Vince Gill’s ‘Love Songs’ Due In Time For Valentine’s; The Infamous Stringdusters w/Sarah Siskind; Bonnie Bishop at Steamboat
- Vince Gill is scheduled to release an album of love songs on Jan. 26, just in time for Valentine’s.
- I get the feeling Bob Lesetz isn’t a Carrie Underwood fan:
Carrie Underwood’s not a star, she’s commerce.
Too much of what passes for country music today is fodder made for a market. Carrie Underwood is just the best exponent of this. She’s no Dolly Parton, writing her own material, never mind singing it. No Loretta Lynn. She’s a product.
- Andy Hall, resophonic guitarist with The Infamous Stringdusters, has a new EP out titled Aquafier. And speaking of the Stringdusters, the band will continue its Wednesday night gig at Station Inn tonight with Sarah Siskind, who they’ve recorded a new song with. Check out “I Don’t Want to Close My Eyes” on the group’s website.
- Los Angeles Times‘ Robert Hilburn introduces Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music — a Bear Family Records series covering the 25 to 30 most popular country songs from any given year from 1945 to ’55 — and the influence some of the songs had on Elvis.
- CMT’s Whitney Self interviewed Larry Gatlin about his most recent record, Pilgramage.
- San Antonio Express-News’ Jim Beal Jr. on Ray Wylie Hubbard:
Hubbard has been steadily moving in a gritty blues direction, part swamp, part Mississippi Delta, part Deep Ellum circa 1927. Among the best at penning songs that feature the push and pull of sin and redemption, of the mystical and the venal, Hubbard and his AB collaborators have stripped ‘em down, laid ‘em bare and rolled ‘em out like burning dice bouncing off resonator guitars.
- Listen to “The New Me” from what Sounds Country calls Bruce Robison‘s “slowly-leaking new record,” From the Top.
- Country California’s C.M. Wilcox ranked Terri Clark‘s discography.
- Sam Sattler is enjoying the new Ralph Stanley biography Man of Constant Sorrow and shared a few quotes.
“Well, we couldn’t hardly think of what to call the band. Pretty soon, we got another sponsor, the Clinch Valley Insurance Company, and that gave us the idea for a name. After that, we called ourselves the Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys. It was a good name because it told it just like it was.”
- Sponsor Shoutout: Thanks to Rural Rhythym and Thirty Tigers for helping sponsor The 9513 with their advertisements. Be sure to check out their latest releases: Quicksand by Randy Kohrs (read Sam Gazdziak’s interview with Kohrs here) and A: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) by Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Speaking of Kohrs, Pierce Greenberg has a change to visit his studio last night for an album release/GRAMMY nomination party. Here’s a video of title track Quicksand:
- bob: Thanks Barry. Just reserved the Adam Gussow book. Sounds interesting.
- Barry Mazor: It may be over-stated, in arriving at practically a single explanation of everything, but Adam Gussow's book on lynching and …
- Leeann: Wow! Heavy topic and horrifying indeed! "Beer for My Horses" was all fun and games until that reference, I'll have …
- Barry Mazor: Everything else aside, the way that reporter fills us in, with must-have, pointless generational snark included, about who this "Little …
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."