ACM Awards Nominees Announced; Musicians Hall of Fame Inducts New Members; Trampled By Turtles Announce Tour

Juli Thanki | January 29th, 2014

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

Entertainer of the Year: Luke BryanMiranda LambertBlake SheltonGeorge StraitTaylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason AldeanLee BriceLuke BryanBlake SheltonKeith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year: Sheryl CrowMiranda LambertKacey MusgravesTaylor SwiftCarrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year: Big & RichDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineLove and TheftThompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year: Eli Young BandLady AntebellumLittle Big TownThe Band PerryZac Brown Band

New Artist of the Year: Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Parmalee

Album of the Year: Blake SheltonBased on a True Story…; Luke BryanCrash My Party; Florida Georgia LineHere’s to the Good Times; Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park; Tim McGrawTwo Lanes of Freedom

Single Record of the Year: Florida Georgia Line — “Cruise”; Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban — “Highway Don’t Care”; Lee Brice — “I Drive Your Truck”; Miranda Lambert — “Mama’s Broken Heart”; Darius Rucker featuring Lady Antebellum — “Wagon Wheel”

Song of the Year: Gary Allan – “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)”; Lee Brice – “I Drive Your Truck”; Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”; Blake Shelton – “Mine Would Be You”; Darius Rucker featuring Lady Antebellum – “Wagon Wheel”

Video of the Year: The Band Perry – “Better Dig Two”; Kacey Musgraves – “Blowin’ Smoke”; Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban – “Highway Don’t Care”; Lee Brice – “I Drive Your Truck”; Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”; Carrie Underwood – “Two Black Cadillacs”

Vocal Event of the Year: Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies and Friends – “Boys ‘Round Here”; Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly – “Cruise (Remix)”; Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban – “Highway Don’t Care”; Darius Rucker featuring Lady Antebellum – “Wagon Wheel”; Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”

Songwriter of the Year: Rhett AkinsRodney ClawsonAshley Gorley, Luke LairdShane McAnally

Producer of the Year: Mark Bright, Dann Huff, Michael Knox, Frank Liddell, Paul Worley

Bass Player of the Year: Mike Brignardello, Kevin “Swine” Grantt, Mark Hill, Michael Rhodes, Glenn Worf

Drummer of the Year: Chad Cromwell, Fred Eltringham, Shannon Forrest, Greg Morrow, Lonnie Wilson

Guitar Player of the Year: Jeff King, Troy Lancaster, Brent Mason, Rob McNelley, Jerry McPherson

Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year: Tony Harrell, John Jarvis, Charlie Judge, Tim Lauer, Gordon Mote

Specialty Instrument Player of the Year: Glen Duncan, Larry Franklin, Jim Hoke, Danny Rader, Bryan Sutton

Steel Guitar Player of the Year: Dan Dugmore, Paul Franklin, Steve Hinson, Russ Pahl, Scotty Sanders

  • Jody Rosen on Seeger: [For] Seeger, showbiz was always a means to an end — a platform for his politics. He was uncompromising, ballsy; his demeanor was gentle, but his spine was made of steel. He was a blue blood second-generation Harvard man; he could have coasted through life. Instead, he stuck out his neck on every major social justice issue of his times, often at great personal risk. He was blacklisted and threatened with imprisonment. He stood up for his principles in defiance of the John Birch Society, the Ku Klux Klan, and the United States Congress, which held him in contempt when he refused to name names (or to plead the Fifth) in his testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Through it all, his message was the same: justice, peace, community.  
  • This article looks back at Seeger’s 1964 Czechoslovakia tour. You can listen to a 50-year old recording of Seeger’s show at Prague’s ABC Theater here.
  • Barbara Mandrell, Jimmy Capps, Buddy Guy, and nine others were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame yesterday.
  • Out April 29 on Sugar Hill Records: Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own. Guests include Sam Bush, Noam Pikelny, Ronnie McCoury, Bill Frisell, and Stuart Duncan. (via press release)
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame’s All for the Hall fundraiser/guitar pull will return to Los Angeles on March 4. Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris will be there; so will Jason Mraz, for some reason.
  • Check out the track listing for Dierks Bentley’s Riser, out February 25. Guests include Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves.
  • Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie will release Dancin’ Annie March 4 on Rural Rhythm Records. (via press release)
  • Dwight Yoakam was on Leno last night; watch here.
  • If you missed the Country Music Radio Seminar in Tamworth (which most of us probably did), catch up with this highlight video.
  • Make plans to attend the Johnny Cash Birthday Bash in Nashville late next month.
  • Craig Shelburne of CMT Edge interviewed Hard Working American Dave Schools.
  • Let’s hope the zombie apocalypse comes upon us before the summer release of this Motley Crue tribute record, spearheaded by Big Machine and featuring Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, and Justin Moore.
  • Here’s a video of Jim Lauderdale appearing on Good Day L.A.
  • Bob Dylan’s going to appear in a Chrysler commercial during the Super Bowl. His “I Want You” is featured in a Chobani yogurt ad as well.
  • Trampled By Turtles announced spring tour dates.
  • Patty Griffin shares her thoughts about “being a weirdo” and her connection to the GLBT community in this interview.
  • Stream Four Foot Shack, the new album from Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang.
  • The Bluegrass Situation is going to host the Midnight Jam at this year’s MerleFest.
  1. Janice Brooks
    January 29, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Go Gary Allan

  2. Markus Meyer
    January 29, 2014 at 11:08 am

    No Jason Aldean for entertainer and Brice for Male surprises me.

  3. Dave D.
    January 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I had seen a tweet yesterday from Saving Country Music about the Big Machine/Motley Crue tribute record, and just assumed that it was a parody.

  4. bob
    January 29, 2014 at 11:28 am

    The ACM website indicates that the eligibilty period for an ACM award this year is Nov 29, 2012 to Nov 27, 2013. So the best country album of that period, Brandy Clark’s “12 Stories”, was eligible since it was released Oct 23, 2013. I guess it didn’t sell enough? And do I assume correctly that it won’t be eligible for consideration next year because of its release date?

  5. Leeann Ward
    January 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    The albums category is horrific! Entertainer isn’t much better.

  6. Arlene
    January 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Thiry or forty years ago, would Vince Gill and Paul Franklin or Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell or possibly Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison have been nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year by the ACM for the albums they put out this past year, (assuming they were still in their 20s or 30s)?

  7. Bruce
    January 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Dwight Yoakum and Marty Stuart exudes ultimate coolness. The coolest cats in country music.

  8. Leeann Ward
    January 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I wouldn’t think Vince/Paul Franklin would be nominated for vocal duo, since Paul’s contributions is not vocal.

  9. Arlene
    January 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    @Leeann- Point taken.

    In making my comment, I was thinking of the concert I saw in March by Emmylou and Rodney during which Emmylou commented at one point: “Remember when windows in hotel rooms actually opened? Remember cassette tapes? Hell, remember Country Music?” And then they launched into a cover of a Waylon Jennings’s classic, “Dreaming My Dreams.” I don’t think the song selections on “Old Yellow Moon” are all that different from the ones on her albums from the late 1970s, when she was at least nominated for “country music” awards.

  10. nm
    January 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Arlene, the thing is, popular musical forms do change. No one wins awards for 1960s-pop-sounding music in 2014, or for 1970s-soul-sounding music, or for 1980s-indie-rock-sounding music, or 1990s-hip-hop-sounding music. There are still pop awards, soul/R&B awards, rock awards, hip-hop awards; the genres are (mostly) still around (rock has been fading some over the past decade, it seems to me), but the music they encompass isn’t identical to what it used to be. So I don’t see why “music that sounds like what Emmylou Harris won awards for in the late 1970s” ought to be winning awards right now.

    It’s one thing to complain that one doesn’t like what’s mainstream in the genre right now — I would say that myself about country — or to claim that there is no clear connection between what’s going on in a mainstream genre and what preceded it. But it’s another thing altogether to say that popular music sensibilities and tastes ought to stay just what they always have been. I love Emmylou Harris, but I acknowledge that right now she’s repeating herself. She isn’t mainstream any more; she’s in a retro niche, and that’s OK. But wanting her to win mainstream awards I think misses the point of the awards.

  11. Rick
    January 29, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s show features the always amazing duo Striking Matches, and unknowns including Sister Sadie, Williams and Company, Robert Shirey Kelly, and a band with a truly great name “The Lonely Biscuits”! (lol) Should be interesting at least.

    I’d rather read about the Bluegrass Situation sponsoring a “midnight jam” somewhere within a hundred miles of Los Angeles instead.

    It sounds like there might actually be two tracks worth checking out on Dierks’ new Riser album after all! Emphasis on “might”…

  12. BRUCE
    January 29, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    What we all need to do is sit back and chill, take a dirt road in a pick-up truck with butt-cheeks hanging out short shorts, and drink a beer.

  13. Arlene
    January 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    @NM- I really didn’t mean to suggest that Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell deserve to win an ACM award. I meant to highlight an example of what is probably obvious: that styles change and that what is understood to be “county music” today is different from what was understood to be appropriately characterized as “country music” 30 to 40 years ago.

    As to your comment that Emmylou is “repeating herself,” I feel that “Hard Bargain,” her most recent solo album, is stylistically different from “Old Yellow Moon,” her most recent release. And it may be worth noting that she wrote or co-wrote eleven of the songs on the former and none on the latter. In addition, I view her duets album with Mark Knofler as stylistically different from her duets album with Rodney Crowell. If anything, my sense is that in CONTRAST to Emmylou, some of the ACM nominees have been repeating themselves in recent years. This is just my opinion, and I understand that others feel differently.

  14. Leeann Ward
    January 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Yes, I have to take issue with the idea that Emmylou is repeating herself for the same reasons that Arlene highlighted.

  15. SunsetPark
    January 31, 2014 at 11:02 am

    When looking at the list of who is nominated for duo – Vocal Duo of the Year: Big & Rich, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft, Thompson Square – it is hard to NOT think that Harris/Crowell and Willis/Robison would have been much better to have included. Big & Rich? Really? And I’m not even getting into whether the music is any good or not, just whether a duo put something out that got noticed. If we want to talk quality…tha’t a whole different story. Duo reminds me of the group category a few years back, when there was only a couple good ones and the rest were just filler. Group nominees now are solid top to bottom.

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