YouTube Launches Country Music Channel; Corb Lund Curates Museum Exhibit; Don Rigsby to Release Ralph Stanley Tribute
Juli Thanki | February 6th, 2013
YouTube launched Country Now, a channel “dedicated to country music and its fans with programming created and produced by Nashville artists and firms. YouTube has partnered with Los Angeles entertainment firm Greenlight Media & Marketing LLC to create the Country Now channel. Greenlight has agreed to a one-year deal to produce at least eight shows, or about 20 hours of original programming, for the channel. Each show will range in length from one minute to 20 minutes.”
Here’s another article on the Van Zandt project, this one from The Austin American-Statesman.
Chrissie Dickinson wrote an excellent profile on Ralph Stanley for the Chicago Tribune. An excerpt: “I never dreamed of bein’ called a ‘doctor of arts,'” Stanley says. “I was just a little old mountain boy who went through all those woods bare-footed. (To) get up as big as I have, I’m real proud of that. I’m not trying to boast. It’s something I never dreamed would happen.”
Corb Lund curated an exhibit at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum: “The project grew from the musician’s artist-in-residency stint at the Glenbow last year — Lund being a natural fit, considering his unabashed pride in his prairie roots. But he’s also a self-described history “nerd,” who often mines it for his musical material. It’s from that material — eight songs, to be precise, as well as the one that lends its name as the umbrella it all falls under — that the exhibit was shaped, falling into eight different categories with personal and regional significance: Veterinary medicine, prohibition, rodeo, gambling, ranching, the energy industry, wildlife conservation and Mormonism. And, again, tying it all together is the Lund family, its characters and their experiences throughout the past century-plus.” “No Roads Here: Corb Lund’s Alberta” runs until April 28. (warning: autoplay)
Paste premiered “The Fall,” a new song by The Black Lillies.
The first Shaky Knees Music Festival hits Atlanta May 4-5. Drive-By Truckers, Gary Clark, Jr., and Robert Ellis are a few of the acts slated to appear.
On February 18, “The Bobby Bones Show” will begin broadcasting nationally from Nashville.
Tony Pence of KyForward.com is full of praise for bluegrasser Don Rigsby, whose Ralph Stanley tribute record will be released later this year.
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.