Thirty Miles West Debuts at No. 1; Ron Block Works on Solo Album; Chet Flippo Remembers Frances Preston
Juli Thanki | June 15th, 2012
Chet Flippo remembersFrances Preston: Every music hall of fame that really matters has inducted her as a member, and she received honors galore. But those were not the things she talked about. She talked about what still needed to be done and about songs that she loved and songwriters who were continuing to be discovered. She originated the slogan, “It all begins with a song.” There were many good reasons she became known as “the best friend a songwriter ever had.” Kris Kristofferson called her the “songwriter’s guardian angel.”
Alan Jackson’s Thirty Miles West debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. It came in at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.
Naomi Judd will star in Hallmark Channel original movie The Nearlyweds; it’s scheduled to premiere in January.
Check out Elizabeth Cook’s Thursday nightLetterman performance.
Ralph Stanley’s music will be in upcoming moonshine film Lawless, which is coming out in late August. Emmylou Harris will also have music featured in the film, and the original songs are composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
There’s a good feature on singer-songwriter David Olney in the Tennessean. An excerpt: A reliably unreliable narrator, Olney has sung as baseball great Satchel Paige, as a ventriloquist’s dummy, as pool hustler Fast Eddie Parker, as a World War I-era French prostitute, as a bird and as lightning speaking to the wind. But the songs aren’t impressive because of their novelty, but because of their emotional depth and immediacy. “The part that always gets me is when you get into the song, and in the middle of the writing you lose track of time, you’re unsure where things are going and it gets to be a blast,” he says. “Every time out, I think, ‘You’ve got to keep your mind open to the possibility that what you’re going to write is going to be totally great.’ You can’t put too much pressure on yourself, but you can’t aim low.”
Chris Mateer of Uprooted Music Revue interviewedBen Sollee.
Watch footage of Josh Turner’s recent trip to NBC’s Today Show, where he performed “Time is Love.”
Out today: Life After Deaf, an huge Ryan Adams box set that includes 144 live acoustic tracks on fifteen LPs as well as 74 digital bonus tracks.
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.