ACM Awards Nominations to Be Announced 2/13; Gretchen Wilson to Release Three Records in 2013; Album Releases
- Nominations for the 2013 ACM Awards will be announced on February 13. The awards show will be broadcast live on CBS April 7.
- Here’s a video of Bobby Bare playing “Boll Weevil.”
- 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 You, and the duo’s tour plans.
- Holly Williams was featured in Garden & Gun (which also posted a song from her new record) and on RollingStone.com.
- 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.
- Jonny Fritz interviewed Billy Joe Shaver for American Songwriter.
- 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.
- Taylor Swift is the new face of Diet Coke.
- 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.
- Chris Mateer interviewed JD McPherson.
- 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
- 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 …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …