Americana Awards Nominees Announced; Shelby Lynne Free At Last; Blake Shelton Celebrates “Hillbilly Bone”

Brody Vercher | May 14th, 2010

  • Nominees for the 9th annual Americana Honors & Awards show were announced a couple of days ago.
  • Blake Shelton talked about his latest hit at the No. 1 party for “Hillbilly Bone” on Wednesday:

    “To be honest with y’all, it’s tough enough to go do interviews with people like Chelsea [Handler] and talk about a song called ‘Hillbilly Bone,’” Blake deadpanned. “I been defendin’ that for a while, you know — ‘My hillbilly bone got really big’ and all that stuff that you have to hear — but then to actually stand off to the side about 20 minutes ago and hear Craig Wiseman do an interview, which I’d never heard before, about writing the song and about how he and Luke were ‘messing around’ and came up with a song called ‘Hillbilly Bone’…”

  • Austin Music Source’s Michael Corcoran praised Carrie Underwood‘s vocals after attending Wednesday’s performance at the Erwin Center, but worries that her music will lose its fun feel as she takes a bigger role in songwriting.
  • Bruce Robison prefers Ticonderoga pencils.
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  • In today’s Nashville Skyline column, Chet Flippo recalled an encounter he had with one-time Opry regular Grandpa Jones:

    Grandpa had a reputation as a somewhat standoffish, cantankerous sort. But I foolishly thought I would try out the line always used on him on the show, Hee Haw.

    “Hey, Grandpa,” I asked. “What’s for supper?”

    Without breaking stride or even looking at me, Grandpa replied, “F**k you!”

  • Maxim magazine named Taylor Swift and Julianne Hough to its Hot 100 list.
  • Country California Fake News: Country Music Blamed for Epidemic of Teen Cheerfulness
  • Peter Cooper and Chris Talbott have written about the measures being taken to repair the Opry.
  • Country Haiku:

    Please, dear God, make me
    The man that I want to be
    James Bond plus John Holmes

  • Galleywinter posted reviews of recent live albums from Wade Bowen (Live at Billy Bob’s Texas) and Jason Boland & The Stragglers (High In the Rockies: A Live Album).
  • The Wall Street Journal‘s Barry Mazor interviewed Peter Wolf on the subject of his new album, Midnight Souvenirs, which puts the rocker’s love of country on display and includes duets with Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne, and Neko Case.
  • The recent Shelby Lynne album Tears, Lies and Alibis was supposed to be her second for Lost Highway (following her Dusty Springfield tribute), but a difference in opinions led her to produce and self-release. In an interview with Jewly Height she explains:

    “This last time,” she says, “they weren’t really into my producing the record myself, because they just didn’t want that. They think it’s got to have a big name on it, a man’s name on it, in order to be any good. I refused to compromise on that level, because when you cut the budget in half, I mean, who’s gonna produce for that kind of money? Nobody.

    “So I just decided that I had no choice but to do it on my own. It wasn’t my first choice, believe me. But if there’s no money, there’s no money. When I played it for Lost Highway, they still wanted to bring in somebody else. And I just said no. And that’s when they passed. And I’m glad they did. Goddamn. I’m free. Free at last.”

    It sounds risky, but the decision is paying off. “Hell, so far this record’s been out a week,” she says, “and I’ve sold as many as I did the last record that Lost Highway put out.

  1. Rick
    May 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Blake Shelton was on the Thursday night Classic Country Opry last night and claimed from the stage to be as big a fan of real country music as anyone else in the house! He backed it up by singing “She Got The Gold Mine (And I Got The Shaft)” and “East Bound & Down” from Jerry Reed and Conway Twitty’s “Tight Fittin’ Jeans”. Blake also sang an Eddie Rabbit song with Miranda on harmony vocals but I can’t rememer which one. It was a fun performance to be sure.

    If Grandpa Jones was cantankerous in his later years, I’d expect health issues may have had something to do with it. Well, I’d hope so anyway.

    Its nice that Peter Wolf did those duets, but its the song “Always Asking For You” that motivated me to pay a buck at Amazon, and its not one of those duets.

  2. Rick
    May 14, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Oops, I forgot that Blake also sang the George Jones song “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” on last night’s Opry (and probably other songs I don’t remember either. Crikey!)

  3. Michael
    May 14, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Hmmmm… I kind of doubt Shelby Lynne’s claim that her new album (which debuted at #108 on the Billboard 200) has already sold more than her 2008 release which debuted at #41.

    Also, I haven’t seen this discussed anywhere but I’m thinking that Chely Wright’s predictions regarding her new album may have been true. Lifted Off the Ground debuted at numbers 32, 200 and 35 on the Billboard Country, 200 and Indie album charts respectively. Her last release, more than five years ago when overall album sales were generally higher, charted at 18, 96 and 7. Of course, that had some radio support thanks to “Bumper of My SUV” but that wasn’t exactly a monster hit and I think country was finally moving away from the uber patriotic, pandering songs at that time anyway.

    Of course, chart positions are always relative to the sales of the other albums on a given chart and I haven’t seen any actual sales figures yet.

  4. Stormy
    May 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    How is Hayes still a new artist? The AMA’s are going a bit Grammies on us.

  5. Michelle
    May 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Rick, I missed it! I’m mad at you, because you always keep us informed about who’s going to be on the Opry! You’re slacking off, buddy!!

  6. Erik
    May 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Shelby’s “Just A Little Lovin'” sold about 100.000 copies altogether or so I read, so I find her claim here hard to believe. She may have been talking about “Suit Yourself”, though-

    Chely sold approx. 3,300 copies of “Lifted Off The Ground” in the first week.

  7. Sam G.
    May 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    How is Hayes still a new artist? The AMA’s are going a bit Grammies on us.

    He has to fit in under the “emerging” part of “new and emerging artists,” which is still weird because he didn’t release anything this year. Corb Lund is even more of a stretch, as he’s had at least 5-6 albums out.

  8. Stormy
    May 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    But didn’t Hayes actually win an award last year?

  9. Matt Bjorke
    May 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Hayes Carll also had 2-3 other records before his Lost Highway record. As for Corb, he really didn’t make a dent stateside until this most recent album.

  10. Dave D.
    May 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    IMO, it’s a fairly uninspiring list of AMA nominees this year. Nothing is jumping out at me as a huge oversight, so maybe it was just a “meh” year for new releases.

    As Erik alluded, the new and emerging category tends to downplay the new. If memory serves, most that have beem nominated in the past have had multiple CDs released by the time of their nomination.

  11. Drew
    May 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    “but worries that her music will lose its fun feel as she takes a bigger role in songwriting.”

    Oh boy, is that what we’re all scared of now?

  12. Jon
    May 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Hayes Carll won for Song of the Year (which is not an artist award) in 2008. The “new/emerging artist” award has more typically gone to an emerging rather than a strictly new artist. If that is the biggest worry a voter for the awards – which I’m guessing Stormy is not – has, then I’d say the awards are in pretty good shape.

  13. Jon
    May 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Perhaps Lynne meant that her self-release sold as many units in its first week as the comparand did in its first week.

  14. Chris N.
    May 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    “If that is the biggest worry a voter for the awards – which I’m guessing Stormy is not – has, then I’d say the awards are in pretty good shape.”

    I’m not an AMA voter either. What’s your point?

  15. Jon
    May 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I’m not either. What’s your point?

  16. Rick
    May 14, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Michelle, I apologize for my recent slothfulness regarding Opry Alerts! Blake was listed as the “Spotlight Artist” but wasn’t even shown down in the performance schedule box! That’s just lame.

    Tonight’s Opry will feature: Andy Griggs, Matt Kennon, Holly Williams (who didn’t sound too good last night unlike she usually does), and the Charlie Daniels Band.

    Saturday Night’s Opry will feature: Holly Williams, Matt Kennon, Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs, and Charlie Louvin.

    Not exactly barn burner’s but a tad bit better than a kick in the ass! (lol)

    Opry Schedule:

  17. Chris N.
    May 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    OK, OK. Just seemed like you were intimating that only AMA voters have the right to discuss the nominees.

  18. Jon
    May 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Nope, just a little bemused by how distraught Stormy seemed to be about the matter. It’s not like her choices – or those of, I’m guessing, about 99.9% of “us” here – have been restricted in any manner. I’d say the bigger problem that the AMA has with its awards lies in getting people to believe that any of them are of any particular significance – a problem compared to which the extent of Hayes Carll’s professional experience and subsequent suitability for a new/emerging artist title doesn’t amount to very much at all.

  19. Michelle
    May 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for the link, Rick. I’m not mad, kind of bummed out that I missed it, though.

  20. stormy
    May 14, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Jon: I made a comment. Why would you think I was distraught rather than making conversation?

  21. Rick
    May 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Stormy asked Jon: “Why would you think I was distraught rather than making conversation?”

    Oh, that one’s easy! Because all women are prone to hysteria over even the most minor things! (lol)

  22. Vicki
    May 17, 2010 at 5:53 am

    With limited funds:
    Which album do I buy? Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “The Age of Miracles” or Chely Wright’s “Lifted Off the Ground” ?

  23. Stormy
    May 17, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Vicki: The Age of Miracles.

  24. Stormy
    May 17, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Though Elizabeth Cook’s Welder is worth the 8.00 on I-tunes just to hear her rhyme “anull it” with “mullet.”

  25. Vicki
    May 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm


  26. Leeann Ward
    May 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I disagree with Stormy. My vote goes to Lifted off the Ground. I love MCC, but I think Chely’s album keeps me awake more.

  27. Chris N.
    May 17, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I vote for Chely.

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