CMT Names Artists of the Year; All for the Hall Recapped: Parton Covers Jones; Tim McGraw’s Number Ones

Brody Vercher | October 6th, 2010

  • 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.
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  • Here are a few new releases I missed in yesterday’s news roundup:

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  • 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.

  • No comment. (via @blakeshelton)

  1. Cutting the Treacle
    October 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

    “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.”

    Whither Miranda?

  2. M.C.
    October 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Actually, Alan Jackson did “Mind Your Own Business,” not “Move It On Over,” at the All for the Hall show.
    He said he chose it because he loves Hank Williams but he also was influenced by Hank Jr. and did his songs in his nightclub days. He said he always liked how Hank Jr. did his dad’s song, too. Vince and Keith did play guitar with everyone all night, and they each took a stanza of the song. Stuart Duncan came out and played fiddle. It was one of many highlights of the night.

  3. Stormy
    October 6, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    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.

    Okay, I’m confused. You get the guitar out, you play the songs. How do they race and what is the finish line?

  4. Thomas
    October 6, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    …tim mcgraw could end up to be the first artist in music history, who has more greatest hits records out than greatest hits – if curb records is keeping up that pace.

  5. Pierce
    October 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I was at the All For The Hall last night and Billy Currington’s sparse rendition of Kenny Rogers’ “Sweet Music Man” was a stunning surprise.

  6. TexasVet
    October 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    10 Signs You’re an Insufferable Music Snob

    Rick is 10 for 10. LOL!

  7. Leeann Ward
    October 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Wouldn’t it be too complimentary to call Rick a music snob?

  8. Noeller
    October 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Curb records to release a dance-mix version of Indian Outlaw on the new McGraw GH package. Wow. Just wow.

    That’s the saddest thing I’ve heard yet today…

  9. Matt Bjorke
    October 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Noeller,

    It’s probably the same one that was on CD singles back in the 90s.

  10. sam (sam)
    October 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I didn’t know that music snobs wear schmedium shirts until reading that piece. Schmedium is the least flattering size, too.

  11. Rick
    October 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    NorthTexasVet said:

    “10 Signs You’re an Insufferable Music Snob –
    Rick is 10 for 10. LOL!” ~ Exactly!

    Leeann Ward said:
    “Wouldn’t it be too complimentary to call Rick a music snob?” ~ Absolutely not! (lol)

    It would have been nice if WSM had streamed the “All For The Hall Concert” online. Sounds like a great show. Oh well…

    Rhonda Vincent is railing against the IBMA for being “all about money”? Aren’t such associations always about promoting the music and making a buck to support the organization as well? Hmm…

    That Ronnie Gilley conspiracy story is fascinating. The real blame and fault lies with the corrupt politicians who were trying to shake all those businessmen down in order to buy their votes on gambling legislation. I have a feeling they were likely all democrats, or should have been anyway…

  12. tobysooner
    October 7, 2010 at 7:22 am

    “Sweet Music Man”…Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Keith Urban at the All For The Hall concert.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVLDfdnL2tk&feature=related

  13. Leeann Ward
    October 7, 2010 at 7:32 am

    “Sweet Music Man” fits Currington better than “Lucile” did.

  14. Dave D.
    October 7, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Happy belated birthday, WSM. One of the few advantages of winter here in the (soon-to-be)frozen north is that it means clear radio reception for WSM. As good as satellite radio is, you can’t beat Eddie Stubbs.

  15. Leeann Ward
    October 7, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I have to say, however, that I’m assuing the live experience of Currington’s “Music Man” must not have translated to the recording all that well, since the performance seems pretty unremarkable from the clip.

  16. Janet Goodman
    October 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Is that Laura Bell Bundy??? Hilarious!

  17. Pat
    October 7, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Isn’t Laura Bell Bundy great! Such a clown. Blake tweeted over and again to us tweets also that her cd is so good. People go buy it, if Blake says it you know its on the mark. Could be we will soon see them intertain together on the Opry Stage. We can always use a laugh!!!We do know he is one LBB Fan.

  18. Omar
    October 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    T-Swift shouldn’t be on the list for Artists of the Year. She hasn’t done crap this year.

    Miranda should’ve taken her place.

    The rest of the list, however, is very valid and I’m fine with it. I’m glad to see Jason Aldean get some recognition, seeing as the ACMs and CMAs couldn’t give a crap about him.

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