CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced; Reba Hits 30 Million Album Sales Mark; Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | April 23rd, 2012

  • Little Big Town announced the CMT Music Award nominations on NBC’s Today this morning. Carrie Underwood leads the pack with five nominations. Check out all the nominees here.
  • Jason Aldean, the Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Scotty McCreery and Taylor Swift are among the nominations for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.
  • Bryan White, Larry Stewart, John Berry, Blackhawk, Marty Raybon, Jeannie Seely, Jan Howard, Dallas Frazier and over 20 more are scheduled to appear at a Nashville fundraiser this Wednesday to help offset escalating medical costs for Kevin Sharp. Sharp is best known for his 1996 album Measure of a Man and the chart-topper “Nobody Knows.”
  • The Chicago Tribune found Sara Watkins “charming” in her Windy City performance.
  • There is only a week left to raise the balance of the funds needed for The Porchlight Sessions bluegrass documentary.
  • Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys wrote a book for Cracker Barrel.
  • George Harrison’s widow and the son of Beatles producer George Martin are going through Harrison’s huge unreleased music archive and will be releasing it to the public starting May 1 with an album of “mostly acoustic demos documenting the early days of Harrison’s solo career.”
  • Chuck Wicks’ song “Stealing Cinderella” was the inspiration for a book by a English professor at Washington & Jefferson College.
  • Steve Azar has a new release called “American Farmer” that you can hear here.
  • Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer and accordion player Marc Wald passed away at the age of 90. He was a member of The Rhythm Pals.
  • Olivia Perez-Breland has penned a beautiful song called “There You Go Again.” A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Fisher House Foundation, a group that supports military families separated because of war.
  • Warner Nashville artist Jana Kramer unveiled the cover art and track listing for her self-titled album, due out in early June. She’ll be one of the artists in the Engine 145-sponsored Golf & Guitars Children’s Charity Concert May 21-22 in Sacramento.
  • New music videos from the last week or so:

Carter’s Chord – “Love a Little Bigger” 

Eric Church – “Springsteen” 

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – “Feel Like a Rock Star”

Billy Gilman and friends – “The Choice” 

Honeyhoney – “Angel of Death” 

Blind Boys of Alabama – “Free at Last” (Music Fog)

McAlister Kemp – “Cold Beer, Hot Women” 

Trampled by Turtles – “Alone” 

Alabama Shakes – “Boys and Girls”

Sarah Kirkland –“Bachelorette” 

Kathryn Hartnett – “The Dualist” 

  1. nm
    April 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

    “mostly acoustic demos documenting the early days of Harrison’s solo career.”

    Oh, waaaaaaaaant.

  2. Redd Dirt
    April 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    New Sampler Clips for Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away”
    http://stateofmind13.com/2012/04/23/new-sampler-clips-for-carrie-underwoods-blown-away/

    After “Good Girl” the album seems to go in a totally different direction…no glory notes and a few songs that actually sound country.

  3. Rick
    April 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Well at least the Bobby Osborne song is thankfully not titled “Going Back To Rocky Top”…

    That’s nice of Kevin Sharp’s friends to hold that fund raising concert for him. I hope a lot of paying customers show up for that event.

    Sara Watkins is always charming, but is the music on her new album any good? Hmm…

    Wow, a Blake Shelton and X-tina duet! I can hardly wait!…(lol)

    That’s an interesting batch of new music videos this week. Might have to start with Honeyhoney to see what Suzanne Santo is wearing.

  4. Ken Morton, Jr.
    April 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Rick, Santo doesn’t wear much…

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