The Little Willies Return; Own the Night Tops Charts; New Dale Watson Video

Juli Thanki | September 22nd, 2011

  • The Little Willies are back, with a second album due out in January that will feature covers of “Lovesick Blues,” “For the Good Times” (also the title track), “Jolene,” and more.
  • At 7pm Central tonight, is streaming Bela Fleck’s “Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra.”
  • The 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards, held October 28th in Nashville, will be hosted as an online ticketed webcast via  Ricky Skaggs and Joey + Rory are two of the acts scheduled to perform.
  • Is Bill Monroe’s legacy fully appreciated by those outside the  realms of bluegrass and Americana?  An excerpt from the must-read feature by Grayson Currin and Marc Masters: Monroe’s impact on popular music is difficult to identify and trace because he started something that is definitively niche and deliberately limited; you can hear traces of bluegrass (and so, Monroe) in hundreds of bands, from simplistic rock and heavy metal to experimental music and certainly the symphonic indie swells of the last decade. Most any band that shows too many traces of bluegrass, though, is almost immediately sequestered into the Americana realm.
  • Little Big Town and Clay Walker are performing at this year’s Holiday Notes from Home concert, taping October 6. Tickets are free, with preference going to military members and their families.
  • Curly Seckler will be inducted into the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame this Saturday.
  • Chris Young will be on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Monday night. Ben Haggard recently posted on Facebook that Merle Haggard will be appearing on Conan in the near future; we’ll keep you updated.
  • Eric Church bears a striking resemblance to the Unabomber, as you’ll see in this helpful post from Farce the Music.
  • Peter Cooper’s newest column tells the fascinating story of Jesse Lee Jones, “Lower Broadway’s traditional country music torchbearer.”
  • The Suwannee Springfest lineup was announced yesterday: Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Duo, Justin Townes Earle, Split Lip Rayfield, and more are slated to play the Florida festival in March of 2012.
  • Check out the new(ish) music video from Dale Watson & The Texas Two.

  1. Leeann Ward
    September 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    So excited about the new Little Willies album! I really didn’t think there would be another one.

  2. Rick
    September 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I hope the band is a little tighter on this go round with The Little Willies. The first album kept crossing the line between sounding “live” and “sloppy”. I will admit Norah Jones’ vocal skills do cover a multitude of sonic sins though.

    “Ticketed Webcast” huh? I sure hope Music City Roots doesn’t get any ideas here. On the other hand offering low price (in the couple dollar range) online access to many of the concerts at the IBMA and AMA festivals would be interesting as long as the broadcast quality was top notch (like MCR).

    Well considering the only song Elvis ever got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry was “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, I’d have to say Bill Monroe’s influence had a powerful effect there!

    Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Rascal Flatts show that pop-rock country is the way to go for big sales volumes in this shrinking market. Just further cannon fodder for the Top 40 AirHead Country radio programmers to continue their downward spiral into utter mediocrity.

    If that concert tonight was featuring Ryan Shupe rather than Bela Fleck, I might be motivated to tune it. Oh well…

    Hank III continues to redefine the concept of artistic self-indulgence. Crikey!

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