ACM Awards Winners; Doug Dillard Hospitalized; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | April 2nd, 2012

  • Taylor Swift won Entertainer of the Year at last night’s ACM Awards, while Miranda Lambert took home Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year honors. The entire list of winners can be found here.
  • Kevin McGuire, Taylor Swift’s original date for the ACMs, was unable to go to the event due to a last-minute hospitalization, but she did give him a shout-out from the stage.
  • Rhonda Vincent is the latest in a long line of folks paying tribute to Earl Scruggs.
  • Banjo legend Doug Dillard has been hospitalized in Nashville.
  • 23-year old Georgian country artist Nick Malloy was severely injured in a vehicle accident. He just recently came out of sedation.
  • Saving Country Music really likes Ray Wylie Hubbard’s new album, The Grifter’s Hymnal.
  • The Boston Globe published an interview with Loretta Lynn over the weekend. Q: Have you ever shied away from writing about something? A: Nothing. If I think about it, I’m gonna write it. You may never know why, but I’m going to write it.
  • Billboard Magazine has a feature on The Grascals. “We’re getting back to us again,” confirms member Terry Eldredge. 
  • Pop and country singer Nick Noble passed away at the age of 85. His biggest country hit was a 1978 song called “Stay with Me.”
  • Miss Willie Brown will be making a guest appearance on CW’s Hart of Dixie tomorrow.
  • Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles, the boys from Love & Theft, plan a new, self-titled album to be released June 5 on RCA Records.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

David Nail – “The Sound of a Million Dreams” 

Sarah Darling – “Blackbird”

Jason Sturgeon – “Time Bomb” 

Luke Bryan – “Drunk on You” 

Nicole Donatone – “Red”

Erica Sunshine Lee – “Not Hard to Replace”

Shane Michael Taylor – “Warrior Cowboy” 

James Storm – “Longnecks and Rednecks” 

The Wolfe Brothers – “Wake Up” 

Troy Cassar-Daley – “Live and Learn” 

Jason Cassidy – “What If” 

Black Stone Cherry – “In My Blood”

Scotty McCreery – “Water Tower Town” (live on American Idol)

Lauren Alaina – “Georgia Peaches” (live on The Today Show)

Aaron Lewis – “Endless Summer”

Deric Ruttan – “Main Street, 1979”

  1. Rick
    April 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    The Earl Scruggs memorial service and tribute yesterday at the Ryman was phenomenal. I’m so glad that WSM broadcast it live and will archive it as well. It was truly a moving experience and the personal anecdotes told about Earl were priceless. I must say if Eddie Stubbs ever decides to change professions he’d make one heck of a preacher man! (lol)

    “Hart of Dixie” used to be on Monday nights. Did they switch it to Tuesdays? I’m so confused!

    I can proudly say I did not watch a second of the ACM Awards Show and did not DVR it either. AirHead Country celebration shows like that make my personal “Don’t Give A Sh*t” meter explode! I did read the Saving Country Music live blog about the program, but that was close enough for me…

    Awhile back I posted a link to that cool Gram Parsons themed music video from First Aid Kit. Sadly the vast majority of the rest of their music is not nearly that interesting. Oh well.

    If by “getting back to us” the Grascals mean more songs like “Long List of Heartaches”, its about time!

  2. Ken
    April 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I forced myself to watch last night’s ACM Awards and was reminded what I don’t like about today’s alleged country music – just about everything!

    This program is exhibit “A” that without extensive studio manipulation most of the current batch of singers would not receive airplay. Horrible vocals and they were not caused by technical issues. Most of those folks simply cannot sing. Weak, straining voices that struggle to find the right key. And most songs have lyrics that are completely unmemorable. Country songs used to speak to the heart and to the emotions. I heard almost none of that last night.

    Also I realize that times change, tastes change, styles change. But for God’s sake most of the male acts dressed like roadies or looked like they escaped from a truck stop. Few acts looked professional or like they belonged onstage. If you’re gonna be a star at least TRY to dress the part. (And I don’t mean sequins & nudie suits) The audience was better dressed than the majority of the performers.

    In the reality-show-meets-awards-show category a marriage was conducted onstage during Martina McBride’s performance. The back story was a couple who had each lost their first spouse due to tragic circumstances and then met through a support group. The show directors cut back & forth between the ceremony and the live song reducing a touching moment to a disconnected contrived mess. I felt bad for the newly wedded couple.

    When I saw KISS presenting an award I realized how completely off-track the program had become. What in the hell does KISS have to do with country music? I realize that some of today’s country acts may be fans but that doesn’t give KISS any country credibility. In the context of a country awards program it looked very strange.

    Host Reba McEntire’s attempts at “hip” humor fell flat. Irreverent lines coming out of the mouth of a 57-year-old country icon just didn’t work. Her co-host Blake Shelton demonstrated that you better bring your “A” game if you’re gonna duet with Lionel Richie. Richie sounded great but Shelton….not so much. Richie was there because he just recorded a new album of duets with country artists that will be featured as a CBS-TV special on April 13th.

    I felt that I wasted the better part of my evening.

  3. Jon
    April 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I forced myself to watch last night’s ACM Awards…

    If you spent more than 5 minutes watching a show you didn’t like, and that I’m guessing you knew you wouldn’t like even before it started, then you most certainly were wasting your time. Isn’t that kind of dysfunctional?

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