Sarah Jarosz & Milk Carton Kids Announce Tour; Rob McCoury to Release Solo Album; YouTube to Drop Content from Indie Labels

Juli Thanki | June 18th, 2014

  • On August 19, Rob McCoury will release his first solo album, The 5-String Flamethrower, on McCoury Music. Guests include Sonny Osborne, JD Crowe, and, of course, Del. (via press release)
  • The Guardian reported some crummy news for indie labels and acts: Independent artists could disappear from YouTube “in a matter of days” after the Google video service confirmed it was dropping content from independent labels that have not signed up for its upcoming subscription music service. YouTube is about to begin testing the new service – which will charge people to watch and listen to music without ads, and download songs to their mobile devices – within the next few days, initially within Google. The company’s head of content and business operations, Robert Kyncl, told the Financial Times that the service – previously rumoured to be called YouTube Music Pass – will launch more widely later in the year.  Update: thanks to our pal Sam for pointing us toward a new article with more information and discussion about the topic.
  • Sturgill Simpson released a video for his version of When in Rome’s “The Promise.”
  • Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids will embark on a fall tour beginning October 17 in Concord, New Hampshire. (via press release)
  • Any festivalgoers out there have trouble locating your tent each night? These guys have a way to fix that: “[A] super simple circuit, when strapped to a mobile phone, detects the illumination from a mobile phone backlight and turns on a small battery powered relay. This relay can be used to turn on a set of battery powered LED lights fastened to your tent. All you need do to find your tent, is phone it! When the phone in your tent rings, the lights will turn on.” Here are the instructions to build your own tent-finder.
  • Brandy Clark picked out 10 essential country albums for, including Patty Loveless’ When Fallen Angels Fly and Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson’s Pancho and Lefty.
  • Roger Ebert would have turned 72 today. More than 40 years ago, he wrote the first review John Prine ever received, which you can read here.
  • Several buildings at Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas ranch suffered some damage from “tornado-force winds.” In better Willie news, he visited ESPN to play “Bring It On,” the opening track from his new record. (warning: autoplay)
  • Here’s the track listing for Justin Townes Earle’s Single Mothers, out September 9 on Vagrant Records.
  • Jason Isbell talks about writing “Decoration Day” in this video taken at a show he recently played with former Drive-By Truckers bandmates Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood.
  • Stream Waylon Speed’s Southern rock album, Kin, before its June 24 release.
  • Brad Paisley performed two songs for upcoming Disney film Planes: Fire & Rescue.
  • Kellie Pickler tells Rolling Stone about some of her greatest influences, including Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, and her grandpa.
  • Here’s a new video from Mink’s Miracle Medicine, an Americana duo based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  1. bob
    June 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I checked out Brandy Clark’s picks of 10 essential country albums. Unfortunately, the list didn’t include one of my favorites: “12 Stories”.

  2. Jonathan Pappalardo
    June 18, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Brandy knows her country music. I knew about her admiration for the Patty Loveless record, but was impressed with her selection of The Judds and MCC. She did make one error, though. “Not Too Much To Ask,” MCC’s Joe Diffie duet, was a single. It peaked at #15 in 1992.

  3. Leeann Ward
    June 22, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Ha, Bob! I suppose that’d be pretty arrogant of her.:) Good list from Brandy and I appreciated that she wasn’t afraid to include two Garth Brooks albums…just validates my Garth andom for me. I mean, if Brandy Clark loves him and he was responsible for bringing her back to country music, I feel pretty good about being a fan of his.:)

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