AMA Announces Top Americana Albums; Easton Corbin Named Top New Country Artist

Brody Vercher | December 15th, 2010

  • The Americana Music Association announced the top 100 Americana albums of 2010, the results of which is based on airplay.

    1. Various Artists, Crazy Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / New West
    2. Rosanne Cash, The List / Manhattan
    3. John Hiatt, The Open Road / New West
    4. Carolina Chocolate Drops, Genuine Negro Jig / Nonesuch
    5. Ray Wylie Hubbard, A Enlightenment B Endarkenment Hint There Is No C / Bordello/Thirty Tigers
    6. Robert Earl Keen, The Rose Hotel / Lost Highway
    7. Band Of Heathens, One Foot In The Ether / BOH Records
    8. The Avett Brothers, I And Love And You / Columbia
    9. Patty Griffin, Downtown Church / Credential
    10. Reckless Kelly, Somewhere In Time / Yep Roc

    View the rest of the list at No Depression.

  • 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!

    Watch the official video here.

  • 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.

  1. Dan E
    December 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Congrats to the Band Perry and Carrie Underwood!

  2. Ben Foster
    December 15, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I sure wouldn’t mind sitting by a pool and listening to every Alan Jackson cut out there.

  3. Jon
    December 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Interesting that HFA will send out checks for less than a dollar. A lot of administrators, record labels, PROs, et al. won’t do that.

  4. Kim
    December 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Rachel Proctor commented on her twitter that she recently got a check for .01 cents. Seems pretty ridiculous, but whatever…

  5. Mike
    December 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    That’s my favorite Josh Grider song. He has an amazing voice and I swear that song would be a hit with country radio. Is that Drew Kennedy in the background too?

  6. Jon
    December 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve gotten royalty checks for $0.01, but it’s typically when a licenser first establishes an account; after that, the licenser usually accounts until a threshold amount like $25 is reached, and then they’ll cut a check. My PRO does the same sort of thing (though they’ll send a year-end check, no matter how small), and I believe the other two do as well. I license my own stuff, so I’ve never seen a Harry Fox check, hence my comment.

  7. stormy
    December 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    It seems ridiculous until you are the person doing the books for that agency and you have 400 people who should be getting checks for between 1 and 22 cents and the IRS expects every single one of those cents to be accounted for. If you didn’t send out checks for however much was earned at certain intervals it would just become a nightmare.

  8. Merlefan50
    December 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Not surprised to see The Band Of Heathens, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Carolina Chocolate Drops on that list.

  9. Thomas
    December 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    …josh grider – the latest hat act? anyhow, he should have coughed up the extra 20 for a chick in a bikini, rather than settling for a chubby dude doing a blues brother imitation. the song’s cool though.

  10. idlewildsouth
    December 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Even more impressive is his guitar changing with his hat.

  11. Mike Wimmer
    December 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I really want to hear that Blake Shelton “Over You” cut, but I cant find it ANYWHERE on the internet. A google search yields nothing.

  12. Rick
    December 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Finally, a 2010 Top 10 Country Singles list worth its salt! Way to go Razor-X! Its about time Sunny Sweeney got some “Top 10 List” appreciation this year. Go Sunny!

    Its nice to see The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Robert Earl Keen in the Americana Top 10 for 2010. Its too bad Elizabeth Cook wasn’t in that elite bracket but the sound quality of Elizabeth’s vocals on “Welder” are pretty crappy, so I understand. I hope Elizabeth’s association with Don Was was a one shot deal and her next album has nothing to do with T Bone Burnett either! Elizabeth, PLEASE do a bluegrass album full of gems like “Great Atomic Power”. Pretty please…

    Am I the only one who finds melody similarities between the Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” and the Black Eyed Peas song “Big Girls Don’t Cry”? Either way they are both superior songs and deserve to be as popular and successful as they are.

    Mike Wimmer, if you email Razor-X through “My Kind of Country” who knows what Santa might email you for Christmas! (lol)

  13. Razor X
    December 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Mike: email me at

  14. tobysooner
    December 16, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I spent hours yesterday looking up “Over You”…guess I wasn’t the only one!

  15. amelia
    December 17, 2010 at 12:31 am

    someone, one of the biggest stars in country music, gets a GOLDEN GLOBE nomination and its not even headlining news? americana awards and 5 other bs things are before that?

    if there needed to be anymore proof that this site was biased … oh and if another competing artist would have gotten one (which she had not even though she had an eligible song) it would undoubtedly been at the top. please.

  16. Brody Vercher
    December 17, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Actually, there’s 11 other links before the Carrie one.

  17. amelia
    December 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm


    You’re right; got me there. ( Your response is just another reason why this site is just one gigantic eye roll)

    – great reporting.

  18. Thomas
    December 20, 2010 at 2:58 am

    …guess, for a die-hard carrie-fan the news that the world stopped turning would have to come only second after the damage report on what this incident caused to the underwood household – and her china in particular.

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