Willie Nelson Signs Legacy Deal; Alan Lomax Archive to Hit Internet; AKUS Added to Paul McCartney Tribute
Juli Thanki | February 2nd, 2012
The 2012 Lone Star Music Award nominees have been announced; they include Drew Kennedy, Sunny Sweeney, The Damn Quails, Lloyd Maines and lots more. Here’s the ballot, if you want to vote.
Willie Nelson has signed a deal with Sony’s Legacy Recordings. From the press release: As curator of his catalog, Willie will work with label archivists to select recordings, including previously released and previously unreleased tracks, for release in newly compiled collections and as bonus material on new editions of existing titles. The newly curated Willie Nelson titles will provide fresh perspective and context to the artist’s profoundly influential and successful career. Under the new agreement, fans can look forward to five brand-new Willie Nelson albums, with the first slated for release in spring 2012.
In fake news, Blake Shelton passed on “Beer on a Truckbed” from the Peach Pickers: “Fun song, guys, but it’s basically just a bunch of country cliches wrapped around repetitions of the title phrase,” wrote Shelton. “In fact, it sounds like almost everything else you’ve written for the past 5 years. I think maybe you should start giving the listening public a little more credit for not being a bunch of dumb hicks that want a bunch of country stereotypes parroted back to them all the time.”
Singer-songwriter Nile Peaytt plays for kids suffering from cancer. From Peter Cooper’s Tennessean column: Peaytt has enlisted dozens of Nashville singers and songwriters in his cause, and he can show you photos of Billy Currington, Jimmy Wayne and plenty of others, singing for the kids. Sometimes he brings his songwriter friends to the kids’ living rooms, porches or bedsides, and sometimes performers accustomed to playing for roomfuls of beer-swiggers and music impresarios are daunted by the notion of playing for quiet little children.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.