CMA Awards Nominees Announced; Vince Gill Takes on Westboro Baptist; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | September 10th, 2013

  • This year’s CMA Awards nominees were announced today. The awards show will be held November 6.

Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason AldeanLuke BryanEric ChurchBlake SheltonKeith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year: Kelly ClarksonMiranda LambertKacey Musgraves, Taylor SwiftCarrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year: Big & RichFlorida Georgia LineLove and TheftSugarlandThompson SquareThe Civil Wars

Musician of the Year: Sam BushPaul FranklinDann HuffBrent MasonMac McAnally

Album of the Year: Blake SheltonBased on a True StoryCarrie UnderwoodBlown AwayTaylor SwiftRedKacey MusgravesSame Trailer, Different ParkLittle Big TownTornado

Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”; Blake Shelton, “Boys ‘Round Here”; Lady Antebellum, “Downtown”; Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift with Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”; Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”; Little Big Town, “Tornado”

Song of the Year: “I Drive Your Truck” (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary); “Mama’s Broken Heart” (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves); “Merry Go ‘Round” (Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally); “Pontoon” (Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, Barry Dean); “Wagon Wheel” (Bob DylanKetch Secor)

Single of the Year: Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”; Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift, “Highway Don’t Care”; Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”; Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ‘Round”; Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”

Vocal Group of the YearEli Young BandLady AntebellumLittle Big TownThe Band PerryZac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year: Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies, “Boys ‘Round Here”;  Florida Georgia Line with Nelly, “Cruise”; Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill, “Don’t Rush”; Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”; Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church, “The Only Way I Know”

New Artist of the YearLee BriceBrett EldredgeFlorida Georgia LineKacey MusgravesKip Moore

  • George Strait announced his final tour dates at a press conference yesterday.
  • Vince Gill is pretty excellent. Here’s a video of him confronting the hatemongers of Westboro Baptist Church, who were protesting Gill’s show (since Gill has been divorced and remarried) in Kansas City on Sunday night.  From The Nashville Scene: Gill says he “came out to see what hatred really looked like in the face.” When the WBC member filming the exchange asks Gill, “Don’t you know that divorce plus marriage equals adultery?” He responds by saying, “Don’t you know that you fuckers are lucky that you don’t have a sign that says something about my wife?” Gill goes on to say, “[Jesus Christ] said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace — you guys don’t have any of that.” He then calls one member “a big dipshit” before asking, “Are any of you guys Phelpses, or are you like the C Team?”
  • Paul Burch’s next album, Fevers, is due out on Plowboy Records November 5. Take a sneak peek.
  • Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins are collaborating on Hall of Fame Bluegrass, which will be released on Rebel Records in October. The track listing includes “Single Girl, Married Girl,” “I’ll Drink No More Wine,” and “The Bluebirds Are Singing for Me.”
  • Chris Young’s new album is streaming on Amazon.
  • Chris Stapleton chats about his music in a post.
  • Children’s author Sandra Boynton discusses her CD-songbook Frog Trouble (featuring Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, and others) in this NPR feature.
  • This week’s album releases (thanks for purchasing your music through our affiliate links; it doesn’t cost you extra, but we get a percentage that helps us keep the lights on):

Steve Wariner It Ain’t All Bad

Drew Kennedy Wide Listener

Peter Cooper Opening Day

George Jones Amazing Grace

Keith Urban Fuse

Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home

Brian Wright Rattle Their Chains

Steep Canyon Rangers Tell the Ones I Love

Paul Brewster 3 Minute Heartache

Rick Shea Sweet Bernadine

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

Have Gun, Will Travel Fiction, Fact or Folktale?

Two Cow Garage The Death of the Self Preservation Society

Kayleigh Leith This Woman

Jimmy Webb Still Within the Sound of My Voice

The Rigneys Double or Nothing

Drive-By Truckers Alabama Ass-Whuppin’ (reissue)



  1. Janice Brooks
    September 10, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Weather permitting I hope to find a ride to see Paul Burch November 16.

  2. TX Music Jim
    September 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Way to go Vince Gill ! He handled himself well and showed them for what they are Hatemongering lunatics. I am a Christian and beleive in a God of love not hate. Vince has always my respect but it went up a big notch with this little exchance.

  3. bob
    September 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

    A new song from Striking Matches, “Trouble Is As Trouble Does”, is available on i-Tunes today. There’s also a you-tube of their live Music City Roots performance of the Trouble song from the Loveless Cafe 3 months ago.

  4. Luckyoldsun
    September 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I can never tell whether those Westboro clowns are serious or whether they’re a comic performance art troupe, but Gill certainly gave them what they were after. I’m sure they were delighted that they got him to start cursing.

  5. Dave D.
    September 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    It’s going to be a Paul Burch kind of late-September for us, seeing him at Bristol Rhythm and Roots next week and then on our home turf in Ypsilanti the following week. That’s a good thing.

  6. Rick
    September 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Those idiots from Westboro are contentious publicity whores and nothing more. They represent Christianity about as well as Al Sharpton does “civil rights” for non-blacks. Just pathetic…

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Craig Campbell, Del McCoury, Thompson Square, Craig Morgan, Lennon & Maisy (from ABC’s Nashville), Love & Theft, and Opry Regulars John Conlee and The Whites. Grade: B+

    I’d make a snarky comment about the CMA Award nominations if I gave a crap, but I truly don’t care any longer.

    I wish Chris Stapleton lick with his solo career. I listened to the tracks on the new Buddy Emmons tribute album and the song featuring Chris was the only one that motivated a purchase.

  7. Leeann Ward
    September 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Oh, please, LOS.

    Rick, I did like the Stapleton track, but I think there was a lot of worthwhile music on that album

  8. Luckyoldsun
    September 10, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Please what, Leeann?
    You DON’T think those “churchers” were delighted when Vince Gill dropped an implicit threat, followed by the f-bomb on them–and it was caught on video?!

  9. Leeann Ward
    September 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I do not even pretend to be able to speculate about what delights those sorry excuses for beings. All I know is that they are hateful about any random thing and I don’t care to know anything beyond that about them. So, I really don’t care if Vince’s reaction to them delighted them or not. I just know that it does not diminish his awesomeness for standing up to them. So to say that he gave them what they were after may be true, but the result is worth it. To see my favorite artist stand up for forgiveness and grace, even with anger and expletives, does my heart a lot of f**king good.

  10. Leeann Ward
    September 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I should add that picketing Vince’s show is probably one of the least offensive things that they’ve done and I suspect that Vince knows that, but wanted to confront them for their deplorable conduct in general.

  11. Luckyoldsun
    September 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Hey, well at least they got a “Meet and Greet” with Vince.

  12. Jessica Sanders
    September 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I am excited about Kayleigh Leith’s album. Love her stuff!! Can’t wait to get it.

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