Pistol Annies’ Second Album Drops in May; Elizabeth Cook Returns to Letterman; New Ron Block Album Due This Summer

Juli Thanki | March 13th, 2013

  • Pistol Annies’ sophomore record, Annie Up, will be released May 7.
  • Elizabeth Cook returns to Letterman on Thursday night for an interview and performance.
  • Ron Block’s upcoming solo project, Walking Song, will be released this summer on Rounder. Bluegrass Today’s John Lawless reports, “Ron sings lead on all but one track, which was sung by Dan Tyminski, with harmonies provided by Alison Krauss, Kate Rusby, Suzanne Cox and Sidney Cox. He handles the guitar and banjo, with assistance from Barry Bales on bass, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, and a wicked quartet of mando-meisters: Sierra Hull, Sam Bush, Mike Compton and Dan Tyminski. Buddy Green also plays harmonica.” 
  • Mekado Murphy of The New York Times caught up with Willie Nelson for an interview.
  • Taylor Swift’s Red Tour will include visuals that are “grown-up and a little more mature” than what she’s done in the past, according to this MTV News post. Swift’s new video for “22” premiered this morning. (warning: autoplay)
  • Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin wrote a feature on Holly Williams and her new record, The Highway.
  • Listen to Natalie Maines’ new single here.
  • Kix Brooks interviewed Bobby Bare; you can watch the five-video series here. Check out Jim Caligiuri’s Austin Chronicle interview with Bare as well.
  • Five years after the release of Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson’s Rattlin’ Bones, Nick Ryerson revisits the album for his “God and Country Music” column.
  • BMI honored Toby Keith with “Million-Air” Awards, which go to “songwriters, composers, and publishers whose songs accumulate over one million U.S. broadcast performances.”
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Aboriginal Australian country singer Roger Knox for CMT Edge.
  • Chris Gray reviewed Jason Aldean’s recent show at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
  • 41-year old Troy Lynn King was arrested in California for allegedly murdering Thomas Colucci, who was Jo Dee Messina’s stage manager, last November in Tennessee. A grand jury has indicted King on murder and theft charges.

 

 

  1. Jack Williams
    March 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Didn’t realize that Elizabeth Cook was going to be interviewed, too. Loved that first one of her on Letterman back in August 2011. The addition of the four drummers from the Georgia Southern marching band for the musical performance sure sounds intriguing.

  2. Jon
    March 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    That LA Times piece on Facebook preferences is one horrible piece of journalism. If the predictions of attributes based on “likes” lead to results “barely better than a coin toss,” they’re barely predictions, are they? And if they’re barely predictions, then all breathless wondermont about “what your ‘likes’ tell other people about you’ is a big bunch of hooey.

  3. Rick
    March 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Juli said: “(Facebook fans of Engine 145, however, are smart and attractive.)” I take exception to that! Well in my case anyway…(lol)

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s show features John Cowan, the reigning king of Jamgrass! (Although Sam Bush can give him a run for his money.) Other artists featured include Yarn, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Adam Pope, and Benjy Davis.
    Link: http://musiccityroots.com/

    I’m looking forward to buying the new Pistol Annies CD. I’m hoping I can actually find one at my local Best Buy as opposed to Ashley Monroe’s recent release which was a no show.

    So is Taylor Swift’s “more mature” stage show going to follow the leads of Katy Perry, Madonna, or perhaps Lady GaGa? Hmm…

    So is tonight’s episode of Nashville a new one or repeat? Guess I’ll find out later today. I must admit I find the music on NBC’s Broadway style musical show “Smash” to be more compelling. The fact that Katherine McPhee does most of the singing may have a bit to do with that.

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