Steve Martin to Narrate Banjo Documentary; Martina and George Touring in 2012; Reggae Loves Country

Juli Thanki | September 2nd, 2011

  • Blue Ridge Outdoors has a new, free “trail mix” compilation full of rootsy music for you to enjoy.
  • Vince Gill and Sting are going to tape an episode of CMT Crossroads in New York; it’ll air this November.
  • Reggae and country have had a half-century romance, says Baz Dreisinger of NPR Music. An excerpt: Country’s popularity was boosted by the birth, around the same time, of cinema in Jamaica. Westerns were a big draw. “A lot of Westerns are essentially morality plays,” [Colin] Channer says. “And if you look at the way the church is so important in Jamaica, you can see how the way in which stories with moral themes, stories of revenge, stories of comeuppance would be popular there.”
  • The state of Indiana will pay $5 million to the victims of the stage collapse.
  • The Dirt Drifters are giving away a song per month to fans on their email list.
  • Country radio is missing some “down-to-earth women who bring their strong feelings and emotions to their music,” says Chet Flippo in his newest column.
  • Martina McBride and George Strait are set to tour together beginning in January 2012.
  • Stephen Deusner of Paste penned a nice feature on Robert Earle Keen.
  • Easton Corbin took batting practice with minor league ballclub the Bradenton Marauders while he was in Florida.
  • Have a happy and safe Labor Day, everyone.

  1. Leeann Ward
    September 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Nice one regarding Chris Young, Juli.:)

  2. Jon
    September 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I bought a Desmond Dekker album back when “Israelite” hit US radio, and his was the first version of “Tips Of My Fingers” that I ever heard. Didn’t know it was a country song until years later.

  3. J.R. Journey
    September 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    “So I’d say the country world is definitely ready for the “Mississippi Girl” to “Breathe” another “Wild One” into the mix.”

    I’m as happy as the next guy Faith Hill will be releasing new music soon, but that is a sickening mash-up of her songs.

    Thanks for the 2 My Kind of Country links.

  4. Rick
    September 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Really enjoyed the Chet Flippo column and agree with his sentiments about country music needing more strong women stars on AirHead Country Radio. Sorry Chet but the marketing research groups don’t agree with us.

    I guess it was the religious proclivities of Jamaicans that gave us the Rastafarian religion with the basic precepts of smoking lots of ganja and worshiping former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. Reggae music arose from this tradition and I really don’t see any movie western or Christian morality influences anywhere in that…

    I’d rather have some real organic trail mix than just a bunch more free downloads. Oh well…

  5. Ben Foster
    September 3, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Can’t wait to hear some new music from Faith Hill. Big fan! It’s been too long.

    “…ready for the ‘Mississippi Girl’ to ‘Breathe’ another ‘Wild One’ into the mix”?? Seriously, Alison?

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