No Depression Returns to Print; Country Universe Celebrates 1993; FGL Sits Down for ‘Big Interview’ with Dan Rather

  • I don’t know that there’s enough worthwhile news to justify daily roundups, but I’m gonna give twice-weekly ones (Tuesdays and Thursdays) a shot. We’ll see how it goes.
  • Sam Gazdziak spoke with Tamara Saviano to cover the wildly successful Guy Clark documentary fundraising campaign for Country Universe.
  • Speaking of that campaign, it’s currently sitting pretty at $164,628¬†with 8 days remaining. The original goal amount was $75,000.
  • Country Universe previewed its Best of 1993 countdowns (one for albums, one for singles) by publishing the full ballot, which includes entries like “Alibis,” “Does He Love You,” “Chattahoochee,” “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “Let That Pony Run,” and “The Song Remembers When.” Looks like they have their work cut out for them.
  • Saving Country Music reviewed Toby Keith’s “35 MPH Town,” crediting it with “cutting completely against the grain of current country trends” but also saying that it “feels like Toby Keith trying to be deep, but just coming across as sort of one-dimensional within the framework of what is really an overdone theme in country music.”
  • No Depression, which has been web-only since 2008, is staging a return to print with a new annual issue, which it is Kickstarting to the tune of $40,000. No Depression’s previous owners tried something similar with the short-lived ‘bookazine’ experiment.
  • If you’re wondering where Brantley Gilbert stands on gun control, you might be able to deduce something from his enormous back tattoo. But since probably nobody was wondering that – it seems, if anything, already painfully obvious – the new ink might be slight overkill.
  • Florida Georgia Line will chat with Dan Rather on AXS TV’s hour-long The Big Interview tonight. Tune in to see Tyler and BK speak coherently(?) for an hour. This kinda seems like cheating when you consider how squarely Rather falls into the duo’s target demographic.
  • Daniel Romano’s If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ will be out July 31 on New West Records.
  • Steven Tyler’s first country single, “Love Is Your Name,” debuts tomorrow.
  • American Songwriter’s Jim Beviglia reviewed the new Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris album, The Traveling Kind. It’s out today. You need it.

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  1. andythedrifter says

    There are a lot of things I miss about the 9513 and Engine 145, but their news round-ups are among the biggest. Very cool to see you carrying the torch, CM.

    So excited for The Traveling Kind!

    I’m really glad it looks like that Guy Clark documentary is going to happen. He’s one of my favorite artists. I had no idea he was sick. =/

    • says

      Glad I wasn’t alone in missing the roundups! The Verchers and Juli/Ken kept us all pretty spoiled, but hopefully I can do a fair job of keeping the tradition alive a bit longer.

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