Swift and Aldean to Perform at Grammys; New Music From Kathleen Edwards, Moot Davis and Angela Easterling
Juli Thanki | January 12th, 2012
How does Dolly Parton manage to escape fashion criticism? The folks at Jezebel have an idea: [S]he’s so fantastic that the peanut gallery cannot find it within themselves to hate on her. Nobody wants to genuinely critique or criticize Dolly Parton because she’s universally loved for her unabashed tackiness. She rolls around in sequins, embellished lace, and waxy wigs like a pig in shit.
A woman pulled a 1924 Gibson F-5 “Lloyd Loar” mandolin (an instrument made famous by Bill Monroe, who used a ’23 F-5) out of her closet to be appraised by the Antiques Roadshow. Check out the clip to get a close look at the instrument and see how much the expert says it’s worth. If you happen to be in search of a similar Lloyd Loar mandolin, Elderly Instruments has one they’re selling for $225,000.
Elizabeth Cook and Kenny Vaughan guest on Moot Davis’ new album, Man About Town. Give a listen to “Rags to Rhinestones” and a few snippets from the record here.
Check out the video for The Steel Wheels’ “Rain in the Valley.”
Phil Vassar is returning to his old stomping grounds of Lynchburg, Virginia on April 4 and 5 to play benefit concerts for the Miller Home for Girls.
On January 21, Big Machine head honcho Scott Borchetta will be interviewed at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Tom Lanham of Paste chats with The Little Willies about the new album, and Norah Jones reveals she’s working on material for a solo record due out in the spring.
Yesterday Jo Dee Messina gave birth to a baby boy, Jonah Christopher Deffenbaugh. Jonah is her and her husband’s second child.
Here’s a new video from Pam Tillis and Kris Thomas. The song “Two Kings” pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Elvis Presley.
Edward Morris of CMT chats with David Nail about his new album and the influence of Glen Campbell on his music.
Listen to a track from the upcoming Woody Guthrie tribute New Multitudes from Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Anders Parker, and Will Johnson.
Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards.
The Edmonton Journal has an article about Canadian roots bandTiller’s Folly and their upcoming album, Go the Road, which features guests Josh Shilling and John Cowan.
NPR’s Song of the Day is Shelby Lynne’s “Heaven’s Only Days Down the Road,” a song about her father’s murder of her mother and subsequent suicide.
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.