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Juli Thanki | March 15th, 2012

  • 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 interviewed Jonny 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.
  • Edd Hurt of the Nashville Scene talks with Alison Krauss about Paper Airplane, covering “Dimming of the Day,” and producing Alan Jackson’s Like Red on a Rose.
  1. Jon
    March 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Love Buddy Miller, but how is this:

    “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.”

    anything other than the flip side of “the latest is always the best?” Less magic, more hard work!

  2. timeo
    March 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I’m glad Snider has another record coming out…because that Stoner’s Fable thing is a mess and a major disappointment

  3. Rick
    March 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Re Buddy Miller’s comment: Some of the finest sounding ribbon microphones ever made were designed and bulit by Western Electric back during the 1930′s and 1940′s. If these old mics are properly restored, they can hold their own with any new mic available today. I don’t think they should smell though…

    Kudos to Kellie Pickler for doing the combined USO Tour / Honeymoon. That will rank as one of the most unforgettable honeymoons ever! (lol) Kellie has more patriotism in her pinky finger than Obama has in his entire pathetic being…

    Gosh, Todd Snider doing a covers album! I can’t imagine anything better than such a golden voiced crooner covering another artist’s songs! (lol)

    I’m glad some people find Jonny Corndawg’s schtick entertaining for his sake. Can’t say I’m one of them.

    Wow, the Band of Heathens considers 25 songs a “sampler”? For some artists that would be their entire song catalog! Might have to check that one out.

  4. idlewildsouth
    March 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Rick, I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Todd Snider. I disagree with pretty much everything he thinks, but he does go about it in a fairly entertaining way. Anyway, the Jerry Jeff album, assuming you enjoy Jerry Jeff, it should be a decent album. If you find some recordings from back in the day, Todd Snider actually has a much stronger voice than you would think. Most of his stoner, laid back personality is kind of a bit.

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