2013 Grammy Winners; Steve Wariner Shares New Songs; New Music Videos
- 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 John, Zac Brown, Britanny Howard, T 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.”
- Hunter Hayes performed “Somebody’s Heartbreak” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
- 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.
- College Humor posted a mock video of Dr. Dre going bluegrass.
- 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.
- Saving Country Music debated who the next Country Music Hall of Fame inductees should be.
- Columbia Records released the track listing for Natalie Maines’ solo album, Mother, which is due out May 7.
- Deryl Dodd is releasing a new single called “Somethin’ Ain’t Always Better Than Nothin’.”
- 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”
Hicks – “Hayride”
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 Journey – CMT Crossroads performance videos
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- Barry Mazor: Speculation is free!
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- Leeann Ward: It is admittedly fun to speculate about these things.
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