On May 21, Omnivore Recordings will reissueTownes 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 interviewedKris 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 Urban, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, and Williams himself.
Here’s a New York Times article on the Alan Lomax archive, which recently moved to a new location.
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.
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.