Naomi Judd Calls Out CMT Awards; Americana Fest Announces Performers; Newport Folk Festival Goes Way Over Yonder

Juli Thanki | June 12th, 2013

  • Salon.com posted an excerpt from Michael Streissguth’s new book, Outlaw.
  • Our friend Kelly Dearmore wrote a lengthy feature on Zane Williams for the Dallas Observer.
  • Stream Sturgill Simpson’s “Hero” on CMT Edge.
  • In a letter to the editor posted on the Tennessean website, Naomi Judd criticized the CMT Awards for allowing “only a ‘by the way’” mention of George Jones and choosing “alternative music group” (really, Naomi?) The Mavericks to cover “The Race is On.”
  • Here’s a neat article on an impromptu show put on by Emmylou Harris & The Hot Band at a Kent, Ohio hole in the wall in 1975.
  • Sara Watkins did an interview and played “You and Me” for Yahoo Music.
  • Chuck Dauphin wrote a feature on Valerie June for The 615.
  • In October, the Newport Folk Festival is heading to the opposite side of the country to produce the two-day Way Over Yonder Festival, which will be held at the Santa Monica Pier and feature Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, and more.
  • The Steel Wheels, The Dust Busters with John Cohen, and Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours were among the Independent Music Awards winners. (h/t Janice Brooks)
  • Here’s “Part of Me” from the next Tedeschi Trucks Band album, Made Up Mind, due out August 20.
  • The Civil Wars will release a self-titled album August 6.
  • The Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Mass. is holding a free, three-part series on innovators in American music. The first event, scheduled for tomorrow evening, features Wheaton professor Delvyn Case speaking about Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan. The other two events, scheduled for June 20 and 27 will cover jazz geniuses and “homegrown composers,” respectively.
  • UK folk duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker will release their album, Fire and Fortune, in the States on July 30. (via press release)
  • Ashton Shepherd is “expected to release a new independent project” next month.
  1. Jonathan Pappalardo
    June 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I’m happy about Miranda’s next single. Unless interest in her CD has gone down, it should be a big hit for her. Will also make for a far more imaginative music video than “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

    Yea for Naomi Judd. She’s had her fair share of “moments” over the years but this is one example of her putting her firecracker personality to good use. Country music, as a whole, does a terrible job of respecting their elders and that George Jones tribute was just another in a long list of examples. She’s dead on about the cross-genre pollination, too (Nelly and such NOT The Mavericks).

    Why can’t country just be country? Is that really asking too much?

  2. bll
    June 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Wow, thanks for the article about Emmylou at the Saloon! I was there that night, as a bunch of us had gone to Blossom to see James Taylor and all of us agreed that she was the better part of the show (this was during JT’s druggy period) and headed out after Blossom to see Good Company. It was so sad when it and the Kove burned and then the Rathskeller closed and reopened the following year; the Kent music scene never really recovered and I moved away 10 years later.

  3. Arlene
    June 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    WNYC.org broadcast an interesting interview with author Michael Steissguth yesterday which can be heard here:

    http://soundcheck.wnyc.org/2013/jun/11/waylon-willie-kris-outaws/

  4. Matt
    June 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I don’t consider The Mavericks country. Previously, I categorized them in the alt-country genre, but that’s more indicative to their early releases. I feel today they are more an adult contemporary group.
    Ironically, I just had this discussion 3 days ago when discussing country albums of 2013 at the half way point. They were surprised I didn’t include “In Time” in my rankings. I replied, “I like it. I listen to it. But, when I get to the end of the album and ‘Ven Hacia Mi (A very country title),’ I don’t know what I just listened to.”
    I think Naomi was just looking for a more traditional honoring of The Possum. Say a tribute from Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and Jamey Johnson. I think she would have wrote the same if Taylor Swift or Hunter Hayes would have paid homage to King Jones.

  5. Leeann Ward
    June 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Luckily, James Taylor is in good form these days though. I saw him in concert last fall and he was great and in fine voice. He even sat at the edge of the stage and signed autographs during the entire intermission.

  6. Markus Meyer
    June 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Love the new Miranda single. Nice to see her music quality going up.

  7. Bruce
    June 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Gotta admit I appreciate Naomi saying what she did.

    Love me some Chris Stapleton.

  8. Rick
    June 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s MCR will feature personal faves The Chapin Sisters (who need to move back to LA!) and Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line. Other artists scheduled include Sons Of Fathers (Well duh…), Kenny Roby, and Gary Talley & The Road Home. Should be another good’un!
    Schedule: http://musiccityroots.com/shows

    So the “Way Over Yonder Festival” on the Santa Monica Pier is in October eh? That is not exactly what I consider a prime venue or time of year, but it’s better than nothing. I’m just hoping some of the artists performing do additional shows at venues like McCabe’s Guitar Shop and the Coffee Gallery Backstage while they are in town. (Assuming their festival contracts don’t bar such activities.)

    I think that Quincy, MA library made a mistake! The topic should be a discussion of the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Joan Baez. Bob Dylan has never been an outspoken leftist radical like Woody and Pete, so Joan makes a much better fit…

    It’s nice to read Ashton Shepherd hasn’t thrown in the towel on the music business…yet! Go Ashton!

    “Our friend Kelly Dearmore”…Speak for yourself! (lol) I do miss pissing him off on the old 9513 blog when I trash talked about his beloved Texas Red Dirt bands.

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