CMT Names Artists of the Year; All for the Hall Recapped: Parton Covers Jones; Tim McGraw’s Number Ones
- Using pre-defined criteria, CMT chose its first-ever artists of the year: Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band. They’ll be honored during a 90-minute special, CMT Artists of the Year, on Dec. 3
- The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts and GAC’s Tom Roland recapped last night’s All for the Hall benefit. Vince Gill and Keith Urban played backup for a number of artists, but the most interesting part is the covers everyone played: Dolly Parton performed “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” Miranda Lambert did Haggard’s “Tonight the Bottle Let me Down,” Alan Jackson went way back with Hank’s
“Move It On Over”“Mind Your Own Business,” and even John Mayer went country with a reworking of Dwight Yoakam‘s “Ain’t That Lonely Yet.” You’ll have to dig through the linked articles to find some of the others.
- The Opry has a new iPhone and Android app.
- Saturday Night Live spoofed Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus. (via The Tennessean, where Dave Paulson calls the skit “pretty painful.”)
- Country California Fake News: Radio DJ Decides Against Annoying Nickname
The refusal of recent hire Fred Jones to go by Big Freddy, Little Freddy, Uncle Freddy, or Freddy Krueger has thoroughly confused and offended much of the local talent on the Detroit radio scene.
“This just isn’t the way things are done,” remarked Detroit morning personality Shane ‘Mac N Cheese’ Mackenzie. “My cohost Darren ‘Big D’ Bamford and I talked about this on the air the other day, and all of our callers agreed that you’ve really gotta have the nickname to make it a fun show. Who would want to listen to Shane Walter Mackenzie and Darren Joseph Bamford?
As fake Miley Cyrus would say, that’s pretty cool.
- When the TV show Austin City Limits premiered in Studio 6A back in 1974, Willie Nelson was there. Now that the show is leaving Studio 6A, the show’s producer, Terry Lickona, won’t reveal who will play the final performance, but Austin Music Source’s Michael Corcoran has a pretty good idea.
- Radio station WSM celebrated it’s 85th birthday yesterday.
Here are a few new releases I missed in yesterday’s news roundup:
- Nathan Rabin covered Loretta Lynn in his latest Nashville or Bust column.
- Ronnie Gilley, founder of Country Crossing Records (Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Lee Greenwood, Aaron Tippin), was among 11 people arrested on Monday in connection with a conspiracy plot to bribe legislators in Alabama to pass bills allowing electronic bingo. Gilley is also the developer of the Country Crossing entertainment complex that never reached its potential because of problems with electronic bingo.
- The Bluegrass Blog published an interview with Rhonda Vincent in which she talks about her new album, Taken, and her split with the IBMA:
“IBMA is totally about money, and it’s very unfortunate. That’s not what bluegrass is all about. I can’t support something I don’t believe in, and I don’t want to use my popularity for something I don’t support.
What made IBMA before was the pickers, the camaraderie at The Galt House when the event was held in Louisville. SPBGMA [Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America] feels like what bluegrass is supposed to be, and I take part in their annual convention instead.
No one loves bluegrass more than I do. No one is a bigger fan than I am. IBMA does things the way their membership chooses, and that’s fine, but I don’t choose to participate.”
- In case you haven’t had your fill of Tim McGraw hits albums, Curb Records is releasing another one: Number One Hits. It’s a two-disc collection of, you guessed it, his number one hits with bonus tracks that include his current single, “Felt Good On My Lips,” and a dance mix of “Indian Outlaw.”
- Carolyn Dawn Johnson (remember her?) released a new video for a song titled “The Whole Thing.”
- Toby Keith on which songs make it to his albums:
I write all year and when it comes time to make an album, I get my pile of songs together, put my session guys in the room, pick up an acoustic, start playing my songs and we start from scratch right there. Once in a while a song will straggle in from another year, but most of the time it’s just songs that I wrote during the past season. That’s my homegrown home-breds, and I run and race them. Those [songs] are my horses. Some years are gonna be better than others, but it’s what I did last year and it’s what I live with. The results are sometimes great and sometimes so-so, but I’m blessed with the career I have and that’s the way I do it every year.
He goes on to call his current album, Bullets in the Gun, his favorite in five or six years and credits that to the iPhone.
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