Taylor Swift Named Billboard Woman of the Year; Punch Brothers to Open for Paul Simon; Kasey Chambers Nabs ARIA Award Nominations
- Coming on December 1 from Texas A&M University Press: I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt, by Brian T. Atkinson. Barry Mazor was quoted in the press release: “Commendably, I’ll Be Here in the Morning celebrates the artful song maker and intellect Van Zandt was at his best and avoids further romanticizing the sadly self-destructive man lurking behind the songs. Atkinson takes testimony from the right people and comes away with a memorable, telling, often funny group portrait.”
- Little Big Town’s “Shut Up Train” is the iTunes Free Video of the Week.
- James McMurtry and Jason Isbell are touring together this fall. For a limited time, you can download a free, four-song sampler here.
- The World Café takes a look back at a 2007 session with Charlie Louvin and a 2003 appearance from Merle Haggard.
- The Americana Music Festival is underway in Nashville this week. Brush up on the nominees before tomorrow’s awards show.
- Sarah Darling, Phil Vassar, SHeDAISY, and more are taking part in Nashville’s “Let Us In” benefit concert in which proceeds will go to the Women and Cancer Fund, established in honor of Linda McCartney. Each artist will perform their own songs as well as a Paul McCartney song. An album, which will include performers who can’t attend the concert, will be released on November 21.
- Kasey Chambers, Keith Urban, Shane Nicholson, The Waifs, Troy Cassar-Daley, and Jasmine Rae are all nominated for ARIA Awards. The awards show will be held on November 27.
- Rita Ballou’s open letter to Sunny Sweeney, in which she professed her “complete and utter non-practicing lesbianic crush” on the singer, got her an invitation to a meet and greet (Sweeney appears in the comments).
- Sam Gazdziak wrote a must-read feature on Paul Burch and his killer Buddy Holly tribute record Words of Love over at Country Universe.
- Alison Krauss and Union Station have been added to the most recent All for the Hall benefit concert lineup. The show is scheduled for January 18, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
- The Band Perry, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, and more are all nominated for the fan-voted American Music Awards, which will be held on November 20.
- Toby Keith playing “Made in America” on a Japanese guitar shows his open mind and “healthy capacity for irony,” writes Lawrence Downes in this New York Times editorial.
- Chip Taylor and his grandkids recorded an album together. Read an interview with Taylor and listen to a song over at American Songwriter.
- Punch Brothers will open several shows for Paul Simon this November. In December, Brother Noam Pikelny will embark on his own tour to support a new album, joined by a band that includes Crooked Still’s Aiofe O’Donovan.
- Check out the trailer for Troubadour Blues, a documentary about “modern-day wandering minstrels” that features Mary Gauthier, Dave Alvin, and more.
Troubadour Blues Trailer from Tom Weber on Vimeo.