Watch Lyle Lovett on ‘Austin City Limits’ Tomorrow; Remembering Charlie Louvin; New Site Helps Indie Bluegrass Bands
- Ed Crowell covered the taping of the last Austin City Limits show at Studio 6A for the Austin American-Statesman. It will air on Saturday.
- Alison Krauss, who has a new album titled Paper Airplanes scheduled for an April release, on whether she listens to the melody or lyrics first when choosing new songs:
Lyrics, usually. I’m better at messing around with the melody and chords, altering things to be more suitable, to make more sense to me. Lyrics are kind of the whole thing; it’s the message. Something might have a beautiful melody but if it’s not the truth coming out of your mouth, it’s not appealing.
If you’ve never heard “A Showman’s Life,” or even if you have, listen to Jesse Winchester‘s performance of the song on Mountain Stage last year (skip to the 4:45 mark).
- A Truer Sound has a new musical obsession and her name is Robyn Ludwick, the sister of Bruce and Charlie Robison. She has a new record, Out of These Blues, due out April 19.
- Here’s video of Brandon Rhyder performing “Freeze Frame Time” in the newest Mount Vernon Sessions series.
- Peter Cooper has a good article in The Tennessean on Charlie Louvin.
He was grateful for the recognition and sought to encourage others to show their appreciation to those who had come before.
“If you have any roses that you would like to lay in front of somebody or put in their hand, do it while they can still smell ’em,” he said. “This deal of saying how great a guy was after he’s gone, that don’t mean squat.”
- Coming in at #94 on Country Universe’s countdown of the 100 greatest men of country music is Ricky Van Shelton.
- Bob Faris created a site to help indie bluegrass bands with the business side of being a bluegrass band.
- Chet Flippo in this week’s Nashville Skyline:
The death this week of Charlie Louvin marked a final farewell to a large and important chapter of country music. He was a frail, final thread to an era of spiritual, old-world, sometimes-spectral country ballads that framed and illuminated the hard and often tragic lives of immigrants who settled into the hardscrabble life of Appalachia.
- The Carolina Chocolate Drops released four-song EP
titledwith Luminescent Orchestrii this past Tuesday. (Amazon)
- Austin Music Source’s John T. Davis on former Gonzo bassist Bob Livingston‘s recent release, Gypsy Alibi:
Anchored by his warmly supple and durable voice, Livingston’s performances are almost universally melodic and appealing, ranging as they do from Western swing (the aptly named “Country and Western Swing”) to atmospheric, Norah Jones-style balladry (the title track) to singalong pop (“Dance Like It’s a Holiday”) to a gently swinging folk lament (“Ruby’s Shoes”), yodeling cowboy music (“Oklahoma Girl”), epic storytelling (“Ghost of Vicksburg”) and — most delightfully — a world-beat rendition of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” recorded in Bangladesh in 1991 during one of Livingston’s globe-spanning “Cowboys and Indians” tours.
- Pop & Hiss’ Randy Lewis collected recollections of the Louvins from Lucinda Williams, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart and Chris Hillman.
- The Cumberland Gap Connection sounds promising. Check out clips from the band’s recently released album A Whole Lotta Lonesome on ReverbNation.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- 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 …