ACM Officials Reconsider Criteria For Album of the Year
- When the nominations for the ACM Awards were announced on Wednesday, several readers keenly noted that the album of the year nominees were missing from the list. It was reported that those nominations would be announced in March after a re-vote. Country Universe has the reasoning behind the re-vote via Peter Cooper’s article in The Tennessean:
The album of the year nominees are … as yet unannounced. That’s because the Academy re-thought its prerequisite that album contenders sell at least 300,000 copies. Several of last year’s most acclaimed country albums, including Jamey Johnson’s That Lonesome Song, did not meet the sales requirement, and ACM officials held a board meeting, waved the prerequisite and mandated a re-vote.
Romeo said it became clear during the voting process that the sales requirement in the album category had become antiquated due to changes in the way people consume music. The ACM normally uses an initial vote to take the field of album nominees down to 20, from which five finalists will be chosen. But only nine albums this year survived the 300,000 minimum.
- Submit your ballot for the 2009 ACM Top New Male Vocalist, Top New Female Vocalist, and Top New Vocal Group or Duo.
- For her newest album, Martina McBride switched producers to help her find a different and fresh perspective on her music. She felt that producer was Dann Huff, who has produced albums for Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and most recently, Pat Green. McBride’s new album, scheduled for a March 24 release, is titled Shine.
- BMI threw a No. 1 party this week for Jim Collins and Marty Dodson, the writing duo behind the reggae-infused Kenny Chesney hit “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven.”
- The video for Carrie Underwood‘s cover of “I Told You So” is the live footage from the night she was inducted to the Grand Ole Opry by the song’s original singer and writer, Randy Travis.
- For fans of western swing, The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri’s says the 10-CD Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys box set, titled The Tiffany Transcriptions, is the Holy Grail. Five stars.
- Miss Leslie (MySpace) is headed into the studio to record the follow-up to Between the Whiskey and the Wine, and My Kind of Country posted a YouTube video of one of the 23 original songs under consideration for the new album.
- Kenny Chesney was country music’s top moneymaker in 2008 according to Billboard, but landed at number six on the list of all-genres. He was followed by Rascal Flatts at number eight and Taylor Swift at 16 as the only other country-labeled acts to make the top 20. It’s interesting to note that Swift didn’t receive credit for touring income generated while opening for Brad Paisley, yet still made the list.
- Chris Kubik was the winner of the album cover design contest held by Rascal Flatts for their new album, Unstoppable. (via ggcolumn)
- Keep your ears open for Joey + Rory‘s new single, “Free Bird.” (via press release)
- Pam Tillis has numerous fans, but this guy dwarfs them all.
- In the latest edition of “20 Questions” on Galleywinter, Cross Canadian Ragweed‘s Cody Canada says the band knows what they stand for, and they stand for it.
- Preview Jake Owens‘ new album, Easy Does It, before it’s February 24 release. (via Country Music Is Love)
- The Buffalo News‘ Jeff Miers reviewed an acoustic song swap presented by WYRK-FM on Wednesday evening with Jack Ingram, Randy Houser and Jason Michael Carroll.
Houser had the firmest grip on country’s blues elements, and he put them to good use in the steamy barrelhouse bit “My Kind of Country,” an ode to Waylon, Willie and the almighty first-position open G chord. After the applause died down, Ingram appeared blown away.
“Damn, dude,” he quipped. “That was really, really good. I’m used to followin’ folks who have 10 No. 1 singles, but now, I gotta’ follow actual talent.”
In fact, he followed it well, with a brand-new song, “Seeing Stars,” an emotive ballad that suggested Ingram is not unfamiliar with the low-burning but quite-lambent flame of Townes Van Zandt’s writing.
- Doug Freeman captures the easy-going personality of Ben Kweller and his transition from New York to Austin in his profile of the singer-songwriter for The Austin Chronicle.
- Country Universe reader Erik North counted down his top 25 favorite songs from the genre-bending Linda Ronstadt.
- In an effort to help country fans on their musical pilgrimages, the Mississippi state Senate unanimously passed a bill on Wednesday to create markers where famous country music singers were born or where significant events took place.
- Listen to Kathy Mattea perform several selections from her critically lauded album of coal-themed songs on Mountain Stage.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- 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 …