Miranda Lambert Releases “Dead Flowers” To Digital Outlets
- Miranda Lambert‘s “Dead Flowers” is now available on iTunes and Amazon for the new and improved price of $1.29.
- NPR’s World Cafe has an audio interview with Jamey Johnson along with performances of “High Cost of Living,” “In Color,” “That Lonesome Song” and a web-only outtake of “Nothing Is Better Than You.”
- Via Rodney Hayden‘s newsletter:
The New American Voices Tour with Drew Kennedy has been going great. If you get a chance make sure and come out and catch a show. Remember to check www.americanvoicestour.com We’ll be heading to Europe in August and will be doing a west coast run in September it looks like. We’re still booking shows so let us know if there is a certain venue that we should visit (that would be good for an acoustic show) or if you’d be interested in hosting a house concert.
Meanwhile, if you live in the Central Texas area, there are shows scheduled for New Braunfels tonight, Fredericksburg tomorrow and Austin next week.
- As part of CMT coverage for Bluegrass Month, Edward Morris listed ten of Alison Krauss‘ videos, which he dubs “understated triumphs.”
- The Bluegrass Blog on the new Alecia Nugent album, Hillbilly Goddess:
Every song is a gem and Alecia sings with authority, passion and grace. The production and arrangements (as per other Carl Jackson-related releases) owe much to the way modern country music is recorded. For instance, there are two acoustic guitar tracks on almost every song (Tim Stafford and Andy Falco) and subtle percussion is also found throughout.
- The taping of Austin City Limits with Kenny Chesney was filmed Tuesday night and is planned to air early this fall. The show featured Mac McAnally as a special guest and the first public performances of “Boats” and “Somewhere In The Sun.”
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri recalled the first time he met Stephen Bruton.
- Wade Bowen is a Texan through and through, but don’t label him a Texas-country singer.
“I am proud of Texas, and I’m proud of growing up here. But I really stress to people that I’m not a ‘Texas artist,’ ” says Bowen, calling from a tour stop in Lake Charles, La. “I’m an artist from Texas.
“I really want my music to be beyond that realm. So many people want to draw boundary lines. I think there’s a way to do it all and to stay true to yourself and to reach the entire country, the entire world, eventually. That’s the goal.”
- Rumor has it that a second edition of Chris Knight‘s The Trailer Tapes will be released on September 1, and will include fan favorites like “It Ain’t Easy Being Me,” “The River’s Own” and “Love And A .45″ along with four bonus tracks.
- Front Line Management acquired Dale Morris & Associates, home of Cowboy Troy, oh, and Kenny Chesney. Morris & Associates has been Chesney’s only management company since 1993 and his move to Front Line comes in the wake of Tim McGraw‘s move from Front Line to Red Light Management.
- Lee Ann Womack answered five questions for Detroit Free Press.
Young people tend to drive music sales, and right now they’re giving a lot of love to young acts like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. At this stage of your career, what’s your target audience?
My audience is people who like country music — real country music. I’ve always done a mixture of different kinds of music. It’s not all twin fiddles and steel guitars, but that’s my favorite. You can bet I’ll never stop doing it because I can’t. I couldn’t if I wanted to. It’s too much a part of me. If I’m not going to get to do that, I might as well go sell real estate.
- Dolly Parton released a new children’s book today titled I Am a Rainbow.
- In the second installment of Anya Hinkle‘s behind-the-scenes feature for BluegrassJournal.com, she provided a neat glimpse of how recording in the studio worked for her band, Dehlia Low. (Incoming)
- Barry Mazor: What the "Americana" term brings to mind, by this point, is a matter of time and marketing. Like all …
- Paul W Dennis: I loved the Jerry Douglas interview and love the ideas behind his two concept albums Unfortunately I never had the opportunity …
- luckyoldsun: Barry, That's a good point, as far as country itself being a word that refers to a lot more than a …
- Six String Richie: Also, in regards to that article, Aldean's #2 complaint was "Nashville Copycats" and he gripes that people are copping Luke …
- Six String Richie: Billboard misprinted his new single as "Burnin' It Up" in that article! That goes to show how little even …
- CraigR.: Here are 5 things that piss me off about Jason Aldean: 1. He is a sore winner. Why complain when you …
- Barry Mazor: The words "country" and jazz (or "jass") and blues had been around for decades before they became genres (or formats) …
- Jeff Miller: Yeah, the first time I played Jimmie Rodgers for my wife & daughter- they were aghast that he was singing …
- David Cantwell: I think it more helpful to think of Americana not as a genre but as a format--and, perhaps better, and …
- Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/