National Folk Festival Taking a Hiatus This Year; Martina McBride Joins New Reality Show; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | June 26th, 2012

  • 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. 
  • Album releases:

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

  1. Rick
    June 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Last night I had the pleasure of seeing a live show featuring Phoebe Hunt and Connor Forsythe, formerly of The Belleville Outfit, at Altadena’s Coffee Gallery Backstage listening room. They put on a fine show and I highly recommend catching them if they come your way. The fact Phoebe is very attractive and beguiling has absolutely nothing to do with it…(lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Greg Bates, Ricky Skaggs, Kristen Kelly (YeeHaw!), Rodney Atkins and Marty Stuart. Why’d they have to throw Rodney in there and muck things up? Hmm. Grade: B+

    Good to hear about the Time Jumpers. The big question is if they can write fresh new material that competes with the classics of western swing?

    Thanks for the Zoe Muth link. Good stuff!

    I’ll have to look for the artwork on Lindsay Lou’s new album. Flat Bellys Forever! (lol)

  2. Leeann Ward
    June 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I wonder if Vince will be inoled with the new Time Jumpers album?

    I’m enjoying the Mindy Smith and Stacey Earle/Mark Stuart albums.

  3. Barry Mazor
    June 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    On Vince with the Time Jumpers: yes. It’s part of today’s announcement. And he’s in that band.

  4. Jeremy Dylan
    June 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I would encourage you all to pick up a copy of ‘Traveler’. It’s a great record and really captures the breadth of Jerry’s incredible talent.

  5. Leeann Ward
    June 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Sweet! I should have read the link.

  6. Leeann Ward
    June 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Oh, no link.

  7. Jordan Stacey
    June 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    @Leeann Ward The Mindy album is worth picking up? I was really disappointed by her last one after loving her first two so I was a little hesitant to get excited about this one. Your reccomendation would be a good enough endorsment to go ahead and buy it though.

    Meanwhile, I’m really excited to know that The Time Jumpers will be releasing an album with Vince soon, can’t wait!

  8. Ben Foster
    June 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Not a bad week for new releases. I had better check out Jerry Douglas and Mindy Smith for starters. Chris Cagle can wait.

  9. Leeann Ward
    June 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I agree with you about her last album. This one is good though. I think you’ll be able to tell from the clips before you buy though.

  10. Leeann Ward
    June 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    No problem, Juli. Thanks for the link.

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