Sugarland Performs at Nobel Peace Prize Concert; Brian Wright Offers Free EP; Stream Bob Dylan Tribute Album

Juli Thanki | December 13th, 2011

  • Kenny Baker, Keith Coleman, Herman Johnson, and Woody Paul of Riders in the Sky will be inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame in April 2012.
  • On Saturday night Taylor Swift accepted the Nashville Symphony Harmony Award, which is “presented to individuals who exemplify the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s music community.”
  • On Amnesty International’s Facebook page, you can stream the upcoming four-disc Bob Dylan tribute album, which includes Carolina Chocolate Drops, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, and Pete Seeger.
  • In case you happen to be in need of a Florida mansion with barn and guitar-shaped swimming pool, George Jones’ former home in Lakeland is for sale.
  • Americana singer-songwriter Brian Wright is giving away a free EP of live in-studio versions of songs found on his 2011 album House on Fire.
  • Terry Roland of San Diego Troubadour interviewed singer-songwriter Ellis Paul. Here’s Paul’s response when asked if there’s a spiritual component to his songwriting process: In the sense that there’s the spirit of creating something, yes. I want to honor that. But, it’s not religious. It’s a soul experience. The songwriter wants to elevate the listener emotionally. If I don’t feel it, then how is this audience going to? If it doesn’t happen when I write it, it won’t happen when you hear it. But, as far as the spiritual part of it goes, you’ve got to care for it. You know, it’s sensitive to time and place. It comes out of experience. It can’t be like they used to do in Nashville where you sit in a room where nobody knows anyone. Then, you’re trying to write songs for commerce, not for spirit or from experience. That’s why it’s folk music. It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with the other. I mean, I still feel the Beatles when I write. But, I write to try to capture the essence of an experience. I’m a witness to it.
  • Mac Wiseman saved Peter Cooper’s Christmas: If you want to be grumpy about Christmas, I’d suggest doing anything in the world except listen to Mac Wiseman sing about peace and goodwill. I can’t be cross with anyone or anything while hearing Mac’s “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.” Immediately, I loved everything: children, animals of the forest, Duke University basketball and that sharp, scraper thing at the dentist’s office. Even Kenny G.
  • Learn how to play “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on the mandolin, courtesy of Roland White.
  • Enter American Songwriter’s Brad Paisley giveaway and you could win an autographed copy of his book Diary of a Player.
  • Sugarland performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo with artists including Janelle Monae.

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