Vince Gill on Bakersfield legends: “Merle’s acceptance and positive assessment of this album means everything to us. The most important thing is to have Merle know how much I respect him. I’ve known him, and I knew Buck, for a long time. To know your heroes is very sweet. I remember being awestruck when I did ‘Hee Haw’ in the 1980s and got to meet Buck for the first time. I’ve been awestruck every time I’ve been in the presence of either one of them. No matter what I have achieved, that reverence will always continue. I still very much feel like their student.”
The Avett Brothers will release their next album, Magpie and the Dandelion, October 15. Listen to the record’s first single, “Another is Waiting,” at NPR.
CMT Edge premiered Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys’ “What a Dream It’s Been,” the title track of the band’s upcoming album celebrating their 25th anniversary.
Mike Stinson to the Houston Chronicle: “I don’t feel like I owe country music anything…No one loves it more than I do. And I made three albums of straight country. But the country-music world never embraced me. I was never invited to the party or invited to participate in anything. So I’m out here on my own and I’m happy with that.”
The next Missy Raines & The New Hip album, New Frontier, will be released August 27. Guests include Sam Bush and Farewell Drifter Zach Bevill.
Country Weekly premiered “What is It with You,” a song from the deluxe edition of Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party.
Here’s an excellent piece on JJ Grey written by Ted Scheinman for the Oxford American.
Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away Tour is thoroughly covered in this Billboard feature.
Listen to a version of “Pretty Saro” Bob Dylan recorded in 1970. It’ll be on Another Self Portrait, due out in three weeks.
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.