Rounder Signs Shelby Lynne; Ronnie Fauss, Over the Rhine Announce New Albums; Jean Redpath Passes Away
Juli Thanki | August 22nd, 2014
Rounder Records has signed Shelby Lynne. The label will release a 15th anniversary edition of I Am Shelby Lynne (with bonus tracks and a concert DVD) on October 7. Yesterday, USA Today premiered a clip from that concert film. Lynne also recently completed a new album that is tentatively set for a release in early 2015.
Ronnie Fauss’ Built to Break will be released November 4.
Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, and Hunter Hayes, among others, will perform at the ACM Honors on September 9 at the Ryman. This year’s honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Ronnie Milsap, Bob Beckham, Steve Buchanan, Kris Kristofferson, Buck Owens, Dean Dillon, Toby Keith, Paul Moore, Carrie Underwood, and Rascal Flatts.
On November 4, Over the Rhine will release a holiday album called Blood Oranges in the Snow; the record will include a cover of “If We Make It Through December” as well as originals that the duo describes as “Reality Christmas.” (via press release)
This Boston Globe article says that Sturgill Simpson and producer Dave Cobb have already started work on a follow-up album to Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and that they “hope to cut as many as three albums by next year.”
Scottish folksinger Jean Redpath passed away after a battle with cancer. She was 77. Redpath had been a regular on A Prairie Home Companion and had performed and lived with Bob Dylan and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. If you haven’t, check out her multiple Songs of Robert Burnsalbums.
Kelefa Sanneh of The New Yorker takes a look at “Country Music’s Taylor Swift Problem” now that the singer-songwriter has officially gone pop with her freakishly catchy new single: In a mix-and-match culture, it’s refreshing, and somewhat miraculous, that country music still exists as a genre and a radio format and a culture, able to nurture a promising teen-aged singer-songwriter with a knack for impossibly memorable love songs. A country music that can do that might also be a country music strong enough, and stubborn enough, to hear a surefire hit from one of the biggest pop stars in the world and tell her goodbye, for now.
Hot Rize released a video for “Blue is Fallin’” from their forthcoming album When I’m Free, due out in late September.
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to help fund Far Western, a documentary about Japan’s country/bluegrass music scene.
Justin Townes Earle to TheFader.com: If you say “I play country music,” you have to follow it up with real country music and whoo-whoo and all this shit. I made The Good Life. I went out on the road, and I did not like what I was saying. I’m never going to make two records the same. I haven’t yet, and I’m going to continue to change them. My first honky-tonk band was put together about six months before I made The Good Life. That was an “I want to do this” record. After I saw where that was taking me, it was not the direction I wanted to go in. I didn’t want that fan base. I didn’t want to play the Grand Ole Opry. I did once and I don’t want to ever again. Country is a very narrow thought. There’s no room to branch out on it. I’m a serious classic honky-tonk fan, and I believe you shouldn’t do anything to it. I moved into a more experimental mode of combining all the kinds of music I like into something a little more neutral.
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.