The Dirt Drifters Give Away New Album; Hank3 on The Lost Notebooks; Dale Ann Bradley’s Video Shoot

Juli Thanki | August 12th, 2011

  • NPR on the origins of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. And on Jeff Bridgesnew country record. And on the “new guard” of country music: most of the best-selling artists are neo-traditionalists who seamlessly integrate current styles and attitudes into classic approaches…[t]his new guard isn’t changing country so much as making the genre comfortable with the cultural shifts that have inevitably affected even the most traditional aspects of people’s lives.
  • Country Universe reviewed, by reader request, Ronnie Milsap’s “If You Don’t Want Me To.”
  • Check out some behind the scenes shots from Dale Ann Bradley’s video shoot for new single “Come Home Good Boy.”
  • Adam Sheets interviewed Hank3. The pair discusses Hank3′s upcoming albums, his thoughts on The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, and the Reinstate Hank project.
  • The Dirt Drifters are giving away 30,000 copies of their new album at their shows. Each attendee gets two copies so that he or she can keep one and pass the other along.
  • Dropping on October 11: Ryan Adams’ Ashes & Fire and Martina McBride’s Eleven. Coming out a week earlier: Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day.
  • Triggerman of Saving Country Music reviewed the Pickathon festival, held in the Portland area. Performers included Charlie Parr, Eilen Jewell, and Whitey Morgan & The 78s.
  • Remember Luke Bryan’s broken face and Tweeted picture of said face? It was caused by a skateboarding accident in NYC.
  • Chet Flippo, in his newest Nashville Skyline column, discusses Ronnie Dunn’s “Cost of Livin’.” An excerpt: “Dunn and co-writer Philip Coleman have created a modern classic.”
  • Check out Kellie Pickler’s new song.
  • Excited for Stetson Adkisson and Cia Cherryholmes’ upcoming EP? Here’s a sneak peek.

  1. Blake Boldt
    August 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    My first country album is coming out this fall, and it’s called 1. That will be followed by Two Albums Are Better Than One, Third Time’s the Charm and Fourplay.

  2. Blake Boldt
    August 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I obviously got a head start on the weekend.

  3. Jon
    August 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Erm, isn’t that HSB story like about 5 years old? The festival ain’t happening this coming weekend…

    • Juli Thanki
      August 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Yeah, but since we posted about the killer HSB lineup the other day, I thought a refresher on the festival was in order. Also, I think it’s cool. (That’s the main reason.)

  4. Jon
    August 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    If it doesn’t mention Hazel Dickens, then it’s not that cool. Just sayin’…

  5. Saving Country Music
    August 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Couldn’t disagree more with that statement/estimation of country music from NPR. They should stick to telling us what cheese goes best with our favorite Marin County wine.

  6. Barry Mazor
    August 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    “NPR” says nothing about country music; individual writers/commentators on there do. The”New Guard” story, for example, is from respected music writer Ann Powers. Agree or not, naturally, but the idea that a network said something about this, or a magazine did, or a site/blog did, when someone ON it did, is a distinction worth noticing.

  7. Rick
    August 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I sure wish Stretch Stetson and Cia Leigh had used a close mic for vocals on their 3 home made videos featured on YouTube. Its nice music to be sure, but the Civil Wars they ain’t.

    A skateboard incident huh? I thought Luke accidentally walked into a lowered tailgate of a home grown monster truck while distracted by some tan lines on a drunk girl nearby…

    I’ll get to see Eilen Jewel and Whitey Morgan perform live along with Brennen Leigh and others this coming Sunday afternoon here in LA, so I can compare notes with the infamous Triggerman. Go Roots Roadhouse L.A.!

    I think Shelton needs medication of some sort to calm his nerves and bi-polar tendencies. Lithium would be a good place to start…

  8. idlewildsouth
    August 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Try as I might, I just can’t take Hank3 seriously.

  9. Jon
    August 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    NPR-baiting, how quaint.

  10. Rick
    August 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Interesting Nugget: I received an email from Walmart this week saying they are pulling the plug on their MP3 music download service as of August 29th. I downloaded a couple of Rebecca Lynn Howard songs from Walmart.com a few years ago but have been using Amazon’s download service ever since. Walmart must have realized they no longer wanted to play in a sandbox dominated by iTunes and Amazon.

  11. Ken Morton Jr
    August 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    BREAKING NEWS- At the Indiana State Fair, the entire rigging has collapsed onto the crowd just before Sugarland was to be taking the stage. Dozens of injuries are being reported early. Fair officials will have a news conference at 10p local time.

  12. Leeann Ward
    August 14, 2011 at 7:43 am

    That’s terrible, Ken.

  13. Occasional Hope
    August 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I hope no one is hurt seriously.

  14. Occasional Hope
    August 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I see several people are reported dead. How tragic.

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