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.”
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.
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.