ACM Honors to Salute Kristofferson, Milsap; Studio A Building Sold; New Album Releases
- This year’s ACM Honors, which will be held at the Ryman on September 9, will salute Kris Kristofferson and Dean Dillon (recipients of the Poet’s Award), Cowboy Jack Clement and Buck Owens (posthumous recipients of the Poet’s Award), Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap (Career Achievement Awards), Carrie Underwood (Gene Weed Special Achievement Award) and several more. Check out the full list of honorees here.
- Check out Holly Williams’ damn good cover of “No Surrender” from upcoming Born in the USA tribute album Dead Man’s Town.
- The building that houses Studio A has been sold to Tim Reynolds’ Bravo Development. The Nashville Scene reports that according to the deed, “lease agreements with the building’s current tenants will continue under pre-existing conditions.” Reynolds says the building is in poor condition, with asbestos, mold, and other issues that need fixing; he is also in talks with out of state developers who have shown a “strong interest” in the property.
- Parker Millsap unveiled a new song, “Hades’ Plea,” when performing for CMT’s Concrete Country. Watch here.
- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum opens in Bristol, Virginia this weekend.
- Get the story behind “A Good Year for the Roses” with this video interview of songwriter Jerry Chesnut.
- David Nail announced his I’m a Fire Tour, which will kick off in Oxford, Mississippi on September 11.
- Go behind the scenes with The Bankesters as they shoot the video for “Found,” a song written in support of This Able Veteran, an organization that trains service dogs for veterans who are suffering from PTSD.
- Jewly Hight interviewed Jean Shepard for CMT Edge.
- The Music Maker Relief Foundation turns 20 this year.
- Listen to Pokey LaFarge’s Newport Folk Fest set. (warning: autoplay)
- Vote in Farce the Music’s Bummer Song of the Summer Poll.
- Dale Watson discusses Ameripolitan and The Truckin’ Sessions in this article posted on The 615.
- Here’s Billy Joe Shaver’s version of “Music City, USA” from Long in the Tooth, which comes out next week.
- Toby Keith topped Forbes’ list of the year’s highest-paid country stars, raking in $65 million.
- Graceland’s annual Elvis Week begins August 8 (here’s the full schedule of events); iPad-wielding visitors will now be able to take a guided tour, and on August 14, there will be an auction of various Presley artifacts.
- Brad Paisley put together a video preview for his forthcoming album Moonshine in the Trunk, but it looks like his label isn’t too happy about it. Or it’s all a carefully engineered publicity stunt.
- A Kickstarter has been launched to help fund a television special celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Carter Family Fold.
- Chris Young tells Rolling Stone that he’s influenced by everybody from Keith Whitley to Boyz II Men.
- Vice premiered “Time Shows Fools” from Justin Townes Earle’s new record, Single Mothers (out in September).
- Tim McGraw’s next album, the unfortunately named Sundown Heaven Town, will be released on September 16. It features a duet with Kid Rock.
- Download a couple songs from The Christian Lopez Band’s upcoming, Dave Cobb-produced EP on NoiseTrade.
- Hunter Hayes released his “Tattoo” video.
- Entertainment Weekly premiered Buffalo Clover’s “Hey, Child.”
- Blue Highway’s Jason Burleson was hospitalized with a bleeding stomach ulcer while on tour in France.
- This week’s album releases:
Noel McKay – Is That So Much to Ask
The Carmonas – The Carmonas
Marc Broussard – A Life Worth Living
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
Eric Clapton & Friends (Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, and more) – The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale
The Allman Brothers Band – The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings
The Everly Brothers – The Cadence Sessions, 1957-1960
- And a DVD:
Country Classic Singers (a five-disc collection featuring live footage and remembrances of George Jones, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Waylon Jennings)
- Applejack: It's not just you, Andrew L. I just listened to the clips on Amazon, and the autotune effect is terrible.
- Andrew L.: Is it just me or does Strait sound horribly autotuned on the clips for the new live album? I can't …
- Juli Thanki: You'll get to hear it pretty soon: The Wall Street Journal is going to stream the album on their website …
- Leeann Ward: Way to go to David Cantwell for getting a name drop! Great interview, Juli! Womack's new album is awesome! I've not always …
- Jonathan Pappalardo: Great interview as always, Juli! The new album is fantastic. "Same Kind of Different" is my favorite cut although "Fly" is …
- Dave D.: Good interview. Looking forward to the new record, and particularly interested in hearing her version of Brennen Leigh's "Sleeping with …
- nm: I guess it's not surprising that a singer who gets her songs all over the place, the way Womack does, …
- SunsetPark: As a Pennsylvanian to this day, thanks for the list. I haven't heard the Quecreek song and so can't …
- Paul W Dennis: I would urge readers to check out the Billy Edd Wheeler salute on October 18, 2014. Billy Edd Wheeler is …
- Leeann Ward: I'm really liking Pink's folk duo song! I'm looking forward to the album!