Billie Jo Spears Passes Away; Hayes Carll Tops AMA Top 10; Faith Hill to Perform at People’s Choice Awards

Juli Thanki | December 15th, 2011

  • Speaking of Emmylou, her album, as well as those from Hayes Carll, John Hiatt, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and others, made the Americana Music Association’s Top 10 most played albums list.
  • Ted Lehmann examines a couple issues—bluegrass as folk music and new standard songs—in a column published on his blog.
  • “Crazy Girl,” from the Eli Young Band, is Billboard’s Top Country Song of the Year.
  • Shelby Lynne played some tunes and talked about her newest record for the Wall Street Journal.
  • Evan Schlansky of American Songwriter chatted with Rockabilly Hall of Famer Billy Burnette, who released a new record not too long ago. Here’s an excerpt: Country music has changed. I came to Nashville in ’72 and people like Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn cut the songs. They would hear a song, go in, cut it and it would be out the next week. Now it’s what I call “slow business” – they think about something for so long, they cut it, and then think about it again.
  • Faith Hill will perform at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards, which will air January 11.
  • Levon Helm, Zac Brown Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Asleep at the Wheel, and more are scheduled to play the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this spring.

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