Trisha Yearwood Gets Back in the Ring; Gillian Welch & David Rawlings Cover Johnny Cash; Dale Watson Stars in New Commercial
- Trisha Yearwood announced yesterday evening that she is preparing to release a new album called PrizeFighter through Sony Music Nashville/RCA Records. No word on a release date yet, but I hope it’s soon. Tomorrow works for me.
- Garth Brooks added another Chicago show, bringing the total to 11.
- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has slowly been revealing this year’s lineup by posting medleys of confirmed acts. So far it seems like Lucinda Williams, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Parker Millsap, Buddy Miller, The McCrary Sisters, and Hot Rize are among the numerous acts slated to appear.
- Out September 30: Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White’s first album together, Hearts Like Ours.
- Take a peek at Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Ark.
- On August 23, Hunter Hayes will perform at the U.S. Open’s annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.
- The New York Times’ Stephen Heyman looks at country music’s global popularity. An excerpt from the article:
“I think there’s real interest and more enthusiasm for our artists traveling overseas than ever before,” said Sarah Trahern, the chief executive of the Nashville-based Country Music Association, which has sponsored a popular concert series that brought artists like Brad Paisley to London and Dublin. “It’s not just an American format anymore.”
While superstars like Ms. Swift, who mixes her country-music sound with pop-rock elements, and icons like Ms. Parton have found success touring overseas, most American country musicians do not perform outside of North America. Ms. Trahern said that was because regional accents and “jingoistic references” in the songs make the music hard to export. “Sometimes, it’s lost in translation,” she said.
Since 2012, only a small fraction — about 8 percent — of the $1.1 billion earned by country music’s top concert tours has come from outside of North America, according to data from Pollstar.
Ms. Trahern said she expected those numbers to rise as more American country musicians realize how much demand there is for their sound abroad.
- Gillian Welch and David Rawlings covered “As Long as the Grass Shall Grow” for Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited. Listen here.
- Why are several lullabies also murder ballads? Ethnomusicologist Andrew Pettit says it might reflect the emotions of the child’s caregiver: “People have said that lullabies are the space to sing the unsung…A place to say the unsayable. You’re alone. Nobody is listening, and you can express the feelings that are not okay to express in society.”
- Our life coach Drunken Martina was interviewed for SiriusXM’s blog.
- Country Weekly premiered The Dirty River Boys’ new single, “Thought I’d Let You Know.” The alt-country band will release their second album on October 14.
- Bottle Rockets frontman Brian Henneman reflects on the band’s 20-year history in an interview posted on ReadtheHorn.com and mentions that they’ve got a new album in the works.
- David Bennum of TheQuietus.com looks back at Johnny Cash’s American Recordings.
- Dale Watson is starring in a new commercial for AT&T’s U-verse.
- Here’s a cute little radio piece about a bunch of kiddos in Alaska who busked to raise money for Bluegrass Camp.
- Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Jim James, Taylor Goldsmith, and Marcus Mumford set some old Bob Dylan lyrics to music; the resulting album, Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, will be released on November 11.
- Check out Lucette’s video for the spooky “Bobby Reid” and see if you recognize any of the actors.
- CMT premiered Shooter Jennings’ video for “Don’t Wait Up (I’m Playing Possum).”
- Randy Lewis wrote a piece on Dr. John’s new Louis Armstrong tribute album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch.
- Paste named Benjamin Booker one of the best of what’s next.
- Rootsy Aussie singer Lanie Lane will release her second album, Night Shade, in October. Listen to the album’s first single, “Celeste,” here.
- Of course Willie Nelson does card tricks.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …