Musgraves Tops Scene Poll; Detour Signs with Mountain Fever; Stream Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression: Legacy Edition

Juli Thanki | January 23rd, 2014

  • Kacey Musgraves topped the Nashville Scene Country Critics Poll. Read the full results here and the comments (which include quotes by Blake, David, Karlie, Ken, and Sam) here.
  • Jesse McReynolds is recuperating after undergoing a minor cardiac procedure last week.
  • Stream the Legacy Edition of Uncle Tupelo’s seminal alt-country album, No Depression.
  • Robbie Fulks was on World Café. Listen here.
  • Carolina Story played “Gold” in the WAMU Bluegrass Country studio.
  • Neil Young’s A Letter Home is coming out in March on Third Man Records. In other Young news, here’s the transcript of his speech after being honored with the President’s Merit Award from the Producers & Engineers Wing at a pre-Grammy party earlier this week.
  • Country Weekly is going to be reconfigured into Nash Magazine to go along with the country stations that Cumulus has rebranded as Nash channels. The broadcasting company has also registered domain names that suggest the Nash brand will expand into the restaurant business. If the menu is anything like their playlists, expect lots of white bread and lukewarm tap water.
  • Joe Henry played “Swayed” for KEXP.
  • Dave Alvin talked about Merle Haggard and The Grapes of Wrath for a Bakersfield Californian article.
  • Zac Brown, LeAnn Rimes, Stuart Duncan, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Jakob Dylan, Jennifer Nettles, and Martina McBride are scheduled to perform at tomorrow’s MusiCares event honoring Carole King.
  • Michigan-based bluegrass band Detour has signed with Mountain Fever Records. The group’s new single will hit radio in February.
  • Jon Byrd appears on Otis Gibbs’ new podcast.
  • Moot Davis is working on a new album that’ll be released in the spring.
  • Song premieres:

Scott H. Biram “Slow & Easy”

Leyla McCalla “Heart of Gold”

Robby Hecht “New York City”

The Sea The Sea “Love We Are We Love”

Phosphorescent “Tomorrow is a Long Time”


  1. Rick
    January 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I wasn’t aware of that “MusiCares” tribute show and after researching it a bit I now understand why! (lol) It’s basically a “Hollywood Insider” charity party right before the Grammy Awards. Here’s what the Grammy website had to say about the whole affair:

    “Hosted by television personality Jimmy Kimmel, the gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction that will offer an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner and a star-studded tribute concert.

    Proceeds from the 24th annual benefit gala dinner and concert will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

    The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week.”
    I guess that means a guy like me who won’t even pay $ 15 to park near the Troubadour club isn’t on the invited guest list… (lol)

    Dave Alvin and Tom Russell were the driving forces behind the pioneering 1994 Americana singer-songwriter tribute album to Merle titled “Tulare Dust” which is still in production! It’s cool to read Dave’s take on Merle in the Bakersfield newspaper. The other night on WSM Eddie Stubbs was talking about a 3 hour conversation he had with Merle on the air awhile back, so I sure hope that’s archived somewhere!

    For any old timey bluegrass fans who missed last night’s Music City Roots show, the archived copy when it becomes available is a Must Listen! I didn’t know that the “Earls of Liecester” (pronounced “Earls of Lester”, as in Scruggs and Flatt) was a top echelon Flatt and Scruggs Tribute Band of the highest caliber. They more than achieve their goal of seeking to recreate the sound of an early 1950′s live Flatt and Scruggs show. It was so good it gave me goose bumps! Crikey mate! (lol)

  2. Both Kinds of Music
    January 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I appreciate the zinger in the Country Weekly blurb. More editorial mixed with the news please.

  3. Barry Mazor
    January 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    The MusicCare shows are generally broadcast at some point later in the year, though.

  4. Dave D.
    January 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Rick, the Eddie Stubbs-Merle Haggard interview is available here:

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