OCMS Added to MerleFest Lineup; Musgraves to Perform at Grammys; CMA Songwriters Series Heads to Sundance

Juli Thanki | January 15th, 2014

  • Old Crow Medicine Show was added to the MerleFest 2014 lineup. (via press release)
  • Billboard is celebrating the 70th birthday of the Hot Country Songs chart with a look back at the chart’s top songs and artists.
  • The Australian published a feature on Victoria Avenue, a trio that, based on the YouTube clips I listened to, sounds like Australian SHeDAISY.
  • Jersey Shore South Crazy Hearts, a reality show about young musicians trying to make it big in Nashville, premieres tonight on A&E.
  • Bluegrass Today writer Lisa Jacobi interviewed Larry Cordle.
  • Lee Ann Womack, Chris Stapleton, Brandy Clark, and Brett James will perform at Sundance as part of the CMA Songwriters Series.
  • Alejandro Escovedo, The Infamous Stringdusters, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Mavericks, and Robert Earl Keen are a few of the acts who’ll be appearing at this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest.
  • Speaking of Escovedo, American Songwriter raved about his “memorable musical tour of Austin history.”
  • Give a listen to Dawn Landes’ “Cry No More,” featuring Norah Jones on piano and harmony vocals.
  • Bluegrasser Becky Buller has signed with Dark Shadow Recording. She’s currently working on a new solo project.
  • Tom Finkel wrote a feature on Lucinda Williams and the upcoming reissue of her self-titled album.
  • David Crosby talks about his influences and new album in this video. (warning: autoplay)
  • Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban have been added to this year’s lineup of Grammy performers, which already included Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton.
  • Justin Moses is leaving Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.
  • Barry Bales is now a columnist at The Bluegrass Situation.
  1. Rick
    January 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I heartily agree about the earplugs as I’ve been using that exact model for years. Yes the sound your hear is muffled, but not near as muffled as with foam earplugs. I take them with me to every concert and choose not use them only when the volume is kept at reasonable levels (usually at acoustic shows only). If it weren’t for earplugs I would not be able to attend the usually eardrum splitting “Grand Ole Echo” shows in Echo Park.

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s MCR show features Tim O’Brien (unfortunately with Darrell Scott), Amos Lee, Angel Snow, Sam Lewis, and Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys(?). Should be a good’un! Grade: A!
    Link: http://musiccityroots.com/shows

    Victoria Avenue seems to be direct competition for the Aussie McClymont Sisters whose attempt at cracking into American Top 40 AirHead Country radio was a bust. At least the talented McClymonts are appreciated back home down under.

    Lucinda Williams is coming to LA for some shows and I couldn’t care less. She’s always made my skin crawl and that hasn’t changed a bit. On the other hand Canadian cutie April Verch is also heading our way, and I’m excited about that! (lol)

  2. Dana M
    January 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I bought the same exact ear plugs. I find them too big and found I didn’t need them for most country concerts but they’re absolutely necessary for the metal/punk shows I go to.

  3. Dave D.
    January 17, 2014 at 9:59 am

    You folks needing ear plugs must be going to different venues/seeing different performers than me. Out of 100+ shows last year, I can only think of one that called for any ear protection – Alejandro Escovedo, inaccurately (and ironically, in this case) billed as an acoustic performance.

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