Here’s a very entertaining Todd Snider interview in which he says that he’s thinking about doing three albums this coming year.
Andrew Clayman wrote a feature on The David Wax Museum for the Nashville Scene.
Chet Flippo looks back at the Outlaw movement in his Nashville Skyline column. He alsmo mentions that Michael Streissguth has a new book on the Outlaws due out next week and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is partnering with filmmaker Sean Geadelmann for a documentary on the subject.
The “Willie Nelson and Friends” episode of CMT Crossroads will premiere the night of June 23.
All-around delightful human being Dolly Parton and her Imagination Library program are featured in this PBS piece. The Imagination Library distributes 700,000 books to kids in 1,400 communities per month.
Here’s Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ recording of “Devil’s Train,” a song Potter learned from a Roy Acuff record.
Slate posted a map of every place Bob Dylan has ever sung about.
Tony Autry Pickens, a fiddler who backed Hank Thompson, John Conlee, and others, passed away last week at the age of 74.
The Infamous Stringdusters announced a slew of tour dates.
Apparently there’s a solid country music scene in St. Lucia. Dominic Maxwell-Lewis traces it back to WWII, when the U.S. had two bases on the island.
Keifer Thompson has been put on vocal rest, forcing Thompson Square to cancel some upcoming shows.
Darius Rucker did a Q&A for The L.A. Times Pop & Hiss blog.
Natalie Maines fires another shot at country in the June 6 issue of Rolling Stone: “I just didn’t like how blatant country was. Nothing seemed poetic or subtle. Nothing could be interpreted two different ways!” The crux of her complaint lies with the songwriting, where “James Taylor can write “Fire and Rain” and tell you it’s about a mental institution, this and that – and you listen to it, and you’re trying to decipher it all. And, you know, a country song would be like [sings twangily], “I’m in a mental institution!””
Trisha Yearwood covered “So Far Away” and served up some Shirelles with Gloria Estefan and Emeli Sande at the In Performance at the White House program honoring Gershwin Prize recipient Carole King. Watch the whole program on the PBS site. Here’s one of the few clips that were posted on YouTube.
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.