CMT Awards Winners Announced; Vince Gill & Paul Franklin’s Bakersfield Due 7/30; Best American Roots Song Category Added to Grammys
- The CMT Awards were held last night (you can stream the whole thing if you missed it). Here are the winners:
Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
Male Video of the Year: Blake Shelton, “Sure Be Cool if You Did”
Female Video of the Year: Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Group Video of the Year: Lady Antebellum, “Downtown”
Duo Video of the Year: Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
Breakthrough Video of the Year: Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
Collaborative Video of the Year: Jason Aldean with Eric Church and Luke Bryan, “The Only Way I Know”
CMT Performance of the Year: Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award: Hunter Hayes
- Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’s salute to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, Bakersfield, will be released July 30 on MCA Nashville. (via press release)
- Jason Isbell performed “Elephant” on SiriusXM Outlaw Country. Put headphones on if you’re around small children unless you want them to learn an exciting new word.
- Taylor Swift’s got a new video for “Everything Has Changed.”
- Charlie Sizemore has canceled his remaining 2013 show dates to deal with health issues.
- Patty Griffin visited WFUV to play “Don’t Let Me Die in Florida.”
- Chris Young’s next album, A.M., will be released September 17.
- Town Mountain covers Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” at The Bluegrass Situation.
- Clawhammer banjo player/ballad singer/author Sheila Kay Adams and sacred harp singer David Ivey are among this year’s NEA Heritage Fellowship recipients.
- NPR’s Ann Powers did a piece on country music’s “Year of the Woman.”
- Jewly Hight wrote the new Nashville Scene cover story on Kacey Musgraves.
- Brian Mansfield recaps Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam at the Ryman.
- Randy Lewis of The Los Angeles Times wrote a feature on the Stephen King/John Mellencamp/T Bone Burnett project Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.
- Barry Mazor wrote a Wall Street Journal feature on blues harmonica player James Cotton.
- Out September 3: Over the Rhine’s Meet Me at the Edge of the World, a double album on which the duo reunites with producer Joe Henry.
- Chuck Dauphin shines The 615 spotlight on The Statesboro Revue.
- Bonnie Whitmore’s sophomore album, There I Go Again, will be released next Tuesday. (via press release)
- The 2014 Grammys will include a few new categories, including Best American Roots Song. From the press release: A songwriter’s award, it will encompass all of the subgenres of the Field (Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, regional roots music), and puts the Field in line with the Rock, Rap, R&B, Country, and Gospel/CCM Fields, all of which have songwriters’ awards.
- Check out Mavis Staples’ new music video:
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.