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Juli Thanki | April 19th, 2012

  • Dick Clark passed away yesterday. Clark had several ties to country music, including the country show he hosted in the early ‘50s, Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders.
  • Here’s an article on Justin Townes Earle from New Zealand. An excerpt: “I’ve found that whether it’s country music, which is usually sung by white people, or the soul music and gospel that rose out of the black churches, it’s all essentially the same music, it’s just the atmosphere that made it what it was. The Carter Family were singing songs that were mostly based on religion, and on hard times and on everyday life, which is the same thing the Staple Singers were doing, and they were even doing it in the same fashion almost. They were using about three or four chords, and doing it as simply as they could, and it was a real raw music that rose out of these places.
  • Thanks to Redd Dirt for posting this link in yesterday’s news roundup to clips from Carrie Underwood’s new album.
  • Stream Todd Snider’s Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker at Texas Monthly.
  • Robbie Robertson on Levon Helm: Levon is one of the most extraordinary talented people I’ve ever known and very much like an older brother to me. I am so grateful I got to see him one last time and will miss him and love him forever. 
  • There’s an article on NPR’s blog about the effect music can have on those with Alzheimer’s: “Even though Alzheimer’s and various forms of dementia will ravage many parts of the brain, long-term memory of music from when one was young remains very often.”
  • For vinyl lovers: Bluegrass Today’s Daniel Mullins interviewed Ben Blackwell of Third Man Records.
  • Want to nudge your young children toward bluegrass? Parenting Magazine named “Barnyard Bluegrass” one of the best kids apps.
  1. Rick
    April 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Classic Country Opry will feature The Time Jumpers (WooHoo!), Chick Mead, Holly Williams, T.G. Sheppard, and Riders In The Sky. Now that’s what I call a nice mix. Grade: A

    It’s sure nice that CMT has Edward Morris. He is a welcome counter balance to all the pop culture fluff that Alison Bonaguro endlessly dispenses.

    I bought a CD a few years back that was from a Nashville Film Festival event and most of the music was not very pleasant. I hope their taste in films is far superior to their music choices…

  2. timeo
    April 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Cactus Dick…there’s a nickname no one would take anymore, except as a joke…

    • Juli Thanki
      April 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      …or an unfortunate medical condition.

  3. Barry Mazor
    April 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    During the few years he had a weekly prime time “Beech Nut” show (1958-’60) in addition to Bandstand, Clark brought Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton and Jerry Lee Lewis, and The Everlys, among others (like The Fendermen!) , to prime time..

  4. bll
    April 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    As a long devotee of folk music and its Celtic ancestor I enjoyed the AV Club article. Its nice to see Pete Seeger is still out there playing, as I’ve always loved his music.

  5. Jon
    April 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee is the #1 album in the country.

    Too bad it’s so uninspired.

  6. Chickette
    April 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Too bad it’s so uninspired.

    Too bad it’s not country

  7. Jon
    April 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Because if it isn’t country, it can’t be good?

  8. Chickette
    April 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I didn’t say it wasn’t good. You did.

  9. Jon
    April 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I didn’t say that you did. I asked a question – a question which, by the way, you haven’t answered. Why do you believe that it’s “too bad” that the record “isn’t country?”

    As for me, I didn’t say that it wasn’t good, I said that it was uninspired. I like to choose what I believe is the best word to use in any particular circumstance. If I wanted to say it wasn’t good, that’s what I’d have said – but I didn’t.

  10. Donald
    April 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    So, good music can be uninspired and uninspired music can be good? I’d like to hear examples of both. Not really, I suppose.

  11. Barry Mazor
    April 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    If “inspired” means anything at all, not very much of it is very often, which is to say, far as I can see, lots of pretty good music that people enjoy but that you couldn’t call t “inspired” gets made by professionals (even playing the same song for the 4537th time) all the time. Now dance.

  12. Jon
    April 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    My point was simply that Chickette’s claim was incorrect. Is it too much to expect to be quoted correctly?

  13. luckyoldsun
    April 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    “I didn’t say that you did. I asked a question – a question which, by the way, you haven’t answered. Why do you believe that it’s “too bad” that the record “isn’t country?””


    (A)–Why the hell SHOULD she answer your question?; (B) Your initial question was too sarcastic or cryptic to even answer; and (C) Just to deflect your abuse, I’ll answer it on behalf of Chickette–and she can tell us whether I’m right or wrong:

    Chickette likes COUNTRY music. The Lionel Richie album is being marketed and promoted as a COUNTRY album. She eagerly listened to the album–or cuts from it–anticipating hearing some COUNTRY music. Her expectations were thwarted when what came out of her speakers turned out not to be what she considers country music. So she typed the fateful sentence “Too bad it’s not country.”

  14. Jon
    April 22, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I find it nearly impossible to believe that Chickette could be as clueless as your hypothesis suggests.

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