Stream Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott’s New Record; Brad & Carrie Return as CMA Awards Hosts; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | August 13th, 2013

  • Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the CMA Awards for the sixth consecutive year.
  • The Jane Austen’s House museum is raising money to buy the writer’s ring from Kelly Clarkson. (h/t Arlene)
  • The best part of AMC’s Low Winter Sun is the theme song, “Hustlin’ in the Motor City,” performed by Bettye LaVette.
  • Loretta Lynn on the news that she’s one of this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom: “This is a big dadgum deal.” She is the best.
  • Stream Made Up Mind, the fine new Tedeschi Trucks Band album, on Amazon.
  • There’s a lengthy USA Today feature on Glen Campbell. (warning: there’s also an autoplay video)
  • Over the Rhine is offering a free NoiseTrade download of five songs from their forthcoming double album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World.
  • Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands will release their next album, Tess, on September 17. (via press release)
  • Banjo player Terry Baucom’s Never Thought of Looking Back is scheduled for release on August 20.
  • The CMA Songwriters Series will be in Austin on September 11.
  • Keith Urban to Rolling Stone: “There’s nothing new about crossover country material…That’s happened since the Fifties. Glen Campbell was just much a pop star as he was a country star. There’s really nothing much country about ‘Wichita Lineman.’ The singer makes it country. What Taylor [Swift] is doing [now], Barbara Mandrell was doing that in the Eighties, [and] Shania Twain did it in the Nineties. “I’ve always found country to be basically like a church…It’s got to keep evolving, but it’s gotta do it in a way that it doesn’t lose its values or its core congregation. But it has to continue attracting new parishioners.”
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Fusilli wrote a feature on producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams), who ventured onto the other side of the glass to cut a “no-frills folk-blues” debut album.
  • Randall Roberts of The L.A. Times reviewed Willie Nelson’s Stardust show at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • Our Twitter pal Janice pointed us toward a release we missed last week: Homer & Jethro Slaughter the Standards on UK label Jasmine Records.
  • This week’s album releases:

Valerie June Pushin’ Against a Stone

Glen Campbell See You There

Miss Leslie Lucky

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages Dig Thy Savage Soul

Bela Fleck with the Nashville Symphony & Brooklyn Rider The Imposter

Erin Enderlin I Let Her Talk

Luke Bryan Crash My Party

Ashton Shepherd This is America (out August 16)

Johnny Cash LIFE Unheard and LIFE Unseen: An Illustrated Biography

Carrie Underwood The Blown Away Tour (DVD)

  1. Arlene
    August 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    If I had to predict which country music singer owns a first edition printing of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” Kelly Clarkson would never had made my top ten guesses but how great is that? I’m extremely envious.

    • Juli Thanki
      August 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      I’d venture that the only Austen/Austin many of them have heard of is Stone Cold Steve.

  2. Juli Thanki
    August 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm
  3. nm
    August 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    That’s very sad to hear about Tompall Glaser.

    A warning for those who aren’t familiar with Homer & Jethro: if you listen to their versions of songs you will never be able to sing the originals right, ever again.

  4. Barry Mazor
    August 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Well, maybe Sherrié Austin, Juli…

  5. Dave D.
    August 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Can’t wait to get home and crank up Miss Leslie’s new album.

  6. Rick
    August 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    From above: “Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, and Lady Antebellum took home Teen Choice Awards.” Gosh, I know I’m an old fogey, but I actually remember when country music appealed mainly to adults….

    I really like Keith Urban’s well though out analogy regarding mainstream country music: “I’ve always found country to be basically like a church…It’s got to keep evolving, but it’s gotta do it in a way that it doesn’t lose its values or its core congregation.” Sadly I don’t think Keith has quite yet grasped that Top 40 AirHead Country has lost it’s core musical values and us old time congregants headed out the door years ago down the street to the old time revival tent…

    I will definitely have to check out the new Miss Leslie album and Ashton Shepherd’s as well for top songs to cherry pick. While poking around on Amazon recently I also discovered that Yvette Landry has a relatively new album out as well. It’s definitely downloading time!

    Last minute Opry Alert! Tonight’s show will feature Alabama (yawn), Del McCoury, Terri Clark, The Black Lillies, Mark Wills, Brett Eldridge and Bill Anderson. Grade: B

  7. Paul W Dennis
    August 14, 2013 at 6:34 am

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