Brad Paisley and Keith Urban Win Early ACM Awards
- Brad Paisley won ACM Awards in two categories that were announced early: video of the year and vocal event of the year. Paisley won the video category for his video featuring Andy Griffith in “Waitin’ on a Woman” and the vocal event was awarded to Paisley and Keith Urban for their duet on “Start a Band.”
- Country Universe’s Dan Milliken is dedicating the month of April to the sub-classifications of country music for his weekly quiz. This week’s sub-classification is Texas country.
- Megan Mullins is switching to the new Stoney Creek Records label.
- Steve Martin will make his Grand Ole Opry debut May 30 and he’s bringing Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Stuart Duncan, Tim O’Brien and John McEuen with him.
- Mac McAnally‘s first single, “You First,” on Show Dog Nashville was shipped to radio this week.
- Lots of bizarre Willie Nelson news over at Still Is Still Moving today. For instance, Willie will play Ben Cartwright in the film adaptation of Bonanza, fights to save rodeo monkeys and replaces his band members. Yup, it’s April Fool’s Day.
- Country California, where every day is April Fool’s Day (ie: Martina McBride Removed from Flight for Drunken Threats, Disorderly Conduct and Taylor Swift Named Greatest Country Singer OMG Like Ever), is featuring an edition of “Rank a Discography” with Shania Twain.
- Singer-songwriters Carlene Carter, Karen Staley and Chely Wright will take part in a panel discussion featuring country music’s first female superstar, Kitty Wells, on April 25 at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Billboard’s Christa L. Titus on the Carrie Underwood cover of “Home Sweet Home.”
Underwood holds her own with the vocal but doesn’t inject any of her personality, instead taking her cues from Vince Neil. In fact, this “Home Sweet Home” is essentially a karaoke delight, save for how the dialed-down guitars and any other indication of its glam metal roots are firmly tucked behind Underwood’s voice.
- No Depression’s Grant Alden gushes over the new Steve Earle tribute to Townes Van Zandt titled Townes.
- Another blogger faces the dilemma of downloading the Steve Earle album for free on a bittorrent site, buying the four legit tracks that are available on Amazon, asking a label friend to send him an advance copy, or just wait for the official release, which is still five weeks away. If you were facing the same situation, and it was one of your favorite artists releasing a new album, what would you do?
- Craig Morgan is the new celebrity spokesperson for Bush’s Grillin’ Beans.
- The A.V. Club’s Nathan Rabin continues last week’s discussion on Willie Nelson by diving into his religious philosophy and the album The Troublemaker, before moving on to Willie’s genre-hopping albums: Stardust, Two Men With The Blues, Countryman and Willie And The Wheel.
- Tin Pan South, the annual songwriter festival featuring over 100 writers, is now underway.
- The Murfreesboro, TN band Ribbonpigeon has made their entire album Steel Hearts” available as a free download. A physical release is planned later this year. The blogger at A Truer Sound says the band is reminiscent of Wrinkle Neck Mules, Blue Mountain and early Lucero.
- NPR posted audio from James McMurtry‘s eighth appearance on Mountain Stage.
- Watch the Zac Brown Band battle Little Big Town in a game of hyperspeed basketball and log on to the Zac Brown Band community website tonight to catch a live chat.
- In an interview with Craig Shelburne, Rodney Atkins touched on the music that his fans can expect on his new album, what he considers his musical territory and who his audience is.
- MusicFog posted video of Chuck Mead opening his SXSW set with Bob Wills‘ “Cadillac In Model A.” I saw a lot of acts at SXSW, but Mead was one I’m most excited to hear new music from.
- On April 21, Dale Watson will release The Truckin’ Sessions: Volume Two. It’ll be his second album on Hyena Records, who graciously allowed us to share an mp3 of “Truckin’ Man” (look for the link below). From the press release:
The collection reprises the most celebrated album in his discography, 1998’s The Truckin’ Sessions. A tribute to truck-driving men (and even a truckin’ queen), the album’s 14 songs pay homage to those who commandeer a mighty 18-wheeler rig for their livelihood. Through his sharp songwriting and soulful baritone vocals, Dale captures both the humor and sadness of lives lived on the road, while empathizing with these iconic characters of America’s highways.
- luckyoldsun: Jim Z-- I get the feeling Barry was this close to calling you what Kinky Friedman called his guy from El …
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...