Watch Jason Isbell’s Austin City Limits Outtakes; New Country Fest Comes to Cincinnati; Album Releases
- “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” was inspired by a dog. Songwriter Richard Leigh explains in this video (in true country fashion, the dog dies at the end of Leigh’s story and it’s really sad).
- Ralph Stanley’s show at the Old Town School of Folk Music was reviewed in The Chicago Tribune. (Just ignore the part where Stanley’s late brother is referred to as “Clarence.” Hopefully that’ll get fixed soon.)
- Rosanne Cash is everywhere, man: she talked with our pal Henry Carrigan for American Songwriter, picked road trip tunes for Esquire, did a Q&A with Gavin Edwards of Rolling Stone, and played “Etta’s Tune” for CMT Edge with John Leventhal.
- Jim Lauderdale played “Throw My Bucket Down” for Relix.com.
- Watch outtakes from Jason Isbell and Neko Case’s episode of Austin City Limits.
- Tim McGraw’s new single is just awful. It’s (appropriately) streaming on EW.com. McGraw will kick off his Sundown Heaven Town 2014 Tour in May.
- Check out a behind-the-scenes video of The Haden Triplets as they record their new album, which includes a fine version of “Single Girl, Married Girl.” (warning: autoplay)
- Stream Tom Brousseau’s Grass Punks. It is neither bluegrass nor punk, but still worth a listen-through.
- Korby Lenker will release a self-titled album on March 25. In other Lenker news, he recently filmed a video for the Department of Health & Human Services. (via press release)
- The Buckle Up Music Festival is coming to Cincinnati in July. The festival’s website says it’ll be a three-day, six-stage bash on “the banks of the Ohio,” which is either a humorous nod to country music history or the result of murder ballad obliviousness.
- CMT Edge posted a new Roosevelt Dime song.
- Chuck Dauphin chats with Mary Chapin Carpenter about her new orchestral album.
- Dauphin also spoke with Jennifer Nettles about her new record.
- “Crying in the Rain” is the American Songwriter Lyric of the Week.
- From The Austin Chronicle: “At what cost does the vinyl revolution come?”
- Hard Working Americans were featured on The Huffington Post.
- This week’s album releases (thanks for continuing to support E145 by purchasing your music through our affiliate links — it doesn’t cost you extra, but helps us keep the lights on):
Rosanne Cash – The River and the Thread
Jennifer Nettles – That Girl
Lone Justice – This is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Songs From the Movie
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want
Jon Pardi – Write You a Song
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings – South
David Broza – East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem
Fox & The Bird – Darkest Hours
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sounds – Fine Rude Thing
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.