Pete Seeger Passes Away; Hank Cochran Gets Mississippi Country Music Trail Marker; New Album Releases
- Pete Seeger passed away yesterday at the age of 94. According to a CNN article, his grandson said that Seeger had been in the hospital for six days prior to his death and couldn’t speak for the last three days, “but his mind never went away.”
- The late Hank Cochran is being honored with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. Like all of the trail markers, Cochran’s was written by our Barry Mazor.
- Willie Nelson tells Billboard that he, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard have a new album in the works.
- Check out Jon Langford’s new song, “Mars.” It’ll be on his next record with Skull Orchard, Here Be Monsters (out April 1).
- From The A.V. Club: “Charlie Daniels’ ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ is a Southern Allegory.” Last night, Daniels tweeted that his next record will be released in early April.
- Is 2014 the year Ronnie Milsap gets inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame? The release of Milsap’s new record, Summer #17, which was originally scheduled to come out today, has been pushed back to March 18. (via press release)
- Stream Robert Ellis’ The Lights From the Chemical Plant, Parker Millsap’s self-titled debut, and Vari-Colored Songs, Leyla McCalla’s salute to Langston Hughes.
- Lyle Lovett, Garth Brooks, and Blake Shelton will appear on Jay Leno’s final episodes of The Tonight Show next week.
- The 2014 ACM Awards nominees will be announced tomorrow morning. This year’s awards show, scheduled for April 6, will be hosted once again by Blake Shelton and charisma vacuum Luke Bryan.
- Jody Rosen on Eric Church and new album The Outsiders: Church’s records are the most sonically distinctive in commercial country, balancing rootsy earthiness and digital snap, with a muscled-up rhythm section that is more rock than country—and more classic heavy-blues-rock than the eighties arena-rock that’s the current Nashville norm. Credit for the sound goes to Church and Jay Joyce, a Nashville-based guitarist and studio musician who has produced all of Church’s albums. Joyce is a masterful record-maker, one of the great unsung talents in today’s pop. He is, you might say, the Timbaland to Church’s Missy Elliott; together, they’re assembling a body of work that expands country’s sonic palette while honoring the genre’s core values of structure and storytelling—cooking up a feast for the ears while making sure that sound never trumps song. Church and Joyce are excellent arrangers with a knack for eccentric touches.
- Shovels & Rope helped J. Roddy Walston & The Business remake “Boys Can Never Tell.” (warning: autoplay)
- The Bluegrass Underground won several Mid-South Regional Emmys over the weekend. The Special Event Coverage Award went to the 2012 Americana Music & Awards show.
- In the 1990s, somebody — perhaps multiple somebodies — at Marvel Comics thought that publishing a Billy Ray Cyrus comic book was a good idea. The “48-page masterpiece of madness…featured the country music star and future terrible father traveling through time to fight ghosts, dragons, and evil knights, with nothing but the greatest mullet that has ever been featured in the comics medium.”
- Stephen Deusner looks at Uncle Tupelo’s legacy and speaks with Jay Farrar for American Songwriter. Annie Zaleski of The A.V. Club asks if No Depression lives up to its reputation (spoiler: it does).
- CMT Edge premiered the video for Rob Picott’s “65 Falcon.”
- Conan O’Brien poked fun at Taylor Swift’s headbanging Grammy performance.
- The Americana tribute to Phil Everly held in L.A. last weekend sounds like it was an excellent night of music.
- Go Down Moses has signed with Sony Music Nashville.
- This week’s album releases (thank you for supporting Engine 145 by purchasing your music through the affiliate links below):
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin – Bakersfield (Deluxe Edition)
Farewell Drifters – Tomorrow Forever
Laura Cantrell – No Way There From Here
Rhonda Vincent – Only Me
Gangstagrass – Broken Hearts and Stolen Money
Uncle Tupelo – No Depression: Legacy Edition
The Moonshine – And Now…
David Crosby – Croz
Amy Ray – Goodnight Tender
Leif Vollebekk – North Americana
Marshall Tucker Band – Live at Raceway Park, 9/3/77
Billy Joe Shaver – The Complete Columbia Recordings (’81-‘87)
- Barry Mazor: What the "Americana" term brings to mind, by this point, is a matter of time and marketing. Like all …
- Paul W Dennis: I loved the Jerry Douglas interview and love the ideas behind his two concept albums Unfortunately I never had the opportunity …
- luckyoldsun: Barry, That's a good point, as far as country itself being a word that refers to a lot more than a …
- Six String Richie: Also, in regards to that article, Aldean's #2 complaint was "Nashville Copycats" and he gripes that people are copping Luke …
- Six String Richie: Billboard misprinted his new single as "Burnin' It Up" in that article! That goes to show how little even …
- CraigR.: Here are 5 things that piss me off about Jason Aldean: 1. He is a sore winner. Why complain when you …
- Barry Mazor: The words "country" and jazz (or "jass") and blues had been around for decades before they became genres (or formats) …
- Jeff Miller: Yeah, the first time I played Jimmie Rodgers for my wife & daughter- they were aghast that he was singing …
- David Cantwell: I think it more helpful to think of Americana not as a genre but as a format--and, perhaps better, and …
- Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/