CMA Awards Nominees Revealed; Tracy Lawrence and Faith Hill Unveil Football Songs; New Album Releases

Ken Morton, Jr. | September 6th, 2011

  • The nominees for this year’s CMA Awards were announced this morning. Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Blake Shelton are all vying for Entertainer of the Year, while The Civil Wars are up for Vocal Duo of the Year.
  • The Bluegrass Blog is now Bluegrass Today, having unveiled a major site overhaul today. Congrats to John Lawless and crew.
  • Saturday college football has a new theme song sung by Tracy Lawrence called “Saturday in the South.” Fox Sports will be using the song in their football coverage. The song description: “The college football-themed track brings together all elements of college gameday — tailgate parties, big band, big plays, fun and sun — with a rockin’ country music track, delivering over-the-top energy centered on the college football gameday atmosphere!”
  • George Strait is still a man of mystery, despite his 30-year career.
  • The Chet Atkins Hall of Fame exhibit conjures up memories for longtime friend and Certified Guitar Player Steve Wariner.
  • Taylor Swift is Wonderstruck. She also ruined someone’s wedding. Sort of. Swift is also the cover girl of the new issue of Nashville LifeStyles, where she proclaims her love for Target and Lori McKenna. Why, she’s just like us!
  • Never before has a digital-only country music album been the number one selling record. Until last week. The Pistol Annies’ Hell on Heels became a first.
  • Mike McKinney of the duo Lucky Mud is as confused as everyone else about how to classify or not classify the genre of Americana music. He coins a new phrase that he thinks covers the genre and calls it “Cluster Folk.”
  • Songwriter Billy Falcon has written numerous songs for other artists including Trace Adkins, Sherrie Austin and Stevie Nicks, among others. Now a new generation of Falcon brood will be tackling the music business. His daughter Rose Falcon was just signed to Show Dog- Universal.
  • Although Kylie Morgan’s song about bullying came out a couple months back, “It Matters What We Do” went somewhat under the radar. The song tells the story of Irish-born 15 year old Phoebe Prince who committed suicide in Massachusetts after being bullied relentlessly.  The video is here.
  • The Jayhawks are releasing a new album and DVD called Mockingbird Time on 9/20 off of the Rounder Records label.
  • Kenny Loggins, Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman make up The Blue Sky Riders. Their first EP called Live at the Rutledge came out this past week.
  • The Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards, a collection of the best of Native American singer/songwriters/musicians, had the 2011 nominees come out and several Americana/roots performers were nominated included Kristi Lane Sinclair and Yvonne St. Germaine. All the music videos of the Entertainer of the Year nominees can be found here.
  • Lady Antebellum performed on David Letterman’s show. The trio also recently covered Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” in concert.
  • New album releases:

Tom Russell Mesabi

Hank3 Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town, Cattle Callin’

George Strait Here for a Good Time

Slaid Cleaves Sorrow and Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge

Various Artists Listen to Me: Buddy Holly


  1. Jon
    September 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Also out today: April Verch’s new album, That’s How We Run. See http://www.aprilverch.com .

    The Bluegrass Blog is now Bluegrass Today, having unveiled a major site overhaul today.

    Erm, that was the plan. As of 3:48 pm CDT, it hadn’t happened.

  2. Rick
    September 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    An indie CD that was released under the radar last Tuesday is Amy Dalley’s new “Coming Out Of The Pain”. It was produced by the same crew that handled Thompson Square’s debut, so hopefully sound quality will be very good. I’ll have to give this one a listen. Amy is doing house concerts these days, but I doubt she’ll ever make it out to Los Angeles. Oh well…
    Link: http://www.amydalley.com/music.html

    George Strait’s new CD is the only music CD featured in this Sunday’s Target ad except for a bunch of “GLEE” stuff.

    Lots of interesting news links today! I’ll have to peruse them in more detail when I have the time. I might not listen to, nor buy, 99.9% of the music mentioned here, but I do like to keep informed nonetheless.

  3. Leeann Ward
    September 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    An album that was released on Tuesday that went under the radar is Paul Burch’s Words of Love: Songs of Buddy Holly. It’s very good:

    http://www.amazon.com/Words-Love-Songs-Buddy-Holly/dp/B005IEF7DI/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315591466&sr=301-1

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