Pete Seeger Plays Farm Aid; Martina McBride Returns to the Studio; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | September 23rd, 2013

  • Martina McBride is back in the studio recording a new album that’s expected to come out in early 2014.
  • Farm Aid was on Saturday; this year’s event featured surprise guest Pete Seeger. Read the Rolling Stone recap here.
  • CMT Edge’s Chris Parton reported on Justin Townes Earle’s set at Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church during last week’s Americana Fest.
  • Hunter Hayes recorded “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” for an upcoming Elton John tribute album that’s scheduled for release next year.
  • Easton Corbin’s “All Over the Road” was certified gold.
  • Last year’s The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery will release her music video for “The Heart of Dixie” later today.
  • Saving Country Music is giving away a copy of David Cantwell’s new book, Merle Haggard: The Running Kind.
  • Chris Griffy interviewed Sturgill Simpson. An excerpt: “Something I find incredibly lacking today, especially in modern country, it’s attitude. Even guys like Bill Monroe had it. They had balls, you know. You could feel it. It had to have some sauce on it, man.”  
  • The petition to induct Gram Parsons into the Country Music Hall of Fame has exceeded 10,000 signatures.
  • Mumford and Sons are taking “a considerable amount of time off.”
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

The Bankesters“Cups (When I’m Gone)”

Ashley Monroe – “Weed Instead of Roses”

Jake Owen“Days of Gold

Rosehill“The Bible and the Gun”

Chelsea Bain“James Dean”

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton“You Can’t Make Old Friends”

American Young“Love is War”

Jason Isbell“Different Days” (CMT Edge Live)

Judah & the Lion“Sweet Tennessee”

The White Buffalo“Don’t You Want It”

Carey Appel“Stolen”

Brett Dennen“Wild Child”

Wesley Stace“We Will Always Have New York”

Tim Hicks“Buzz, Buzz, Buzzing”

Gord Bamford“When Your Lips Are So Close”

George Canyon“Slow Dance”

Jayne Denham and Shannon Noll“Beyond These City Lights”

Lindi Ortega“Tin Star” (The Orange Lounge Sessions)

The SteelDrivers“Wearin’ a Hole”

Heidi Feek“Someday Somebody”

Truth & Salvage Co. “Appalachian Hilltop”


  1. Jonathan Pappalardo
    September 23, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Thanks for linking to my piece, Ken!

  2. Barry Mazor
    September 23, 2013 at 11:41 am

    That’s a thoughtful piece, Jonathan. Thumbs up!
    (We’re talking about the “church and state/CMA article linked above.)

  3. Jonathan Pappalardo
    September 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Thanks, Barry!

  4. nm
    September 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I think I’m going to start a petition to induct Neil Young into the CMHoF. Makes just as much sense….

  5. Bruce
    September 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    @NM – Say what?!?!

  6. nm
    September 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Well, look at Neil’s impact on country music! It’s as great as that of Hank himself, exponentially. And people he’s sung with have been inducted, so obviously he needs to join them. And a petition is just the way to get anyone inducted into the Hall, so I say let’s go for it.

  7. Barry Mazor
    September 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    The Parsons petition linked above makes the same sort of ridiculous claim for Gram as the joking Neil Young suggestion..Parsons for the Rock Hall–well,go ahead and try it. Gram’s impact on country music for its makers and for its fans–very slight.

  8. Luckyoldsun
    September 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I’m not a Gram Parsons supporter, but I still think the Country Music H-o-F voters have really missed the mark as far as recognizing great artists who are not strictly from the country mainstream. The Rock & Roll H-o-F probably goes too far in the other direction, but if the Rock hall can claim Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, and Hank Williams, then the Country hall should at least induct Charles–who had a landmark album called “Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music” (and even had a #1 hit on the country charts in a duet with Willie). And also Bing Crosby, who did a lot of country material, and Woody Guthrie. Is “Pretty Boy Floyd” not country?

    I don’t know what’s the downside to putting those great American artists in the country hall. Voting them in would probably do more to burnish the stature of the Hall of Fame than it would for the stature of those artists.

  9. Rick
    September 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Well, when they finally get around to opening an “Americana Music Hall of Fame”, Gram Parsons should be one of the first inductees…

    That’s a boatload of new videos today! Crikey mate! Think I’ll start with Aussie Jayne Denham and then maybe see what a Chelsea Bain is exactly? Hmm…

    I can understand why Waylon Jennings fans are so jazzed about Sturgill Simpson. On the other hand I was never much of a Waylon fan and don’t care for Sturgill’s music much either. Still I’m glad that there are artists like Sturgill out there keeping things stirred up a bit and some country traditions alive.

  10. BRUCE
    September 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I watched Bain’s video. Utterly uninterested. Just another over-produced rock/country number that has become all too common in our increasing melting pot called country music.

  11. TX Music Jim
    September 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Personally, I think Gram Parsons should be in the country music hall of fame. Before him though there are some others that deserve it more in my mind. However like Gram I’d doubt any of these will ever happen. David Alan Coe, Gary Steweart and Jerry Jeff Walker. BTW Sturgill Simpson’s music is a breath of fresh air and does remind me of why I loved Waylon’s music so very much. Jerry Jeff and David Alan should be sho in’s at the very least for the songwriters hall of fame.

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