All for the Hall Raises Nearly $450,000; Lady Antebellum Leads American Music Awards Nominations
- The recent All for the Hall benefit concert brought in nearly $450,000.
- A charitable initiative called NASH2O has begun auctioning flood-damaged instruments to benefit the Nashville community. Guitars donated by Vince Gill, Keith Urban and others are currently up for bidding with many more planned for the next month.
Lady Antebellum tied Eminem with five nominations to lead the nominees for this year’s American Music Awards. The following is a list of nominees in the country category:
- Favorite Male Artist
- Jason Aldean
- Luke Bryan
- Brad Paisley
- Favorite Female Artist
- Miranda Lambert
- Taylor Swift
- Carrie Underwood
- Favorite Band, Duo or Group
- Zac Brown Band
- Lady Antebellum
- Rascal Flatts
- Favorite Album
- Jason Aldean, “Wide Open”
- Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”
- Carrie Underwood, “Play On”
- Jerry Lee Lewis inked a deal to release a memoir sometime in 2012:
Lewis, in a statement from the publisher, says he is ready to say “a whole lot” about his life. He says, “People can read it, burn it, or never give it another thought. Either way the truth is about to be told, and I’m the only man still standing who can touch it.”
- Album covers from Terri Clark, Doc Walker, and Shania Twain are among those parodied for Farce the Music’s “Canadian Country Day.”
- On Nov. 7, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the Ryman Auditorium with a lineup that includes Randy Houser, Terri Clark, Mel Tillis, Mark Chesnutt, The Grascals, Ronnie McDowell and Joanna Smith. Tillis and Clark are scheduled to co-host with Kris Kristofferson, and Little Jimmy Dickens will give a special presentation.
- Euneeda Biscuit asks the tough questions (e.g., “Have you seen his hillbilly bone?”) in her two-part video interview with Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
- Chris Willman profiled Taylor Swift for New York Magazine.
Country music has always had uneasy relationships with its pop-crossover stars, and there’s a history of giants who’ve had dual citizenship—from John Denver and Olivia Newton-John to the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain (whose Come On Over is Swift’s favorite country album)—only to find one foothold or the other inevitably slip away. Swift won the CMAs’ Entertainer of the Year last year, but wasn’t even nominated this year, which could count as a “We’re keeping an eye on you, MTV girl” warning shot from Nashville. But if anyone can come close to being all things to all industries, genres, and fan bases, it’s Swift, who’s been unusually careful to nurture her Music Row roots.
- Peter Cooper recapped Tuesday’s Grammy Salute to Country Music with Loretta Lynn residing as the night’s honoree.
- Police in Tinley Park, Illinois are searching for a suspect who punched a couple of men after one of them made comments about country music.
- In a Q&A with DC9 at Night’s Darryle Smyers, Ryan Bingham explains how his backing band became known as the Dead Horses:
When I started the band, we couldn’t get a break. Every time we turned around, something would go wrong. So we started using that old cliché, “you can’t beat a dead horse,” because that’s how we felt. We couldn’t get any lower. The name just stuck because it made sense.
- Awaiting the Flood’s Jim Simpson published an interview with The Secret Sisters.
- The Washington Post‘s David Malitz says Hank Jr.‘s show on Saturday night seemed less about the music than celebrating the Hank brand.
He started the show with the personal anthem “My Name Is Bocephus.” He sported a New Orleans Saints “BOCEPHUS 58″ jersey all night. You can guess what it said on his guitar strap. Even his piano was emblazoned with “Bocephendorfer.”
- Chris Hillman talked about many of his projects over the years, including his new album with Herb Pedersen titled At Edward’s Barn, in an interview with American Songwriter‘s Rich Tupica.
- Sugarland will be offering Living Liner Notes (otherwise known as videos) for each of the songs on its new album, The Incredible Machine. People.com happens to have the behind-the-scenes video for the title track.
Here’s Gwyneth Paltrow‘s music video for “Country Strong,” from the movie of the same name:
- 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 …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …