Miranda Lambert Announces Tour; Thirty Tigers Signs Hayes Carll; Researchers Create Songwriting Robot

Juli Thanki | May 15th, 2014

  • Listen to Lydia Loveless’ “Mile High,” the B-side from her Record Store Day 7″.
  • Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry’s episode of CMT Crossroads will premiere June 13.
  • Everyone looks better in a Dolly Parton wig, even Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.
  • The Guardian looked back at the 1976 British Festival of Country and Western Music, which included performances by Parton, Tammy Wynette, and Carl Perkins.
  • Here is a robot who “reads” novels via a sentiment-analysis algorithm and then composes halfway decent songs about them. How long until Music Row uses that technology to turn this book into a Jason Aldean hit?
  • Distribution/marketing/publishing company Thirty Tigers has added Hayes Carll to their roster. Carll’s aiming to release his fifth album on his own imprint, Highway 87, in early 2015. (via press release)
  • Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival is coming to Hershey, Penn. on Labor Day weekend. Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett are among the acts slated to perform at the two-day event.
  • In other Pennsylvania news, the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival kicks off today.
  • Holly Williams and her husband are expecting their first child.
  • The Earl Brothers’ frontman, Robert Earl Davis, on the band’s music: “Our songs are dark, but I think of them as allegories, written in a Gothic hillbilly style…I was raised in Richmond, Va., and played in bars when I was 15. There’s lots of trouble in those places, but (our songs) are positive moral tales, like in the Bible – stories that tell you what not to do. I’m a green tea drinkin’, vegetarian kind of guy now, but not so much in the past.”
  • Miranda Lambert’s Platinum Tour kicks off in Ohio on July 10. Lambert’s also added a couple new members to her road band, including Carolyn Dawn Johnson. 
  • Brad Paisley told Billboard that his next record will be called Moonshine in the Trunk. The album, which comes out August 26, finds him “adapting the modern technology of EDM and dubstep to the classic country formula.” Paisley’s summer tour kicks off in Philly tomorrow.  
  • Singer-songwriter Ryley Walker visited WXPN’s World Café.
  • The 615 aimed their spotlight on Scott Coner, whose new EP includes guest appearances by Tanya Tucker and T. Graham Brown.

 

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