2013 Grammy Winners; Steve Wariner Shares New Songs; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | February 11th, 2013

  • Taylor Swift kicked off the Grammy Awards last night with a performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” View the full list of award winners here.

Album of the Year: Mumford and Sons Babel

Best Country Album: Zac Brown Band Uncaged

Best Country Song: “Blown Away,” written by Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins

Best Country Solo Performance: Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town, “Pontoon”

Best Folk Album: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Best Americana Album: Bonnie Raitt Slipstream

Best Bluegrass Album: Steep Canyon Rangers Nobody Knows You

Best Blues Album: Dr. John Locked Down

Best Long Form Music Video: “Big Easy Express,” featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford and Sons, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

Best Song Written for Visual Media: “Safe and Sound,” from The Hunger Games. Songwriters: T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to Patti Page.

Mavis Staples, Elton JohnZac BrownBritanny HowardT Bone Burnett, and Mumford and Sons paid tribute to Levon Helm.

Last night’s “In Memoriam” segment.

  • Steve Wariner tweeted a link to a “New Album Song Sampler,” including “A Thousand Winds,” the title track from his upcoming record.
  • Eric Church will release Caught In The Act: Live on April 19. According to the press release, Caught In The Act: Live features raw, electric performances of songs like “Pledge Allegiance To The Hag,” “Smoke A Little Smoke,” “How ‘Bout You,” “Creepin’” and more. American Songwriter noted of the live taping, “[The] rendition of the soulful hit ‘Springsteen’ is one of his best, slipping into the first verse of Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ towards to end.” The writer adds, “[Church] sang and played just differently enough to create variety from his studio versions and his performance confirmed that his voice is easily just as good as how it sounds on a produced record.” (via press release)
  • Katie Armiger and Mallary Hope released a video of the two of them collaborating together on Armiger’s “Safe.”
  • Grand Ole Opry historian Byron Fay reported on the passing of The Four Guys founding member Richard Garratt and Sonny Day, a member of Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys.
  • Milestones: Legends of the Doc Watson Clan will be released on April 30. The 4-CD box set consists of “94 songs and stories that were recorded — mostly for family enjoyment — between 1954 and 2007. The collection is augmented with source notes and collages made up of more than 500 family photos.”
  • Bluegrass artist Kim Robins released her album 40 Years Late last week.
  • Laura Bell Bundy is hosting a new YouTube series called OMC: Oh My Country, a biweekly country fashion commentary show.
  • It was McGraw versus McGraw on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week when Dr. Phil McGraw took on Tim McGraw.
  • Tim McGraw and Ellen DeGeneres pranked an unsuspecting guitar tuner on her show last week.
  • Crystal Bowersox unveiled her new single, “Dead Weight.” You can listen to it here.
  • Columbia Records released the track listing for Natalie Maines’ solo album, Mother, which is due out May 7.
  • Crystal Shawanda covered Heart’s “Alone” in her weekly” The Acoustic Sessions” video series.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Kenny Chesney“Pirate Flag”

Wyatt “Jesse James”

Otis Taylor “Blue Rain in Africa”

Dean Brody“Underneath the Apple Trees”

Britnee Kellogg“From the Ashes”


Kaylens Rain“Don’t Even Go There”

Aaron Watson “Lips”

Charlie Worsham“Could It Be”

The Lumineers “Stubborn Love”

Tim McGraw “One of Those Nights” 

The SteelDrivers “I’ll Be There”

Rascal Flatts and JourneyCMT Crossroads performance videos


  1. Jon
    February 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Here’s another music video from the past week or so, from Music City Roots: http://youtu.be/aHVMF15AAyI

  2. Rick
    February 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Really liked the new Deryl Dodd single. I’ll have to spring for that song.

    I wish Crystal Shawanda would get a better microphone set up for her “Acoustic Sessions” video posts! The songs and the performances are just fine but I can’t listen for more than a few seconds. Darn.

    Its been fun to see Laura Bell Bundy struttin’ her stuff on the TV series “Hart of Dixie” recently. I wish they’d make her a permanent character.

    Sheryl Crow was the guest DJ on LA’s FM 100.3 The Sound last night during the “It’s My Turn” program. Sheryl played Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and Johnny and June singing “Jackson”. It was a treat to hear that music on a Classic Rock format station here in LaLa land…

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