2009 IBMA Awards Winners; Women In Bluegrass; Plethora of New Videos
- BluegrassJournal.com posted a list of the winners from last night’s IBMA Awards where Dailey & Vincent, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Dan Tyminski, and Dale Ann Bradley were among the big award winners. And Peter Cooper has a recap of the awards show and performances. And The Bluegrass Blog has pictures. And…I got nothin’ else.
- This week marks the 17th anniversary of John Michael Montgomery‘s debut single “Life’s a Dance.”
- Lorrie Carter Bennett, the granddaughter of Maybelle Carter and niece of June Carter Cash, is questioning the legitimacy of the means in which Virginia Tech acquired memorabilia belonging to her ancestors.
- Ronnie Milsap continued his protest against Capitol Records yesterday in an old-school police car, complete with bullhorn and speakers.
- Chet Flippo interviewed Kris Kristofferson on the topic of his new album and approach to songwriting.
- Kris Kristofferson on his friendship with Stephen Bruton:
“He was walking with a cane in the studio, but I was able to convince myself that he was getting better,” Kristofferson said. “It was a comfort to have him there. We’d looked death in the face together before, you know? Back in the early days, at a rough river up in Idaho where we were riding on these rubber rafts. I was drinking a beer and looked and saw Stephen’s head going down the river, and he had no idea how fast he was going. He looked at me with terror, and I jumped in with him, and the next thing you knew we were out in the river together, going with the flow because it was flowing too fast to go against it.”
- Friends of fiddler Amy Farris comment on what she meant to them in an obituary on The Los Angeles Times‘ website.
- Country California’s C.M. Wilcox on the recent release from Angela Easterling:
BlackTop Road is soaked in an intelligence and far-reaching historical sense that makes you suspect its origins couldn’t be entirely human, or at least that all of these songs and performances couldn’t have emanated from one young woman. Easterling, whose voice comes with nary a hint of twang, offers one possible explanation in the eerie “A.P. Carter’s Blues” [...]
- Jewly Hight commented on the rising profile of women in bluegrass music for Nashville Scene.
- The Boot’s Robyn Flans on last night’s All For the Hall benefit in Los Angeles:
But truly it was guest Michael McDonald who brought the whole event into focus when he ended the evening with ‘You Don’t Know Me’ by Cindy Walker, the songwriter who was spoken of prior to the performances as someone who needed to be preserved in the Country Music Hall of Fame and who had, herself, revered the organization. Michael blew the audience away with his rendition of her standard that reminded everyone why they were present.
- In an article for WHIRL magazine, Victoria Bradley interviews Taylor Swift and traces the star’s career through the eyes of her fans
New videos from Music Fog:
New videos from CMT:
Even Yallwire has new music videos, except these are a little different — they’re full performances and interviews from the artists’ fan club parties that took place at the CMA Music Festival earlier this year. Each video runs about an hour.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …