Mindy McCready Ordered to Enter Treatment; Avett Brothers Debut “February 7″ Trailer; Abigail Washburn Pregnant with Banjo Messiah

Juli Thanki | February 8th, 2013

  • Retronaut.com posted shots of Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly in a Grand Central Station photo booth.
  • Winston Yellen of Night Beds was interviewed by American Songwriter’s Evan Schlansky.
  • Out April 16: Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake, featuring live recordings of Drake’s songs by artists including Shane Nicholson and Teddy Thompson. Here’s Lisa Hannigan’s version of “Black Eyed Dog.”
  • People reports that, in an emergency hearing on Wednesday, Mindy McCready was ordered by a judge to enter an in-patient treatment facility to “cope with mental health and alcohol issues.”
  • Lee Zimmerman recaps the Mountain Song at Sea bluegrass cruise.
  • Watch the trailer for the Avett Brothers’ “February 7” video.
  • One More Road, the new album from Shannon and Heather Slaughter & County Clare, will be released in March.
  • If you’ve got three million bucks lying around, Brad Paisley’s Pacific Palisades house is for sale.
  • Randy Fox of the Nashville Scene interviewed Drive-By Trucker Mike Cooley.
  • Nobody did heartbreak like Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, writes Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club, specifically singling out the duo’s 1974 single, “As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone.”
  • The Wall Street Journal’s John Jurgensen on this weekend’s Grammys: “Consider the top category, album of the year, where the five nominees are made up entirely of young acts. There’s not a household name among them…but each represents the different gears driving music careers now…It’s a sign that industry shifts are accelerating the life cycle of young artists. Three out of the five nominees were tapped for just their second release, including the one narrowly favored to win, Mumford & Sons. That follows three years in a row in which the best-album Grammy was taken by acts on their second or third release…That’s the longest winning streak by early-career acts in the 54-year history of the Grammys. This suggests that Grammy voters are more open to honoring relative newcomers over lifers for the flagship award. For an organization that’s been derided as the “Grannies,” that’s a significant course correction. Or an overcorrection, some argue. Veterans who many industry insiders considered strong contenders for best-album nominations—Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen—were relegated to the genre categories of blues, Americana and rock. Other legends with new albums in 2012, including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Lionel Richie, were shut out of the nominations completely.”
  • NPR’s All Songs Considered aired a piece on Queen of the Flat-Top Guitar, a collection of parlor music recorded by Lena Hughes “sometime in the mid-‘60s.”
  • UPDATE: It’s not just you; the commenting feature has been wonky for the last day or so. We’re working on it and hope to have you back to your regularly scheduled arguments as soon as possible.


  1. Arlene
    February 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Love the Abigail Washburn headline…. :)

  2. Rick
    February 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I totally disagree with the choice of “As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone” to be a prime example of a Conway and Loretta heartbreak song! I would have chosen “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” instead by a country mile! (lol)

    That Kacey Musgraves interview was a good read. Time will tell if Kacey garners the success her songwriting talent seems to deserve.

    I wonder if Mindy was given the choice of rehab or jail time? Hmm…

  3. Leeann Ward
    February 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Agreed, Arlene!:)

  4. Luckyoldsun
    February 12, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Is Mike Henderson of the Steel Drivers (or not of the Steel Drivers) the same guy who had that “Country Music Made Me Do It” album in the ’90s–with the “Hillbilly Jitters” and those songs later covered by Travis Tritt?
    It doesn’t get any better than that!

  5. Sam G.
    February 12, 2013 at 5:31 am

    He is, Lucky. He also has a solo album called “Edge of Night” and a couple of blues albums under Mike Henderson and the Bluebloods, all of which came out on Dead Reckoning Records. They’re all worth picking up if you ever find them.

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