USA Today Premieres Lori McKenna, Jason Ringenberg Tracks; White House to Celebrate Memphis Soul; Scientists Study the Neurochemistry of Music

Juli Thanki | April 5th, 2013

  • USA Today premiered a couple songs: Jason Ringenberg’s cover of “Texarkana Baby” from an upcoming Eddy Arnold tribute record due in May, and Lori McKenna’s “Salt,” from Massachusetts (out April 23).
  • Booker T. Jones, Mavis Staples, The Alabama Shakes, and Charlie Musselwhite are a few of the artists participating in the “Memphis Soul” installment of the In Performance at the White House concert series. The event will be streamed live here on April 16.
  • Our radio pal Dave Woods interviewed Juno-nominated country singer Chad Brownlee. Listen here. (warning: autoplay)
  • Check out Chip Taylor’s music video for “The Last Video,” a single from upcoming album Block Out the Sirens of This Lonely World, due out in May.
  • Scientific inquiry into the neurochemical effects of music is still “in its infancy,” but Mona Lisa Chanda and Daniel J. Levitin recently published a review in Trends in Cognitive Science in which they evaluate the evidence that music improves health and well-being through the engagement of neurochemical systems for (i) reward, motivation, and pleasure; (ii) stress and arousal; (iii) immunity; and (iv) social affiliation. We discuss the limitations of these studies and outline novel approaches for integration of conceptual and technological advances from the fields of music cognition and social neuroscience into studies of the neurochemistry of music.”
  • Watch the video for “Trouble Knows,” a song on Grant Langston’s upcoming album, Working Until I Die, due out in May.
  • M Music & Musicians Magazine published a cover story on Tim McGraw.
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Josh Rouse for CMT Edge.
  • The Oklahoman published an interview with Americana duo Rosehill.
  • Frank Solivan talks about new record On the Edge with Bluegrass Today’s Richard Thompson.
  • There’s a feature on The Flatlanders posted on AnnArbor.com.
  • Rhett Miller, backed by Black Prairie, played Mountain Stage. Listen here.
  • Blake Shelton, joined by Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Pistol Annies, and Brad Paisley, will open the ACM Awards with a performance of “Boys ‘Round Here.”
  • Stop by on Sunday night for our ACM Awards liveblog. We’ll start at 8 p.m. Eastern and go until the hamster wheel that powers our server gives out.

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