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.
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.
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.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.