Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opens; Musgraves Goes Platinum (and Gold); New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | August 4th, 2014

  • Beville Dunkerley interviewed Jamie Lynn Spears for Rolling Stone Country.
  • Keith Urban wrote a piece for The Tennessean asking for the preservation of historic buildings along Music Row: “The past, present and the future are ALL still here — but the Row is currently under threat from developers. Nashville has exploded as a music town, and not just country music. Musicians from all genres, all over the world are making the pilgrimage here to immerse themselves in the kind of creative center that so many other cities have lost but that Nashville still maintains. Nashville’s growth is exciting, but not at the risk of losing the creative epicenter that is Music Row and that truly makes Nashville Music City. I sincerely hope that those who have made Nashville their home over the years, and those who have recently discovered our fair city, will come together as a united front and continue to be vocal about preserving and fortifying our beloved Music Row.” 
  • Urban also responded to the alleged rape that occurred at his Boston-area show last month, saying that he was “horrified” to hear about the event and that “this type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows.”
  • Markos Papadatos makes the case for Dottie West to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Ryan Adams’ “When the Stars Go Blue” is the American Songwriter Lyric of the Week.
  • Chuck Dauphin (Billboard) wrote a tribute to Jim Reeves on the 50th anniversary of the singer’s death.
  • IRS Records has signed the duo Muddy Magnolias.
  • Taylor Swift serenaded a seven-year old leukemia patient, played air hockey, and talked Spider-Man with the kid.
  • The Birthplace of Country Music Museum opened to the public.
  • Paul Williams on his new album with JD Crowe and Doyle Lawson: “How amazing is it that three guys on Medicare can still be onstage performing this great American music called Bluegrass?”
  • Proving quality still can sell, Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round” was certified platinum while the single “Follow Your Arrow” and Same Trailer, Different Park have gone gold.
  • Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” jumped from #42 to the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, setting a new record. At Aldean’s Saturday night concert in Hartford, 30 people were hospitalized for “alcohol related incidents” and a drunk driver hit a police officer.
  • Aimee Graham wrote a nice feature about “A Woman Like You” and “Flashlight” songwriter Johnny Bulford.
  • The Rolling Stones came in at number 20 on CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artists’ Choice, a countdown of the most influential artists in history, chosen by country artists.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Hunter Hayes“Tattoo”

Maddie & Tae“Girl in a Country Song”

Deana Carter“Do or Die”

Ben Bradford“Tequila Makes the World Go Round”

April Kry“Beauty Queen”

Grace Askew“Cinnamon”

The Tillers“Shanty Boat” (Live at WAMU Bluegrass Country)

John Berry“City of New Orleans”

Randy Travis“Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me”

Billy Dean“Wounded Warrior”

Danielle Bradbery“Say Something”

The Infamous Stringdusters“Summercamp”

  1. Andrew L.
    August 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Speaking of “Girl in a Country Song”, I just noticed it’s at #40 on Mediabase this week, up from 46. It’ll be interesting to see how high it gets.

  2. Barry Mazor
    August 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    That CMT list should arrive at the people they’ve vaguely heard they’re supposed to mention shortly .

  3. Donald
    August 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    If anyone is interested, visit for my reflections on Sunday at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival- featuring Suzy Bogguss, Grasstowne, James King, NuBlu, Larry Stephenson, and more- in Stony Plain, AB.

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