Stream AMA Award Nominees Announcement; New Music From Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band; Miranda Lambert in Parade

Juli Thanki | May 31st, 2012

  • Jeffrey Brown and WAMU Bluegrass Country’s Katy Daley discussed Doc Watson on last night’s PBS NewsHour.
  • 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
  • Jewly Hight wrote a Nashville Scene cover 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.”
  •’s Chris Parton interviewed Steep Canyon Ranger Graham Sharp.
  • Due out August 7: Between the Ditches from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Check out the first single, “Devils Look Like Angels,” over at My Old Kentucky Blog.
  1. Jack Williams
    May 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I believe it’s a 6/5 release date on Alejandro Escovedo’s new album. That’s what Amazon says, as does his website.

    • Juli Thanki
      May 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      D’oh, you’re right. Escovedo plays Fallon on the 12th, but the record does come out the 5th.

  2. Jack Williams
    May 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Juli: Ahhh. So that’s why the Birchmere show was moved from 6/12 to 7/29. I’m planning on going to that one. Saw him and Sensitive Boys there in 9/2010 and it was a great show!

  3. Rick
    May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Somehow I’m going to have to force myself to ignore those Americana Award nominations, unless Elizabeth Cook gets a whole bunch that is.

    Trailer’s album covers are up to his usual high standards. I’m not sure sure about the McClymont sisters being sandy b*tches though. Hmm.

    I saw Reverend Payton live back in 2007 in Joshua Tree and all of the songs seemed to sound alike. That was one of the longest 50 minute sets I’ve ever had to endure. He’s no Horton Heat by any stretch of the imagination.

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