Reba Concert Special to Premiere on GAC; Stringdusters New Album Due in March; The Dos and Don’ts of Covering Dylan

Juli Thanki | February 8th, 2012

  • Reba’s filmed a concert special called All the Woman I Am that is scheduled to premiere on GAC March 17.
  • Noel Murray of the A.V. Club takes a look at the recent compilation Chimes of Freedom and delivers dos and don’ts of covering Bob Dylan. An excerpt: Maybe this is Rick Rubin and Johnny Cash’s fault, but too many musicians these days approach anything even vaguely Americana-esque as though they’re already picturing the grim, sepia-toned Mark Romanek video in their heads…The artist on Chimes Of Freedom who does Cash best is Cash himself, whose old 1969 duet with Dylan on “One Too Many Mornings” makes an appearance on this set, only to be marred by the addition of The Avett Brothers, digitally inserted for a verse or two. Nothing against the Avetts, but these sort of posthumous collaborations are nearly always ghoulish and creepy, and the “One Too Many Mornings” splicing is no different.
  • Chris Parton of CMT interviewed Jana Kramer. Here’s an excerpt where she compares acting and singing: I feel like they can be a little more forgiving in the acting world. It’s easier to hide behind something than to be your true self. 
  • The Nashville Scene has some pretty cool video of Wanda Jackson singing “Riot in Cell Block No. 9.”
  • Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s recording of “You and Tequila” has gone platinum.
  • Lady Antebellum is taking their tour to Europe this July.
  • Aidin Vaziri takes a look at the Bay Area’s country music scene: This isn’t Nashville, and the people making music with a twang here have little time for that kind of pretense. They are former punks and metal heads from the Midwest who moved here long ago and eventually got tired of the racket, grew nostalgic for the old George Jones and Tammy Wynette records their parents used to spin on Sunday mornings, and settled in for a life of cult stardom, knowing the Bay Area’s deep-rooted aversion to anything served under a cowboy hat.
  • Dierks Bentley and his three-year old daughter sang together at Bentley’s recent Ryman show. American Songwriter has the video.
  • David Nail and pop singer Gavin DeGraw are touring together for two weeks starting March 13.
  • Drew Kennedy talks about his music family, including Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider, and lots more.
  • Speaking of Kennedy and Grider, they and several others will play at the first Red River Winter Songwriters Festival in Red River, New Mexico. Get more info at the event’s Facebook page.

 

  1. bll
    February 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I knew Garth bought Jack’s Tracks a couple years ago to keep it from being bought by developers and torn down; how cool that he renamed it (with Cowboy Jack Clement’s blessing) for Allen Reynolds.

  2. Jon
    February 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    There’s some question about whether it will get used, though, and if it doesn’t get used, it might as well be torn down.

  3. Mike McCall
    February 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    As a former San Francisco resident with some knowledge of the punk and country scenes there, I’d argue about the Bay Area’s “deep-rooted aversion” to cowboy hats. Ray Benson wore his when he lived and played there, and other Stetson-wearing residents have included Peter Rowan, Elvin Bishop, John Fogerty when he started the Blue Ridge Rangers…I’m sure there’s more.

    Of course, around the time punk music started, Nashville was in a period when few of its stars were wearing cowboy hats. Benson once told me that the first time he attended the CMA Awards, the only people in cowboy hats were him, Hank Jr., Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels, and they were all considered longhaired hippies by the Music Row establishment of the time.

  4. Rick
    February 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    On Music City Roots tonight emerging artist Lilly Winwood had her father Steve sit in on keyboards for a couple of songs. You just never know who might show up on that program! (lol)

    I disagree with the idea people in San Francisco have an aversion to guys wearing cowboy hats! Wasn’t one of the Village People a cowboy?

    That Wanda Jackson video is great! Its so nice that Jack White wasn’t there to screw it up! Yay!

    As far as Dylan covers go Elana James’ version of “One More Night” on her one and only solo album is top shelf.

    I wish they would have a Micro-Festival here in Los Angeles featuring Sunny Sweeney, Amber Digby, and Miss Leslie! That would get things off to a good start…

  5. Carrie
    February 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I was at the Dierks show at the Ryman and when Evie sang “Thinking of You” with him there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Sidenote: my friend Takara took that video. Dierks thanked her personally for capturing the moment so perfectly. :)

    David Nail and Gavin Degraw? Interesting. That pairing might actually work…

  6. bll
    February 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    [quote]There’s some question about whether it will get used, though, and if it doesn’t get used, it might as well be torn down.[/quote]

    Its being used; that came directly from Garth’s mouth, and he’s kept Mark Miller and Allen’s staff on the payroll. GB is back writing and once his youngest is off to uni I strongly suss Garth will back full force.

  7. luckyoldsun
    February 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    “once his youngest is off to uni I strongly suss Garth will back full force.”

    It always seemed to me that Garth was trapped by his own success–that after hitting the top and then seeing his sales start to decline, he was afraid to put out new albums that might “only” go platinum or might even fail to hit #1. It just doesn’t make sense to me that the reason he hasn’t been making albums is because he needs to be with his daughters. He’d be the only artist in history who had to take an 18-year-break for that reason.

  8. Jon
    February 10, 2012 at 11:18 am

    ts being used; that came directly from Garth’s mouth, and he’s kept Mark Miller and Allen’s staff on the payroll.

    Keeping people on the payroll and using the studio aren’t quite the same thing.

  9. Jon
    February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

    It just doesn’t make sense to me that the reason he hasn’t been making albums is because he needs to be with his daughters. He’d be the only artist in history who had to take an 18-year-break for that reason.

    No he wouldn’t. Artists – famous and otherwise – reduce their career commitments, sometimes to the point of giving up performance altogether, for extended periods because of family reasons all the time.

  10. bll
    February 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Actually LOS he had no choice but to come full stop; his ex wife was insistent on the retirement or she’d drag everything in to court for years to try to make sure he didn’t get to see his daughters. Garth goes to great lengths to portray her in a neutral light as she’s the girls mother, but she’s a nightmare.

    And the studio is being used by other artists beside Garth. :)

  11. Jon
    February 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    More authoritative pronouncements from an anonymous poster. Gosh but the internet’s wonderful!

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