Music City Roots to Help Kick Off MerleFest; Lone Star Music Awards Nominees Announced; New Kathleen Edwards Video

Juli Thanki | February 28th, 2013

  • On April 24, Pokey LaFarge, Della Mae, The Waybacks, Peter Rowan, and Jim Avett will play Music City Roots at Nashville’s Loveless Café to help kick off MerleFest, which begins in North Carolina the next day.
  • The 2013 Lone Star Music Awards nominees have been announced. Voting will begin on March 1 (you’ll be able to vote once per email address) and the winners will be announced April 28.
  • Watch the EPK for the Gibson Brothers’ next record, They Called It Music, here.
  • Bluegrass artist Lorraine Jordan was featured in Cary Magazine.
  • Josh Kear and Dan Wilson took part in a performance and Q&A session on Capitol Hill to “entertain and inform members of Congress and their staffs about the creative process of songwriting and the challenges facing songwriters in the digital world… As Congress considers music licensing reform, the event was designed to highlight the fact that the contributions of songwriters and composers are being grossly undervalued in the current digital music landscape, earning 12 times less than record labels and artists for the exact same performance. The result is that songwriters are being treated unfairly and paid far too little when their music is streamed on services such as Pandora, which is seeking to even further lower the royalties they pay to songwriters and composers.”
  • Chet Flippo’s new Nashville Skyline column covers new records by The Mavericks, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.
  • In this interview with American Songwriter, Josh Charles discusses his desire to “bring the piano back into country music, like Jerry Lee Lewis did, when it was cool.”
  • You can download “Long Time Gone,” a Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett collaboration from the soundtrack to A Place at the Table, here.
  • Masochist CM Wilcox live blogged a chunk of country radio programming.
  • Chris Thile’s How to Grow a Woman From the Ground is Bluegrass Today’s Album of the Week.
  • Our pal UK Andy pointed us toward this NoiseTrade interview with Hem’s Dan Messe. The article also has a link to two free mp3 downloads.
  • Taylor Swift added Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, and Casey James to various dates on her Red Tour.
  • Will Hodge interviewed Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah for CMT Edge.
  • Kenny Chesney came in at #5 on Billboard’s Top 40 Moneymakers list. He was the highest-charting country artist on the list.
  • Here’s a Solas video featuring Carolina Chocolate Drop Rhiannon Giddens.

  1. Janice Brooks
    February 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Wow I’m not into Lone Star music except for Ray Wylie Hubberd

  2. Ken Morton, Jr.
    February 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    That Musgraves song is a spendid track off of a divine album that is just really smart songwriting and simple (in a good way) production.

  3. Bruce
    February 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Chet Flippo said, “At any rate, after official Nashville started closing its doors to “older” artists, as well as eclectic talents such as Harris and Crowell, each has followed a personal muse, pursuing projects they are generally interested in.”

    I couldn’t agree more.

  4. Barry Mazor
    February 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    The Musgraves and Ashley Monroe albums–both terrific and important–both challenge “radio norms” too. And it’s about time. You keep hearing comparisons to Loretta Lynn frankness–without mention that “Rated X” and “The Pill” are 40 years old now, “You Ain’t Woman Enough” nearly 50. Perhaps the fainthearted radio boys will be forced to let in good-natured straight talk about their listeners lives again–right here in THIS century.

  5. Drew
    February 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Oh, I don’t know Janice, I’d say nominations that include Hubbard along with The Trishas, Walt Wilkins, John Fullbright, Elizabeth Cook, Jason Eady, RE Keen, and Corb Lund (just off the top of my head) represent a pretty solid slice of good music.

  6. Rick
    February 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I care even less about the Lone Star Music Awards than about the CMA’s, ACM’s, and CMT’s! Crikey mate, I didn’t even think that was possible…

    Gosh, is Chet Flippo’s new column titled “New Music By and For Obamavoters”? Hmmm.

    Kacey Musgraves needs to be really careful about her next choice for a radio single. If the follow-up single to “Merry Go-Round” doesn’t climb as high on the airplay charts, the radio station programmers will quickly lose interest. Choosing a song with subject matter that may limit airplay would be a huge mistake! Oh, that reminds me will Ashley Monroe’s first radio single off the new album be “Weed Instead of Roses”?…(lol)

    I think Music City Roots should have shows tied into every Americana/Country/Bluegrass Festival that draws talent to, or through Nashville in the process. First it was the Americana Festival, then the IBMA’s, now it’s Merlefest! Hey, what about Bonnaroo?

    It was fun seeing Vince Gill and Pam Tillis on ABC’s “Nashville” episode last night. They should have let them sing a duet at the Bluebird as part of Deacon’s birthday party! Sheesh.

  7. Leeann
    February 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Ditto to Drew, particularly Elizabeth Cook and The Trishas for me.

    I hope so, Barry.

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