Old 97s Announce New Album; Mark Schatz to Rejoin Nickel Creek for Tour; Dylan Goes Ethnic

Juli Thanki | February 5th, 2014

  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin will perform on The View tomorrow and appear on Imus in the Morning on Friday. (via press release)
  • Yesterday Dierks Bentley tweeted that he’s going to shoot an episode of CMT Crossroads with One Republic. The hour-long program will air in mid-March.
  • Releases by Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Brett Kissel, Small Town Pistols, and Tim Hicks were nominated for the Country Album of the Year Juno Award. Daniel Romano and Lindi Ortega are among the nominees for Solo Roots & Traditional Album. You can see the full list of categories and nominations here.
  • Duncan Cooper writes about “Kacey Musgraves and Country Music Nostalgia” for TheFader.com. An excerpt: Musgraves excels at a traditional sound driven by acoustic guitar, lap steel, banjo, bass and strings, something I suspect a lot of people have longed for amid the genre’s commercial leanings of late. In the general sea change of popular music over the past two decades, with the demise of once-dominant alternative rock, country music has functionally become the place on the dial for new, mainstream, guitar-driven, singer/songwriter music. Inevitably, the rich among the genre have gotten richer, and many mainstream country artists have used that greater platform to expand their reach while only dumbing things down…Today’s country music ecosystem is ripe for something like the outlaw movement of the ’60s and ’70s, a heyday for honest songwriting and raw-sounding country in opposition to the glitzy Nashville sound then dominating the charts.
  • Garth Brooks has added a fourth Ireland show to his schedule due to “overwhelming demand.”
  • Jennifer Nettles is on the cover of Redbook. Here are some excerpts from the interview, in which she talks about the two greatest things in life: music and snacks. Also, her baby or whatever.
  • Bassist Mark Schatz is taking six months away from Claire Lynch’s band to rejoin Nickel Creek on the road this spring and summer.
  • Martina McBride appeared on Larry King. You can watch the episode here.
  • Eric Paslay talks about the story behind “Less Than Whole,” which he co-wrote with Big Kenny, in this video.
  • Download a live version of “Polk Salad Annie” that Tony Joe White recently played in the World Café studio.


  1. Rick
    February 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Music City Roots Alert! Suzy Bogguss fans will “Get Lucky” tonight at MCR as Suzy performs songs off her new Merle tribute album. Riders in the Sky are also scheduled bringing back memories of the days when Suzy started off on the rodeo concert and cowboy festival circuits. Other artists are Say No More, It’s Freddy LaBour(?), Space Capone(?), and John Mark Nelson(?). Grade: B+ with a YeeHaw!
    Link: http://musiccityroots.com/shows

    I’m sure glad I stuck around and caught the Grahams at a free late night show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop last year when I had never heard of them previously. I’ve even heard Eddie Stubbs spin a song of theirs on WSM.

    I consider Lydia Loveless and Lindi Ortega to be kindred spirits musically even if they are from different countries. Both of them have unique vocal styles which I find interesting at times and grating at others…

    What I really want to see is a Yankee bluegrass tribute to Bob Dylan consisting of top artist participants. That “Tangled Up in Bluegrass” instrumental album just doesn’t cut it! The song to start with is definitely “Blowin In The Wind” by The Grasscats!

  2. SamB
    February 6, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Just been listening to Irish radio, and Garth Brooks has now added a fifth date at Croke Park, and has sold out all five – the first artist ever to sell out five consecutive concerts at the venue.

  3. bll
    February 6, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Sam- yep 1 in 10 or the Irish population have tickets; this bodes quite well for the world tour having multiple nights in each city (I hope). I couldn’t get tickets last time he toured here.

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