New Muscle Shoals Trailer; Chris Young to Receive CMA Triple Play Award; Blue Sky Riders to Release Debut 1/29

Juli Thanki | January 18th, 2013

  • Watch the trailer for Muscle Shoals, a new documentary from director Greg “Freddy” Camalier. (warning: autoplay)
  • Here’s another gem from UNC’s Southern Folklife Collection: Maybelle Carter talking about the autoharp with Archie Green and A. Doyle Moore and playing a bit in a recording made at Earl Scruggs’ house in 1962.
  • Kris Kristofferson talks about his new record, Feeling Mortal, in Rolling Stone.
  • Chris Young will receive the CMA Triple Play Award, which goes to songwriters who have written three No. 1 hits within a twelve month period.
  • Terry Allen talks about his new record, Bottom of the World, with Jim Caligiuri of the Austin Chronicle.
  • The Nashville Scene published a couple excellent features: Jewly Hight’s article on Gary Allan and Chris Parker’s on Robert Earl Keen.
  • Another article on Robert Earl Keen: this one finds him discussing his favorite cover songs and his feelings on Toby Keith’s “Bullets in the Gun.”
  • The Blue Sky Riders will release their debut record, Finally Home, on January 29.
  • posted a couple videos of The Lone Bellow.
  • George Strait shares a few memories with Brian Mansfield of USA Today.
  • Kenny Chesney’s next record will drop April 30.
  • Thomas Connor of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote an article on the band Dolly Varden, who have a new record out next week.
  • Rascal Flatts postponed this weekend’s shows due to illness.
  • The documentary Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation was featured in The New York Times.
  • Peter Cooper wrote about another music documentary, Troubadour Blues, for the Tennessean.
  1. Baron Lane
    January 18, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Hey kids, thanks for making me aware of the new Terry Allen!

  2. Jon
    January 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the link to the Maybelle Carter audio clips; interesting to hear her autoharp arrangement of “Cattle Call,” which comes after she plays a bit of “Gathering Flowers…” in the final clip.

    In other news, if you tune in to the Grand Ole Opry tonight or tomorrow night during the 7:30 to 8:00 (CST) slot, you’ll get to hear me filling in with the Del McCoury Band. Also subbing this week, the legendary Buddy Spicher on fiddle…

  3. Kelly D.
    January 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Excited for new Kristifferson and Allen. I also get a kick out of the whole REK vs Keith concept. There’s always room for a beef in country music.

  4. Rick
    January 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Speaking of the Opry in addition to Jon W. and the Del McCoury band tonight’s show will also feature Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, Hunter Hayes, Ricky Skaggs and Andrew Peterson(?). Grade B (because of Jon! lol) The Saturday Night Opry will feature Del McCoury, Tyler Farr, T.G. Sheppard, Terri Clark, the Mavericks, and Charlie Worsham(?). Grade: B (also because of Jon!

    Gosh, going to Anchorage in January to see a bunch of local unknown acts perform just doesn’t strike me as all that attractive! The free admission sounds about right though…

    That Troubadour Blues documentary sounds interesting. Even local LA artist Peter Case is featured although I much prefer his music when Peter was fronting The Plimsouls way back when. LA’s local country and Americana artists must keep doing it to experience “the moment” because there sure isn’t much money involved.

    If Gary Allan ever gets a “voice transplant” I might pay attention…Nah, probably not. And who in the heck is Terry Allen? Another one of those Texas types with a voice with “technical shortcomings”? Hmm…

  5. Rick
    January 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Speaking of the Blue Sky Riders, I just purchased a ticket to see them perform at LA’s MINT Club this coming Friday. The article linked to above mentions the group will be in LA on the 24th to appear on the Jay Leno show, so I’m glad they decided to stick around for an extra day. On the other hand the article also mentioned they performed at a fundraiser for Al Franken! I sure hope they don’t have any “political chat” during the set or I might get queasy…

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