Omnivore to Reissue Two Townes Van Zandt Albums; Alice Gerrard Launches Kickstarter; SiriusXM to Broadcast Dwight Yoakam’s Ryman Show

Juli Thanki | April 11th, 2013

  • On May 21, Omnivore Recordings will reissue Townes Van Zandt albums The Late Great Townes Van Zandt and High, Low and In Between on CD and vinyl.
  • Noah Berlatsky of The Atlantic on The Band Perry’s Pioneer: Calling it background music is almost an insult to backgrounds. It makes MOR seem innovative and Muzak subversive. Speaking as someone who loves the Carpenters, John Denver, and Bonnie Raitt, this album lacks even the charm of bland. The Band Perry achieves this badness in part simply by choosing the worst aspects of country to combine with the worst aspects of rock. For example, the album eschews country’s winkingly clunky metaphors, knowing goofiness, and sharp eye for mundane detail, and opts instead for the leaden lyrical banality of vaguely medicated radio rock… If bluegrass is music about the push and pull of the rural to urban immigrant experience, the Band Perry is music about giving up on that push and pull and just assimilating already.
  • Jim Caligiuri interviewed Kris Kristofferson for The Austin Chronicle.
  • Sugar Hill posted a video about Don Williams and his record And So It Goes. The four-minute clip features Keith UrbanVince GillAlison Krauss, and Williams himself.
  • Here’s a New York Times article on the Alan Lomax archive, which recently moved to a new location.
  • And here’s a free compilation from Alligator Records, featuring tracks by Marcia BallCharlie Musselwhite, and more.
  • Daniel Romano visited the WAMU Bluegrass Country studios to play a song or two.
  • Tomorrow night, SiriusXM will broadcast Dwight Yoakam’s sold-out Ryman concert on their Outlaw Country channel.
  • Remember last year, when Taylor Swift was going to take Kevin McGuire, a teenager who was fighting cancer, to the ACM Awards? He couldn’t make the 2012 awards due to illness, but he got to be Swift’s date at last Sunday’s event.
  • The new Tennessean podcast focuses on Kim Richey. You can stream Richey’s new record, Thorn in My Heart, and enter to win a copy of the album here.
  • Edward Morris of CMT wrote a feature on Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
  • More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the Toadlick Music Festival in Alabama this weekend. The three-day festival’s lineup of performers includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chris Young, and Luke Bryan.
  • The Southern Folklife Collection posted a photo on their blog of The Byrds from the exhibit Visualizing American Roots Music.
  • NPR’s Ed Ward reviews Johnny Cash’s Complete Columbia Album Collection box set.
  • The Woodstock, New York town board has endorsed a proposal to name a three-mile stretch of Route 375 in honor of Levon Helm.
  1. Jon
    April 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    A dumbass who writes repeatedly about “Mother’s Only Sleeping” as a Stanley Brothers song is patently unqualified to drone on and on about what is or isn’t country, much less serve up platitudes about bluegrass music. Although, come to think of it, there are lots of signs to indicate that he’s qualified to drone on and on about what is or isn’t bad rock, which he does at least as much in that godawful piece of work.

  2. Barry Mazor
    April 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    The Atlantic piece is atrocious in every conceivable way, includiing the comments.

    I guess the problem is that there just aren’t any knowledgeable, talented writers around to take up country records. No, not that.

    Oh wait a minute , I get it–it’s not necessary to find them for that marginal, hidebound, Not Rock Enlightened sort of m followed mainly by the Wrong People.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    April 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Chet Flippo tackles “Accidental Racist.”

    Until quite recently, exhibiting the Confederate Flag was not even considered offensive in mainstream American society.

    Yes, I know that sounds hard to believe. But “Dukes of Hazzard” was on TV during family hour and even kids in the north brought “Dukes” lunchboxes–with the Confederate Flag–to school and nobody complained.

    Heck, Johnny Cash (yes, the sainted hero!) peformed in front of a Confederate flag on the Muppet Show!

  4. Jon
    April 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Here’s an interesting thing: the period when the Dukes of Hazzard was in first run (which included the year that Johnny Cash appeared on the Muppet Show) was closer in time to the rule of Jim Crow law than to the present day by quite a few years. “Until quite recently…” doesn’t quite capture that. Keeping a solid grasp on chronology is a useful thing to do when going for the fatuous observation.

  5. BRUCE
    April 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Glad to hear of “Sweetheart’s of the Rodeo” coming out with a new album. Heard an interview of then on the radio recently. I always thought they had great duo harmony. Modern radio won’t care, but I don’t give a damn about modern radio.

    Don Williams new album is, of course, fantastic.

    I’m getting wearied with everything Paisley nowadays. Hellywood is gettin’ to him.

    I personally liked The Band Perry’s first album much better. They appear to have taken the plunge into glam-country-pop-whatever in the hell it’s called now.

  6. Leeann Ward
    April 11, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Bruce, the Sweethearts’ album has been out for several months now. It’s very good.

  7. Janice Brooks
    April 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Jon and Barry I will concur about the Atlantic article.

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