Preview New Randy Travis Album; T Bone Burnett to Receive Maestro Award; James King Plans Sept. 30 Album Release
Juli Thanki | September 18th, 2013
Old Crow Medicine Show was officially inducted into the Opry last night. If you don’t have New Year’s Eve plans, the band is scheduled to play the Ryman December 30-31.
PreviewRandy Travis’ new album, Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am.
Barry Mazor writes about Americana for The Wall Street Journal. The annual awards show is being held at the Ryman tonight; any predictions?
The town of Okemah, Oklahoma has developed plans to rebuild Woody Guthrie’s boyhood home: The estimated $500,000 rebuild of Guthrie’s childhood home will use original planks salvaged from the run-down property called London House, which was purchased by prominent local businessman Earl Walker in the early 1960s. According to the article, organizers hope to raise funds through donations; Kris Kristofferson is doing a benefit show in mid-October.
This Jason Isbell cover story Andrew Leahey wrote for American Songwriter is a damn good one.
T Bone Burnett will receive the Maestro Award at this year’s Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference in late October.
A South Carolina woman stabbed her roommate, who allegedly wouldn’t stop playing the Eagles. In unsurprising news, the police report notes that “everyone was intoxicated at the time of the assault.” No word on which Eagles songs were being played, though.
Listen to Willie Nelson and Norah Jones duet on “Walkin’,” a cut from Nelson’s forthcoming album, To All the Girls… (due out October 15).
James King will release Three Chords and the Truth, a record of his take on country songs written by folks like Hank Williams, Harlan Howard, Billy Joe Shaver,on Rounder Records September 30. (via press release)
Robbie Fulks: “I’ve been really lucky. I think that’s sort of come with the territory of not having much of an audience in a way…On my first couple of records there was definite input from Bloodshot and from Geffen on what to do, but from the fourth record on, I haven’t had any of that input. I’ve just been totally doing what I want to do. I think if I had some sort of hypothetical choice between those two, like having a big audience and an easier life, but not being able to do exactly what I wanted to do, I like to think that I might choose the way that I’ve done it.”
The annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival begins on Friday in Waycross, Georgia.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.