Stream New Casey Driessen, Julie Roberts Albums; Black Friday Releases Announced; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Launch Tour
Juli Thanki | October 23rd, 2013
Leon Ashley passed away on October 20. He was 77. Robert K. Oermann writes that “Ashley made history in 1967 when he became the first person to have a No. 1 hit with a song he wrote, published and sang on his own record label. That song, ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got),’ became a favorite also recorded by artists such as Marty Robbins, Claude King, Kenny Rogers, The Newbeats, Frankie Laine, Tom Jones, Hank Locklin, Tommy Collins, David Houston and Brook Benton.”
Stream Casey Driessen’s new record, The Singularity, at Relix.com. The Singularity is a pretty neat project, as every sound on the record was created through fiddle, voice, and looping. Be sure to listen to his carefully constructed take on “Billie Jean.”
Doug Davidson (Laurel River Line) passed away at the age of 45 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Slaid Cleaves to Tricia Despres of The Chicago Sun-Times: “I just can’t stand that bigger-than-life, good ol’ boy kind of country music. It’s all pretty cheesy if you ask me. Whenever I accidently come across any nationally recognized music, it turns my stomach pretty much. All the videos are sexed up with people just trying to push buttons and get people all riled up. I have a friend who writes for a living in Nashville, and he tells me that last season it was all about banjos and now it’s all about tailgates and trucks. He tells me you got to hit those notes if you ever want to get your song cut. I mean, c’mon.”
Former Infamous Stringduster Jesse Cobb will release his first solo album, Solitude, on November 12.
The Avett Brothers joined Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) for a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Footsteps” on Fallon.
This year’s Black Friday releases will include material recorded by Uncle Tupelo, Roy Orbison, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jason Isbell and John Paul White, Townes Van Zandt, and many others. Check out the full list on the Record Store Day site.
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.