ACM Awards Nominees Announced; Alabama Plans 40th Anniversary Tour; Shooter Jennings Premieres New Song

Juli Thanki | February 13th, 2013

  • The ACM Awards nominations were announced this morning (the full list of nominees can be found here):

Songwriter of the Year

Rodney Clawson
Dallas Davidson
Josh Kear
Luke Laird
Shane McAnally

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Toby Keith
Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big and Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year

The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

New Artist of the Year
Jana Kramer
Brantley Gilbert
Florida Georgia Line

Album of the Year

Carrie Underwood — Blown Away
Eric Church — Chief
Taylor Swift — Red
Luke Bryan — Tailgates and Tanlines
Little Big Town — Tornado

Song of the Year

Lee Brice, “A Woman Like You”
Eli Young Band, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”

Single Record of the Year

Eli Young Band, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”

Video of the Year

Eric Church, “Creepin'” (Producer: Iris Baker Director: Peter Zavadil)
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted” (Producers: Stephanie Reeves, Eric Williams Directors: Traci Goudie, Patrick Hubik)
Little Big Town, “Tornado” (Producer: Iris Baker Director: Shane Drake)
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go Round” (Producers: Perry Bean, Kacey Musgraves Director: Perry Bean)
Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (Producer: John Nguyen Director: Declan Whitebloom)
Zac Brown Band, ‘”The Wind” (Producer: Ben Kalina Director: Mike Judge)

Vocal Event of the Year

Kelly Clarkson, featuring Vince Gill, “Don’t Rush”
Rascal Flatts, featuring Natasha Bedingfield, “Easy”
Kenny Chesney, duet with Tim McGraw, “Feel Like a Rock Star”
David Nail, featuring Sarah Buxton, “Let It Rain”
Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church, “The Only Way I Know”

  • Dwight Yoakam sold out the Ryman in thirty minutes. A second show has been added.
  • Here’s a neat article about the process of making the Johnny Cash postage stamp.
  • There’s a free Steel Wheels live show available for download on NoiseTrade. The band’s next album, No More Rain, will be released in April, but you can watch this teaser until then.
  • Here are Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison covering “9,999,999 Tears” on Imus.
  • From The Onion: After weeks of speculation within the music industry, English folk-rock group Mumford and Sons took home the big prize at Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards by winning the highly coveted Vest of the Year trophy. “Wow, I don’t even know where to begin,” said lead singer Marcus Mumford, after his slim-cut russet waistcoat secured the band its third win on a night in which the quartet also collected statuettes for Watch Chain of the Year and Best New Straw Hat. 
  • CMT Edge premiered a new video for Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors’ “Good Light.”
  • Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on June 5 and run through November 10. The exhibit will “include costumes, instruments, microphones, set pieces and more from the six-time Grammy winner’s 2012-13 ‘Blown Away Tour.'” 
  • Chris Gray of the Houston Press interviewed Alejandro Escovedo.
  • Natalie Maines and Ben Harper are going to tour together later this year.
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Dustin Welch for CMT Edge.
  • Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will celebrate its 53rd birthday on November 21. The birthday bash will be “the kick-off event celebrating and honoring Country Music Hall of Fame member George Jones’ final Nashville concert, which takes place the following evening.”
  • Colin Irwin of The Guardian writes about the new faces of the UK folk scene, including Chris Wood and Kathryn Roberts.
  • Brad Paisley’s next record, Wheelhouse, will feature guests Charlie Daniels, Hunter Hayes, Dierks BentleyEric Idle, and LL Cool J. The song “Outstanding in Our Field” also apparently features Roger Miller. Huh.
  • Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris talked about their new record, Old Yellow Moon, on the BBC.

  1. Rick
    February 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s show will feature two very attractive women named Etta Britt and Bonnie Bishop! That’s good enough for me! (lol) The rest of the line up is Lee Harvey Osmond (Is that name in good taste?), Jerry Joseph, and Chicago Farmer(?). Peter Cooper is the guest host.

    Not much in the above news round-up caught my attention except this: “Andrew Stafford profiled Carrie and the Cut Snakes, an Australian band with songs described as “the Pretenders on a Dolly trip.” I will definitely have to check that out! (lol)

    It’s nice to read about Dwight Yoakam selling out the Ryman so quickly! This proves there are still fans of real country music living in Nashville besides Eddie Stubbs, not just all the tourists who take in an Opry show while they are there. Go Dwight!

    So Shooter Jennings and Patty Griffin recorded a song together eh? From my perspective it should have been titled “Makin’ My Skin Crawl”! I’m starting to itch just thinking about it….

  2. nm
    February 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Oh, I am so glad that the women who are going to sing on a radio show are good-looking! What on earth would we have done if they didn’t live up to some random guy’s standards for physical beauty?

  3. Mike Wimmer
    February 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Not that I really care, but how does Luke Bryan get an entertainer of the year nod over Eric Church? Outside of wearing hipster tight jeans and dancing like a buffoon and releasing some awful singles what has Luke Bryan done for Country music exactly? I mean Church is kinda a d-bag, but at least I could play “Springsteen” to someone and not be embarrassed. How many Luke Bryan songs can say that? Plus they both seem pretty even in terms of record sales, radio airplay and live shows.

  4. BRUCE
    February 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm


    Kinda wondered that myself. Church is probably too politically incorrect. Not a personal fan of Bryan in any way, shape, or category. Of course, that is due to my own personal taste.

    Didn’t they add a second Ryman show for Dwight?

    Heard a snippet of Shooter and Patty. I’m pretty impressed. That is the song “Wild and Lonesome” I am referring to. It pleases me.

  5. Luckyoldsun
    February 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    So is this the first time a husband and wife have competed against each other for the top prize?

  6. Mike Wimmer
    February 13, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Yeah, Church does shoot his mouth off and realistically he probably likes he wasnt nominated so he can play the Toby Keith type role of boasting how “disrespected” he is by Music Row and try to cultivate his “outlaw” image.

  7. Ron
    February 16, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Just what I’ve been waiting for, a Brad Paisley and Justin Bie…ahh Hunter Hayes duet.

  8. Barry Mazor
    February 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Hunter’ Hayes is not Justin Bieber, he’s just young and apparently girls like him, heaven ferfend; live with it. He’ll get older. He’s also very capable on a good dozen instruments, has songwriting skill, and very adult polish and sense of responsibility. I think he’s going to prove to be a keeper.

  9. Luckyoldsun
    February 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    All I know about Hunter Hayes is that video on you-tube of him doing Jambalaya with a miniature accordion when he was 4 with Hank Jr. in front of a crowd. He was quite a musician even then. I’d bet he can play hard country or pop–or probably classical, for that matter, if he wants to.

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