Reba Plans New Single Release; CMA Awards Nominations Scheduled for 9/5 in NYC; Gillian Welch Tackles Squidbillies Theme

Juli Thanki | August 22nd, 2012

  • Get a free Iris DeMent NoiseTrade sampler that includes two songs from her upcoming album, Sing the Delta.
  • Get lost in the Lonesome River Band: their 30th anniversary logo has been made into a corn maze.
  • Out September 18: Bill Wilson’s Ever Changing Minstrel, a 1973 album released on Columbia Records that’s being reissued by Tompkins Square. (via press release)
  • Ann Powers on Taylor Swift’s new single: Songs like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” have taken that quaint 20th century form of rebellion called punk — specifically the feminist punk that took hold in the late 1970s and then was reborn through the Riot Grrrl movement in the 1990s — fully into the pop mainstream. Staring hard into the camera in their videos, today’s megastars borrow vitriol from a strong lineage of cultural refusal. They’ve learned from punk how to make anger fun…Though “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” will certainly be sung in groups by Swift’s mostly female fans, making it sound like an anthem, it’s really the opposite. The song — and the Martin-led phase of punk-flavored pop — is about one person, one relationship, one attempt to go it alone. This distinction matters, because a focus on community is what makes punk both culturally radical and politically effective, and when it’s lost, any meaningful connection to liberation becomes precarious. What’s usually left is a focus on self-fulfillment that only goes so far in realizing real freedom from sexism’s traps. 
  • Barry Mazor wrote a Wall Street Journal feature on Joey + Rory.
  • Bob Harris, Tony Byworth, and the late Jon Derek will be inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame. (Thanks to our pal UK Andy for sending us this link and the one above.)
  • Gillian Welch is the newest artist to tackle the Squidbillies theme song.
  • Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum will announce this year’s CMA Awards nominees in five categories on Good Morning America on September 5. Later that day, they’ll announce the rest at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square.
  • The first in a chain of Rascal Flatts restaurants is under development in Phoenix.
  • Daniel Mullins of Bluegrass Today interviewed Yonder Mountain String Band’s Dave Johnson and Adam Aijala.
  • Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” has gone double platinum.
  • Danica Patrick joined Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies for a take on “King of the Road” at a recent concert in Michigan.
  • The Avett Brothers played “Live and Die,” a song from their new album, The Carpenter, for NPR.
  • Here’s the video for Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians’ Nick Cave-esque song, “Bed Bugs.”
  1. Andy
    August 22, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Good article by Barry Mazor on Joey + Rory. Shame their new album HIS & HERS sold just 3,971 copies in its debut week (#24 Country) and fell off the charts last week! “Album of the year…no arguments. This IS country music” wrote Alan Cackett the editor of UK publication Maverick Magazine in his 5 STAR review on Page 92.

  2. Saving Country Music
    August 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I read that NPR article about Taylor Swift…

  3. Jack Williams
    August 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Read it, too. Author/NPR is taking quite a beating in the comments section. Here’s my favorite so far:

    “This is definitely punk rock! Reminds me of black flag! This is the most hardcore track i have heard since Cher’s Believe.”

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