Tom Paxton Launches Kickstarter; Miranda Lambert, Trey Fanjoy Collaborate on Movie; Stray Birds Sign with Yep Roc

Juli Thanki | July 31st, 2014

  • The Stray Birds will release their Yep Roc debut, Best Medicine, on October 21. (via press release)
  • American Songwriter premiered Grace Askew’s new video for “Cinnamon.”
  • Miranda Lambert is collaborating with award-winning director Trey Fanjoy (who has worked with Lambert on several videos) and screenwriter Cindy McCreery (whose page lists her as the writer of Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove) on the movie script Something in the Water, a “romp about five women challenging their men in a bass fishing competition.”
  • Lucero frontman Ben Nichols is out on a solo tour.
  • Check out “We Rise” an a cappella song recorded by Rhiannon Giddens, Charly Lowry, and Pura Fe for the Music Maker Relief Foundation’s 20th anniversary. (The song can also be found on the NC Music Love Army’s We Are Not for Sale.)
  • Jewly Hight wrote a fascinating piece on Southern blues singer Adia Victoria. An excerpt:

    In Nashville, she’s still enough of an unknown that she opens for more established acts like Those Darlins and Deer Tick, taking the crowds entirely by surprise. “I love watching people’s faces when they look at me,” she says, “’cause when they see a black girl get on stage, with a guitar, fronting a band, they’re like, ‘OK, what’s this gonna be? Soul music? India.Arie? What’s she gon’ do?’ And then I start performing and it’s disbelief: ‘I didn’t know black girls could do that.’” “That” could refer to the style of music Victoria and her bandmates are playing — shadowy, angular, southern-accented, indie-leaning blues. But it could just as easily refer to the utterly unhinged persona she lets loose during her shows. “That part of me, Adia Victoria — that’s my stage name — she’s very real to me. She’s very much alive. And there was a point in my life where I was letting her run my life. But as I got older, I realized, ‘I don’t have to change you — I just need to channel you. Because [otherwise], you’re gonna ruin my life.’ So on stage, I let her go free. It’s a safe place for her to come out and interact with people.”

  • Kenny Chesney is co-producing a documentary on football coach Steve Spurrier.
  • There was a piece about Cowboy Jack Clement’s last album on NPR the other day.
  • posted a feature on bluegrass personality Bill Knowlton, whose Bluegrass Ramble Picnic is in its 42nd year.
  • Barry Gibb sold his Hendersonville property once belonging to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash to a Texas businessman who wants to turn it into a residential facility treating those suffering from eating disorders.
  • Dom Flemons was on NPR’s Fresh Air the other day. Listen here.
  • Here’s the track listing for Brad Paisley’s Moonshine in the Trunk.
  • Bluegrass band Whiskey Shivers will release a self-titled album – produced by Robert Ellis – on September 23. (via press release)
  • Amy Speace wrote a poignant column about one of her role models, the late Jack Hardy, for American Songwriter.
  • Listen to playlists celebrating 50 years of the Cambridge Folk Festival.
  • Remember a couple weeks ago when we premiered “The Darker Side of Me,” an excellent track from Otis Gibbs’ forthcoming record, Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth? Of course you do. Now the song has a video.


  1. A.B.
    July 31, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I think I understand why the eating disorder facility wants to be located there besides it being the former Cash home: Old Hickory Lake.

    I just wouldn’t want that in my neighborhood either if I lived in an expensive neighborhood like that. There has to be other locations with Old Hickory or the Cumberland right there that they can locate to.

    When I first saw the article title yesterday, I thought it had something to do with Marty’s Nashville Recovery Church that he helped found.

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