Jewly Hight talks with Shelby Lynne about her evolution as an artist and the deluxe reissue of last year’s Revelation Road. An excerpt from the interview: “When I first came to town it was like, “If you’ve got a big voice, you oughta use every bit of it.” And that’s not necessarily what I believe today. So you can see how my style has changed through the years, and I think it’s not as much a style thing as it is a finding-my-voice thing or a way to communicate with the listener through more peaceful tones.”
Tonight’s Music City Roots features the Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Band, The Honeycutters, Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition, Jason D. Williams, and Blue Dogs. Listen here; the show starts at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Folk Alley has a five-hour block of spooky music to get you in the mood for Halloween.
Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry, and Martina McBride are a few of the acts that will appear on this year’s CMA Country Christmas, which tapes early next month.
Record Store Day’s complete list of Black Friday releases includes material from Merle Haggard, George Jones, Wanda Jackson, Bettye LaVette, Lucero, The Lumineers, Lucinda Williams, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, and Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale.
Johnny Depp is starting a publishing imprint under HarperCollins. He’s planning to release Douglas Brinkley’s The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan in 2015.
Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts bought four cows for a Kenyan tribe.
New Englanders: this week, Live Nation will announce that Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean will play Fenway Park on July 13. Kenny Chesney (with Eric Church) and possibly Taylor Swift are expected to play Gillette Stadium next summer.
Chris Eldridge spoke with the Spartanburg Herald-Journal about the Punch Brothers: “I don’t really think that this band is about bluegrass. We play the instruments associated with bluegrass music. But this band is decidedly not trying to adhere to any stylistic conventions.”
Peggy Seeger’s involved in a new project called Folksploitation. It’s a “mini-album by Broadcaster, aka Lewis Atkinson, a DJ and electronic musician who previously gave a thoroughly 21st century overhaul to the original 1960s BBC Radio Ballads, in which both Seeger and [Ewan] MacColl had been involved. This time Broadcaster asked Seeger to record 52 new vocal tracks. He eventually selected seven, adding modern textures, hard electronic beats and dub, trance, rave and hip-hop rhythms.”
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have a new video for their song, “Twisted Road.”
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and The Roys will perform at the ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards tomorrow night in Nashville.
Bluegrass Today’s David Morris caught up with Phil Barker and Jesse Langlais of Town Mountain for his “Songwriter to Songwriter” video series.
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.