Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas & Rob Ickes Collaborate on Dobro Album; In the Kitchen with Kitty Wells; Vince Gill Hosts Make-A-Wish Kids at the Ryman

Juli Thanki | December 20th, 2012

  • Vince Gill and Amy Grant hosted a holiday event for more than 100 Make-A-Wish kids and their families at the Ryman.
  • Make some holiday treats with these recipes from the late Kitty Wells’ 1964 cookbook, which can be found in UNC’s Southern Folklife Collection.
  • Miranda Lambert will be a guest judge on the next season of Project Runway.
  • Chris Mateer of Uprooted Music Revue interviewed Rachel Brooke; here’s an excerpt where Brooke discusses the music that influenced her new record, A Killer’s Dream: I think Bessie Smith had a lot to do with this record. I feel like she had a lot of confidence in what she sang, and I liked that. I also listen to a lot of of old blues and country and I love how smart the lyrics are. They are subtle, and witty and I wanted to capture that too. I think a lot of songwriters today miss that quality when they write music, and that’s why I don’t listen to a lot of music that’s out today. It’s just dummy music.  
  • Milo Miles takes a look at the Tompkins Square compilation, Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: The first thing to note about the collection of old-timey music Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard is that it resulted from a record-discovery event that happens less and less often, and soon will likely never happen again. The music was recorded between 1923 and 1936. Most of the sides on the set are taken from 78s collected by the late Don Wahle of Louisville, Ky., and rescued from Dumpster destruction in 2010 by compiler Nathan Salsburg. Nineteen of the songs have never been reissued. Piles of moldy vinyl left behind by the deceased were once commonplace. No longer. Finding worthy old vinyl no one has heard since it was new is now almost miraculous. 
  • Jewly Hight and Stephen Deusner discuss a “wider-ranging trend of established acts crossing over from contemporary Christian music to Americana and a new generation going the roots route from the get-go.”  
  • Paste premiered the title track from Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite’s upcoming album, Get Up!
  • Check out “Big Spike Hammer” from Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s upcoming Cracker Barrel record, Timeless Hits from the Past Bluegrassed (due out Jan. 7).

  1. Rick
    December 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    My condolences to Chet Flippo over the loss of his wife.

    That Americana airplay Top Ten Albums list is headed by the artist I’m the least familiar with! I guess I missed the JD McPherson Bandwagon somewhere along the line… On the other hand the quality and variety of music represented stands heads and shoulders above a similar type list for Top 40 AirHead Country Radio.

    25 years of “Drinkin’ and Smokin’ Cigarettes” and the Reverend Horton Heat is still at it! He must consume a lot of anti-oxidant rich foods.

    That is so nice of Vince and Amy to host all of those “Make A Wish Foundation” children with terminal illnesses at the Ryman. I guess this makes both of them Christmas Angels at this time of year.

    Is it just me or has the average quality of music listed on the 2012 “Best Of” lists been really lackluster compared to previous years? Hmm…

  2. Jon
    December 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I was so sorry to hear about Martha Hume.

    That Russell Moore can sing anything he wants to!

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