CMA Awards Nominations to be Announced Sept. 10; WSM to Broadcast Alan Jackson’s Station Inn Show; Stream Austin Lucas’ Stay Reckless

Juli Thanki | August 21st, 2013

  • Albert Murray, novelist, critic, and author of books including Stomping the Blues, passed away on Sunday at the age of 97.
  • Florida Georgia Line and Sheryl Crow will announce this year’s CMA Awards nominees on Good Morning America September 10.
  • You’ll be able to listen to Alan Jackson’s Station Inn show on August 27 in the pants-free privacy of your own home – or if you have the iPhone app, someone else’s home, but that’s not recommended.
  • premiered “Pastures of Plenty” from Rounder Records’ forthcoming Woody Guthrie six-disc box set, American Radical Patriot (out October 22).
  • Stream Austin Lucas’ Stay Reckless, his first album on New West Records.
  • Randall Roberts of The L.A. Times on Taylor Swift’s recent Staples Center show: “At times Swift felt more like a cipher than an artist, offering manufactured messages to eager consumers. She was so measured as to seem unreal, more a symbol than human. Her biggest hurdle was that steely, sexless veneer. She sang about the heart but not the pelvis, offered a world in which a kiss is the purest embodiment of physical love.” Roberts also notes, “To ignore the voluminous thrills on Monday is to be deaf to the full-throttle joy of seeing young people experience live music for the first time. All of us remember that Big Bang, that ignition, that epiphany of hearing songs you know by heart performed by your favorite singer. The sound of music connecting on such an enthusiastic scale is tough to argue with.”
  • Jenny Lewis (of indie pop band Rilo Kiley) is collaborating with Ryan Adams on a new project. You can listen to a few fragments of their work here.
  • Alejandro Escovedo and Trombone Shorty’s 2010 episode of Austin City Limits is available online for the next few weeks.
  • Craig Shelburne of CMT Edge interviewed Pete Huttlinger, who released the CD/short novel set McGuire’s Landing earlier this month.
  • Leo Duffy of UK bluegrass duo The Duffy Brothers passed away on Saturday.
  • The legal battle over the rights to Albert Brumley’s “I’ll Fly Away” continues: “Three of Brumley’s children, four grandchildren and a daughter-in-law filed a lawsuit against one of Brumley’s sons, arguing that they should be able to get a share of the royalties from the song. They asked the court to terminate the copyrights to the song, which was being held by a company owned by son Robert Brumley.”  The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered more hearings.
  • Sugar Hill unveiled a teaser for Sarah Jarosz’s Build Me Up from Bones.

  1. bob
    August 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I like the new Jennifer Nettles song. My wife bought it on i-Tunes yesterday.

    Striking Matches (Sarah Zimmerman & Justin Davis) announced on their website yesterday that Season 2 of Nashville returns September 25th featuring a song they wrote with Jill Andrews called “This Love Ain’t Big Enough.” Two songs they wrote from their debut EP were on season 1.

    Much better than watching Nashville is listening to Striking Matches perform.

  2. Andrew
    August 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Gary Allan’s people announced on Facebook today “It Ain’t The Whiskey” is his next single. In a perfect world it would be a massive hit.

  3. TX Music Jim
    August 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Problem is most likely doesn’t have a pickup on a dirt road at a bon fire in the sticks. God forbid anything without that formula be a hit for a male country singer on todays country radio.

  4. Rick
    August 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    It appears the summer only Wednesday night Opry’s have run their course and Music City Roots has taken charge again! (lol) Tonight’s MCR features Tim Easton, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, Magnolia Sons, The Smoking Flowers, and the Andy-T Nick Nixon Band. Compared to last week’s stellar bluegrass show this is going to be quite a letdown! (lol)

    Hey Bob, thanks for the update on the return of the “Nashville” TV series! Last Friday’s Opry featured Deacon (Chip Esten) and this Friday’s Opry will feature Gunnar and Scarlett. WooHoo!

    Thanks for the article and music links today for Amanda Shires, Bonnie Whitmore, and Valerie June! You can’t beat that. Sarah Jarosz is just a bit too jazzy/unconventional for my simple taste in music…

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