Miranda Lambert will be a guest judge on the next season of Project Runway.
Chris Mateer of Uprooted Music Revue interviewedRachel 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 Deusnerdiscuss 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.”
American Songwriter posted Rayna Gellert’s new video for “The Stars.”
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).
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.