Church, Johnson Top Nashville Scene Critics’ Poll; CMT Begins Next Women of Country Campaign; Corb Lund Announces Tour Dates

Juli Thanki | January 17th, 2013

  • Chet Flippo wrote about the upcoming Buck Owens and Don Rich releases.
  • Post-breakup Swift is back in the studio, probably working on a song called “Wrong Direction.”
  • Why is the blues called “the blues”? Debra Devi writes, “The name of this great American music probably originated with the 17th-century English expression “the blue devils,” for the intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal. Shortened over time to “the blues,” it came to mean a state of agitation or depression. “Blue” was slang for “drunk” by the 1800s. The link between “blue” and drinking is also indicated by “blue laws” that still prohibit Sunday alcohol sales in some states.”
  • Tina Fey digs Robbie Fulks. (warning: autoplay)
  • Lady Antebellum will team up with Stevie Nicks to film an episode of CMT Crossroads.
  • Chris Parton of CMT Edge interviewed Carrie Rodriguez about her new record.
  • Chuck Dauphin wrote about Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s new record for Billboard’s The 615.
  • posted a feature on Shakey Graves, aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia, and his “stylistically challenging brand of mountain or hobo folk.”
  • Take a sneak peek at Dierks Bentley’s Locked and Reloaded Tour.
  • Davis Inman interviewed Robert Ellis for American Songwriter.
  • Chris Mateer interviewed Brian T. Atkinson, author of I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt for the Uprooted Music Revue.
  • Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves, and Holly Williams are part of CMT’s Next Women of Country campaign, “a yearlong multi-platform initiative showcasing the rising generation of signed and unsigned female artists.”
  • Kenny Chesney is spreading the word about Music & Memory, a nonprofit organization that brings “music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. We train nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.
  • Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass chats with Sarah Anne Perry of
  • Here’s an American Songwriter feature on Gary Clark, Jr. 
  • The Americana Music Association announced its 2013 executive committee.
  1. Ken Morton, Jr.
    January 17, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I commend CMT on their Next Women of Country campaign. I’ve always thought that their station viewed new artists too much like a consumable. This shows more “kid glove action” with a special group of artists. Radio and CMT has definitely been male-dominated as of late and the ten artists they’ve chosen are a really strong contingent of performers/songwriters.

  2. Kelly D.
    January 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Awesome stuff on Carrie Rodriguez, Shakey Graves and Brian T. Atkinson. I don’t get the Eric Church-love, but I seem to be in the minority these days. ah well.

  3. Rick
    January 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    That’s cool to see Corb Lund opening for Dierks and Miranda in Springfiled, MO in the spring. They should take Corb along on the entire tour as I’m sure he could use the money…(lol)

    I truly hope the CMT “Next Women of Country” campaign actually has a major impact on Top 40 Airhead Country Radio! Yeah, when pigs fly anyway.

    On last night’s Music City Roots it was announced next week’s live broadcast will stream from Tamworth, NSW Australia at 2 AM on Thursday morning January 24th! I don’t expect many folks will watch that one live so it better make it into the archives. Crikey, mate!

    That Nashville Scene “Best of 2012″ country album list is about as well balanced as I’ve seen. I still don’t give a crap about the vast majority of music they listed, but at least the list is well balanced.

    Is there any way for Sarah Buxton to take part in that CMT CRossroads episode featuring Stevie Nicks? Hey, maybe she can fill in for newly pregnant Hillary Scott! Stevie was Sarah’s inspiration to pursue music as a lifestyle and career. Hopefully Sarah will at least be in the audience for the taping.

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