CMT Music Awards Recaps & Videos; First Day of CMA Fest Cut Short; Willie & Merle Top Americana Chart
CMT Music Awards recaps abound:
CMT’s Calvin Gilbert notes that Carrie Underwood went home the big winner. She scored a video of the year trophy buckle for “Cowboy Casanova” and CMT performance of the year for a live version of “Temporary Home,” which was featured on CMT’s concert series Invitation Only. Check the full list of winners at the CMT Music Awards site.
Nothing says cool like celebrities, at least if you’re CMT parent company Viacom, and there were plenty on hand for the awards show. The Tennessean‘s Peter Cooper captured Trace Adkins‘ wonderment about the presence of Terrell Owens (not a big fan) and the lack of tact from Nicole “Snookie” Polizzi, of television show Jersey Shore.
Music Mix’s Whitney Pastorek live-blogged the entire thing and managed to keep it interesting.
- In his latest article for The Wall Street Journal, Barry Mazor wrote about The Grascals and Dierks Bentley, both of whom jump the bluegrass-country divide in their live shows and most recent albums.
- Shania Twain is officially divorced.
- Writing for the new, Jim Malec-helmed music blog American Noise, Kelly Dearmore cites Bobby Bare Sr.‘s take on “The Living Legend” and Bare Jr. with daughter, Isabella, on “Daddy What If” as two tracks that make the new Shel Silverstein tribute album, Twistable, Turnable Man, not only successful, but artistically necessary.
- Despite recent floods in Nashville, ticket sales and hotel bookings for the CMA Music Festival appear to be up about 10 percent over last year, and AP Entertainment Writer Chris Talbott says for some businesses, a strong showing is paramount if they want to stay in the black.
- Unfortunately, yesterday’s festivities were cut short by thunderstorms.
- Shelby Lynne visited World Cafe to perform songs from her latest album, Tears, Lies, and Alibis.
- Darius Rucker and his friends helped raise $48,720 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital during a concert at the Wildhorse Saloon on Monday night.
- In the newest Sessions feature on American Songwriter, Laure Bell Bundy discussed the inspiration and meaning behind the songs “Cigarette,” “When It All Goes South,” and “Homecoming Queen.” Don’t miss the video at the end with performances of the previously mentioned “When It All Goes South” and “Cigarette.”
- Bobby Bare‘s fish tales:
“Porter [Wagoner] was intense, buddy,” said Bare. “He got into it. He said, ‘You gotta get in there and talk to ‘em.’ He’d say, ‘Come on there, fish, get in here.'”
He regaled his boat-mates with tales of other fishing buddies like [Mel] Tillis, whom he said has a habit of joining the fish at inopportune times.
“We were in Florida, and he was coming back around behind me,” said Bare, reminiscing on a past trip. “It was a narrow boat, and he got right here (behind me). He said, ‘I’m fa-fa-fa . . .’ and he hit the water about the time he said ‘falling.'”
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- Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are holding down the top two spots on the Americana airplay chart with their recent albums.
Music Fog videos:
- Barry Mazor: What the "Americana" term brings to mind, by this point, is a matter of time and marketing. Like all …
- Paul W Dennis: I loved the Jerry Douglas interview and love the ideas behind his two concept albums Unfortunately I never had the opportunity …
- luckyoldsun: Barry, That's a good point, as far as country itself being a word that refers to a lot more than a …
- Six String Richie: Also, in regards to that article, Aldean's #2 complaint was "Nashville Copycats" and he gripes that people are copping Luke …
- Six String Richie: Billboard misprinted his new single as "Burnin' It Up" in that article! That goes to show how little even …
- CraigR.: Here are 5 things that piss me off about Jason Aldean: 1. He is a sore winner. Why complain when you …
- Barry Mazor: The words "country" and jazz (or "jass") and blues had been around for decades before they became genres (or formats) …
- Jeff Miller: Yeah, the first time I played Jimmie Rodgers for my wife & daughter- they were aghast that he was singing …
- David Cantwell: I think it more helpful to think of Americana not as a genre but as a format--and, perhaps better, and …
- Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/