Stream New Tracy Lawrence Single; IIIrd Tyme Out Partners with Cracker Barrel; Six Degrees of Reba McEntire

Juli Thanki | October 26th, 2012

  • Speaking of Fleck, here is an older YouTube video of his take on Saint-Saens’ delightfully spooky “Danse Macabre.”
  • Rodney Crowell chats with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Nick Cristiano about Kin and the upcoming duets album with Emmylou Harris: “It’s an idea we’ve batted back and forth for 35 years,” Crowell says of the set, which includes only a few of his own songs. “It’s not an album about me making a statement as a songwriter. It’s just an album of Emmy and I singing songs we wanted to sing together. I enjoyed it from the point of view of ‘Hey, I’m making a duet record with Emmy, one of the great singers. I’d better step up and sing my ass off.’”
  • Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, and Mumford and Sons are proving that the album isn’t dead yet.
  • Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, and Little Big Town will perform at the American Country Awards in December.
  • In January, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will release their new album, Timeless Hits from the Past Bluegrassed, through Cracker Barrel’s record label.
  • Peter Cooper spoke with Bonnie Raitt before her show at the Ryman this weekend.
  • Take the “Six Degrees of Reba McEntirequiz on the ABC News website.
  • The Huffington Post put together a slideshow of some of David Gahr’s music photography, including shots of Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, and others.
  • Indie musician Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service) on the country music influences found on his new record: “The reason George Jones is so amazing is you hear George Jones sing and you’re just like, ‘Oh God, that voice. So incredible!’ Anything he sings sounds so great. He takes songs he didn’t write and makes them sound like he wrote them. I have really got an appreciation for that. There’s a little bit of steel on the record here and there, [but] I wanted to be careful to try and not make a record that was completely of a genre that I don’t quite have the authority to dip too far into. But to just kind of nod to it here and there because it is something that I really love.” 
  • Acoustic roots band East of Westreville played “I Am a Pilgrim” and other songs at the late George McGovern’s prayer service.
  • Download Shovels & Rope’s “O’ Be Joyful” and The Stray Birds’ “Dream in Blue” for free at NPR.
  • Chris Mateer interviewed duo Cahalen Morrison & Eli West.
  • Don Steinberg of The Wall Street Journal wrote an interesting article about Eric Church and other contemporary country acts who are bringing in rock sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s. An excerpt: On country radio these days, it’s easy to hear echoes of Bad Company, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Joan Jett. For music fans raised on the straightforward guitars and ragged drumbeats of classic rock, the latest country music has a familiar ring. “What you’re hearing is a change in the way country songs are mixed,” says Brian Philips, president of Country Music Television. “You’re hearing dirtier guitars, turned up louder in the mix. The rhythm section is more prominent. The drums are heavier. The vocal is a little more defiant. It’s a rock mix. It’s very different from what you would have heard in Nashville a decade ago.” Rock and country have fed on each other since before Elvis Presley showed up at Sun Studio, of course. What’s different now is that today’s country stars grew up in a world when rural America was less isolated than before. Country traditions abide in some quarters, but for these artists, rock—even heavy metal—was the currency.

  1. Mike Wimmer
    October 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I have no problem with more Rock sounding Country songs, I mean I love the more Traditional sound as well, my problem with Country radio/most of modern mainstream Country is how awful the songwriting is in a lot of the songs. It’s truly, truly awful, embarrassing songwriting.

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