Omnivore to Release Hank Williams Record Store Day EP; Stream New Dierks Bentley, Marah Albums; Dave & Phil Alvin Salute Big Bill Broonzy
Juli Thanki | February 20th, 2014
On Record Store Day, Omnivore Recordings will release Hank Williams’ The Garden Spot Programs — 1950 as a 10” brown vinyl EP. The label is also going to put out a full-length Garden Spots release in May.
Multi-instrumentalist and jazz advocate Billy Adair passed away on February 18 at the age of 66. Adair played onstage and in the studio with acts like Brenda Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, and Alabama.
Yep Roc will release Common Ground, Dave and Phil Alvin’s salute to Big Bill Broonzy, on June 3. Listen to the brothers’ version of “All By Myself” here.
Blackberry Smoke, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Shovels & Rope, The Avett Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, and Valerie June are among the billionty artists playing Bonnaroo this spring.
The Full English took home Best Group and Best Album trophies at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards yesterday. Here is the full list of winners.
Tony Trischka discusses his new album, Great Big World, with CMT Edge’s Stephen Deusner.
Paul Colby, who owned Greenwich Village venue the Bitter End for four decades, passed away on February 13 at the age of 96. From an obituary published in The New York Times: Mr. Colby bought the club, at 147 Bleecker Street near La Guardia Place, about a decade after he began managing it. It provided him with a lifetime of memories: watching Van Morrison kick over tables for dramatic effect…James Taylor, in one of his early appearances, bombed…In 1992, the folk singer Tom Paxton told The New York Times that the Bitter End was a “place to learn, to be bad, a place where you could clock your hours, learn what worked and didn’t.” Mr. Kristofferson told The Times that it was the place where “people like me and Bob Dylan didn’t just perform, we came to hang out.”
37-year old Luke Bryan is releasing his sixth Spring Break EP on March 11.
The Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill will open their first exhibit of 2014, “Lard Have Mercy! 30 Years of Southern Culture on the Skids” on March 14.
Sam Lee shares more information about his World War I folk project, Forever England, with The Oxford Times. Says Lee, “I am doing a series of concerts based on accounts, reminiscences, songs, stories and experiences…We are looking more at the effects at home, and, specifically, how the war affected families back here. There are lots of wonderful stories from people who remember being told not to ask dad about the war, and of parents never talking about their experiences. It was taboo, and there was a silent honour. But there was a lot of cheerfulness as well. Music was a celebration. They were hard times but there was a sense of empowerment, especially for women, and a lot took pride in stepping up to the mark. And while there is no one alive old enough to have fought or worked, their children certainly remember hearing about it.” (warning: autoplay ads)
USA Today premiered The Shook Twins’ “Shake” from the band’s fourth album, What We Do, which comes out April 8. (warning: autoplay)
Rhett Miller talks about The Old 97s’ next record, Most Messed Up, in this Salon.com interview. Also, a new EPK offers a sneak peek at some of the songs on the album.
Laurie Lewis released live albumOne Evening in May, which was recorded last year at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.