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Billy Bragg Plays Show in Ferguson
22August

Billy Bragg Plays Show in Ferguson

Rolling Stone reports: "While the eyes of the world remain focused on Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where protests and nightly clashes with authorities have held sway, folk singer Billy Bragg found an opportune moment Tuesday night to make a small, positive gesture. Bragg and touring partner Joe Purdy were in the Midwest, tracing the route of the Rock Island Railroad as part of a photo-and-film documentary for Aperture magazine’s forthcoming 90th birthday celebration of Robert Frank (The Americans, Cocksucker Blues). Realizing they were only a few hours’ drive from St. Louis, they hatched the idea for an impromptu benefit."

Listen to Gillian Welch Cover Johnny Cash on New Tribute Album
21August

Listen to Gillian Welch Cover Johnny Cash on New Tribute Album

Rolling Stone reports: "Fifty years ago this October, Johnny Cash released Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a concept album that turned its back on virtually everything else that was happening in country music — from countrypolitan arrangements to the Bakersfield sound — and blazed its own trail. The songs were stark and sparse, built around stories about the plight of the Native American. Congress had just passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, looking to improve the lives of African Americans after decades of segregation and injustice, and Cash hoped his new songs could draw attention to a similar human rights issue."

Track Released from New Basement Tapes Project
20August

Track Released from New Basement Tapes Project

Uncut reports: "A track, "Nothing To It", has been released from the forthcoming Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes project. The album features lyrics that Dylan wrote while recording the original Basement Tapes in 1967 that have been put to music by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, T Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford."

Willie Nelson and Neil Young to Play Pipeline Protest
19August

Willie Nelson and Neil Young to Play Pipeline Protest

Billboard reports: "Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. Tickets go on sale Wednesday.  Earlier this year, protesters carved an anti-pipeline message into the cornfield, which is in the path of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline."

New John Mellencamp - September
18August

New John Mellencamp - September

22nd studio album for blue-collar legend

Rolling Stone reports: "It's been more than 30 years since John Mellencamp scored Number One hits with "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane," and broke the Top Five with "Pink Houses" — three raw, rootsy mega-hits that helped define the future sound of Americana music. If Bruce Springsteen built his own career chronicling the ups and downs of blue-collar workers in New Jersey, then Mellencamp did the same for farmers and small-town families in the Midwest, carving out a sound that was as rustic and big-sounding as the landscape that inspired it. Now, nearly four decades after the release of his first album, he's gearing up for another record."

Willie Nelson Speaks Out on Texas Border Issue
15August

Willie Nelson Speaks Out on Texas Border Issue

Rolling Stone reports: "In Texas, there's a pretty good chance you'll see someone with a "Willie Nelson for President" bumper sticker, and it can sometimes seem like the singer is actually an elected official in his home state: There's a statue and street named in Nelson's honor in downtown Austin, and Willie T-shirts can be found in many tourist shops. In a recent interview on his tour bus for his new Rolling Stone cover story, Nelson, 81, opened up about some current events, including the recent population influx in his hometown of Austin (the city's population has grown almost 20 percent in the last decade). "Music had a lot to do with it," he says. "You can go to Austin any day and find good music all over the place. I know some people who are not that happy because it's getting so crowded and the keep moving further west. But you know, it's progress.""

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