Ameripolitan Award Winners Announced; Trisha Yearwood Plans Album, Cookbook; Nickel Creek Debuts New Song

Juli Thanki | February 19th, 2014

  • W.S. Holland, Rosie Flores, Elizabeth Cook, Ray Benson, and Dawn Sears took home trophies at the inaugural Ameripolitan Music Awards last night. Saving Country Music’s got a full list of the winners and a live blog of the evening.
  • Vince Gill received the 2014 Country Radio Broadcasters’ Career Achievement Award.
  • Trisha Yearwood (who’s kicking off a tour tonight) is planning on recording a new album this spring/summer and will also release a third cookbook. She’s currently without a label, so somebody might want to get on that.
  • Nickel Creek’s first new album in nearly a decade, A Dotted Line, will be released on Nonesuch Records April 1. Listen to one of the tracks, “Love of Mine,” here.
  • Our pal Eric at MusicTomes.com is giving away a copy of Edward Komara and Greg Johnson’s 100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own.
  • Blaster Records has signed Montgomery Gentry. The duo plans to release a new album later this year. (via press release)
  • Leon Russell talks about his next record, Life Journey (out April 1) with Rolling Stone.
  • The Tennessean’s Nate Rau looks at the divide between critical acclaim and radio airplay. An excerpt from the article: “‘Is there still a place for ambitious and introspective songs on country radio? I’m doubtful,’ said critic Blake Boldt… ‘The inability of Clark, Monroe and, to a lesser extent, Musgraves to receive significant airplay is a black eye on the format. Given their various achievements, none of these women are struggling to get their voices heard in some fashion or another.’ Clear Channel Media Executive Vice President of Programming Clay Hunnicutt said he doesn’t believe the divide between critical success and radio airplay is wider than it has been during his 25 years programming country radio. He said radio is giving listeners what they want to hear.” I’m on Team Boldt here.
  • Jennifer Nettles discusses her gay following and her musical “lesbian phase” in an interview with PrideSource.com.
  • Benmont Tench discusses his new album, You Should Be So Lucky, in this American Songwriter feature.
  • Give a listen to the title track of Will Kimbrough’s Sideshow Love.
  • The Wood Brothers played a few for CMT’s Concrete Country.
  • Here’s an interview with Fabulous Superlative Paul Martin, who discusses Kentucky Jukebox – which sounds like a pretty neat collection of recordings — with Chuck Dauphin.

 

 

  1. Janice Brooks
    February 19, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I’m not surprised at the Ameripolitan Winners particuarly in Western Swing.

  2. bob
    February 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Glad to hear that there will be new music from Trisha Yearwood. It’s been over 6 years since HHPL was released.

  3. Saving Country Music
    February 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Listening to some of these Clear Channel / Cumulus executives speak, it’s almost like listening to the executives of tobacco companies back in the day. They just seem to think if they say all the right things and completely ignore the obvious, it will all go away.

  4. nm
    February 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Heh, those Ameripolitan Awards look like the Austin version of the Americana Awards. Sort of an ACM (as the ACM originated, anyway, to promote California country) to the AMA’s CMA.

  5. bll
    February 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I suss Trisha will be on Pearl records (Garth’s label). I’m looking forward to new music from both and I hope their tour comes my way.

  6. Both Kinds of Music
    February 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Ameripolitan ranks near the top of ill-conceived ideas.

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