Stream Howlin’ Brothers, Brandy Clark Albums; Strait, Jackson to Salute George Jones at CMA Awards; New Releases
- 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.
- Here’s a lengthy NYT article on the new book Inventing the American Guitar.
- 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?
- Valerie June played an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
- “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.
- Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy released a new video for “Since Jimmy Came.”
- Here’s a new Quotable Country.
- 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’.”
- Tommy Scott’s obituary is in today’s New York Times.
- 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 Urban, Jasmine 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.
- Ashley Monroe played “Two Weeks Late” for CMT.
- 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
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
- 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
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.