CMT Awards Nominations Announced; Garth Brooks to Film Vegas Concerts; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | May 7th, 2013

  • Nominations for the fan-voted 2013 CMT Awards were announced yesterday. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, and Florida Georgia Line received three nominations each, while Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves and, uh, Journey are among those nominated for two awards. Read the full list of nominations and cast your votes here.
  • The Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival is in Denton, North Carolina this weekend. Lonesome River Band, The Roys, and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice are among the other bands on the bill.
  • Merle Haggard wrote a sweet piece on Jones for Rolling Stone. An excerpt: I met him at the Blackboard Café in Bakersfield, California, which was the place to go in ’61. He was already famous for either not showing up or showing up drunk, and he showed up drunk. I was onstage – I think I was singing Marty Robbins’ “Devil Woman,” and he kicked the doors of the office open and said, “Who in the fuck is that?” It was one of the greatest compliments of my entire life when George Jones said I was his favorite country singer. It began a love affair between us, because we loved each other’s stuff so much. In 1967, I released a ballad called “I Threw Away the Rose,” and he was so impressed he actually jumped ship and left his tour, rented a Learjet and came to Amarillo, Texas. He told me my low note changed his life. He also folded my steel guitarist Fuzzy Owen into a rollaway bed and rolled him out on the street. That was the pinnacle of it all.
  • Shania Twain has scheduled 22 additional Vegas show dates. Tickets go on sale Friday.
  • Rolling Stone premiered Lady Antebellum’s new album.
  • Eric Church, Greensky Bluegrass, JD McPherson, and Band of Heathens are scheduled to play the Austin City Limits Music Festival this October. Check out the full lineup.
  • CMT Edge’s Robert Kimmel wrote a feature on The Boxcars and their new album, It’s Just a Road.
  • Craig Shelburne of CMT reviewed The Band Perry’s Friday night show at Billy Bob’s Texas. An excerpt: Although their list of hits is relatively short, “Hip to My Heart” and “All Your Life” appear to have staying power with the fans. They also set aside a reasonable amount of time for covers — just a few lines from Tom Petty, the Lumineers, Whitney Houston, Fun. and “Amazing Grace.” Of course, musical diversity defines the playlists for the college-age fans as well as artists of that generation. It’s also eye-opening to walk into Billy Bob’s Texas, which bills itself as the world’s largest honky-tonk, and find so many people under 30 in the crowd. If you had imagined a bunch of grizzled Texans or older line-dancers inside, you’d be way off. When people talk about how country music is thriving because of its youth appeal, this is what they’re talking about.
  • Ashley Monroe talks about the Pistol Annies’ sophomore album with Chuck Dauphin. The Annies are featured in the Tennessean as well.
  • Dauphin also goes through the new Lady Antebellum record song-by-song.
  • Here’s a video of Chris King playing “Homeland” for Gibson’s “Backroom Bootleg Sessions.”
  • Ben Folds talks about his Nashville recording studio, which used to be RCA Studio A, with Mix. An excerpt: [The] penchant for live tracking, band on the floor, was the norm back when the studio was built, and it’s been a main selling point for the studio lately, with projects by Steve Earle (his first Nashville record in nearly 10 years), Justin Townes Earle, John Hiatt and Kacey Musgraves all taking advantage of dynamic, in-studio interplay. It wasn’t that long ago that Tony Bennett stopped in for a couple of tracks on Duets II, singing live in the main room, with band and a monitor setup. Old-school.
  • Dave Heaton of PopMatters takes a look at four different Kris Kristofferson tribute records.
  • This week’s album releases:

Lady Antebellum Golden

Dailey and Vincent Brothers of the Highway

Spinney Brothers No Borders

Craig Campbell Never Regret

Ruth Moody These Wilder Things

Grant Langston Working Until I Die

Pistol Annies Annie Up

Patty Griffin American Kid

Natalie Maines Mother

Courtney Jaye Love and Forgiveness

Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Mark Hummel, James Harman & Sugar Ray Norcia Remembering Little Walter

Mickie James Somebody’s Gonna Pay

Austin Lounge Lizards – Home and Deranged

The Cadillac Three – The Cadillac Three

David Francey – So Say We All

Charlie Parr – Barnswallow


  1. Michael A.
    May 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Anyone but the new Natalie Maines’ album? Rick? (Haaaaahhh.)

    I haven’t had a chance to listen to any of the samples on iTunes yet, so I’m curious. I did like the cover of “Mother” released earlier this year.

  2. Michael A.
    May 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    *buy… obviously. :)

  3. Rick
    May 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I wouldn’t touch that new Natalie Maines album with a 10 foot cattle prod! Natalie yes, the album no…(lol)

    I’ll have to listen to song snippets from the Pistol Annies, Craig Campbell, and Dailey and Vincent on Amazon. I had no idea the Austin Lounge Lizards were still around! Crikey! I do like their twisted sense of humor though.

    I’m so glad Ben Folds has preserved RCA Studio A and the historical recording techniques its famous for. Go Ben!

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features The Del McCoury Band, Chris Young, Riders In The Sky, Keith Anderson, Love & Theft, Mandy Barnett, and Opry Legends John Conlee and Jim Ed Brown. Grade: B+

  4. Jeremy Dylan
    May 8, 2013 at 12:01 am

    The Mix article is great. Studio A is an incredible place to record and the place just drips with atmosphere.

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