CMT Names Artists of the Year; Keith Urban Receives Nashville Symphony Harmony Award; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | December 10th, 2012

  • Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood were named as 2012 CMT Artists of the Year.
  • Rolling Stone announced their top country albums of 2012 and Kellie Pickler was at the top of the list: American Idol also-ran Pickler is an unlikely trad-country heroine. But 100 Proof may be the best traditionalist album of the year. Pickler wraps her big, lustrous voice around old-fashioned honky tonk, rollicking road stories and big ballads, all produced with a perfect balance of throwback twang and contemporary sheen.”
  • Granger Smith’s alter ego. Earl Dibbles, Jr., shares some of his tips on making this Christmas a merry one.
  • PopMatters covered what they believe to be the best country music of the year: “The output of the Nashville industry as a whole was even more cookie-cutter than usual, and there was no real insurgency to speak of from the outside, at least not one doing anything brand-new. It was a somewhat grey landscape overall, which tells us not that there’s nothing going on in the USA that’s worth singing about, but that country-music all too often exists as its own universe, one more interested in recycling stock images (another song about a drinking cold beer with a girl in a truck by the creek?) and peddling simple messages of love, faith, and identity.” Dwight Yoakam took the top spot.
  • Zac Brown is being sued for copyright infringement by former employee Kyle Landas after one of Landas’s designs, called the “Unity Tree,” appeared on a Zac Brown Band album cover and other merchandise.
  • More baby news: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is pregnant.
  • Bill Carlisle, Jr. of The Carlisles passed away at the age of 70.  His father is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Bill, Jr. toured as part of The Carlisles from the 1960s until his father’s passing.
  • Jewel’s Greatest Hits album will include duets with Kelly Clarkson and the Pistol Annies.
  • Lee Greenwood participates in ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition tonight. (via press release)
  • Also on tonight: the American Country Awards, hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, will be broadcast live on Fox starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.
  • Former One Flew South member Eddie Bush released an album called Calloused Hands.
  • Brad Paisley will unveil the official music video of his current single, “Southern Comfort Zone,” during a live Ustream broadcast beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern today.
  • Keith Urban was given The Nashville Symphony Harmony Award, which is awarded to a person who significantly contributes to the development and culture of Nashville.
  • New music videos fresh from Santa’s workshop:

Martina McBride – “Please Come Home for Christmas”

Donna Ulisse – “He is Here”

Gary Allan – “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)”

Don Williams – “Imagine That”

The Band Perry – “Better Dig Two”

Lee Brice – “I Drive Your Truck”

Uncle Kracker – “Nobody’s Sad on a Saturday Night”

Jordan McIntosh – “Walk Away”

Ali Isabella – “A Little Love This Christmas”

Hunter Hayes – “Somebody’s Heartbreak”

Steven Padilla – “Quite Like the Country”

Scotty McCreery – “Christmas Comin’ ‘Round  Again” 

Carter and Carter – “To the Moon and Back” 

Doug Bruce – “Made That Way”

Rachel Brooke – “A Killer’s Dream”

Lindi Ortega – “Cigarettes and Truck Stops”

LoCash Cowboys – “What Time Is It?”

  1. Barry Mazor
    December 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Fun fact: At the current rate of award show generation, within two years the same twelve country stars will be recognized and presented 365 nights a year! You could look it up..

  2. Jeff
    December 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

    @Barry : not to mention the inevitable award show that recognizes the top award shows, with each artist of the year naming their favorite ceremony.

  3. luckyoldsun
    December 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    BM, J:
    I guess only pay attention to the CMA “Entertainer of the Year” and maybe the ACMs, for the East/West diversity. The Eddy Arnold– Johnny Cash–Loretta Lynn and Charlie Rich- burning-John Denver–thing give it some cache.

  4. luckyoldsun
    December 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Glad to hear Clint Black may actually put out some new material (Hey, maybe it will inspire Travis Tritt to go into the studio!)and sorry about his father.
    I don’t remember Clint ever singing songs about his dad (like Loretta and Dolly and Alan Jackson) but in his heyday, he used to tell this somewhat weird story about his father telling him “You can save country music.”

  5. Jeremy Dylan
    December 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I hope I shall be seeing some of the LA based readers of this blog at the Grammy museum tomorrow night for the premiere of my documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts.

    You can watch the trailer here –


  6. Jon
    December 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Nice trailer, dude. When’s it coming to Nashville, or did I somehow miss it already?

    • Juli Thanki
      December 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

      It premiered at the Hall of Fame on Saturday.

  7. Jon
    December 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Well, phooey. Does Jim have a copy? Maybe I can borrow his.

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