Justin Townes Earle on turning 30: “If you die when you’re 27, they make tribute records and documentaries. If you die when you’re 30, they don’t give a shit. … The whole idea of the rock ‘n’ roll death is nowhere near as cool once you’re no longer in your 20s. I didn’t freak out when I turned 30. I kind of welcomed it as a chance for me to actually say to people, ‘I’m not gonna do that — I’m 30 years old.’”
CMT’s Chris Parton is looking forward to new albums from Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, and others.
Last month, the Carolina Chocolate Drops performed at the Library of Congress. Here’s some footage that went up on YouTube yesterday.
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.