Stream Howlin’ Brothers, Brandy Clark Albums; Strait, Jackson to Salute George Jones at CMA Awards; New Releases

Juli Thanki | October 15th, 2013

  • Jeffrey Steele, Randy Owen, Will Jennings, and Layng Martine Jr. were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Sunday.
  • Grandpa Jones would be celebrating his 100th birthday this Sunday. Peter Cooper wrote a fine feature on the Country Music Hall of Famer; consider it mandatory reading.
  • Brandy Clark’s 12 Stories is streaming at NPR. The Howlin’ Brothers Sun Studio Sessions EP is streaming on CMT Edge.  
  • David Royko of The Chicago Tribune wrote a feature on Noam Pikelny and Chris Thile and their reinventions of Kenny Baker/Bill Monroe and Bach, respectively.
  • Randy Lewis (The L.A. Times) interviewed Johnny Cash biographer Robert Hillburn. Read Hillburn’s take on Cash’s “dark California days” here.
  • ATO Records’ free Fall Sampler includes songs by Caitlin Rose, Drive-By Truckers, Rayland Baxter, and more.
  • Did you guys hear The Stanley Brothers’ version of “Precious Memories” on The Walking Dead Sunday night?
  • “Five pickers, one banjo” is far more enjoyable than “two girls, one cup” (if you don’t know what that last thing is, don’t Google it).
  • The lineup for the 2014 Red River Songwriters’ Festival was announced this morning; it includes Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, Walt Wilkins, Drew Kennedy, and others.
  • The New Yorker gives some love to Tony Rice and his recent Hall of Fame induction speech at the IBMA Awards.
  • Paste premiered a video of The Wood Brothers playing “Stealin’.”
  • Scott Avett on the current popularity of Americana: The changing form of somewhere between rock and country and folk is really beautiful, and it’s been happening way longer than us or Mumford & Sons. It might be a perfect storm right now, with what’s happened with pop culture and the economy, even in the way people eat and live their lives – the back-to-the-earth sort of thing…In the end, none of the textures of it will really matter that much. It will really just come down to what it always comes down to, which is quality of songwriting.
  • Lady Antebellum postponed their tour until early 2014 in order to accommodate the November release of the deluxe edition of Golden.
  • Chris Young tackled Eric Clapton’s “Change the World” for a Grammy.com video.
  • Taylor Swift on pushing her musical boundaries: [My] favorite thing about Nashville is that it’s a music hub that accepts and allows all genres to be present, and I think there’s been a kind of fusing of genres lately that for me makes me really happy and excited. I am blown away at getting six CMA nominations in a year that I pushed the boundaries of what a genre is more than ever before. I’m so happy that people understood what I was doing conceptually. Getting those six CMA nominations to me signified that this community knew that I was not running from where I come from. I was exploring, and I think the more people who know what country music is, the more people will gravitate toward Nashville.  
  • George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church, and Florida Georgia Line have been added to the list of performers at this year’s CMA Awards. Strait and Jackson will collaborate on a George Jones tribute during the show.
  • Keith UrbanJasmine Rae, and Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson are among the nominees for this year’s ARIA Awards; the winners will be announced December 1.
  • Shania Twain announced several more Vegas show dates; tickets go on sale Friday, but “trained horses, a live band, and a flying motorcycle” aren’t cheap.
  • This week’s album releases (if you dig these daily news roundups, we’d appreciate it if you’d buy your music through our affiliate links below, as it helps us offset server costs):

Will Hoge Never Give In

Howlin’ Brothers The Sun Studio Sessions

Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy A Tell All

Donna Ulisse Showin’ My Roots

Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward The Apology: Part 2 (stream here)

Up the Chain Seeds and Thorns

Jett’s Creek The Wait is Over

Kathryn Legendre Old Soul

Willie Nelson To All the Girls…

The Avett Brothers Magpie and the Dandelion

Black Oak Arkansas Back Thar N’ Over Yonder

Linda Thompson Won’t Be Long Now

Jason Daniels Dashboard Visions and Rearview Reflections

Elizabeth Mitchell The Sounding Joy: Christmas Songs In and Out of the Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook

Bourbon Boys Hail to the Chief

Logan Brill Walking Wires

Scotty McCreery See You Tonight

James Booker Classified: Remixed and Expanded

Patti Page From Nashville to L.A.: The Lost Columbia Masters 1962-1969

  • A DVD:

Jason Aldean Night Train to Georgia

  • And a book:

Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries, edited by Robert Shaw and Peter Szego

  1. Grace
    October 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I love the NPR Brandy review as well – I’m almost as excited reading everyone’s excitement about 12 Stories as I am about the album release. Just such a pleasure seeing it getting the praise it deserves.

  2. Eric Banister
    October 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    If anyone is interested in more info on the new Cash book, Henry Carrigan has a great interview with Robert Hilburn posted at Music Tomes: http://musictomes.com/?p=1077

    (And I apologize for the shameless promoting :) )

  3. Fervor Coulee
    October 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Next time it says, ‘Don’t google it,’ I won’t.

  4. Cory
    October 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

    My right eye won’t stop twitching after that Swizzle quote……..*Sideshow Bob Grumble*……..

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