Music Photographer Ken Regan Passes Away; New Kristofferson Album Due in January; CMT Edge Offers Free Sampler

Juli Thanki | November 28th, 2012

  • Kris Kristofferson’s next record, Feeling Mortal, will be available on iTunes 1/22. The physical release is one week later. (via press release)
  • Dolly Parton was on The Colbert Report yesterday. Watch here (warning: autoplay).
  • CMT Edge has a free sampler with artists including Elizabeth Cook, Trampled By Turtles, Chris Knight, and Lindi Ortega available for download on Amazon.
  • Charlie Parr’s next album, Barnswallow, is due out in February. (via press release)
  • In January, Martha Redbone will perform at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Inaugural Ball. (via press release)
  • Jerrod Niemann is streaming his concert in Chicago tomorrow night. Access to the stream can be bought for $4.99 in advance, $6.99 when purchased the day of the show. 25 cents from each ticket will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • If you missed the Randy Travis-Avett Brothers episode of CMT Crossroads, you can watch it here.
  • Randy Travis’ lawyer told gossip site TMZ that Travis has given up drinking.
  • Here’s a clip from the Rural Rhythm CD/DVD Christmas the Mountain Way, featuring Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley.
  • The Mavericks are featured in the new issue of Garden & Gun.
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Evan Felker of the Turnpike Troubadours for CMT Edge.
  • Hellbound Glory will open for Kid Rock on his Rebel Soul Tour.
  • There’s a House Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing on music licensing reform being held in DC today. From the press release: ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and the NSAI are calling on Congress to address the concerns of songwriters and composers, whom the groups say are being disadvantaged by a misaligned regulatory structure, resulting in artificially low payments to America’s music creators. In a joint letter to Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member Mel Watt, the groups laid out their reasons for opposing the so-called “Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012,” H.R. 6480 (“IRFA”), commonly known as the Pandora bill, while noting that any effort to reform music licensing should address a greater problem: the current disjointed rate setting systems governing digital services. This results in an undervaluation of the public performing right in musical works, harming America’s songwriters, composers and music publishers.
  • David Macias, president of Thirty Tigers, wrote a lengthy piece “clearing up Spotify payment confusion.” An excerpt: It’s also important that you understand how Spotify splits out the money that they bring in. Of the $10 that I spend monthly for Spotify, $6 goes to the owner of the recordings, $1 goes to the owner of the publishing copyright, and Spotify keeps $3. That is exactly the same proportion by which revenues are shared in the iTunes model, and that 70% which is shared by the owners of the recording and publishing copyrights is a higher percentage than they share for goods sold at physical music retailers. That’s about 60%, but when you consider that an actual CD or LP had to be shipped, retail staff paid, etc., that’s fair value. My point in bringing this up is that the economics of Spotify conform to the economics that have existed in the music business for some time. It’s just a perceptual shift in the transactional relationship. It would be the same as if you stopped paying $20 for your water bill at the end of the month, and started paying 50 cents for every shower and 10 cents for every glass of water. You would be paying roughly the same amount. It just would feel weird until you adjusted to the new norm.
  • Blake Shelton talks about his Christmas duet with Michael Buble in this video interview.
  • Bloodshot Records signed New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Luke Winslow-King. The label will re-release his album, The Coming Tide, in March with bonus tracks.
  • The Reverend Horton Heat has signed with Victory Records. Watch the video announcement here.
  • American Songwriter premiered a new video from folk-rock band Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.


  1. Benny
    November 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

    uhm I have the Kristofferson album already, it’s been out in Europe for a few weeks (and it’s good)!

  2. Jon
    November 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Macias would be right about the difference between iTunes and Spotify royalties being just a “perceptual shift” if Spotify subscribers were listening to a dozen tracks a month. But the whole point of Spotify from the listener point of view is that you pay the $10 and then listen as much as you like for a month; it’s an enormous devaluation.

  3. Rick
    November 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s MCR will feature Elizabeth Cook (You Go Girl!), Jon Byrd (a personal fave), Dugas, Jacob Jones, and Kevin Gordon. I will definitely be catching Elizabeth’s and Jon’s sets tonight, and unlike the Jerrod Neimann online stream it’s free! (lol)
    PS – Barry Mazor will be pleased that HoneyHoney will be featured next week.

    Triggerman’s treatise on Underground Country was interesting. I’m sorry to hear Unknown Hinson is giving up touring as I always enjoyed his shows on the rare times he came through Los Angeles. Oh well, them’s the breaks.

    Corb Lund and Hayes Carll definitely need to schedule a big tour together! As much as I like their solo live performances, the two of them together would be at least twice the fun!

    I don’t care about Spotify or other cloud based music services. I just want 320kps minimum high quality MP3 downloads for 99 cents! Is that really too much to ask? Crikey!

  4. luckyoldsun
    November 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    “Randy Travis’ lawyer told gossip site TMZ that Travis has given up drinking.”

    I’m suddenly remembering an old Toby Keith song called “You Ain’t Much Fun Since I Quit Drinking.”

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