CCMA Awards Nominees Announced; HoF Celebrates Elvis Presley; Country Programs Earn Emmy Nominations
Juli Thanki | July 20th, 2012
Dean Brody, Johnny Reid, Corb Lund, and Terri Clark are among this year’s Canadian Country Music Association Awards nominees. Read the full list of nominees here.
Chris Parton of CMT.com interviewedOld Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor about the band’s new record, Carry Me Back: If anything, we are back to our old street corner-hustlin’ ways, with all that energy and spirit. One thing that’s exciting to me, during the 14 years that we have been making music together, we have seen a tremendous growth and awareness of our kind of music — American roots music. It’s an exciting time as a songwriter to have something to say and a growing audience of listeners. I don’t think there has been a better time to blow a harmonica in America since Roy Acuff joined the Opry.
Jewly Hight wrote a fantastic article on Kitty Wells for the Nashville Scene. An excerpt: Though “feminist” is a descriptor that people frequently attached to Wells’ big hit in our time, it’s not an identity that she ever claimed for herself. Without a discrete category to lean on, we must confront her in her admirable complexity: a woman of her time, speaking to the realities of her time with no-nonsense emotional intelligence and a profound gift for empathizing with people and stories that lay beyond her own experience. “She wasn’t a honky-tonk angel,” says Robert Oermann, who co-wrote Finding Her Voice: Women in Country Music with his wife Mary Bufwack. “She was very much a housewifey kind of personality, a wife and mother, who spent her whole career in a very traditional family setting, albeit as an entertainer.”
In Emmy news, ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends—In Concert is nominated in the Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special category, while Country Music (In Performance at the White House) is nominated for Outstanding Music Direction.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.