Ray Price’s Beauty Is Debuts at No. 22; Billy Hawks Leaves Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice; Song Premieres
- The Pittsburgh Banjo Club sounds both fun and heartwarming.
- Ray Price’s posthumous release, Beauty Is…, debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, the best debut a Price album has had since 1981’s Town & Country. (via press release) (If you haven’t read David Cantwell’s review of the album, do it now.)
- But before you get too optimistic about country sales, be aware that Cole Swindell’s “Chillin’ It” has gone platinum.
- Bro-country singers have reclaimed the term “bro-country.”
- Dolly Parton is participating in a Q&A session on Twitter Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. Eastern.
- Our pal Eric of Music Tomes posted an interview with Steve Goodson, one of the editors of The Hank Williams Reader.
- The third season of Troubadour, TX begins tomorrow.
- Fiddler Billy Hawks has left Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice.
- Kelly Dearmore takes a look at the relationship between Texas’ many singer-songwriters and craft breweries.
- Stephen Deusner interviewed Black Prairie about their new album, Fortune.
- This is a pretty interesting article posted on Vox.com about how and why vinyl sounds different from CDs. An excerpt: On a theoretical level, there’s just no reason it should be the case that vinyl sounds better. There are built-in problems with using vinyl as a data encoding mechanisms that have no CD equivalent. Vinyl is physically limited by the fact that records have to be capable of being played without skipping or causing distortion. That both limits the dynamic range — the difference between the loudest and softest note — and the range of pitches (or “frequencies”) you can hear. If notes get too low in pitch, that means less audio can fit in a given amount of vinyl. If notes are too high, the stylus has difficulty tracking them, causing distortion. So engineers mastering for vinyl often cut back on extreme high or low ends, using a variety of methods, all of which alter the music.
- Here’s a handful of song premieres:
Jacob Thomas Jr. & Lily Costner covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way.”
Neil Young’s version of “Needle of Death.”
Kelsey Waldon’s country ballad “The Goldmine,” the title track to her forthcoming record, which is due out in late June.
Walter Martin’s “Hey Sister” (featuring Kat Edmonson), from Martin’s folky kids’ album We’re All Young Together.”
- 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 …