Ken Landreth posted several live recordings of Doc at Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom festival in 1969 and 1971.
There’s an interesting article in The Atlantic about the history of headphones. An excerpt: If music evolved as a social glue for the species — as a way to make groups and keep them together — headphones allow music to be enjoyed friendlessly — as a way to savor our privacy, in heightened solitude. In the 1950s, John C. Koss invented a set of stereo headphones “designed explicitly for personal music consumption,” Virginia Heffernan reported for the New York Times. “In that decade, according to Keir Keightley, a professor of media studies at the University of Western Ontario, middle-class men began shutting out their families with giant headphones and hi-fi equipment.” Headphones did for music what writing and literacy did for language. They made it private.
At 2:00 p.m. Eastern, stream the Americana Music Assocation’s announcement of this year’s awards nominees at Paste.
Stream Alejandro Escovedo’s new album, Big Station (out 6/5).
Holly Gleason wrote a lengthy feature on Alan Jackson that’s posted at NoDepression.com.
Jewly Hight wrote a Nashville Scenecover story on Todd Snider that’s well worth your time.
Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost) is a recent documentary about Bobby Bare, Jr.: With very few interviews, the audience is along for the ride and drawn into the world that is Bobby Bare Jr. while he weaves his way thru complicated Rock ‘n’ Roll situations. You don’t need to know his music, listen to him, or even like him but you will relate to him. He embodies the American spirit, and when so many other musicians would step down or sellout, Bare Jr. steps up, even delivering lost airport luggage when not touring to feed his kids. This isn’t a glowing or pompous look at a musical diva, but rather a look at an artist who will do whatever it takes to live out his passion.
An excerpt from Miranda Lambert’s Parade interview about the best career advice she’s received: “Probably from my mom when I was just starting out. She would say, ‘In life and especially in career, know who you are and stick with it.’ I think that carried with me throughout my career and that’s what has kept me steady.”
CMT.com’s Chris Parton interviewedSteep Canyon Ranger Graham Sharp.
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.