Brett James Named Songwriter of the Year; Justin Townes Earl Gets Mixed Reviews — Jamey Johnson, Not So Much

Brody Vercher | September 15th, 2010

  1. Rick
    September 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Dale Watson will be a featured guest on tonight’s edition of “Music City Roots” along with four acts I’ve never heard of. If your computer and internet connection don’t work with the video stream on the MCR website, the audio feed is also carried on WSM.
    Link: http://www.musiccityroots.com/

    Congratulations to Brett James. Its nice to see a songwriter who’s music I respect win something in Nashville! Go Brett! I’m also glad to see Mrs. Jon Randall, ie Jessi Alexander, scored big with the Miley Cyrus song “The Climb”.

    Amoeba Records on Sunset Blvd. does not cater to that many fans of country music as the surrounding area is not a country music type of demographic. They do carry a very wide variety of country music CD titles and have the best selection in the Los Angeles area by quite a margin. Why stock a lot of Jamey’s new CD when folks can buy one in their nearby Best Buy or Target and not have to put up with the huge parking hassles that are always part and parcel of the Amoeba experience.

    Speaking of Steel Magnolia, they will be doing a “showcase” performance at LA’s “The Mint” club next Tuesday, with James McMurtry there the following night. I just might try to catch the Steel Magnolia show out of curiosity.
    Link: http://www.themintla.com/calendar/view/2010/9#15

  2. Jon
    September 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Saving Country Music isn’t quite as sold on Earle’s new direction.

    Boy, there’s a surprise.

  3. Saving Country Music
    September 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Actually, I would characterize my review as mixed, as I gave Justin Townes credit for great production and arrangement and capable songwriting, with most of my criticisms based self-admittedly on taste.

  4. Dave D.
    September 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I tried to check out the Caitlin Rose video, but Google flags americansongwriter.com as a “Reported Attack Site!” (exclamation mark theirs)

  5. Brody Vercher
    September 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I got the same error this morning, Dave. Is the video embed not showing up for you?

  6. Craig R.
    September 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I have been listening to Jamey Johnson’s new recording all day long- My God it’s so great! He makes all the others look like fakes. Real,honest, hard,witty and smart. Can’t say that about Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, or Eric Church. Only Elizabeth Cook’s CD is equal. I wish country music was like this all the time.

  7. Dave D.
    September 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Brody: Video embed didn’t show up at home, but it does at work. Maybe a Firefox/IE issue.

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