Ricky Skaggs to Be Inducted into Gospel Music HoF; Dierks Bentley Will Play Sept. CMA Songwriters Series; Miss Leslie Lauches Kickstarter

Juli Thanki | August 9th, 2012

  • Randy Travis’ misadventures allegedly began earlier in the evening when he entered a convenience store “butt naked and demanding cigarettes.”
  • Brian T. Atkinson of the Austin American-Statesman interviewed Vince Gill. Here’s an excerpt in which Gill discusses whether he’s mastered the guitar: There’s always something to learn. I think the real beauty of becoming a better guitar player is the willingness to edit yourself and only play what’s necessary. When you’re young, there’s a sense that you have to play everything you know. As you get older, you hold your cards different and try to make more of an economy of it…It’s like golf. The possibilities are endless. To me, there’s always a different way to play that instrument. In golf, it eventually ends up in the hole, but music is infinite.
  • Miss Leslie just launched a Kickstarter page to raise funds for an upcoming album and e-book.
  • There’s a free David Wax Museum sampler available for download on NoiseTrade.
  • Rolling Stone readers voted on the top ten Neil Young albums.
  • Iron & Wine covered “Long Black Veil” for We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash. The special will air tomorrow on PBS.
  • Stream The Dust Busters with John Cohen’s upcoming album, Old Man Below.
  • Emmylou Harris talks with American Songwriter’s Caine O’Rear about the upcoming Woofstock event, which will benefit her animal rescue organization, Bonaparte’s Retreat.
  • Dierks Bentley, Jim Beavers, Bob DiPiero, and Jaren Johnston will take part in the next CMA Songwriters Series on September 13 at Joe’s Pub in NYC.
  • Debuting next month at IBMA: new bluegrass band American Drive, which includes members from JD Crowe & The New South and Justin Jenkins from Grasstowne.
  1. Janice Brooks
    August 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for the mention of Miss Leslie’s kickstarter page. Our former websight and my friend in Houston
    gave her first album big coverage in 2005 and I’ve been a friend and fan ever since.

  2. chickette
    August 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I’m very disappointed to learn that Randy Travis smokes cigarettes. :(

  3. timeo
    August 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    The Lucinda Williams rendition of “Hurt” from “We Walk the Line” is one of the was interpretations of a song I’ve ever heard. I’ll be interested if it’s any better when you can see it as well as hear it.

  4. timeo
    August 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    The Lucinda Williams rendition of “Hurt” from “We Walk the Line” is one of the WORST (sorry, didn’t mean to hit the submit button) interpretations of a song I’ve ever heard. I’ll be interested if it’s any better when you can see it as well as hear it.

  5. Rick
    August 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Miss Leslie has got to stop being so danged independent! If she were to sign up with the Heart of Texas label folks, she could wind up in Nashville doing an E.T Record Shop Midnite Jamboree and maybe guest on the Opry! She has got to widen her strategic horizons! (lol) Her ex-guitar player is now Amber Digby’s husband, so she’s got direct connections. On the other hand Leslie’s indie albums sound better than most Heart of Texas products. Hmmm….

    I was thinking that maybe the Wild West Songwriters Festival would have something to do with cowboy and western artists. WRONG! Who in the hell are those people? Sheesh!

  6. Barry Mazor
    August 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I kind of disagree with Timeo; Hurt is exactly the kind of song Lucinda is known for, and in a real ways it’s more her sort of thing than it ever was Johnny Cash’s, who, IMHO, saw the depth and pertinence in what was there across a great sociological divide and knew how to make the most of it. (All it takes to think that’s the best “Johnny cash record’ on the other hand, is to, basically, know nothing at all about the actual Johnny Cash and what he did for decades, nothing but the finger photo.)

    Anyhow, Lucinda does there, I think–what she does.

  7. Leeann Ward
    August 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I’m not fond of Licinda’s Williams’ version of “Hurt” either, I must admit.

    Very sad about Randy Travis. I hope he will get some intensive help vry soon.

  8. Barry Mazor
    August 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I think there’s a very context interesting question, today, on whether when hearing a version of “hurt” people are relating it to Johnny Cash, or Nine Inch Nails, or both! And I’m not saying that to be cute; it’s interesting.

  9. Barry Mazor
    August 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    That should have bene “Interesting context” question. Sometimes wish there was a quick edit button, as there is on Facebook these days..

  10. Andrew
    August 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    @CHICKETTE, Randy Travis gets a naked DWI and looks like he may have some serious alcohol problems, but the cigarettes are the part that bothers you?

  11. Barry Mazor
    August 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    And that “bene” should have been been, But you knew knew that. One of those days. Just got a down computer back up..

  12. chickette
    August 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    @ Andrew: Yes.

  13. Leeann Ward
    August 10, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I’m quite familiar with both versions of “Hurt”, as my husband is a Nine Inch Nails fan (Johnny Cash too), so I kinda associate the song with both. My problem with Lucinda Williams’ version, to be honest, is that I’m just not a fan of hers. I’ve tried to appreciate her music, since so many people that I respect do, but it just hasn’t happened. Even on the excellent Rodney Crowell/Marry Carr album, hers is the one track that I don’t like.

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