Stream New Blind Boys of Alabama, JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers Records; WAMU Broadcasts Live from IBMA; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | September 24th, 2013

  • Jessica Bliss of The Tennessean takes a look at hick-hop.
  • Deborah Allen Price of CMT.com picks out 10 Alabama prime hits.
  • Brian T. Atkinson reviewed Lucinda Williams’ Americana Fest show, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of her self-titled album.
  • Ash Breeze has signed with Mountain Fever Records. The group (formerly known as The Smith Family) will release a new project later this year.
  • The New York Times published Marvin Rainwater’s obituary.
  • If you’ve got $17,000 laying around, one of the only known existing copies of Tommy Johnson’s “Alcohol and Jake Blues”/“Ridin’ Horse” 78 is up for auction.
  • If you’re not at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass festivities in Raleigh, our friends at WAMU Bluegrass Country are broadcasting there all week long, airing live performances from acts like The Gibson Brothers, Special Consensus and Lonesome River Band. Check out the schedule and listen online. If you’re near Raleigh this week, check out the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh, who we hear is holding a banjo for the next few days.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Fusilli recaps “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of this year’s Americana Fest.
  • Nate Rau (The Tennessean) goes into the studio with radio host Bobby Bones. (warning: autoplay)
  • Is Clear Channel going to stage a country music festival in Austin next spring? Probably.
  • Kacey Musgraves will play at pop star Katy Perry’s benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl October 23. Proceeds will go to the Young Survival Coalition, which is an organization dedicated to young women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • This week’s album releases (thanks for purchasing your music through our affiliate links, which allows us to keep the lights on):

Alan Jackson The Bluegrass Album

Sarah Jarosz Build Me Up from Bones

Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay Before the World Was Made

The Bankesters Love Has Wheels

Noam Pikelny – Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

Ernie Hendrickson One for the Dreamers

Owen Temple Stories They Tell

Neal McCoy PRIDE: A Tribute to Charley Pride

Allen Toussaint Songbook

Sioux City Kid Minutes, Miles, Troubles and Trials

TJ Broscoff The Break

JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers Wild Moon

Amy Allen Someday is Today

David Bromberg Band Only Slightly Mad

Declan O’Rourke Mag Pai Zai

Patty Larkin – Still Green

Ray Charles Ray Charles Forever (to go with your new Ray Charles postage stamps)

Various Artists Caffe Lena: Music from America’s Legendary Coffeehouse 1967-2013

Various Artists Country Fried Rock, Vol. 2: For Nuci’s Space 

  1. Rick
    September 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s show will feature Chris Stapleton (Yay!), Aaron Tippin, Larry Gatlin, Maggie Rose, Jimmy Wayne, Restless Heart, Drake White(?), and Opry Regulars “The Whites”. Most significantly Bill Anderson is NOT on the docket! (lol) Grade: B+
    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    I will definitely be buying the Brennen and Noel album but probably from their website so hopefully I can get it autographed. I’m really looking forward to this one. I’ll choose Noel over Jesse Dayton any day of the week, or month of the year, or…

    Dang, those early live broadcasts from the IBMA Awards Festival are in the morning before noon out here on the west coast when I’m not near a computer (and I don’t have a smart phone). Crikey! The one evening broadcast on Wednesday overlaps the “All Aussies” show on Music City Roots! DOH! I will try to sneak over during an MCR artist interview break to hear the Grasscats perform. I’d request “Blowin’ In The Wind” if I was there in person! (lol)

    Lucinda Williams also needs to be a first round inductee into the “Americana Music Hall of Fame” just like Gram Parsons! The one thing that the music of artists and groups like Lucinda, Son Volt, and Whiskeytown all have in common is that it never appealed much to me. I will always consider “alt. country and Americana” as second tier genres within the greater country music realm…

  2. Barry Mazor
    September 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    The AMA will be expecting your building fund check, Rick.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    September 24, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    “The New York Times published Marvin Rainwater’s obituary.”

    Marvin Rainwater wasn’t an Indian?…

    I haven’t been so deflated since I learned that Chief Jay Strongbow was really an Italian American named Joe Scarpa or something.

  4. Donald
    September 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Is it just me, or was today’s roundup especially interesting? As for Jim Fusilli’s suggestion that Lou Reed should be recognized by the Americana association, I have to say, Wha? Lou Reed is to Americana what Mumford & Son is to bluegrass. The suggestion seems a might silly, although hearing Jim Lauderdale covering “Walk on the Wild Side” is appealing.

  5. Barry Mazor
    September 25, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Especially interesting is good.

    As for Lou and Americana, there are connections; this, for instance:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdifDtBuPbw

  6. Jack Williams
    September 25, 2013 at 11:50 am

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