Stream Darrell Scott’s New Album; Catch a Stetson and Cia Show; Read The Nashville Scene Country Critics Poll
Juli Thanki | January 26th, 2012
Folk Alley is streamingDarrell Scott’s upcoming album, Long Ride Home.
The 2012 ACM Award Nominees were announced this morning. Check out the entire list here.
The Nashville Scene’s 12th Annual Country Critics Poll is up. Check out the results and read some comments from Engine 145 writers Karlie Justus, Blake Boldt, C.M. Wilcox, and Sam Gazdziak.
Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation) and wife Megan Mullally shot a pretty funny country music video for a song called “Wings of a Dragon” over at College Humor. Listen with headphones if you’re at work.
Do you want to buy a sweater that depicts a cat playing the banjo? Kellie Pickler, fashion designer Geren Ford,and the ASPCA have you covered. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the ASPCA.
Tom Russell on Bob Dylan: He’s an artist. We have precious few. He’s kept going, in spite of the constant booing and critical distractions along the way. He shattered our idea of poetry and song. He virtually altered our notion of folk music. He built his own church on the old concepts, and created a new vision. He gave me religion.
“Good Girl,” Carrie Underwood’s first single from her upcoming album due out in the spring, will hit airwaves starting February 23.
The Tennessean posted a photo gallery of Wynonna’s performance with the 105 Voices of History, a choir whose members hail from the 105 historically black colleges and universities in the U.S.
Don Kelley, whose band plays several nights a week at Robert’s Western World, is the subject of Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean feature.
Chris Klimek of the Washington Post caught a Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell concert that showcased some of Adams’ best and worst qualities: After Adams spent two hours living up to his reputation both as a flaky, distracted performer and as a superb songwriter with a stunningly clear and nimble set of pipes, Isbell joined him on stage. (Isbell had begun the long evening with his own strong if too-brief set.) The two Southern men bantered while unhurriedly working out what to play. We’d grown accustomed by this point to lengthy intervals while Adams flipped pages in his dog-eared songbook and floated anecdotes that dissolved (“I don’t know where I was going with that)” more often than they landed.
Tonight at 8:30 Eastern, the Acousticana Journal is streaming a Stetson and Cia show as the duo celebrates the release of their self-titled album.
Kathleen Edwards chats with Jewly Hight of the Nashville Scene about the different direction she took on her new record: “Don’t get me wrong,” she says, “I’m a slave to the song, and I believe that great records are only great records because they have great songs on them.” But, she adds, “I don’t wanna just do verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus-chorus, which in the right place and time, I mean, there’s nothing wrong with that. I just sort of felt like I’d done it and I didn’t want to keep doing it.”
Here’s another Tennesean piece worth reading, about the late folksinger Karen Dalton and the recently released album of her home recordings, 1966.
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.