Steve Earle Working on Townes Van Zandt Covers Release

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that rockabilly angel Wanda Jackson will be  inducted as the only 2009 recipient in the Early Influence Category. On April 4, 2009, the Induction Ceremony will take place in Cleveland for the first time since 1997. The 2009 Induction Ceremony will be broadcast live on Fuse TV.
  • Speaking of Steve Earle, the country-rock legend has also been featured in the latest Rolling Stone magazine. Earle discuses his upcoming album covering his musical mentor and Texas music lend Townes Van Zandt that he’s currently recording in New York City and Nashville (where he says the selection of musicaians is much better.)  The album will feature Rage Aagainst The Machine guitar-master Tom Morello on the Van Zandt song Lungs.
  • The first single from Neko Case’s new album, Middle Cyclone, is “People Got A Lotta Nerve.” To promote the single, Neko and her record label, Anti-, will donate five dollars to Best Friends Animal Society for every blog that reposts the song and one dollar for every iLike user that adds the song to his/her profile. So here it is: People Got A Lotta Nerve(mp3)
  • And another death knell for the recording industry as it once was has been tolled as the Times Square Virgin Megastore announces that it will close. I bought No Depression magazine there when I was working a gig near the Square. Times, they are a’changing…
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