Buddy and Julie Miller Big Winners at Americana Awards; Capitol Records Shuts Down Ronnie Milsap Single

Brody Vercher | September 18th, 2009

  • Peter Cooper recapped last night’s Americana Awards where Buddy and Julie Miller were the big winners for their collaboration on the album Written In Chalk.
  • If you’re not already, let this be your reminder to follow us on Twitter where Pierce is giving a play-by-play account of his experience at the Americana Music Festival. Here are a few highlights:

    • Asleep at the Wheel doin Hesitation Blues… awww yeah! Ray Benson is tallll #

    • Jim Lauderdale and Miller doing a song and dance number about Americana like “other awards shows do”… hilarious! #

    • Fogerty has the line of the night: “I thought I was the weirdest person in the world til I came here tonight…” #

    • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit rockin’ out on stage now… no two acts have sounded alike tonight, thats for sure. #

    • Buddy Miller picking up the acoustic and singing with Patti Griffin on “Chalk”… might be the best moment of the evening… #

    • Sam Bush gets a schweet mandolin shaped award… in fact all of the awards look like pieces of art. Top notch. #

    • Jim Lauderdale just pulled a Kanye spoof on Sam Bush… Bush: “This is not the Ameri-Kanye awards, Jim.” #

    • Great show from the Ryman tonight… this whole Americana thing is on the rise and with shows like that, itll only get bigger #

    Be sure to check out a few of the videos he’s been taking as well.

  • The Music Fog crew is hard at work recording bands on their bus at the Americana Music Festival. You can reap the fruits of their labors at their website where they’ve posted the following videos: The Trishas – “Whistling,” Band of Heathens – “Shine,” and Cross Canadian Ragweed – “51 Pieces.”
  • The Austin showcase at the Americana Music Festival on Wednesday was no match for the “surprise” John Fogerty set. Michael Corcoran notes that bands like Reckless Kelly and Asleep at the Wheel played to audiences of less than 100.
  • Beginning this fall, Nashville’s historic country music radio station WSM 650-AM will broadcast a new weekly concert series at the Loveless Café titled “Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Café.”

    The program will take place at the Loveless Barn every Wednesday night from 7–9 p.m. and feature praised musical artists that fall under the broad “Americana” umbrella. Artists will include Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Radney Foster, Dale Ann Bradley, Dexter Romweber and Mike Farris. Every show will feature three to four artists, each performing 30-minute sets on their own, then joining forces for an impromptu jam session.

  • Guy Clark on Townes Van Zandt‘s muses:

    Clark rounds out Somedays with Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You,” which features characters named Loop and Lil. “Loop and Lil were parakeets of his,” Clark says. “He’d carry these parakeets around inside his sport coat, onto airplanes and shit.” Those parakeets might have made for a pair of unlikely muses, but any songwriter worth his salt knows how important that kind of portable inspiration can be to a man trying to make his ideas take wing and fly.

  • The Texas Music Matters song of the day is a live performance of “Paints A Yates” at KUT from Shotgun Party, a band that blends country, swing, and 1920s jazz.
  • @JackIngramMusic: Sang “Bob Wills Is Still The King” 4 a tribute project that should b out n 2010. Grateful 2 b a part of it. A very impressive lineup!
  • Despite all the help Jack Ingram received on his latest disc, Big Dreams & High Hopes, Jim Caligiuri disapproves: “And still he’s come up with another generic disc of heartland rock that some call country.”
  • Delbert McClinton & Dick50 and Band of Heathens fared better in reviews of their respective albums, Acquired Taste and One Foot in the Ether. As did George Strait and James Hand for Twang and Shadow on the Ground — although Margaret Moser claims both “play and sing music that’s still better off danced to than analyzed.”
  • The pilot for a country-music related TV series may shoot in Nashville before the end of the year.

    The pilot, Tough Trade, centers on three generations of a Nashville country-music dynasty who supply enough conflict and family intrigue for at least three more Hanks.

  • Saguaro Road has five videos of Patty Loveless talking about and performing songs from her forthcoming Mountain Soul II album.
  • The promotion of Ronnie Milsap‘s “My First Ride,” the debut single for Bleve Records which features Trace Adkins, has been canceled following a cease and desist order from Capitol Records Nashville. (via That Nashville Sound)
  • Anne Murray‘s biography All Of Me, which is described as a revealing retrospective of her four decade long career and the sacrifices that came with it, will be released Oct. 28. (via press release)
  • In describing Bettysoo‘s sound, A Truer Sound compares her voice to Alison Krauss with the swagger and honesty of early Lucinda Williams. (Bettysoo MySpace)
  1. CMW
    September 18, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Those Patty Loveless clips are great.

  2. nm
    September 18, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Buddy & Jim hoofing away up there was the highlight of the show.

  3. JD
    September 18, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Good to know that I ain’t the only one who plays to less than 100 people on some nights….

    …unfortunately, I can’t blame it on John Fogerty…

  4. Rick
    September 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I’m really looking forward to that new WSM concert series and hope it makes it to fruition unlike the ill fated Wildhorse Saloon venture. I sure hope they feature artists like Elizabeth Cook, The Wrights, and Sunny Sweeney. That would be like totally bitchen, dude…

    I think the Americana folks should give awards in two separate categories. The “Roots Rock Revival” awards could go to Buddy Miller and the “Traditional & Roots Country” awards could go to the artists who actually deserve it!

  5. Rick
    September 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Rick’s Random TidBits: Sorry, no political rants tonight, so out of desperation I’ll talk about country music instead!

    I’ve been watching the Top 40 country charts weekly for the last few years and been dismayed to see female artists become less and less of a presence on the charts. Currently the Mediabase charts show only 1 female artist in the active (excluding still popular re-currents) Top 20. In the Top 50 country singles there are 7 female artists who are: Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland), Taylor Swift, Martina Mcbride, Reba, Sarah Buxton (finally a female artist I like!), and Miranda Lambert.

    Isn’t it ironic that Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Sugarland are some of the biggest selling country artists these days yet Top 40 country radio is biased against new female artists! Thankfully this hasn’t stopped the major labels from trying to develop new female artists, but you have to wonder why they even bother any more.

    I’ve read articles that said survey’s of the females who comprise the majority of the Top 40 country radio audience only want to hear around one female artist song to every four or five songs from male artists. In this case the female demographic audience Top 40 counrty radio targeted to attract advertisers has imposed a sort of “glass ceiling” on female country artists! What a shame. Seemingly the only segement of the female radio audience that might counteract this trend are the fans of Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus who would like to hear more music from a lot of “cute boys”…

  6. Rick
    September 19, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Ooops, that last sentence above makes absoluetly no sense at all! Better call it a night…(lol)

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