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)
  • Robert Kimmel interviewed Noam Pikelny for CMT Edge.
  • Rolling Stone photographers spent a day following Lady Antebellum as the band filmed a CMT Crossroads episode with Stevie Nicks.
  • Jaida Dreyer’s debut record, I Am Jaida Dreyer, will be released February 26. (via press release)
  • On Friday at noon, the Avett Brothers and USAToday.com will premiere a video of Scott Avett playing “Froggy Went A-Courtin’” in anticipation of the band’s upcoming MerleFest performance.
  • Marc Fishman of Chicago blog GapersBlock.com wrote a post about Angela James, whose debut country EP featured “musicians from Chicago’s jazz, experimental, and country scenes.”
  • Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin profiled the Blue Sky Riders.
  • 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.
  1. Barry Mazor
    February 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Don Rigsby allowed me a preview of his projected Ralph Stanley salute some time ago, and I can promise that it will be special.

  2. bob
    February 6, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Love the Blue Sky Riders debut album, “Finally Home”. Dauphin writes that it is “full of strong lyrics and impeccable harmonies — all in all, music that defies genre classification.” I think it’s more pop than country but that doesn’t bother me.

  3. Jon
    February 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

    In other news, I’ll be on Music City Roots tonight – under my own name, for a change. I’ve got a great core band lined up, along with some friends coming in to sing a few songs I’ve co-written, mostly with them. Show starts at 7:00 pm CST, and can be seen in streaming audio at the show’s website, http://www.musiccityroots.com . Also on the bill, Randy Kohrs & Friends, The SteelDrivers and more…

  4. Saving Country Music
    February 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Really cool idea by YouTube, but really lame not to open it up to a wider field of contributors. What would be wrong with featuring artists from other locales and origination points than Nashville labels? Does Music Row not have enough outlets? Give other folks a chance to make well-produced content for submission.

  5. CraigR.
    February 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Stevie Nicks deserves better than Lady Antebellum.

  6. Rick
    February 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    CraigR. said: “Stevie Nicks deserves better than Lady Antebellum.” I wholeheartedly concur! Sarah Buxton or Ashley Monroe would have been a much better pairing…

    I regret I cannot be at MCR tonight to boo Jon W. from the audience! Oh well…

    The Blue Sky Riders were featured on the Opry last weekend and I was a bit underwhelmed by their original new material. Maybe Kenny should have stayed retired like his manager recommended! (lol)

    I will definitely have to check out the Jaida Dreyer album when it’s released.

  7. Barry Mazor
    February 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Also, Christine McVie would have deserved more than Steve Nicks (ducking)

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