National Folk Festival Taking a Hiatus This Year; Martina McBride Joins New Reality Show; Album Releases
- Rounder Records has signed The Time Jumpers. Their first studio album and Rounder debut is expected out on September 11. (via press release)
- Nate Chinen on the upcoming Newport Folk Festival: I’m returning to the Newport Folk Festival myself next month, and can’t help thinking about what folk, as a term of commerce, can now be said to encompass. This isn’t about some fault line between handmade, community-minded music on the one hand and professional, commercially minded music on the other. No, what intrigues me is the careful courting of an indie-rock aesthetic, which helped sell out this year’s festival several months in advance, and which feels like a fait accompli.
- Martina McBride is joining the artist development team for a new E! reality series called Opening Act. The team will “prepare amateur performers, singers and songwriters to play as an opening act for artists such as Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Nicki Minaj, Rod Stewart, LMFAO, Jason Mraz, and Gym Class Heroes, among others.” (Link warning: autoplay.)
- Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Linda Ronstadt, and Taylor Swift made Rolling Stone’s list of the 50 best albums by “Women Who Rock.”
- Doug Waterman of American Songwriter did a fine Q&A with Ronnie Dunn.
- World Café: Next recommends singer-songwriter Megan Reilly.
- This November, Billy Ray Cyrus will make his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago.
- Reba was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Friday: McEntire opened with one of the musical’s liveliest tunes, “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun,” adopting the spryness of Annie Oakley not with forced theatricality but with a kind of giddy neighborliness that is just right for this Irving Berlin ditty. She followed up with the equally effervescent “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” from “South Pacific,” reprising for one glorious number her portrayal of Nellie Forbush, a role she performed to great acclaim in concert versions at Carnegie Hall and the Bowl.
- Check out “Hymn #76” from Joe Pug’s Folk Alley session.
Mindy Smith – Mindy Smith
Jerry Douglas – Traveler
Chris Cagle – Back in the Saddle
Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart – Dedication
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys – Release Your Shrouds
Little Feat – Rooster Rag
Mark Fosson – Digging in the Dust: Home Recordings, 1976
New Christy Minstrels – A Retrospective, 1962-1970
The Troubadour Kings – Heartache Town