Billy Yates Takes Male Vocalist Award at European CMAs

Brody Vercher | May 29th, 2008

  • The European CMA announced their award winners and according to his MySpace, singer/songwriter Billy Yates won Male Vocalist of the Year. Carrie Underwood took the top prize for female vocalist, Brooks & Dunn notched another duo award and George Strait scored an album of the year trophy.
  • Folk singer U. Utah Phillips–who modeled his name after T. Texas Tyler and had songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea and Waylon Jennings–passed away last Friday from congestive heart failure at age 73. “Mr. Phillips sang about workers, historical events, the West and his great love, trains; for a while he lived in a railroad caboose.”
  • More than 25 country stars are participating in the 18th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge set for next Wednesday in Nashville. The teams are looking pretty evenly matched, but I’m gonna take team After MidNite With Blair Garner as my pick for the winners. (via GAC)
  • As a businessman and touring artist, Randy Rogers is conscious of the rising gas prices, but doesn’t feel like it’s fair to raise ticket prices for fans since they’re paying more for gas, too. (via Galleywinter)
  • Chris Grays says there’s so much genuine Gram/Emmylou chemistry on display on The Mother TruckersLet’s All Go To Bed album “that listeners would be fools not to flag these Truckers down.
  • Faith Hill plans to release a Christmas album this year.
  • Looking to take advantages of all their assets, Sony BMG began selling art-quality reproductions of images from their archives that were acquired from Columbia Records. The images pull between $300 and $1,700 each. On Thursday they’re expected to announce a deal with Morrison Hotel Gallery, which specializes in rock imagery.
  • Julianne Hough‘s self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on the country charts and was the third best selling album overall. The 9513 commenter Rick says he knew something was up when the CD was sold out at his local Best Buy.
  • Kimberley Williams-Paisley wrote a children’s book with her father titled Henry and the Hidden Veggie Garden. The book even includes aspects of her and Brad’s own life from their Tennessee ranch woven into the story.
  • Steve Matteo says it’s hard to categorize the music Emmylou Harris is making on her new album, All I Intended To Be, but ultimately he says it doesn’t matter.

    The country base is still there (the album was primarily recorded in Nashville), but there’s a richness and fullness of sound to the music, without being overly produced, that makes it so riveting. In the end, though, her voice remains the heart of her music. The aching compassion with which she sings reveals a voice as real as any in music today.

  • NBC has video previewing the upcoming Nashville Star and some of the auditioners who didn’t quite make the cut. John Rich and Jewel butt heads over one performance, but make up enough for a little dancing.
  • A press release from Mercury Records claims that Jennifer Nettles is the first female artist to have ever solo-written an ACM “Song of the Year,” and only the fourth artist to do it overall, period.

    Sugarland is also notching the highest country chart debut of their career at #27 with current single “All I Want To Do”, which they performed on the awards. Their previous best was #36 with “Want To.”

    The duo’s upcoming third album, Love On The Inside, will debut July 22.

  • A song Bill Anderson wrote in the early ’60s, We Missed You,” which was first recorded by Kitty Wells and recently recorded by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver has become part of a Sears advertising campaign.
  1. Kelly
    May 29, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I have said it a million times. I LOVE THE MOTHER TRUCKERS! This new disc is better than the first one even. It has an attitude to it that is sorely lacking in most country music.

  2. Rick
    May 29, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Years ago when Top 40 country radio turned its back on newer traditional artists Billy Yates got so fed up he started his own label and concentrated on Europe and Japan. Its nice to see his strategy has finally paid off. Billy used to shun Fan Fair as being the embodiment of everything wrong with the commercial Nashville music machine, but this year he will be performing at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop (with Sunny Sweeney) during the festival. Billy is one of the finest traditional country songwriters still active in the business.

    Its nice Sony-BMG has found some vintage album artwork to sell as their music hasn’t been doing so well lately…..

    As for Nashville Star, will John Rich show up in his full length fur coat making outrageous comments about people’s sexual preferences? I personally don’t care much for “Sir John The Arrogant” and I try to avoid pretty much everything he is involved with. I was disappointed to see John produced Randy Owen’s new solo album that will be released in the fall on the Broken Bow label. Oh well….

  3. Stormy
    May 29, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Billy Yates should look into China as well. Adam Harvey did so well there that he translated an entire album into Chinese to meet the market demand.

  4. Rick
    May 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Speaking of Aussie crooner Adam Harvey, he is leading another tour to the CMA Music Fest this year and will be performing during the Opry’s special Saturday afternoon matinee. Adam came to North America a couple of years ago to secure distribution deals and landed one in Canada but the Nashville labels scoffed and responded “maybe in a couple of years”…. Adam has been touring Australia since the January Tamworth Festival and has featured former RCA Nashville artist Catherine Britt as the opening act as she has scored two # 1 radio and music video (CMC channel) hits down under with both “Little Wildflower” and “What I Did Last Night”. Seems the Aussie’s really like the sound producer Brett Beavers nailed on Catherine’s “Little Wildflower” album.

    OFF Topic Alert: I think The 9513′s blog links are a bit too Texas oriented and need a little more Nashville influence! I recommend a fun blog that is Nashville specific and not necessarily totally focused on country music and features pictures that readers send in. The bloggers sense of humor doesn’t hurt either….

    Link: http://musiccitytv.com/

    (PS – I love the mug shots of Chris Cagle and his girlfriend taken after the recent altercation, and the article about his upcoming court appearance possibly interfering with his Fan Fair Fanclub Party! I hear Caglehead fanclub members will be able to choose either a purse or umbrella as a souvenir, or possibly psychotropic medications! lol )

  5. Brody Vercher
    May 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Two out of thirteen bullets is a bit too Texas oriented?!

    Anyways, I’ve checked out that blog before, but forgot to add it to my feed. Thanks for calling it to my attention again.

  6. Paul W Dennis
    May 30, 2008 at 4:52 am

    I’ve commented on Billy Yates before – he is a superlative songwriter, engaging performer and an interesting and down-to-earth personality. If only American audiences could move away from the “handsome hunks and gorgeous gals” mentality that currently dominates the Nashville scene

  7. allen
    May 30, 2008 at 5:52 am

    would it be possible to get a review up of “you look good in my shirt” by keith urban??

  8. Thomas
    May 30, 2008 at 6:05 am

    could 5000 mousse-eating wolves be wrong?

    i hate the idea but with julianne hough’s debut album (not a bad one at all) going straight to #1, my faith is seriously tested.

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