Opry Plans Birthday Bash; The Band Perry & Fall Out Boy Tape CMT Crossroads Episode; Country Radio Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Juli Thanki | October 3rd, 2013

  • A new episode of CMT Crossroads starring The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy will premiere November 29.
  • In need of a good cry? The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog premiered “Top of the World” from Patty Griffin’s “lost album,” Silver Bell, which is due out next week.
  • You’ll see a few familiar faces in Peter Cooper and Eric Brace’s new music video for their version of Tom T. Hall’s “Mad.”
  • Paste premiered “Straight Line” from Yonder Mountain String Band’s new EP. Speaking of YMSB, they’re one of many acts on this benefit compilation – proceeds go toward flood relief efforts in Colorado.
  • Larry Wilson, Mike Brophey, Paul Schadt, and Jim Denny will be inducted into Country Radio Hall of Fame in February 2014.
  • Gretchen Wilson’s Christmas record comes out next week. You can preview it here.
  • The compilation Christmas Guitar Soli with John Fahey will be released on Fantasy Records October 29. (via press release)
  • Sarah Jarosz talks about co-writing, poetry, and her move to NYC in this interview with Brian T. Atkinson for CMT Edge.
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Seldom Scene, and Steep Canyon Rangers are among the acts scheduled to play the Graves Mountain Festival of Music next May.
  • This photo and video of Rhonda Vincent paying tribute to Nothin’ Fancy’s Mike Andes reveals that, while she may be a fabulous performer, she makes a terrible drag king.
  • Ashley Monroe: “I think it’s a good time for all women right now to stand up and sing what you know about, whether it’s the good, the bad, or the ugly…I think that’s what Loretta did, I think that’s what a lot of our heroes have done. They paved the way for us to do the things we’re doing now, to sing about the things were singing about now. For me, anyway, I’m just following in their footsteps.”
  • Paul Zollo of American Songwriter wrote a feature on John Denver, noting that “when a serious songwriter becomes a cultural icon, as John Denver did, the public [often] forgets or dismisses their impact as a songwriter. Towards the end of his life which ended with a tragic plane crash on October 12, 1997, Denver was a TV and movie star, and was savaged by critics throughout the years of his greatest success for being light weight. But the fact remains that he was a singularly serious songwriter who wrote albums of beautiful songs long before he became a star.”
  • Danielle Bradbery’s self-titled debut will be released November 19 on Big Machine.
  • At Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend, Martha Wainwright will lead a tribute to her late mother, Kate McGarrigle. Loudon Wainwright III, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, and Richard Thompson will be joining her. (If you need help planning your Hardly Strictly itinerary, Country California’s got you covered.)
  • Do engineers mix music to sound good on “tiny wireless speakers, streaming music services, and cheap ear buds”? Steve Guttenberg (no, not that one) discusses that theory in his new “Audiophile” column. An excerpt: “[More] attentive listeners are just a tiny minority. Most folks happily consume overly compressed and processed music, and sadly, I can’t see that changing anytime soon. That’s reality; the engineers will continue to skew their mixes by pumping up the midbass and adding sizzle to the treble, so the sound cuts through the murk. Subtlety doesn’t make sense anymore.”



  1. Barry Mazor
    October 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

    “Subtlety doesn’t make sense any more.”

    Words we’re stuck living by–generally speaking.

  2. A.B.
    October 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

    The schedule for the Opry this weekend is one where you can see most of these performers pretty much any weekend there. I don’t see huge names for a birthday celebration. Did someone drop the ball or do they just no longer care?

  3. Rick
    October 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Opry Alert! WooHoo, the fall season of Classic Country Thursday Night Oprys is back in session! Tonight’s show will feature Rebecca Lynn Howard and other artists I don’t really care about! (lol) Actually the other artists include Riders in the Sky, T.G. Sheppard, and Chris Janson.
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    I’m amazed at how crappy the average big label output from Nashville has sounded over the last few years. Sunny Sweeney’s “Concrete” did not sound very good and the Pistol Annie’s debut CD could have sounded better. At least the recent releases from Ashley Monroe and Kacey Musgraves have decent sound quality. Thank goodness for the really good sounding releases like the recent self-titled debut from Flatt Lonesome!

    An Aussie pal once sent me a live version of Kasey Chambers singing “Top Of The World” which kick’s Patty’s version off the stage! Good stuff.

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