Blake and Reba to Return as ACM Awards Hosts; Grascals Sign with Mountain Home; Download New Justin Townes Earle Song

Juli Thanki | January 11th, 2012

  • Kelly Dearmore interviewed Darrell Scott about his new album and his work with Robert Plant. Here Scott answers the question of what Americana music means to him: I love that Americana is so hard to pin down. As soon as it gets too easy to understand, it may detract from the wonderful music that it is. It’s a funny spot between Americana being promoted, talked about and understood, then defined. Once it’s defined too specifically, it will get pigeonholed for everyone.  
  • The 2012 ACM Awards will be held on April 1 in Las Vegas. Blake Shelton and Reba are returning as hosts.
  • Allen Morrison of American Songwriter wrote this fantastic article about Glen Campbell. Here is a particularly heartbreaking excerpt: As we’re getting settled in the comfortable living room, his road manager, Bill Maclay, stops in to say hello. Kim introduces me.  Bill has traveled the world with Glen for the last 33 years. Glen seems a bit confused – “He’s your road manager,” she gently tells him.  “He is?” Glen asks.
  • This is a fine article by Mike Unger about the four-decade history of bluegrass music on Washington, DC radio station WAMU.
  • Chris Young will be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, January 17 to sing his newest single, “You.”
  • Peter Cooper penned a Tennessean article on Mac McAnally, who offers up his advice on how to sell out a show: “Wait 10 years before you book one.”
  • Scotty McCreery’s debut record, Clear as Day, was certified platinum.
  • Keith Urban has written and recorded a new song, “For You,” for upcoming film Act of Valor.
  • Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and Dierks Bentley’s “Am I the Only One” have both gone gold, while Jerrod Niemann’s “Lover, Lover” went platinum.
  • Paste premieres a new song from Dar Williams.
  1. Leeann Ward
    January 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

    That really is a fantastic article on Glen Campbell.

  2. Andy
    January 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    A belated Happy New Year, Keep up the great work in 2012, Engine 145 deserves a Gold Medal
    The Little Willies are BBC Radio 2’s Album Of The Week
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/recommenders/l2gj

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