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'Prairie Home' Moving Up the Charts

June 27, 2006

Speaking of Billboard... the soundtrack to the film version of Garrison Keillor's public radio staple A Prairie Home Companion is coming in at #10 on Billboard's Independent chart. Release on New Line, the CD features plenty of mighty fine songs from Robin and Linda Williams (they show up a lot on screen as well). It also adds proof to the assertion that folkish music soundtracks have lots o' sale potential (along with a bunch produced by T Bone Burnett - Because of Winn-Dixie, Transamerica, Brokeback Mountain, Curious George, and We Were Soldiers to name a few).

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:39 PM | Comments (12)

Pete Seeger Featured on Billboard.com

Pete Seeger, senior statesman and music historian, offers up a few pointed remarks in a new Featured Artist Q&A on the Billboard.com site (a very good site, BTW - lots of timely tidbits). Seeger is never one to keep his opinion to himself, so take a gander at what he feels about Bruce Springsteen, "honest" songs, and the state of folk music today.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:24 PM | Comments (5)

Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Announced

June 19, 2006

Nominees for the 5th annual Americana Awards presented by the Americana Music Association were announced this week. The awards ceremony will be held Sept. 22 at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. Roseanne Cash, James McMurtry, Marty Stuart and Neil Young will vie for Artist of the Year with McMurtry, Stuart, Delbert McClinton and Rodney Crowell contesting for Best Album. The Greencards, James Hunter, Robinella and Uncle Earl are all nominated for New/Emerging Artist of the Year. For the complete list, visit the Americana Music Association website.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:19 PM | Comments (2)

Skaggs Tour Bus in Bonnaroo Tragedy

The tour bus of bluegrass master Ricky Skaggs hit a young man who had apparently jumped the Bonnaroo fence and walked onto the highway. Joshua Overall from Hamilton, Ohio was wearing a Bonnaroo wristband. He was killed by the bus, which was traveling highway speeds. In other Bonnaroo news, police report that drug arrests were down, while serious theft seemed to be on the rise. Another patron was seriously injured after climbing up the mainstage scaffolding naked and falling off.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:56 PM | Comments (7)

Grateful Dead Keyboardist Dies

June 5, 2006

Vince Welnick passed away on June 2 of undisclosed causes (although his website does mention his "decade battling tragedy"). He was 55. Welnick started his career as a founding member of the off-kilter pop band The Tubes before following in the path of doomed keyboard for the Grateful Dead. He was still playing with the band when Jerry Garcia's death signaled the final disbanding. Welnick went on to form Missing Man Formation and back up Mickey Hart and Jack Staw, as well as a number of other jam bands.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 6:23 PM | Comments (7)

Kerrville Picks New Folk Winners

June 2, 2006

The Kerrville Folk Festival, currently underway in Texas, has announced this year's winners of the prestigious New Folk contest. All six will perform in concert this Sunday at noon. The winning performers are:

Antje Duvekot (already in the Folk Alley stream) - Somerville, MD
Jud Caswell - Brunswick, ME
Gordy Quist - Austin, TX
KJ Denhart - Ossining, NY
Diana Jones - Nashville, TN
Andrew Smith - Kelowna, BC

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:35 PM | Comments (6)

Dylan Exhibit Opens in Cleveland

At the risk of making Folk Alley's All-Dylan-All-the-Time News, last week, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened "Bob Dylan's American Journey 1956-1966." The exhibit runs through Sept. 4 and features more than 150 personal artifacts that include Dylan's 1949 Martin 00-19 guitar, original lyric sheets, posters, photos and lots of other stuff. There are also four films and listening stations. The exhibit takes up the top two floors of the museum (although the top floor is kind of a turret - it's not that big). The exhibit was curated by the Experience Music Project, which means it's been in Seattle and who knows where else as well.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:24 PM | Comments (1)

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