New Videos from Bettye LaVette and Corb Lund; Green Onions Gets Remastered for 50th Anniversary; Free American Songwriter Sampler

Juli Thanki | June 27th, 2012

  • JD McPherson’s newest album, Signs & Signifiers, is available for $2.99 on Amazon this week. Highly recommended for anyone who loves old school rock ‘n’ roll.
  • Glen Campbell played what sounds like a great show at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend. He was joined by artists like Kris Kristofferson, Jackson Browne, and Lucinda Williams.
  • A Kenny Chesney lookalike got kicked out of Chesney and Tim McGraw’s recent Nashville show for allegedly being a disturbance. He did get a refund for his $200 ticket and some CDs for his trouble.
  • The Avett Brothers will release The Carpenter on September 11. NPR has a stream of “Live and Die” from the new album.
  • Give a listen to Bettye LaVette’s delicious cover of The Black Keys’ “I’m Not the One.”
  • CMT’s Craig Shelburne interviewed Jana Kramer. An excerpt: When I first met with [producer Scott Hendricks] and played him some of the things I was writing, he was like, “Wow, you’re country! You’re not poppy.” There are some things that can lean more pop, but I love Deana Carter and even older than that, like Loretta Lynn. That’s what I grew up on.
  • Holly Gleason on Mindy Smith’s new album: Singing with her heart in her hand, the songs’ well-structured moments of breakdown, vulnerability, confession and even obsession never quite sizzle. Instead, there is something so pretty and refined about the recording itself that her teetering-on-the-brink intensity never actualizes.
  • Over at American Songwriter, Jason Isbell suggested a few songs to help beat the heat.
  • The Big Easy Express, a documentary about the Railroad Revival Tour undertaken by Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford & Sons, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros was released yesterday on iTunes. Rolling Stone has a clip.
  • On July 24, Concord Music Group will release Booker T. & The MGs’ Green Onions as part of its Stax Remasters Series. The remastered 1962 album will include two live bonus tracks and new liner notes. (via press release)
  • American Songwriter’s free Muse July Sampler features cuts from John Fullbright, Shovels & Rope, Doug Paisley, and more.
  • Steve Earle gave his support to the upcoming Los Angeles protest against Walmart via video.
  • On October 2, Van Morrison will release new album Born to Sing: No Plan B.
  • Saving Country Music selected a few “go ready” Americana acts including William Elliott Whitmore and Possessed by Paul James.
  • Corb Lund has a new music video for “Gettin’ Down on the Mountain,” a track from his upcoming album, Cabin Fever (out August 14).

  1. malcom
    June 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I loved Corb Lund’s new song. I’d never hear of him before, and now I went to youtube and listened to a bunch of his songs.

    He has a video where he talks about the song, as part of his “What That Song Means Now” series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLOF5LOTv4c

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