Pete Seeger Plays Farm Aid; Martina McBride Returns to the Studio; New Music Videos
- 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.
- Taylor Swift is a poor conversationalist when she has an idea for a new song in her head.
- Country California has another Quotable Country column for us.
- Carrie Underwood sang The Beatles’ “Yesterday” at last night’s Emmys.
- 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.
- Brad Paisley talks with Vulture’s Jody Rosen about what he learned from “Accidental Racist.”
- 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.
- “A Separation of Church and State: How the Country Music Association mostly got their nominations right this year”
- Drew Kennedy was in the studio with Rita Ballou at KOKE and sang “Good Carpentry.”
- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are in active writing/recording mode for their next projects.
- 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”
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …