Chet Flippo on ACM Snubs; Chris Scruggs Stands Up For Nashville; Country Music Tragedies
- Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw both got snubbed by the ACM Awards, but Chet Flippo thinks Jason Aldean is the biggest omission from the last of nominees and in his latest Nashville Skyline column he argues his case. His conclusion:
So, take awards shows on their own terms, you know. Or ignore them completely. Just don’t cite them as gospel. And when they don’t truly reflect country music, let people know that. Remember, these aren’t so much awards ceremonies as they are — first and foremost — TV shows. And the nominees are, more and more, just the cast.
- PopMatters’ Michael Brett really doesn’t like the Zac Brown Band. Really.
- Chris Scruggs has a lot of opinions on the music industry and traditions in country music, and in an interview with Nashville Scene‘s Adam Gold, he touched on those opinions, contrasted the recording process with an 80-year-old country singer and an artist like Andrew Bird or M. Ward, and recalled meeting his grandfather Earl Scruggs for the first time recently. And he sticks up for Nashville:
People say, “Oh, you know, country music went bad,” and they like to blame it on Nashville. People say, “I can’t stand Nashville for what it’s done to country music.” Nashville was the home of Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells. To blame Nashville for the state of country music is like blaming the house for being robbed. People came, cheapened it, and they took away a lot of the magic. That’s not Nashville’s fault, it’s the industry’s fault, and it’s the same industry that’s responsible for a lot of the mediocre rock music you get nowadays too [but people don't go blaming L.A. for that]. Country fans feel so betrayed by Nashville as a city and I’d like to champion Nashville and say that no, Nashville is still a good place. We’ve still got Little Jimmy Dickens and we’ve still got some good things here. It’s the only place in the world where you can see Little Jimmy Dickens at Cracker Barrel randomly on a Saturday morning.
- CMT provided a sneak peek at the the upcoming episode of Crossroads with a Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffet performance of “Margaritaville.” Other new videos include Eric Church‘s intensely performed, but weak-on-concept “Hell On The Heart,” Katie Armiger‘s “Kiss Me Now,” and Josh Thompson‘s “Way Out Here.”
- The Country Music Hall of Fame partnered with New Haven Records to release a compilation of inspirational country songs titled Sunday in the Country: 12 Inspiring Hits From Today’s Top Country Artists.
- At noon Eastern time today Todd Snider will be performing live in concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
- There’s some spooky stuff going on around John Hiatt‘s house, as relayed by Craig Shelburne:
“There’s always been some interesting activity behind our barn,” Hiatt told me during a recent interview. “When our kids were little, they wouldn’t go back there at night, and when they did with their friends, they’d come running into the house scared, saying they’d seen eyes.”
- Merle Haggard bemoans the overuse of Auto-Tune:
Well, I don’t allow my music to be tampered with; it goes directly to tape with very little sweetening. I don’t believe in a producer; God is my producer. Anyways, I want it to be real so we can do it properly onstage.
- The LimeWire Music Blog listed country music’s 10 greatest tragedies. (via That Nashville Sound)
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