AMA Announces Top Americana Albums; Easton Corbin Named Top New Country Artist
The Americana Music Association announced the top 100 Americana albums of 2010, the results of which is based on airplay.
- Various Artists, Crazy Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / New West
- Rosanne Cash, The List / Manhattan
- John Hiatt, The Open Road / New West
- Carolina Chocolate Drops, Genuine Negro Jig / Nonesuch
- Ray Wylie Hubbard, A Enlightenment B Endarkenment Hint There Is No C / Bordello/Thirty Tigers
- Robert Earl Keen, The Rose Hotel / Lost Highway
- Band Of Heathens, One Foot In The Ether / BOH Records
- The Avett Brothers, I And Love And You / Columbia
- Patty Griffin, Downtown Church / Credential
- Reckless Kelly, Somewhere In Time / Yep Roc
- The Texas Music Matters song of the day is a live in Studio 1A performance of “Hard To Believe” from Slaid Cleaves.
- Here’s video of Jeff Bridges performing the Stephen Bruton song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” while promoting his two current films. While the song has nothing to do with either film, he says it’s under consideration for inclusion on his album with T Bone Burnett.
- Billboard named Easton Corbin the Top New Country Artist of 2010.
- From the comments:
Sunny Sweeney’s “From A Table Away” has moved into chart position # 20 for the very first time on the Mediabase 24/7 country singles chart TODAY! Hopefully it will pick up even more momentum for having achieved that milestone position for a new artist’s first real (ie properly promoted) radio single. Go Sunny!
- Conway Twitty sings death metal. Conway Twitty sings country music.
- My Kind of Country: Razor X’s Top 10 Singles and Tracks of 2010
- Music Fog: Doug Moreland – “Windmill”
- It’s not all country, but For the Record’s Mike Severson categorized some of his favorite music from the past year.
- Rosehill is giving away 1,000 downloads of its debut album White Lines and Stars via Facebook.
- In an interview with CMT’s Calvin Gilbert, Alan Jackson talked about working for TNN when he first got to Nashville, some early career frustrations, and listening to his entire catalog:
I tell you what got me was a few years ago, Denise and I … I hardly ever listen to my own music … but we were sitting around the house in the summertime. We were out by the pool, having a drink or something, and we put in all my CDs, I think in order, and listened to every cut out there, just sitting around. I’d never done that. It was just crazy to hear all of that. I mean, I love some of the album cuts better than the hits. [...] my voice has gotten a little deeper sounding as I’ve gotten older, I think. I noticed that. On the early records, my voice sounds a little higher. I know I’ve dropped some keys on some of those that we still sing. Yeah, I mean, I could hear what was going on in my life, especially the songs I wrote. You know, where if it was a time when Denise and I weren’t doing good or something and I wrote some stuff in there that other people might not hear, but I do. I know what it’s about. Whatever happened to be going on at the time, all that brings back a lot of memories. Again, as I’ve gotten a little more mature, I hear some subtle changes in the songs that I’ve chosen.
- For week 49 of Nashville or Bust, Nathan Rabin covered The Avett Brothers.
- Carrie Underwood received a Golden Globe nomination for her co-written song “There’s A Place For Us,” which appears at the end of the new Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader film.
- The Band Perry‘s “If I Die Young” has been certified platinum.
- People say the music business is suffering, but Steve Martin say it’s NOT. For proof, check out some of his actual royalty checks for songwriting. (via The Bluegrass Blog)
Here’s a new video of Josh Grider performing his song “Crazy Like You.” The disappearing/reappearing hat trick is super impressive.
- Jeff Miller: Yeah, the first time I played Jimmie Rodgers for my wife & daughter- they were aghast that he was singing …
- David Cantwell: I think it more helpful to think of Americana not as a genre but as a format--and, perhaps better, and …
- Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/
- Applejack: "I’m sure there are many ways to lasso in and constrict any genre or format, any of them, so tightly …
- Emily: Wow!! Fabulous! Love those boots and you all look stunning! xo
- Leeann Ward: Bangor is named somewhat commonly in country songs. It's usually their example of the most north you can go: Vince …
- bob: Portland West was almost Boston West. From Names on the Land by George Stewart: "When more people arrived in Oregon, Amos …
- Jack Williams: There's "Eight More Miles To Louisville", where Portland is referred to as Portland East.
- nm: Of course, Bangor is also mentioned in "I've Been Everywhere."
- Stuart Munro: As if that's what this discussion is doing, Barry. I'm for the online commenters thinking about and discussing the music …