NPR/Folk Alley to Stream AMA Awards Live; Why Albums Are Released On Tuesday; 10 Worthy Indie Albums
- Folk Alley and NPR Music will webcast the AMA Honors & Award Show live tonight at 7:30 PM EST.
- Barry Mazor interviewed Jamey Johnson for The Wall Street Journal and calls his double-album The Guitar Song a new country masterpiece:
“The traditional country music—or as it’s commonly called in my house, ‘music’—that’s where you learned things,” he said. “In the little town I grew up in, that music came in, and it fed the soul and challenged the spirit. It got you thinking about everything, every aspect of life, as songs should—not just the funny times, not just the good ones, but the serious ones, too. There was a language that country-music writers, singers and listeners in general understood. That language is not being passed down these days; not a lot of people can really speak it. But you can still learn it if you try, and that’s the fine art of country music.”
- On Oct. 26, New West Records will release The Imus Ranch Record II, a collection of songs culled by radio personality Don Imus. Among the selected tracks and artists are: Jamey Johnson covering Meat Loaf‘s “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” Elizabeth Cook on “You Move Too Fast,” and Hayes Carll tackling the Roger Miller classic “King of the Road.” The full list can be viewed on Amazon.
- If you’re a fan of traditional country and haven’t got your fill lately, Country California’s C.M. Wilcox says you haven’t been paying much attention before reviewing two of his recent favorites: Marty Stuart‘s Ghost Train and Brennen Leigh‘s The Box.
- The Texas Music Matters song of the day belongs to Junior Brown for a version of his song “Highway Patrol” recorded live in Studio 1A.
- In an interview with Jon Weisberger, The SteelDrivers‘ lead singer Gary Nichols commented on his evolving role with the band:
“On songs from the two records that were already done, I’m just trying to sing as if I were channeling Chris Stapleton. And then things from here on out will definitely have a little bit more of my influence. But as it is, it’s great, so I just try to do it justice.”
- James Otto canceled this weekend’s shows after taking a trip to the hospital earlier in the week for an abdominal illness.
- The Record’s Frannie Kelley offers one explanation for the reason new music is released on Tuesday:
One explanation is Billboard magazine, which publishes its charts on Wednesdays. If you release an album on a Tuesday, then you get the maximum seven days of sales counted toward your total (including a full weekend).
Asking around though, she’s come up with different answers and hazy recollections of something happening before Billboard, so she’s looking for more theories.
- Farce the Music has a slew of ideas that would help liven up the Americana Music Awards.
- What do Leon Russell and the Abominable Snowman have in common? Dallas Observer’s Lee Zimmerman says they’re both legendary, have flowing white hair, and sightings are relatively rare. So if you’re in Dallas tonight, hop on by the Granada Theater to catch his show.
- Paste’s Beca Grimm listed the top 10 Pasty Cline songs and provided streaming files of each.
- Country California’s C.M. Wilcox highlighted the liners notes to Ray Price‘s 1971 album I Won’t Mention It Again, for which he recorded a bunch of Kris Kristofferson songs. Writer Juan Canaday doesn’t seem to be too high on Kristofferson:
Kristofferson, you see, is a personification of part of the “new Nashville.” Some of the newer cats aren’t so well liked around Music City, what with their long hair and their drugs and their irreverent songs and their indifference to the pecking order. When the new breed writes, they aren’t apt to pull any punches. So you see what I mean about the generation gap.
- Carrie Underwood was surprised at how well she did in her first movie role.
- For the first time this year, sales percentages for country albums have dropped further than the overall industry when compared to last year’s numbers.
- Nashville Scene published a couple of related articles on Rosanne Cash, both worth the read. One is an interview with Jewly Hight and for the other, Geoffrey Himes delves into Cash’s new memoir, Composed, and how her music, on some subjects, provides a more thorough glimpse into her complicated inner life.
- Craig Shelburne’s list of 10 indie albums worth a listen includes new releases from The SteelDrivers, Marty Stuart, Dale Watson and more.
Pierce caught this performance of “Hemingway’s Whiskey” by Guy Clark last night at the Americana Music Festival. It’ll be the title track to Kenny Chesney‘s new album.
- Barry Mazor: I'll have to see if Dr. Green's ever read 3 Lives; it's a good book.
- Juli Thanki: Rose is a rose is a rose is a yellow rose of Texas. I smell a terrible concept album!
- Barry Mazor: Pigeons on the grass, alas.. Come-a kai-yai yippy, yippy ay.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Barry, thanks for the great sentimental look at Winchester. I will admit that he is an artist that was largely …
- Arlene: Thanks for this article, Barry. It's not often that an artist brings another performer to tears during a guitar pull. …
- Leeann: At any rate, I'll still look forward to his next album, because I'm a fan of his music.
- Leeann: Yes, if he had said that, I'd be with him, but e lumped all of country music, including the Grand …
- mrsandy: My understanding is Emmylou's concert was cancelled was because her 92-y.o. mother passed away.
- Erik North: I would have to say that, even though I agree that JTE does generalize about country music excessively, I also …
- Leeann: I think he generalized way too much, too black and white. He reminded me too much of Ryan Adams, who …