Pistol Annies Return to Studio; Unreleased Townes Van Zandt Recordings Due in February; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | November 27th, 2012

  • The Mavericks will release their next album, In Time, on January 29.
  • Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels is available for free download on NoiseTrade.
  • In this USA Today interview, Dolly Parton talks about her new book and her plans for a Broadway musical about her life.
  • James Reams remembers the late Walter Hensley.
  • Little Big Town postponed this week’s concerts in L.A. and Riverside due to a loss in the family. The L.A. date had been rescheduled and the Riverside show will be.
  • Reader Arlene pointed us toward recently announced Buddy Miller/Jim Lauderdale tour dates.
  • Rolling Stone is offering a free download of Larry and His Flask’s “Big Ride.”
  • Canadian country singer Brett Kissel wrote a song about the NHL lockout.
  • Folk singer Tracy Grammer is featured on PhillyBurbs.com. An excerpt from the article, in which she talks about her work releasing material from her late partner, Dave Carter: “I believe when a songwriter sings his songs, no matter how strong the voice, he or she is seeing a movie none of us are privy to and that’s got to be conveyed in the performance somehow,” says Grammer. “If there’s a version of Dave singing one of his songs, I think people should hear it. To hear the first, truest word straight from the songwriter is the best.”
  • December 12 is International Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day.
  • Baron Lane of Twang Nation picked out a few of his favorite country and Americana Christmas albums.
  • Dailey & Vincent are kicking off their holiday tour this week.
  • Trace Adkins is in Japan for a USO tour.
  • This afternoon, you can stream the making of Tim McGraw’s “One of Those Nights” video: Starting at 3:30 PM CST, McGraw will offer a live feed with the help of Ustream from the filming of the music video at its location in Nashville.   McGraw will be able to interact with fans and chat with them periodically throughout the shoot while giving them the chance to see how the video process works.
  • My Kind of Country’s J.R. Journey gives Terri Clark’s new album, Classic, a B-.
  • This week’s album releases:

The Sweetback Sisters – Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular

Judy Collins Judy Collins Live at The Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Temple of Dendur

Wanda Jackson Rockin’ with Wanda

Rich Mahan – Blame Bobby Bare

Peter Ostroushko – The Mando Chronicles (box set)

Ragged Mountain String Band – Almost Drive Me Crazy

Old Man Parker – Angels, Devils, Drunks and Liars

Various Artists – Bluegrass Murder Ballads

  • And a book:

Dolly Parton Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You

  1. TX Music Jim
    November 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Excited that there is some unreleased TVZ on the way. Here is hoping they have been remastered and the sound quality is decent.

  2. Dave D.
    November 27, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale are coming to Ann Arbor? That is such good news that I’ll overlook the misspelling of the venue name.

  3. Leeann Ward
    November 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for the Christmas links.:) I’m especially happy to have discovered To: Kate a Benefit for Kate’s Sake from Baron Lane’s list. It’s quite good.

  4. Rick
    November 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I think the name “Fan Funding” makes more sense than “Crowd Funding” for systems such as Kickstarter. Well it does to me anyway…

    I’m glad to read the Pistol Annies are back in the studio. Hopefully the songs will be of a similar caliber as the first album, or maybe even better this go round. Regardless it will still be better than most of the stuff getting played on Top 40 AirHead Country Radio.

    Oh, was Little Big Town coming to LA? I must admit I hadn’t noticed and quite frankly don’t care.

    I might have to listen to the songs on that Sweetback Sisters Christmas album. Should be a hoot if the gals are up to their usual tricks.

    Opry Alert! I just visited the Opry website and they actually had a Tuesday Opry Matinee show this afternoon! What’s up with that? Tonight’s show will feature Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Suzy Bogguss, Jimmy Wayne, and The Del McCoury Band. Grade B.
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

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