2013 CMA Awards Set for Nov. 6; Dailey & Vincent’s Radio Show Premieres Tonight; Stream New Austin Lucas Song

Juli Thanki | July 26th, 2013

  • The 2013 CMA Awards will be held on November 6 and broadcast live on ABC.
  • Country California is giving away three copies of Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’s Bakersfield.
  • Jonathan Bernstein of American Songwriter wrote a lengthy feature on Patty Griffin that’s well worth your time.
  • Gary Allan had knee surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus.
  • Listen to Jason Isbell and John Paul White (The Civil Wars) tackle Alabama’s “Old Flame.”
  • CMT Edge premiered Austin Lucas’ “Four Wheels” from forthcoming release Stay Reckless (out August 27).
  • Rounder Records co-founder Ken Irwin on Alison Krauss: “I think she has evolved in many ways, especially her singing style. When she started out, there weren’t many vocalists who could serve as a role model for a voice like hers…There were a few women in bluegrass — Hazel Dickens, Cousin Emmy, Rose Maddox — but they all tended to be belters. Ralph Stanley and Tony Rice were among her early influences. She really had to invent the wheel. It wasn’t reinventing. Alison found her voice and in doing so helped to find a voice for a whole generation of female vocalists.” 
  • New documentary Born in Chicago tells the story of how blues artists based in Chicago in the ‘60s,  like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf,schooled young white acolytes from that city who went on to play on some of the most influential pop recordings of the era.”
  • Della Mae’s Kimber Ludiker was interviewed for a Boston Globe piece. An excerpt: When I started this band, I started it actually as a joke. Late at night with a group of friends at a music camp in California, we were joking around about how fun it would be to start an all-female bluegrass band that played high-testosterone really fast bluegrass music, what we called ‘mangrass.’ So I got a group of ladies together and we booked a couple of shows. The shows were really fun, and we decided it wasn’t a joke anymore. We decided to be a real band and not a gimmick.”
  • There’s a Q&A with Janis Oliver (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) in the July issue of Cowboys & Indians.
  • New monthly program, “The Dailey & Vincent Radio Show,” begins today at 6 p.m. Central on WSM.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog premiered a new White Buffalo video.
  • Are music-streaming services like Spotify a problem or solution to current music industry woes?


  1. Daniel Mullins
    July 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I’ll tune in to the D&V show just to hear Darrin laugh for an hour.

  2. Rick
    July 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Last minute Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Kim Richey, Gene Watson, The Grascals, Larry Gatlin, Mandy Barnett, Chuck Wicks, and more Opry Legends than I care to think about! With so many artists on the roster many if not most will only get to sing a single song! What’s up with that? Grade: B
    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    I don’t see how services like Spotify can earn the record labels much money if they pay a pittance per song and the users no longer have to purchase the songs for download to listen to them. I just don’t see where the profit is in this for the labels or artists? It looks like concert ticket sales will be the most direct way for music artists to earn money in the future if they can’t make money by selling their music. Crikey!

    So Della Mae thinks they are playing “mangrass” huh? Not to my ears it’s not! Estrogengrass maybe, but mangrass no way….

    I think I’d rather hear Hank III tackle a “Bakersfield” style project. It might not be true to the original songs, but it would at least be interesting!

  3. Mike Wimmer
    July 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Rick, streaming sites are not going to offer a big profit to artists or labels, but they were never going to anyway. The constant whining about Spotify, Rdio and the like just shows how stupid the labels continue to be about the digital music world.

    I understand they dont make a lot of money off streaming, but isnt it better than making no money off torrent sites? I bet you artists who dont put their albums on streaming sites have much higher file sharing than artists that do. Isnt making some money off streaming sites better than making no money? No, it isnt a perfect solution, but it’s a lot easier to convince people to plunk down $10 a month to stream songs than to plunk down $1.29 a song correct?

    The reality is in this digital music world, the labels have been left behind and I dont see them ever regaining any power. The fact is that artists, labels and the like need to realize that streaming and digital music sales are simply a tool to hopefully grab folks into spending cash to go to concerts and buy merchandise where the real money is made now.

    Streaming isnt going away, Google is in the marketplace now with Play and iTunes will likely follow in a year or so. Time for labels and artists to realize the world has changed and adjust accordingly.

  4. Leeann Ward
    July 27, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I realize I may be in the minority, but because of my obsession with buying music, I use streaming sites to hear music that might make me want to buy it. That’s what I use Serious/XM Radio for as well.

  5. Mike Wimmer
    July 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I use Spotify as my main music source, I do buy some albums from independent artists through Amazon (see Jason Eady, Slaid Cleaves, Jason Isbell, etc), but I dont buy much music anymore. Instead I spend more on things like concerts or shows. If I went back to buying all my music, I would likely not go to as many shows. Blocking streaming would not make me spend more money on music, it would just make me spend it differently. Spotify has allowed me to find a bunch of independent, Texas and Americana acts I could never have found by physically buying an album in store or probably would have passed over at the .99 price.

    Also, I know some people will say streaming could raise it’s prices, but I think that’s BS as well. I dont physically own any of the songs on Spotify, they could be taken down in an hour for all I know. Likewise, almost all of the Streaming sites are more costly than Netflix or Amazon Prime on a per month basis. Raising it too much and all you do is drive people back to torrents.

    Streaming isnt going away, giants like Google have entered into it, iTunes now has internet radio and like I said, my guess is they have a full on streaming service in the next year or two. Part of being any good business person is being able to adjust to a changing market. My family has had to adjust to a changing food market on our family farm, you can complain about the “good old days” and go broke or you can adjust the best you can and try to keep going. The harsh reality for most labels and artists is that albums are no longer the main source of income for artists, instead they are a tool to bring in new and existing fans to the new source of income. Live events.

  6. Ken Morton, Jr.
    July 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Where I disagree with you is where you say that the labels and artists have to agree to streaming via sites like Spotify or lose that streaming via torrents. You’re telling the artists- whom you seem to value greatly in your love of music- that they have to give it away legally or be forced to give it away illegally. Touring is FAR less profitable than you think it is. The costs of travel are high- especially with a full band. The costs of producing an album is high. Unless some profit is built into the sales of the album, you’re going to have a law of diminishing returns when it comes to the quality and quantity of the music we love.

  7. Ken Morton, Jr.
    July 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Mike, my extended family is tomato farmers. Your analogy is akin to planting, watering, caring and growing your crop, only to let someone else come in and sell it or give it away out from under you.

    This isn’t all about the performer. What about the songwriters that make their livings without ever doing a live show? How does this model afford them anything to keep doing what they’re doing? What about the incredible session musicians, producers, engineers and others behind the scenes that generate their income from the sales (directly or indirectly) of albums?

  8. Mike Wimmer
    July 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I suppose artists can do whatever they please, but I do think the odds of people getting the music illegally rise considerably. I guess my whole point of view is sometimes its better to get 10 cents on the dollar than nothing. Maybe a few more people buy the album legally if its not streaming, but the number of people who turn to illegally downloading it is probably higher. Streaming may not be the perfect solution, but in a lot of ways its the lesser of two evils.

    Maybe if you charge more, the artists will get more, but again how much higher can you go when you are charging people to pay to essentially rent the songs? Go too high and people just turn to torrents. Streaming isn’t going away, especially with Apple and Google in the ring.

  9. Mike Wimmer
    July 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    The model isn’t perfect, but like I said how much higher can you go? For better or worse people view music as a cheap form of entertainment. They don’t see it anymore as something worth dropping 15 dollars a cd for anymore. Raising the cost of a streaming plan would just cause people to go torrent it in my eyes.

    I feel bad that good people are getting financially hurt, but much like the tv industry is about to find out, people seem to have adjusted to the idea of not owning physical media and are content to essentially rent via netflix and spotify.

  10. Ken Morton, Jr.
    July 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Perhaps it is the perception of value/worth of “renting” that has to change. When you are leasing a car, it is not much different than making car payments. Likewise when you’re renting an apartment or house. For some reason, the cost of renting music is perceived as having a value of pennies on the dollar.

    The general public has to realize that if they take the legs out from the industry that provides them the content, eventually they’re not going to have content anymore. That goes for TV, movies and music.

  11. Barry Mazor
    July 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    10 cents on the dollar is not a living, and if it’s not a living, it’s not a profession, and if it’s not a profession–well, good luck and enjoy what you’ll get.

    Imagine what this could do for coronary surgery, and airline piloting. Oh yeah; I know, “anyone” can perform, or write. And what difference does it make anyway, right/ Well, we’ve already seen how well self-selection and promotion works for quality in those arenas; it doesn’t.

    I have noticed, however, how very very often those most enthusiastic about letting everyone in the arts and humanities know what “wants to be free” (or what should be done “for the art, for the field, or to “make yourself known’) tend to have full time paid jobs in other areas.

    Meat, slip covers, gold bullion and electronic engineering “want to be free” too–in the eyes of kleptomaniacs.

  12. Razor X
    July 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I don’t have a Spotify subscription and with more than 14,000 songs in my iTunes library I don’t really need it. I don’t really get the whole idea of an “all you can eat” subscription plan except as a way to preview new music as Leann mentioned. I would much rather buy my music and own a copy than pay for streaming rights.

  13. Barry Mazor
    July 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Here’s another knowledgeable take on the Spotify question, from David Macias of Thirty Tigers; as he points out, how MUCH Spotify’s around does make a difference on how it adds up. (He’s decidedly NOT saying that it doesn’t matter whether music makers lose 90% of their income and they should just get used to it!):


  14. TX Music Jim
    July 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I prefer to pay for my music on I tunes because the artists/writers get paid. However, i’m deathly afraid the reality is that making significant money on writing/performance/airplay royalties is rapidly becoming a piece of History. That hurts good folks who make good music. Quality of available content will suffer. As you are already seeing the only folks that are making full time livings in music are the ones playing more and more gigs.

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