Margo Price wins US music prize

Some more news we’re spectacularly late with – honesty comes before a fall, or whatever the saying is. News from Pitchfork who report: “Margo Price has won the second annual American Music Prize for Best Debut Album. Her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter was released last year by Jack White’s Third Man Records. Other finalists for the prize included Whitney, Julien Baker, EL VY, Big Thief, Gallant, Empress Of, case/lang/veirs, and Julien Baker. Price received $25,000 as part of the award. Watch her get surprised with the award at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters below (via The Tennessean). She said of the win in a statement:  Continue reading “Margo Price wins US music prize”

Hurray for the Riff Raff perform on Conan – Watch

And hurray it hasn’t been blocked for UK viewing!  Stereogum report: “Last week, Alynda Segarra released her sixth studio LP as Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Navigator, an assured, compelling work that runs through how her past became her present while incorporating the music of her youth into her folk-driven narratives. Last night, Segarra paid a visit to Conan to perform the album’s safe-space spiritual “Hungry Ghost,” delivering with contagious conviction the incandescent song with her four-piece backing band. Watch the performance below, and then check her out tonight at our SXSW showcase.”  Continue reading “Hurray for the Riff Raff perform on Conan – Watch”

Dolly Parton former manager Don Warden dies

And so it begins for 2017.  Billboard report: “Don Warden, who worked as Dolly Parton’s manager and played steel guitar as a founding member of the Porter Wagoner Trio, has died. According to a tribute post from the entertainer on Parton’s official website, Warden died on March 11th. He was 87. A 2008 inductee into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, Warden was also a Grand Ole Opry member beginning in 1957. He first met Parton when the singer joined TV’s Porter Wagoner Show in 1967. She would go to affectionately refer to him as “Mr. Everything.” “He was like a father, a brother, a partner and one of my best friends,” Parton writes. “I feel like a piece of my heart is missing today. Certainly a huge piece of my life is gone. Rest in peace Don and know for sure that I will always love you.”  Continue reading “Dolly Parton former manager Don Warden dies”

R.Mutt “The Dash” (Independent, 2017)

Do you believe in rock and roll ? R.Mutt do. Six years after the release of their last album – the well received Leash on Life – they finally return with a new record that builds on what went before, with some additional refinement provided by the assistance of producer Kevin Blackwell (Sassparilla) and for the mixing Chet Lyster who has worked with the Jayhawks. There’s been some internal changes in the band as well, alongside founder members Jim Dier and Ron Thornton there’s new
guitarist David Smolarek and new drummer Matt Schreier. Continue reading “R.Mutt “The Dash” (Independent, 2017)”

Big Star remembered in new film to premiere at SXSW – Watch

And if you think that’s just the name of a Jayhawks song, here’s a story on a band that will join the dots for you. Billboard reports: “Big Star will get another opportunity to reclaim a positive legacy next week during the music portion of South by Southwest. Few will forget frontman Alex Chilton’s unexpected death on March 17, 2010, just days before Big Star was due to perform at the festival. That show became an all-star memorial for Chilton, while friend and The dB’s co-founder Chris Stamey launched a series of concerts celebrating the 1978 Third album (later known as Sister Lovers) later that year. This year’s SXSW will see the launch of the new concert film Thank You Friends: Big Star’s Third Live…And More, captured last April at the appropriately selected Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calif.  Continue reading “Big Star remembered in new film to premiere at SXSW – Watch”