Stream Songs from Van Zandt, Willis & Robison; The Band Perry & Dierks Bentley to Pay Tribute to Johnny Cash; Peter Rowan Goes Old School

Juli Thanki | November 30th, 2012

  • Listen to a track from the upcoming Townes Van Zandt collection Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972.
  • American Songwriter is streaming “Border Radio,” a song from Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison’s upcoming record, Cheater’s Game.
  • Peter Rowan’s next record, The Old School, will be released in the spring. Here’s a teaser.
  • Reba McEntire was interviewed for an article in The Advocate. An excerpt in which she talks about covering “Fancy”: My producer before Tony Brown was Jimmy Bowen, and he said, “Oh, woman, you won’t be doing that song about a prostitute.” I said, “Yeah, but it’s a rags-to-riches song and … that’s what I like to sing.” I want to sing something people can relate to. And have feelings for. Not just about gum.
  • The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley will perform together in a tribute to Johnny Cash at the Grammy nominations concert on December 5. Hunter Hayes has also been added to the show’s lineup of performers.
  • Here’s a fine interview of Eric Gibson (The Gibson Brothers) by Jewly Hight.
  • An excerpt from Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean feature on Bobby Bare: While other fine interpreters trade on vocal range and technical virtuosity, Bare’s strength is his phrasing and his nuance. He treats each song as a story to tell. Sometimes the story is one of resignation, as on his cover of Merle Travis’ “Dark as a Dungeon.” Sometimes it’s ribald, as with his delivery of Shel Silverstein’s “The Devil and Billy Markham,” a lengthy poem that Bare set to music and that name-checks Nashville songwriters Red Lane and Vince Matthews. “That one was real easy,” Bare says. “I’ve been doing Shel songs forever.” Perhaps not “forever,” but certainly for the past 40 years. Bare has always gravitated toward writers who imbue simple melodic structures with literary lyricism: His favorites include Silverstein, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson and Billy Joe Shaver. Oh, and Woody Guthrie: On “Darker Than Light,” he wrote a song about Guthrie, concluding “Time has taken everything, one thing I still own/ I can still pick up my guitar and sing a Woody Guthrie song.” 
  • Kelly Dearmore interviewed Old Crow Medicine Show’s Critter Fuqua for the Dallas Observer.
  • Cuts from Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Shelby Lynne, John Prine, Buck Owens, and more made the Los Angele Times’ list of the saddest Christmas songs.
  • Our pal Dave Woods interviewed Billy Dean about new record A Man of Good Fortune. Listen here.
  • Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale’s Buddy & Jim album was reviewed on NPR.
  • Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, and Booker T. & The MGs were among yesterday’s inductees to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
  • The McClymonts won Best Country Album at the ARIA Awards for their record, Two Worlds Collide.
  • On Monday, Gary Allan’s new video for “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” will premiere on USAToday.com. Until then, here is a brief trailer.
  • Shania Twain answers five questions for USA Today in this video interview.
  • Big Kenny will receive the Malaika Award from the African Children’s Choir on December 3 in recognition of his work in the Sudan. Kenny is the second U.S. recipient of this award.
  • Billy Joe Shaver was interviewed for Albany’s Times Union.
  • This old Dolly Parton/Carol Burnett clip isn’t news. It is, however, delightful.

  1. Redd Dirt
    November 30, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Another news tidbit:

    Carrie Underwood to Star as Maria Von Trapp in NBC’s Live Broadcast of ‘The Sound of Music’

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/11/30/carrie-underwood-to-star-as-maria-von-trapp-in-nbcs-live-broadcast-of-the-sound-of-music/159757/

    • Juli Thanki
      November 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks, Redd!

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