Nickel Creek Reunites, Records New Album; George Strait Honored with Billboard Touring Award; American Country Awards Performers Announced

Juli Thanki | November 15th, 2013

  • A George Jones monument will be unveiled at the Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Nashville on Monday afternoon. The event will be open to the public.
  • George Strait was named the 2013 Legend of Live at last night’s Billboard Touring Awards in NYC. Taylor Swift’s Red Tour was named the Top Package Tour.
  • Get the story behind “Carrying Your Love with Me,” one of Strait’s umpteen hits, in this video interview with songwriters Steve Bogard and Jeff Stevens.
  • Nickel Creek is working on new music for tentative release on Nonesuch Records next spring. A handful of shows may be in their plans too. (The trio played together on Wednesday night as part of a celebration of the Coen Brothers’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis).
  • Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong’s version of “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” from their forthcoming Everly Brothers tribute album is streaming on The unlikely duo also released a lyric video for “Long Time Gone.”
  • Kelly Dearmore wrote a lengthy profile of country-rockers Rodney Parker & Fifty Peso Reward.
  • Music Tomes posted a fascinating interview with Randy Poe, who talks about how he assembled Buck Owens’ autobiography out of audiotapes the late Bakersfield pioneer left behind.
  • The annual Charlie Foxtrot called the American Country Awards announced its first round of performers. It includes Florida Georgia Line and Sheryl Crow. This year’s hosts are Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick.
  • Brandy Clark chatted with the BBC’s Bob Harris and played a couple songs for him. (h/t Grace)
  • Check out the track listing for the Legacy Edition of Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression (out January 28).
  • All the Labor, a documentary about The Gourds, comes out on DVD next week. Watch the trailer here.
  • Jerrod Niemann has teamed up with an online music service called FratMusic. In case the name didn’t tip you off, the service provides playlists for college parties, presumably to block out the sound of projectile vomiting.
  • Jana Kramer is working on her second album; she says this one will feature more of her own material.
  • Sometimes we get email that’s too good not to share. From our new friend Heider: I’ve been working on this web series where a Hispanic kid (me) is doing the best he can for meeting his idol, the country singer Taylor Swift, but he ends up falling in love with a Drag Queen who looks like Taylor. 
  • Darius Rucker to Dan Patrick: “If ‘Wagon Wheel’ doesn’t get nominated for a GRAMMY, country music is screwed.”  
  1. Jonathan Pappalardo
    November 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    The reuniting of Nickel Creek is the best news I’ve heard all day. Cannot wait for their new album.

  2. Leeann Ward
    November 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    The Nickel Creek news is so awesome! Merry Christmas early!

  3. Michael A.
    November 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Juli,

    Last Friday you posted a link to a site that was counting down the Top 100 country albums of all time. Last week was 100-91 and this week was supposed to be 90-81. Would you post that link again, please? Thank you and have a great weekend!

  4. Rick
    November 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Did that Buck Owens “biographer” use the interview tapes Buck made with Bakersfield historian and then octogenarian Kathryn Burke? (Kathryn passed away at age 97 in October 2010.) A quote from the eBay sales page: “Buck Owens never talked to reporters more than he had to, and he always told them the same short story. But he talked endlessly to historian Kathryn Burke. This is Buck Owens as no one else can tell about him.” Kathryn’s autobiography on Buck simply titled “Buck” contains some amazing insights into the entire Bakersfield Sound country music scene of the 1950’s. Kathryn was a college student at the time and in the process of earning her masters degree. Crikey!

    I see a Nickel Creek reunion as a means for the other two Non-Chris Thile members (ie Sara and Sean Watkins) to get some money back into their bank accounts! (lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry is definitely slanted towards neo-traditionalist country sound. WooHoo! Artists scheduled include Old Crow Medicine Show, Daryle Singletary, Craig Campbell, Joey+Rory, Riders In the Sky, Chuck Wicks, Amber Carrington(?), and a mess of Opry Legends. Grade: A

  5. BRUCE
    November 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Nickel Creek reunion is good news. Their progressive approach and appeal to the younger generation was a huge benefit to bluegrass, much like Old Crow is to old-time string band music.

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