ACM Awards Nominations to Be Announced 2/13; Gretchen Wilson to Release Three Records in 2013; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | January 29th, 2013

  • Nominations for the 2013 ACM Awards will be announced on February 13. The awards show will be broadcast live on CBS April 7.
  • Jon Caramanica of The New York Times on country music’s “masculinity crisis”: “It is not unmanly to feel deeply, which is often lost on the genre’s simps and dullards, of which there have been many lately. They confuse the perceived need to display tenderness — whether for presumed radio play or presumed appeal to the opposite sex — with softening their edges. (Their voices are already soft. Not much you can do about that.) Even country’s slight outliers have fallen victim to that fallacy, as seen in two singers with new albums and singles in the Top 10 on the Billboard country songs chart: Gary Allan and Randy Houser, neither of whom deserve this fate. Mr. Allan has just released his ninth studio album, “Set You Free” (MCA Nashville), and Mr. Houser his third, “How Country Feels” (Stoney Creek), both of which show how smooth exteriors can put complex interiors at risk.”
  • Stream Eric Burdon’s new record, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry.
  • Gretchen Wilson is releasing three albums this year: Right on Time (April 2), ‘70s rock covers album Under the Covers (May 28), and a Christmas record. (via press release)
  • Sloane Spencer interviewed Henry Wagons for CMT Edge.
  • New record El Rancho Azul includes “the best honky-tonk songs I’ve written in a long time,” says Dale Watson.
  • Bluegrass Today’s John Lawless posted some new information on Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s forthcoming record, Love Has Come for Youand the duo’s tour plans.
  • The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built is now available in paperback.
  • Twenty Feet From Stardom, a documentary about backup singers, is set for a summer release. In the film, director Morgan Neville “explores the psychology of standing in the shadows of super-stardom and the lack of individual identity – which, depending on the singer, can feel like bliss or purgatory. He also looks at how relatively recent changes in the recording business – including lead singers recording their own backing tracks – caused the backup singer scene to dry up.
  • Banjo Romantika: American Bluegrass Music and the Czech Imagination also sounds like a neat documentary. A spring release is anticipated.
  • Zac Brown Band is scheduled to play a miniconcert during the Daytona 500’s pre-race show next month.
  • PasteMagazine.com posted videos of Shawn Mullins and Joey + Rory performing at last fall’s Americana Music Convention.
  • Stream Shamrock City, the new record from Celtic roots band Solas, at Folk Alley.
  • Jim Myers wrote a lengthy feature on Tim McGraw for the Tennessean.
  • Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over” has been certified platinum, while “The Good Stuff” and “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” have both gone gold.
  • Last weekend, the Calgary Folk Music Festival opened a year-round music venue called Festival Hall.
  • There’s a new Fiction Family video on USA Today’s website.
  • Joanna Colangelo wrote a Huffington Post feature on Arhoolie Records and the label’s 50th anniversary book/CD releaseThey All Played for Us.
  • Album releases:

Kris Kristofferson Feeling Mortal

Dale Watson El Rancho Azul

John Corbett Leaving Nothin’ Behind (iTunes)

Jacob Jones Good Timin’ in Waynetown

Eric Burdon ‘Til Your River Runs Dry

Lena Hughes Queen of the Flat Top Guitar

Blue Sky Riders Finally Home

Fiction Family Fiction Family Reunion

Sarah Darling Home to Me (EP)

Heidi Talbot Angels without Wings

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Get Up!

Mike Compton & Joe Newberry Live

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Texas Flood: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition

  1. Dave D.
    January 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Any day that includes a new Dale Watson release is a good one. I don’t envy them trying to record a live album at Ginny’s during CSB. The background crowd noise there is usually as loud or louder than the band.

  2. Rick
    January 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Lots of interesting stuff today! I don’t know where to start!

    The Starday label was both a blessing and a curse. They continued to support artists the big labels had lost interest in BUT the sound quality of their recordings was consistently crappy! Talk about a low budget production approach. The should have asked Sam Phillips to drive up from Memphis and show them how it should have been done…

    I hope Calgary’s new Festival Hall is really well insulated! (lol) The selection of beers available will surely be top shelf!

    Shawn Mullins is coming to MCcabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica and I haven’t decided if I’m going to attend yet. At least he likely won’t cancel the way the Blue Sky Riders did last Friday night…

  3. Luckyoldsun
    January 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Son of a gun, Bobby Bare’s still got it.
    The guy’s body of work is enormous–he was on the charts more-or-less continuously for twenty years. Bare’s ability to put a story across is comparable to Johnny Cash and this new CD is on a par with Cash’s latter day works with Rick Rubin–It’s a shame it’s not getting anything near the recognition.

    And when the hell will they put Bare in the Hall of Fame?!

  4. Luckyoldsun
    January 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    “Gretchen Wilson is releasing three albums this year: (via press release)”

    I’m not sure that announcing multiple albums is the cure when you’re no longer selling ANY albums, but who knows?

    I hear Clint Black is about to issue a press release that he’ll be releasing five albums this year and next.

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