ACM Awards Boost Winners’ Sales; Willie Nelson Boulevard; New Carrie Underwood Video
- Of all the performers at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas, Miranda Lambert saw the biggest post-awards sales increase at 105 percent for Revolution.
- To make it easier to follow recent flood news in Nashville we’ve added a widget at the top of the screen where we’ll continue to post new links. Some of the highlights so far include news that Taylor Swift donated a whopping $500,000 to flood relief efforts. Amy Grant and Vince Gill pitched another $100,000 and the Country Music Association announced that half of the proceeds from the upcoming CMA Music Festival will be donated to aid in the relief efforts (the other half has already been earmarked to aid public school education). You can still donate if you’d like to help ( Red Cross | Salvation Army ), or you can purchase one of these swanky t-shirts and proudly display your support for the Nashville community.
- Jon Caramanica on Dierks Bentley‘s bluegrass project:
It’s a vanity project that requires Mr. Bentley to abandon his vanity. Onstage with this band, he’s the least experienced and least skilled musician, working in a genre where precision kills. The players are fearsome: two sons of Mr. McCoury — Ronnie, who plays mandolin, and Rob, who plays banjo — Jason Carter, who plays fiddle, and Alan Bartram, who plays upright bass. (They’re joined by two members of Mr. Bentley’s touring band: the drummer Steve Misamore and the lap steel guitarist Tim Sergent.)
But bluegrass plays to Mr. Bentley’s strengths, or, more specifically, his weaknesses. Ostentatious singing isn’t rewarded here, and his voice is a thin foghorn, low and flat and percussive, well suited to navigating bluegrass’s polyrhythmic density.
- Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley were added to this weekend’s Opry lineup.
- Country California: This Week in Country Music History
1977 – Eric Church born in Granite Falls, North Carolina. His birth sort of rubbed some people the wrong way, but he did it his way and didn’t give a rip what anyone else thought.
- Amidst the release of his new record Tavern of Poets, Rodney Hayden has been a busy dude.
- Jim Caligiuri on Adam Carroll:
Among singer-songwriters, Adam Carroll is probably Austin’s best-kept secret. His tunes are marvels of economy; the John Prine comparisons are probably overdone at this point but remain completely relevant.
- The city of Austin is planning to install a statue of Willie Nelson on West Second Street, and on May 27 the city council will vote to give a section of that same street the honorary name of Willie Nelson Boulevard.
- Although David Ball‘s latest record, Sparkle City, is an enjoyable listen, My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope says it isn’t as appealing as his older music.
- Up until a couple of days ago I didn’t think a person existed that didn’t like Don Williams. It was a sad day when I found out otherwise, but for those who are fans of The Gentle Giant, you’ll enjoy a Q&A that American Songwriter republished from 1988 in which he talks all about picking songs and the kind of songs he likes.
So you feel the artist has some responsibility not to endorse potentially harmful ideas through his or her music?
I feel very responsible to that. I don’t know of anything that’s as small an industry as entertainment that affects as many lives. I think it’s a sad situation when people totally take an attitude that they shouldn’t be responsible, that they don’t need to be responsible for what they talk about or how they act. It shouldn’t be a crippling kind of weight; I think it’s just an awareness.
- Music Fog: Catherine MacLellan – “Sparrows”
- The Boot’s Donna Hughes published a fun interview with Miranda Lambert. Here’s the story behind “The House that Built Me:”
‘The House That Built Me’ was for Blake. Scott Hendricks [Blake's producer] had given that song to Blake, and we heard it together. My reaction was just crying for two hours. He probably felt, “Just take whatever you want” because I was saying, “When I grew up, my dog …” [fake sobbing], and I was telling him all these stories. That song just does that to you. And I said, “I love this song,” and he said, “I’ve never seen anyone have a reaction to a song like that, just from first listen. Do you want that song?” And I said, “Yeah I really do want it.” So, he called his producer right then and said, “Can you switch that song off hold for me and put it on hold for Miranda?” Last week, Blake wakes up and looks at All Access [a music industry trade publication] and reads me the charts and lets me know where everything is … He was telling me about how it made a huge jump on the chart, and he said “You know, I’m gonna need that song back now.” [laughs] Little late now, bud.
- Watch the premier of the Carrie Underwood song “Undo It” over at CMT.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- 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 …