Radley Balko of the Huffington Postponders Americana: America is a nation of mongrels. American culture is a fluid, organic mix and hybridization of other cultures. It seems appropriate, then, that the most well-known champion of Americana music at the moment is Robert Plant, a British rock ‘n’ roll god who rose to fame by mimicking (sometimes rather blatantly) American blues artists.
The Academy of Country Music is bringing back the Songwriter of the Year category for the 2012 ACM Awards show. The award’s only recipient to date? Roger Miller.
Peter Cooper spoke with John Carter Cashabout new book House of Cash. “I know a lot of people see him as a staunch, dark figure,” says John Carter. “And maybe the darkness is the thing that leads a lot of people to him. But his humor is one of the most important aspects of who he was, and that’s been sadly overlooked. My dad was sometimes downright goofy, in a good way.”
Saving Country Music posted a feature on Ray Lawrence, Jr., a songwriter who went from staying in a Phoenix homeless shelter to appearing on a Hank3 album. The Triggerman also wrote an article about the underrated Caleb Klauder.
Jo Dee Messina and her husband are expecting their second child.
Martina McBride stopped by Rhapsody HQ for a video interview, where she talks about a project she’d like to do (a big band record) and what she’d do if she wasn’t a country singer (plan parties).
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.