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, NashvilleSymphony.org 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 StageIt.com. 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.
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.
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.