ACM Awards Boost Winners’ Sales; Willie Nelson Boulevard; New Carrie Underwood Video

Brody Vercher | May 7th, 2010

  • 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.

    Chris Talbott has more story from all the Lamberts.

  • Watch the premier of the Carrie Underwood song “Undo It” over at CMT.
  1. Paul W Dennis
    May 7, 2010 at 11:48 am

    If the story about Ms Swift’s donation is true, that tells me that her head is in the right place

  2. Jon
    May 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm


  3. Matt Bjorke
    May 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm


    She called in during the telethon last night and pledged that money.

  4. granna
    May 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Well I guess Ms. Swift has saved Nashville again. She saved the industry with her music and now with her pocket boy.

  5. Michelle
    May 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    That’s amazing what Taylor did! I can see where her fans would admire her. She seems to be a really awesome person! Way to go, Taylor!!

  6. Michelle
    May 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Congrats to Miranda for having the biggest post-awards sales increase at a 105 percent for Revolution! I love the story behind “The House That Built Me!” It was definitely meant for her!!

  7. Matt Bjorke
    May 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm


    Can you stop your skepticism and dislike of Taylor Swift for even a minute? I mean c’mon she made a GENEROUS donation that suggests she knows how lucky she is to be doing what she’s doing.

  8. Linda
    May 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I wish Willie Nelson Boulevard could be a freeway, or something, stretching across the entire state of Texas! But a few blocks downtown like that is good.

  9. Noeller
    May 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    500 G’s is a large drop, but if anyone SHOULD do it, it’s her, ’cause Nashville has given her brand of “music” a home and an audience, when some would argue that 10 years ago that money would come from Hollywood or elsewhere.

    I’ve been as critical of her music of anyone, so good on ya Taylor!!

  10. Noeller
    May 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    oh, and PS – thanks for posting Vic’s “City of Dreams” song that she wrote on the plane on her way back to NashVegas from up north here. She’s been using FB to keep all of us, up here, updated on what’s happening down south. Beautiful song she wrote!!

  11. Leeann Ward
    May 7, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Good for Taylor Swift. I have no doubt that she’s a genuinely good person with a good heart.

  12. Rick
    May 7, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    So Adam Carroll is compared frequently to John Prine, eh? That’s enough information for me! NEXT!

    I think the statue of Willie should be placed in the middle of a government sanctioned marijuana farm that grows the weed for medicinal purposes…

    Sounds like Miranda’s already got Blake “whipped”. Guess we know who wears the boots in that couple.

    Good on Taylor for donating all that money to the Nashville relief effort, and no I’m not going to make a snarky comment!

    John Rich was on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show this morning talking about the flood, which John calls an inland tsunami!. John wrote and recorded a song yesterday about people lending a helping hand for Nashvillians who suffered flooding related losses to increase awareness. John is now offering the song as a free download (if you sign up for his email list) at his website and there is a donation link on the same page he hopes everyone downloading the song will use. I expect Rush’s listening audience to donate a few bucks due to this appeal, which is more than I can say for Odumbo…


  13. Jim
    May 9, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Is this the same Taylor Swift that was pArtying at a Gala Ball in New York days ago while supposedly being so concerned about Nashville. 500K for Taylor Swift is like a $50 donation from the normal person. Taylor Swift is now in the pop world and leaving country behind and we are all glad about that. Did you all see how TS was shut out of a single major award at the recent ACM’s?

    I’d rather have stars like Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood who not only donate money but also time with the upcoming Telethon!

  14. Trish
    May 9, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Hopefully the Taylor Swift donation will mean we don’t have to hear her dreadful voice performing at any upcoming Nashville events!

  15. Peter
    May 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    “500K for Taylor Swift is like a $50 donation from the normal person. Taylor”

    Wow. People just live to bash this gal. Hope you never have to have her bail you out, Jim…

  16. Stephen H.
    May 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    “500K for Taylor Swift is like a $50 donation from the normal person.”

    Now I know that they make different amounts of money, but for all the praise you gave Vince Gill in your second paragraph, you’re basically accusing him and Amy Grant of giving $5 each.

  17. Leeann Ward
    May 10, 2010 at 6:35 am



  18. Thomas
    May 10, 2010 at 8:06 am

    …500k is a seriously generous donation – full stop.

  19. Paul W Dennis
    May 10, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Jim’s comment is proof positive that no good deed goes unpunished

  20. Trish
    May 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I think Jim was being a little tongue in cheek but it does bring up a point.

    Many people in country music are just sick and tired of the vocally challenged one, Taylor Swift. I think this was first shown at the ACM awards where she was shutout of any major award and is also being shown by country radio as Taylor Swift’s last two singles both failed to reach the top five.

    I do think it is time for her to finish what she has already started and go full time into pop music where she belongs and stop trying to straddle both genre.

    Lastly, I do agree with Jim in that I respect way more the time Tim and Faith are putting into the Nashville fundraising event rather than a one time donation for a multi multi millionaire in Taylor Swift.

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