UNC to Celebrate Alan Lomax; Bonnaroo Lineup Announced; Stream New Edie Brickell & Steve Martin Song

Juli Thanki | February 20th, 2013

  • People reports that Mindy McCready was prepared to release a suicide-prevention PSA featuring “I’ll See You Yesterday,” a song that was “intended for her next album.” Following her death, her friend and the video’s director, Dan Hanks, posted it on YouTube.
  • Listen to “When You Get to Asheville,” a cut from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s forthcoming album, Love Has Come for You (out April 23 on Rounder Records).
  • Dierks Bentley, Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, and Montgomery Gentry are a few of the artists who will take part in George Jones’ final Nashville show this November.
  • On Friday, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host a celebration of Alan Lomax with lectures and performances featuring Rayna Gellert, William Ferris, Anna Lomax Wood, Tom Piazza, Nathan Salsburg, and John Szwed.
  • The Tennessee Supreme Court refused to hear Curb’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling that [Tim McGraw] was free to record with whomever he wished while his legal fight with his longtime label continued through the court system. An appeals court affirmed that ruling last year and Curb sought the Supreme Court’s help. The court signed an order last week denying the appeal.” 
  • Last month, Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley toured Europe for two weeks. Bluegrass Today posted a video travelogue made by one of Bradley and Gulley’s bandmates, Slovakian banjo player Richard Cifersky.
  • The 2013 Folk Alliance Conference begins today in Toronto.
  • DeFord Bailey and Howlin’ Wolf are among the artists who will be honored Saturday at Cumberland University’s Celebration of the Arts Concert. Proceeds will go to the Roy Bailey African American Museum & History Center.
  • Rodney Atkins is preparing to record a new album for release later this year, reports G.K. Hizer of Urban Tulsa Weekly.
  • Chad Klimack of the Newark Advocate profiled bluegrasser Mike Andes of Nothin’ Fancy.
  • Kix Brooks, Chris Young, Jason Aldean, and David Nail are a few of the acts who will play at the first Faster Horses Festival this July in Brooklyn, Michigan.
  • Will Hodge of CMT Edge interviewed Tyler James of Escondido.
  • The 2013 Bonnaroo lineup was announced yesterday. Our pals The Bluegrass Situation will be there with their own stage, hosting an Ed Helms Superjam with special guests.
  • Big Machine signed The Cadillac Three.


  1. bob
    February 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Although he disses one of my favorite groups, the Eagles, the prime cut man does say good things about “Little Victories”, one of the best tracks on the great Blue Sky Riders debut album.

  2. Jon
    February 20, 2013 at 10:42 am

    That Steve and Edie song is fine; the story is, for the most part, ok, although there is this gratuitous piece of misinformation:

    “Bluegrass, like jazz and blues, is an original American music, made initially by cranky, withered, and sometimes mean-spirited white men drawing on two-part tunes, played mostly on fiddles.”

    Cranky, sometimes mean-spirited, maybe, but withered? Scruggs was in his early 20s, Monroe in his mid-30s, the rest in between. As it was made initially, bluegrass was a young man’s music – one of the reasons that it had the influence it did on the young rock’n’rollers who came along just a few years later.

  3. Ken Morton, Jr.
    February 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Tacking on to Jon’s comment, an argument could easily be made that it wasn’t even “white men” that were the earliest influencers on bluegrass music. Bill Monroe is quoted often on the influence of African-American gospel influence on his music and the banjo itself was the central instrument of African-influenced music in early Colonial America.

  4. Rick
    February 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    The person who wrote “by cranky, withered, and sometimes mean-spirited white men” definitely voted for Obama! I’d wager money on that…

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s show features the zany Aussie Henry Wagons, Samantha Crain (who resembles America Ferrera), Shawn Byrne (any relation to David Byrne?), Ed Snodderly (who should cover “If My Nose Was Running Money”), and The Banditos (who prefer Fritos 2 to 1!)
    Link: http://musiccityroots.com/

    So Ed Helms has literally bought himself a stage gig at the Bonnaroo Festival! It must be nice to have that kind of money to blow…

    It’s nice to read about Mike Curb getting kicked to well, the curb! Score a win for Timbo!

    A new “Prime Cuts” over at Country California eh? Looks like my pocketbook is about to take a hit here.

  5. Luckyoldsun
    February 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    The Steve and Edie track is mangificent–without a doubt, the best work they’ve done since “Our Love Is Here to Stay.”

  6. Jon
    February 21, 2013 at 8:54 am

    “The person who wrote “by cranky, withered, and sometimes mean-spirited white men” definitely voted for Obama! I’d wager money on that…”

    I’ll bet that not many people find that amusing, and even fewer care.

    “So Ed Helms has literally bought himself a stage gig at the Bonnaroo Festival!”


    Ken, the piece referred not to early influencers, but to the originators of bluegrass, all of whom were white men. That, like their ages, is just a fact.

  7. Barry Mazor
    February 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    But Jon, Bill Monroe was an over 400 year old Celt who spoke pure Shakespearean English, exactly the way everyone in the Appalachia hills and hollers did originally, and played all the ancient songs…


  8. Luckyoldsun
    February 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Stating that a musician was influenced by black artists –or even “sings black”–seems to be the thing–probably going at least as far back as Al Jolson–who performed in blackface. Sinatra and Bennett both claimed to have been treatly influenced by Billie Holiday; Frankie Laine,by Louis Armstrong. Jimmie Rodgers, of course had a black sound, and the influence of Tee Tot on Hank Williams is now celebrated.

    I guess “singing black” conveys authenticity or cred that “singing white” doesn’t.

  9. Jon
    February 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

    What does any of this discussion have to do with “singing black?”

  10. Luckyoldsun
    February 23, 2013 at 1:42 am

    “…Bill Monroe is quoted often on the influence of African-American gospel influence on his music…”

  11. Barry Mazor
    February 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Of course, Luckol. And many artists in country and pop really were influenced by or, sometimes, just plain ripped off black artists. But as Jon’s saying– that still, in fact, has nothing to do with the subject that was on the table, which was WHO created bluegrass as a genre. And they were, in historic fact, basically young white Southern guys. They knew some things, including blues and older African-American and white Southern picking styles, and they may even have made the acquaintance of a few women, but they were young white (not necessarily cranky) Southern guys.

  12. Jon
    February 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    ““…Bill Monroe is quoted often on the influence of African-American gospel influence on his music…””

    In the first place, that isn’t exactly true, but more to the point, only someone who had neither the desire nor the capacity to think in any meaningful way about music would reduce that statement’s content to obnoxious drivel about “singing black.”

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