Jewly Hight of the Nashville Scene wrote an interesting article about the “audible divide” between country music’s men and women. An excerpt: For a while now, the dominant image of country radio’s target listener has been the suburban soccer mom, the presumption being that tender male balladeers are what it takes to keep her tuning in while she runs errands in her SUV. Here’s one problem with that idea: There’s not all that big of a gender disparity in the country audience, and poll results presented at this year’s Country Radio Seminar back this up. Women are in the majority, but not by much. What’s more, the musical impulses that are showing up in country right now don’t break down along gender lines the way you might think. That same CRS poll affirmed that the popularity pendulum has swung back toward crossover country, and harder stuff is a turn-off to the genre’s casual listeners.
Alejandro Escovedo’s version of “Sabor a Mi” premiered on NPR’s Alt.Latino.
Chris Isaak’s Sun Records concert special, Beyond the Sun Live, will premiere on PBS stations beginning June 2.
Chris Mateer interviewed Andy Bean of The Two Man Gentlemen Band. Here’s an excerpt where Bean talks about using Kickstarter to fund the band’s new record, Two at a Time: My initial response to bands using Kickstarter was “get a f*cking credit card.” That’s what we did for our first six records. We went hopelessly into debt to record and promote an album, then hit the road for a year and hoped like heck we’d sell enough of them to make it worth it. But, we’ve changed our tune about it. Having made a handful of hasty, ramshackle recordings in the past, we wanted to get the budget together to do something a bit less hasty, and a bit less ramshackle. And with our credit card companies more wary of us than they once were, and our fan base having grown enough that we wouldn’t have to hit up family and friends to contribute (which would make us uncomfortable because our families don’t particularly like the band), Kickstarter seemed the best way to get that budget together.
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.