Special Consensus to Release John Denver Tribute Album; Tenn. Government Salutes Connie Smith; Little Big Town Debuts New Video
Juli Thanki | February 12th, 2014
T Bone Burnett’s got a new job as the executive music producer and composer for HBO’s True Detective.
Special Consensus and friends (including Peter Rowan, Dale Ann Bradley, John Cowan, and several others)will release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute toJohn Denveron Compass Records March 25. (via press release)
Remember that time we linked to a new video of Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison doing “Harper Valley P.T.A.”? Of course you do; it was only a couple weeks ago. Anyway, the MP3 is now available on Amazon too.
Filmmakers/professors Jesse and Glenda Drew are putting the finishing touches on Open Country, a documentary which “explores country music’s roots in folk tradition and what the Drews say was a strategic, McCarthy-era separation by the music industry of the folk classification from a new genre dubbed ‘country and western.’ The distinction, the Drews assert, aimed to distance country from associations with politically minded folk artists like [Pete Seeger].”
Buck 22 and Billy Ray Cyrus’ hip hop remake of “Achy Breaky Heart” is a serious contender for Worst Song of 2014. Your move, Florida Georgia Line.
Thanks to our Twitter pal Amanda for pointing us toward Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 561, which recognizes Connie Smith’s 50 years in music and 49 years as an Opry member.
Lee Zimmerman of The Bluegrass Situation interviewedJim Lauderdale.
Grantland’s Steven Hyden praises Eric Church’s The Outsiders in this lengthy review.
Americana band Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards are jamming with musicians in India as part of the American Music Abroad cultural exchange program. The band is also traveling to Bangladesh and Kazakhstan.
Despite rumors generated by a recent post she made to her Facebook page, Kathleen Edwards says she’s not quitting music.
Here’s a pretty sweet clip from Bob Dylan’s 30th anniversary concert featuring an all-star collaboration on “My Back Pages.” The concert will be released on DVD and Blu Ray in the first week of March. (warning: autoplay)
So Justin Moore is nominated for the ACM New Artist of the Year Award despite the fact that he’s…not a new artist. Plus, he’s sold more than 500,000 copies of his first two albums, which should render him ineligible for that category. However, the ACM Board of Directors “discussed the stipulation with regard to Moore, and determined that including him as an eligible artist in the New Artist category would be more in the spirit of the New Artist of the Year Award, than excluding him would have been.” Oh, okay then.
I Draw Slow released a new video for “Valentine.”
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.