Todd Snider’s the subject of this Paste feature, which also reveals that [n]ext month Snider will be releasing Time as We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker, an album of Walker’s songs to celebrate his 70th birthday. The disc will contain 14-15 songs from the 15-30 Snider recorded with producer Don Was and the backing band Great American Taxi. The project is payback to the man who unknowingly launched Snider on his career.
Kellie Pickler explains why she and her husband honeymooned in Iraq, where Pickler performed as part of a USO show: “It was so romantic,” Pickler joked to Parade magazine about the honeymoon. “No, it was just that I had already committed to going over there and I wasn’t going to cancel because that wouldn’t have been right.”
CMT’s Chris Parton interviewedJonny Corndawg, who offered up these thoughts on singer-songwriters: I think “singer-songwriter” is kind of a four letter word to me. Like, “Oh, god, singer-songwriter. What do you mean? Like Joan Osborne or like ’90s Alanis Morissette?” Obviously, the word “singer” and the word “songwriter” on their own are exactly what I do, but when you put them together, it just has a new meaning. Like, “Oh, I’m a singer-songwriter,” and I’m like, “Ugh, gross. Get away from me.” (laughs)
Buddy Miller talks writing, producing, and recording in this interview with Cowboys & Indians Magazine. Here’s his philosophy behind recording with old microphones: They’re the best sounding mikes. There’s something about singing into a 70-year-old microphone that’s disintegrated and maybe stinks a little bit … it’s got some soul. You don’t know what’s been recorded on that or who sang into it. To me, it’s something that’s a bit magical, instead of a brand-new out-of-the-box microphone.
Jeff Tweedy and Martin Guitars have partnered to design a custom acoustic guitar; the 00-DB Jeff Tweedy will be unveiled next Monday.
Bloodshot Records is offering a free download of Maggie Bjorklund’s “The Anchor Song.” Bjorklund, who plays pedal steel, will be joining Jack White on tour.
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.