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:
- Bruce: LW, Don't apologize for your Bryant comment. You were more gracious than I would have been.
- Bruce: My vote is for Marty Stuart for his exhaustive body of work that is directional yet diversified.
- Leeann: Dang! Let me write my above sentence again!: Kelley MicKwee’s album is sounding good so far too. I really like “Beautiful …
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- Leeann: The Sammy Kershaw tribute to George Jones is pretty good on first listen. Of course, Sammy's no George, but their …
- Jeremy Dylan: I did a podcast on Joni Mitchell's BLUE album recently and was wondering if there was a good bio of …
- Leeann Ward: Well, that was a mighty unnecessarily flippant comment I just made there and the better angels of my nature make …
- Leeann Ward: As for me, I'd realize I'd written a crappy song if Luke Bryan ended up being the one who wanted …
- luckyoldsun: You say Marx is very gracious--again implying that he should feel aggrieved. Well, apparently, he DOESN'T feel aggrieved--He feels gratitude …
- Leeann Ward: I know that Marx seems to be very gracious about it and I also know that that's how the business …