All for the Hall Raises Nearly $450,000; Lady Antebellum Leads American Music Awards Nominations

Brody Vercher | October 13th, 2010

  • 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:

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  1. Stormy
    October 13, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Taylor Swift got shut out of all but one country category at the AMAs too, so…..

  2. timeo
    October 13, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Is it possible that Taylor Swift’s “shutouts” at the CMA and AMA is due to the fact that she didn’t release any new product in the past year?

  3. Rick
    October 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Trailer’s Canadian album covers rate a solid 4.5 Hoser Hoots! For some reason I’m really craving back bacon and beer. Hmm…

    Was the Loretta Lynn Grammy Tribute recorded for TV airing? The Tennessean article doesn’t mention if it was, but I sure hope so!

    Its nice to see all the buzz surrounding The Secret Sisters, but I really don’t see these “critics darlings” having much of a commercial impact or broad appeal. I do hope they make it onto Music City Roots or A Prairie Home Companion at some point so I can hear them live and not just on YouTube videos.

    Forget Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m looking forward to music videos from “Pure Country II”! (lol)

  4. Saving Country Music
    October 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    It’s a shame that Hank Jr. has refused to settle into country music legend status and is still trying to be cutting edge and hip and push a brand that is tired.

  5. Derek
    October 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    If you want to hear “Country Strong” sung by a singer/songwriter instead of an actor, look up Ashley Ray’s version.

  6. Lewis
    October 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Taylor Swift hasn’t had any success in the past year that would warrant her being nominated in anything but the critics don’t seem to know that.

    Charlie Rich is another name who had dual feet in the door of country and pop but his burning of the card bearing John Denver’s name for Entertainer of the Year in 1975 didn’t win him any points since Rich had crossover success in 1973 and 1974 most notably with Behind Closed Doors and The Most Beautiful Girl. I could say that Jerry Lee Lewis would fall into that category also.

  7. pat
    October 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Yes, Blake and Laura Bell tweeted this video to their tweets, but I must admit I tired of EuneedaBiscuit after the first viewing!! My wish is she has no trouble with the correct name after hearing it called multiple times at the up coming CMA”s.She did say Mylanta Lambert, did she not?? Blake and Laura should consider taking this show on the road, being the clowns they strive to be! No doubt many enjoyed this, plus they were such a hit at this years CMT Music Awards.

  8. numberonecountryfan
    October 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    For Lewis: To say Taylor Swift has NOT had any successes over the past year is hysterical. Here are the facts:
    1. Swift has had three top tens over the past year (Fifteen-#7, Fearless-#10, and the current, Mine)all from 2010.
    2. The Fearless CD was #1 on the country albums chart as late as February of this year (reaching six million in sales).
    3. She won four Grammy Awards in January.
    4. She won a People’s Choice Award as well.
    I say that is a pretty good resume for her this year (plus her many other successes I am not listing at this time).

  9. Cutting the Treacle
    October 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Numberonecountryfan: Lewis didn’t say Taylor had no success. Lewis just said she didn’t have the kind of success that would get her nominated for wards. “Mine” was probably released after the eligibility period for the fall and winter awards season. And “Fearless” (the album) was released in 2008. So no new album for almost two years and just a couple singles – maybe not enough output to be nominated.

  10. M.C.
    October 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    SCM–I don’t think Hank Jr. putting his name on everything is anything new for him. He’s been doing that for more than 25 years, and the song “My Name Is Bocephus” is hardly new.
    Country stars for decades have put their names on their straps, their guitars, their shirts, their buses, and most everything else. Waylon even sang about it in “Waymore’s Blues.”
    “Branding” was how the reporter interpreted it, but I’m guessing he had never seen a Bocephus concert before and isn’t all that well-versed in common country star practices.

  11. luckyoldsun
    October 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Lewis–
    Rich always maintained that he didn’t mean anything by burning Denver’s card. He didn’t know what to do with it, he thought burning it was as good as anything else, and he was probably a bit drunk. Unless I hear some additional facts to convicne me otherwise, I’ll believe Rich.

  12. Brad
    October 14, 2010 at 9:46 am

    The AMA nominations were taken from the “Ultimate Chart” that Big Champagne started.(just do a google search for “Ultimate Chart” & read MusicRow.com article) It’s based off data from online, retail & broadcast sources that measure in all ways how an artist is popular. So maybe it does mean that Taylor Swifts’ popularity is slagging slightly overall.

  13. Jon
    October 14, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Rich always maintained that he didn’t mean anything by burning Denver’s card. He didn’t know what to do with it, he thought burning it was as good as anything else, and he was probably a bit drunk. Unless I hear some additional facts to convicne me otherwise, I’ll believe Rich.

    Rich said he was probably a bit drunk?

  14. M.C.
    October 14, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Lucky OS–Have you ever seen a video clip of Rich’s act? There has never been any question that he wasn’t sober, and Charlie said later he had ingested a mixture of pain medication and gin-and-tonics.
    He did burn the envelope after looking at who won, and without saying a word or a name, he puled out his lighter, lit it and watched it burn, then let it drop to the ground, all before slurring the announcement of the winner as, “My friend, John Denver.” If he did all that because he didn’t know where to put the envelope, then he made that choice rather quickly.
    There’s been debate about whether it was a protest about Denver winning it, which is how it’s usually interpreted, or whether Rich just did something belligerent because he was stoned out of his mind. He later apologized publicly to both Denver and the CMA.

  15. kevin w
    October 14, 2010 at 11:16 am

    For those wondering about the Charlie Rich incident, go to Charlie Rich Jr’s. website and he explains what was up with Charlie that night

  16. Omar
    October 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Numberonecountryfan — Taylor Swift had success, but nothing like other big names this year. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are easily more deserving of awards this year than Swift, who although has had success in the very early stages of 2010, has done virtually nothing remarkable from April 2010 onward, and that accounts for a big portion of the awards ceremonies in the industry.

    Male Artist will go to Brad.
    Female Artist will go to Carrie.
    Group will go to Lady Antebellum.
    Album will go to Carrie or Lady Antebellum, but probably Carrie. More people have heard Carrie’s multiple tunes (Cowboy Casanova, Temporary Home, Undo It), rather than Lady Antebellum’s one enormous hit (Need You Now), which will give her a bigger edge in the voting because more people will vote for the album with multiple songs they like, rather than one.

    I could be wrong, though. Best of luck to them all, but everyone has to incorporate Carrie’s strong following that’s kept her around from her Idol days onward.

  17. Occasional Hope
    October 15, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Actually, the CMA eligibility period is July 2009 to June 2010.

  18. K
    October 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    To anyone that’s interested, the new Sugarland album is avaliable for streaming over at Mediabase.

  19. Ellie
    October 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I love Lady A but their latest album didn’t resonate with me. I also think Charles Kelly is the most talented vocal, but he seems to play backup to Hillary most of the time. I think they need to give him a chance to let loose on the passion and belt out a sad ballad .. he has so much room to grow and blossom as an artist .. just my opinion, of course.

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