Second Edition of the Encyclopedia of Country Music Published; Boxcars Ready New Album; Evolution of the Outlaw

Juli Thanki | February 3rd, 2012

  • In this piece penned by Jewly Hight for the Nashville Scene, Dierks Bentley reflects on his arrival in Nashville as a teenager: “I was so green. But I still moved here anyway, because I was so drawn to this town and country music. So I really moved here in a search for it, and I thought I’d find it, and the second I got here I kind of found something different was going on. I discovered Music Row first, in a way, through working with the CMA and working jobs on Music Row. I kind of found the business side of it first and kind of saw, you know, just a little bit of the package before actually seeing how it was made. It just wasn’t what I was looking for, and it didn’t look like it was as genuine as what I was hoping to find.”
  • A new Boxcars album will be out in March, says Adam Steffey.
  • Compilation record Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us, is slated for release on April 10. Artists featured on the album include Emmylou Harris, Dan Tyminski, Buddy Miller, and more. Here’s the full track listing.
  • The A.V. Club posted “Old L.A.” from Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker’s upcoming Woody Guthrie-inspired album New Multitudes.
  • A couple A.V. Club writers also took a look at the current country singles chart, singling out tunes from Billy Currington, Chris Young, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, and Justin Moore.
  • Country California digs recent Guy Clark and Merle Haggard tributes.
  • This summer, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Edens Edge, and the Eli Young Band are hitting the road together on RF’s American Band Tour.
  • Banjo whiz Jim Mills was recently featured on UNC-TV talking about (and picking) the five-string.
  1. Leeann Ward
    February 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

    The Mercyland compilation sounds like it’ll be good.

  2. Jon
    February 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Good for Edens Edge. They’re a good bunch of kids.

  3. Rick
    February 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Recently it was also announced (per The Boot website):
    “This year’s Country Throwdown tour will feature Gary Allan, Justin Moore, Eric Paslay, Sunny Sweeney and Josh Thompson.” I would like to combine this with the Rascal Flatts “American Band Tour” and then split them in two! First would be the “American Country Band Tour” featuring Sunny Sweeney, Gary Allan, Josh Thompson, Little Big Town, and Eden’s Edge! I would definitely go to see this show. Secondly we would have the “AirHead Country Throw-Up Tour” featuring Rascal Flatts, Justin Moore! (lol) Can’t say I care either way about the Eli Young Band, and I don’t know who Eric Paslay is.

    Opry Alert! Speaking of Eden’s Edge, they will be on tonight’s Opry along with the Del McCoury Band, Charley Pride, the Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Wariner, and Keith Urban. That is the strongest line up the Opry has had in awhile! Grade B+
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    My final Eden’s Edge comment is that after being on the Top 40 Airhead Country charts for months, their single “Amen” peaked recently at the # 18 and is now falling back. At least they cracked the Top 20 and hopefully radio stations will spin their future singles. In other radio news Sunny Sweeney’s “Drink Myself Single” has fallen off the chart recently after peaking at # 38. Hopefully her label has another radio single they will be launching immediately. Go Sunny!

  4. Jeremy Dylan
    February 5, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I assume Buddy’s doing Dylan’s ‘I Believe In You’ on that compilation record.

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