USPS to Release Ray Charles Stamp; Planet Bluegrass Affected by Colorado Floods; New Sarah Jarosz Video

Juli Thanki | September 13th, 2013

  • The Colorado flooding has left Planet Bluegrass (in Lyons, CO)  underwater. Good guys The Infamous Stringdusters are donating $2 from every ticket sold for tonight’s show in Denver to Planet Bluegrass.
  • Lynn Anderson was interviewed by Country Universe’s Ben Foster.
  • Jody Rosen on country radio’s “women problem”: In 2013, women in country are more marginal than at any time in recent memory. It’s not that there aren’t female stars. In fact, there are three huge ones…But these women are outliers — exceptions that prove the rule driven home by all those girls in the country top twenty. When women turn up on country radio, they’re usually fantasy figures, collaged together from back issues of Maxim and Field and Stream: hot chicks, in jeans strategically shredded For His Pleasure, doing modified pole dances in a pasture, behind a barn, in the glare of their boyfriends’ pickup truck headlights. Sometimes, in songs like “It Goes Like This,” they are sung to — but they’re not doing any singing themselves. They’re ornamental: pretty scenery at a sausage party.
  • BluesHarmonica.com posted a video clip of an interview with Charlie McCoy.
  • Keith Urban played a few songs from his new album at the WSJ Café. Urban didn’t make it to his Cleveland show last night due to weather, so he’s planning to play a longer show there on Sunday. But the fans who were waiting for Urban did get to hear an extended set from openers Little Big Town.
  • This year’s IBMA Awards will be streamed online the evening of September 26.
  • Here’s a lengthy feature on Kacey Musgraves Chuck Dauphin wrote for The 615.
  • Hey girl, Casey Black broke down the lyrical content of Billboard’s Top 20 Country Songs. Important stats: The number of songs in which a male narrator addresses a woman as “girl” is 14 — of those, two songs begin “Hey, girl” and one song begins with “Girl.”…There are six songs in which a girl is taken, will be taken, or is desired to be taken to a very country-sounding location. (Not included in this count is “Little Bit of Everything,” as it is debatable whether Keith Urban would like to dance by himself in a creek beneath a disco ball hung on an oak tree, or if he would like a girl to be present for the event, too.) 
  • Here’s a Fresh Air piece on Bear Family’s new Sun Records blues box set.
  • Stephen Deusner of CMT Edge interviewed Steep Canyon Ranger Charles R. Humphrey III.
  • Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine picked out his five favorite drum records for MusicRadar.com.
  • On September 23, the USPS will release a limited edition Ray Charles postage stamp. The CD/DVD retrospective Ray Charles Forever is scheduled for release on the 24th.
  • RollingStone.com posted a video of the Avett Brothers’ performing “Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise.”
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks have no concrete plan to tour together yet.
  • Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the British government is giving grants to independent record labels “who are attempting to promote their acts internationally at the start of their careers.”
  • “Today’s music fans have more positive memories of the songs of their parents’ generation than had been previously thought, according to a study published in the current edition of Psychological Science,” writes Jim Fusilli of The Wall Street Journal.
  • Here’s the video of the title track to Sarah Jarosz’s new album, Build Me Up from Bones.

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