele do the same thing for contemporary bluegrass in the 21st century?
  • Saving Country Music has the complete lineup for this summer’s Muddy Roots Festival. Ralph Stanley, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Wayne Hancock, Dale Watson, and T-Model Ford are just a few of the artists scheduled to perform.
  • New albums (and a book):

Punch Brothers Who’s Feeling Young Now?

Amos Lee As the Crow Flies

Otis Taylor Otis Taylor’s Contraband

Angela EasterlingMon Secret

Gene Watson Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits

Winterpills All My Lovely Goners

Various ArtistsThis is NRA Country Vol. 1 

Kent Hartman The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret

  1. Jeremy Dylan
    February 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Put me down as one more vote for a bluegrass-tinged Adele record. Set her up with John Randall Stewart and have at it.

    Can we get that Rod Stewart country record someday soon too, please?

  2. Carrie
    February 14, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I second everything that Jeremy posted above me. Yes, yes, yes to an Adele album, and YES to JRS producing it. Somebody please make this happen.

  3. Sam G.
    February 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    After hearing Adele’s take on The Steeldrivers’ “If It Hadn’t Been for Love,” I think she could knock a bluegrass/roots album out of the park. I hope it materializes some day.

  4. Rick
    February 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I’m all for an Adele bluegrass project as long as names like T. Bonehead and Robert Plant are in no way associated with it! (lol)

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