Ricky Skaggs is ICM Entertainer of the Year; Pistol Annies Work with T-Bone Burnett; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | October 31st, 2011

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  • The Pistol Annies are already working on new music together and have been in the studio with T-Bone Burnett. Ashley Monroe said the experience has given her a “mini stroke” because it’s so good.
  • David Nail had a pretty spectacular Friday. Not only did his beloved Cardinals win the World Series, he delivered a beautiful rendition of “God Bless America” in Game Seven.
  • At Charlie Daniels’ 75th birthday bash at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night, he was surprised by MG Max Haston of the TN National Guard with a promotion to Brigadier General. 
  • The Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards were held also on Friday and Ricky Skaggs, Joey+Rory, Jeff Bates, The Roys and Justin Moore were among the winners. 
  • Singer/songwriter Liz Anderson was hospitalized as a result of an undisclosed heart and lung disease.
  • Mallory Hope’s brother-in-law is being deployed to Afghanistan and she’s recorded a dedication to him called “Cost of Freedom.” Listen here.
  • Mindy Smith has launched a brand new website; it features lots of new video content and a nice selection of paintings that she has done over her career.
  • My Kind of Country finishes up its month-long look at a number of different Merle Haggard albums over his career.
  • Stream the new Justin Bieber/The Band Perry collaboration, “Home This Christmas.”
  • Greensky Bluegrass draws comparisons to the Grateful Dead in this review: “The psychedelic landscape depicted by the band’s name accurately represents its efforts to expand the limits of its beloved genre, while still remaining true to an authentic bluegrass sound. In ‘Handguns,’ there’s as much green sky as there is bluegrass. For instance, ‘Bring Out Your Dead’ is a grungy, blues-laden song that experiments with distortion effects — an interesting concept for an acoustic band — giving the mandolin, guitar and dobro a gritty edge.”
  • Life Fine Tuned is a small budget film about a rock star who gets stuck in the country and finds out that his bluegrass roots are better.
  • Taylor Swift covered Jack Ingram and brought Shawn Colvin up on stage in Texas last week.
  • Dave Donnelly, a regional country music singer/songwriter from Rochester whose life was a true country song, passed away at the age of 69.
  • New music videos (with a couple of live performances) from the past week:

Ella Mae Bowen – “Holding Out For a Hero”

The Dirt Drifters – “Always a Reason”

Luke Dickens – “True Love Never Dies”

Terri Clark — “The One”

Whiskey Myers – “Bar, Guitar, and a Honky Tonk Crowd”

JetSetGetSet – “Guitarman”

Anthony Tedesco – “Long Until Gone”

The Gothard Sisters – “The Three Coins”

The Viper Creek Band – “Crazy Tonight”

Paige Danner — “Nobody Loves You Like You Do”

Jill Brooks – “Toxic”

Charlie Lucas Band – “Not the Girl She Used To Be”

Caroline County – “Heaven in the Middle of Nowhere”

  1. Jon
    October 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Here’s a new (well, almost) video of an Infamous Stringdusters performance of a new song that Jeremy Garrett and I wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPhS-ovfSD4 .

  2. Jeremy Dylan
    November 1, 2011 at 7:41 am

    If anyone’s curious and hasn’t already bought it, the new Miranda Lambert record is all kinds of awesome.

  3. Rick
    November 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    So is T-Bone going to work the same kind of sonic “magic” with the Pistol Annies as he did on the dull and lifeless debut album from The Secret Sisters? I sure hope not. Since Ashley Monroe was released from the BMG label she has made connections with Jack White and now T-Bone Burnett as producer types. Who’s next on the agenda, Dan Huff and Brett Beavers? I think Keith Stegall would be a much better choice…

    The ICM Awards sure had a lot more interesting artist line up than the upcoming CMa Awards show does! Now that is a show I would have liked to have heard online. Oh well.

  4. Jeremy Dylan
    November 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    So is T-Bone going to work the same kind of sonic “magic” with the Pistol Annies as he did on the dull and lifeless debut album from The Secret Sisters?

    I don’t agree with your characterization of The Secret Sisters’ record Rick, but regardless – Burnett didn’t produce it, Dave Cobb did.

  5. Rick
    November 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Jeremy, I still think that T-Bone had a lot of input to the concept of recording an old-timey sounding album using vintage analogue and tube gear. So even though T-Bone wasn’t at the recording console, I still feel the ultimate sound and feel of that album was very much a T-Bone creation. (I will admit I may be way off base on this, but I just sense the T-Bone effect on that album.)

  6. Jon
    November 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Jeremy, I still think that T-Bone had a lot of input to the concept of recording an old-timey sounding album using vintage analogue and tube gear.

    Burnett doesn’t exactly have a corner on that concept, you know…

  7. Jeremy Dylan
    November 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Yeah, you could just as easily call that the Joe Henry effect.

  8. Jon
    November 2, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Who is Joe Henry?

  9. Barry Mazor
    November 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Seriously–or you just want Jeremy to fill in the blanks on the reference?

    Joe Henry’s out of indy rock, and for quite a while there, alternative country, and he made some quite good, quirky records in those areas himself (Kindness in the World, Trampoline) in the 90s and since–and has a new one of his own just coming out at the moment. He also became a turn-to producer, particularly of known R&B artists (Betty LaVette, Allen Toussaint) “revived” for the Americana market. Others he’s produced–Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mose Alliosn, Mary Gautier, and that Hugh Laurie jazz blues record. Jeremy’s comparison to T-Bone makes sense; Henry has much to do with the sound on all of those records he produces, and the records seem to target and score with similar audiences.

    • Juli Thanki
      November 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

      Joe Henry did a really nice job on the Over the Rhine record that came out earlier this year, too.

  10. Jon
    November 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Well, that’s all well and good, but indie rock and Americana producers and engineers don’t exactly have a corner on using vintage gear and techniques, which was kind of what I was trying to get at, and swapping out the name of one for the name of another doesn’t really address that.

  11. Barry Mazor
    November 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    If the question is, is ALL production done using that equipment a result of T-Bone Burnett influence (Or Henry’s) –then the answer is obviously no.

    Somebody seems to have asked who Joe Henry is, though, and I (mistakenly?) thought the question deserved an answer. Next time, maybe I’ll just try to ignore that guy’s questions.

  12. Jon
    November 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Your answer was fine, Barry – and really, Joe Henry’s heretofore been just an occasionally-floating-by name to me. So my comment was directed more toward’s Jeremy’s and Rick’s posts.

  13. luckyoldsun
    November 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Ya can’t make this stuff up!

  14. Mike McCall
    November 3, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Joe Henry produced the Rodney Crowell album “Sex and Gasoline” too, just to add a name familiar in these parts. I love the Over the Rhine album Juli mentioned, and his Solomon Burke record too–although I like the one Buddy Miller did even more.
    I liked his solo albums up through “Trampoline,” but since then he seems to over-reach a bit, and I don’t quite connect with them as much. But if his name is on a project, I usually want to at least check it out.

  15. bob
    November 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    There’s another Joe Henry who may be best known as a lyricist for John Denver. While Denver was the sole writer for most of his best songs, Henry was his most frequent collaborator.

    Henry’s first novel, “Lime Creek”, was published earlier this year.

  16. Barry Mazor
    November 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    There are probably a lot of people named Joe Henry who are not the one we’ve been talking about, Bob-but, to avoid any confusion, the novel is by the one we’ve been discussing. (You know–the one who invented recording old style )

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