CMT to ACA: Actually, We Were First; Joe Diffie’s Bluegrass Album Due Out Next Week; Gene Watson and Darrell Scott on NPR

Brody Vercher | October 20th, 2010

  • CMT didn’t take too kindly to the American Country Awards‘ claim that it was “the first and only country music awards show where fans determine all the winners.”

    “While CMT congratulates this mysterious organization on its first awards show, we are amused by their self-proclaimed title as the first and only fan-voted award show. All within the country music community know that CMT has produced country music’s only fan-voted awards show for nearly a decade. The CMT Music Awards were the first of their kind, engaging tens of millions of fans in the show’s outcome every year. It will continue to work hard to maintain its reputation as country music’s sensational, fan-voted and over the top celebration, attracting A-list talent. While we wish this new show every success, we would like to take this opportunity to remind them that the CMT Music Awards have been entirely fan-voted since their inception.”

  • A new Opry-branded clothing line is set to make its debut on QVC this Friday.
  • Free Downloads: The title track from Cory Morrow‘s latest release, Brand New Me, is available as a free download on Amazon, and The Secret Sisters have the iTunes free single of the week with their rendition of “My Heart Skips a Beat” (iTunes).
  • Jamey Johnson‘s new, Matthew McConaughey-directed video for “Playing the Part” premieres on Entertainment Tonight today and will be released to the web on Friday.
  • Hey you, Texas music/red dirt lemming, Farce the Music would like to punch you in the sack for your arrogance and clouded vision:

    Nashville copies success. So does Texas. How many Randy Rogers Band clones you got saddling up and riding the range out yonder? A lot, that’s how many.

    Nashville plays it safe. So does Texas. How many in the “scene” are willing to eschew beer, honeys and Texas as base material for songs? Not many.

    […] Nashville doesn’t celebrate its more cerebral and artistically genuine artists. Neither does Texas. Otherwise, the Rodney Haydens, Josh Griders, Slaid Cleaveses and Jason Eadys would rule the roost. They’re popular, but vastly underappreciated.

  • Darrell Scott joined World Cafe host David Dye for an interview and to perform a couple of songs: “A Crooked Road” and “Colorado.”
  • Come Nov. 13, CMT will celebrate the 40 greatest songs/videos of the decade with a two hour special titled CMT’s 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade.
  • Bryan Simpson‘s replacement in the band Cadillac Sky will be Levi Lowery (MySpace).

    I have always had, and still have the utmost respect for Bryan. If I tried to replace him, it would ultimately end in failure. I will be bringing something different to the table, and I can only hope and pray that you like what you hear. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Remember that Joe Diffie bluegrass album that’s been talked about for a while now? Its release is almost here, next week to be exact, and American Songwriter‘s Rick Moore rated it four and half stars.
  • Nashville or Bust: Patsy Cline, Chanteuse
  • Bob Lefsetz can’t figure out whether Taylor Swift‘s newly released song “Mean” is about him or not, but if it is, he wishes it were better. (“Mean” on iTunes)
  • Kenny Chesney on co-producing with Buddy Cannon:

    We have that mutual respect when it comes to song sense, and he knows I’m going to want to turn the guitars up a little loud, and I know he’s going to want them down. I thank Buddy for telling me to turn down the guitars, and I also thank Justin for turning them back up when Buddy left the room!

    (via Country Music Is Love)

  • My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope isn’t as impressed with Shawn Camp‘s voice as she was with other male vocalists of the ’90s, but that didn’t stop her from giving his recently released album 1994 a high mark.
  • Joey+Rory are giving away 7″ vinyl records with their single “This Song’s For You” on side A and “You Ain’t Woman Enough” on side B. (via That Nashville Sound)
  • Watch Blake Shelton‘s appearance on Chelsea Lately last night. It was his third such appearance, the most of any country star, and the show’s 600th episode overall. (via Country Music Is Love)
  • For Pop & Hiss’ Randy Lewis, the appeal of Sugarland‘s new album doesn’t extend beyond the surface:

    Sugarland has expanded on its core country music audience by crafting increasingly pop-minded tracks, and it struck an attractive balance on 2008’s “Love on the Inside” between the down-home emotional tone of its early songs and a broader spectrum of pop, R&B and country-soul soaked material.

    Now, however, subtlety, nuance and, most disappointingly, substance are checked at the stadium gate as the pendulum swings unmistakably toward sing- and sway-along anthems.

  • Mountain Stage continued its backstage video series with Gene Watson.
  • Here’s The Peasall Sisters‘ song “Where No One Stands Alone,” which was featured in the recent movie trailer for the Coen brothers’ remake of True Grit. (via @TwangNation)

  1. Lewis
    October 20, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Memo to CMT about your awards show: You ruined a perfectly good awards show once called The Music City News Awards and voted by fans and made it into a country music version of The MTV Video Awards. But of course you wouldn’t say so because how often do you play videos on your own channel?

    But The American Country Awards would be so clumsy too for nominating Jewel as Female Artist Of The Year. So I would say both are at fault.

  2. Rick
    October 20, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Trailer’s sucker punch to the Red Dirt / Texas Regional is a knockout. There is a whole lot of mediocre music coming out of both Texas and Nashville and sadly it often tends to be the most popular as Trailer observes. That’s just the way it goes…

    We have multiple contestants for Rick’s “Who Really Gives a Sh*t? Award” today! Let’s see there is the CMT/ACA awards voting flap, Opry clothing, Bob Lefsetz, etc. This is gonna be a tough one!

    I’d be more interested in that free Joey+Rory 45 if it didn’t include “This Song’s For You” because that song definitely is NOT for me! (lol)

  3. CountryMusicIsLove
    October 20, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for the links back… appreciate it!

  4. Kelly
    October 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I love Trailer’s work, and I’ve been a vocal critic of what I feel are some of the weaker points surrounding the “red dirt scene”, as there are many, but I don’t need a non-Texan telling me that certain parts of the scene in Texas suck. Perhaps that’s a tad sophmoric on my part. So be it.

    Fact is – DK, Eady and the like have gigs and even careers here in Texas. They ARE well-respected artists that get regular bookings throughout the state and have won loyal followings, even if they arent rolling in massive buses with tons of airplay. Trailer dismisses the significance of that fact in ordr to make a relatively empty point, in my opnion. Hard to imagine many other regions showing such support, even if much of that love is going to cheesy, slick acts that veer closer to the poppy mainstream than I, or Trailer, would prefer.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Randy Lewis’ Sugarland review – Don’t know him much but automatically like him if for nothing else this review.

    Peasall Sisters – And to think they can sing like that without autotune! Makes your toenails curl.

    Gene Watson – Complete pure class and undeniably one of the great vocalists of our time.

    Jamey Johnson – Probably too late for the video to help the single on radio. Shame as it beats alot of current crap being played on so-called country radio today.

  6. luckyoldsun
    October 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Th album title that Shawn Camp is using has alredady been used by Merle Haggard–about 16 years ago.

    And I’ve been waiting for that Diffie album. It’s about time!

  7. Leeann Ward
    October 20, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Have you read about the Shawn Camp album at all? It is from 16 years ago.

  8. Ollie
    October 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    As for the American Country Awards’ false claim that it’s “the first and only country music awards show where fans determine all the winners,” what do you expect? It’s on Fox– if employees at the media corporation are willing to regularly invent facts on their so-called news broadcasts, why not in press releases for their so-called entertainment shows?

  9. Rick
    October 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Wow Ollie, where’s your fellow delusional Obamavoter pals Kukla & Fran? Just frickin’ pathetic…

    Music City Roots will feature Rhonda Vincent tonight as she celebrates her recent album release. Other artists included on the playbill are The Huntley Sisters, The Harpers, Next Best Thing, Nad Issac Moore (and I have no idea who they are.) This is the first show since the recent split with WSM.

  10. Ollie
    October 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm


    FWIW, ordinarily, I NEVER make political posts on discussion boards, and in this case I meant to add a smiley face :). I made an exception and posted here because I’m so sick of all of your political comments and thought an expression of a counter view might balance the scales. (After all, I’m sure both of us favor “fair and balanced” commentary, we just disagree on how to define “fair and balanced.”)

    Here’s an offer– if you’ll promise never again to post a political comment on this web site, I’ll promise not to either. My guess is that you won’t take me up on my offer but I’m absolutely serious.

  11. Leeann Ward
    October 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Yeah, Rick, where do you get off being annoyed that somebody made a random political comment around here?

  12. Jon
    October 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Have you read about the Shawn Camp album at all? It is from 16 years ago.


    Rick’s not frosted that Ollie made a political comment, he’s ticked about its nature.

    Next Best Thing is the band fronted by Rhonda’s daughters, Tensel and Sally (the latter is also Mrs. Hunter Berry); last I knew, a young ETSU student named Haley Stiltner was playing banjo for them. Isaac Moore’s one of the Moore Brothers, who have been enrollees in the kids camp at Morganton, NC’s Red, White & Bluegrass Festival for the three years we’ve been teaching it; he sings on Rhonda’s new album. Good kids, good parents. If I wasn’t so snowed under, I’d be out there.

  13. Trailer
    October 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Kelly, I’m no music journalist or scene analyst, I just kinda throw stuff together and hope it holds water at the end. I think my overall argument is correct, though some of my points may blunt the force of it. And I certainly understand your view on an “outsider” telling you how things are in your state. I guess I feel like that’s “my” scene (musically anyway) to a certain degree as well, so I feel like I’m looking out for its interests, though I am obviously prone to misguided assumptions.

  14. Ben Foster
    October 20, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    A free Secret Sisters download? Yes, please!

    That new Taylor Swift song sounds a bit more country than most of what she’s been doing lately.

  15. WAYNOE
    October 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm


    Hang in there brother. Those of us who are part of the vast right-wing conspiracy are probably in the minority here.

    Don’t even start about balance in the media.

  16. WAYNOE
    October 20, 2010 at 8:22 pm


    Can you give some background on the split by Music City Roots from WSM? I hadn’t heard that yet.

  17. Jon
    October 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Can you give some background on the split by Music City Roots from WSM? I hadn’t heard that yet.

    I guess that’s because you were too busy slagging Sugarland, since you posted several comments below the news roundup that included a link to Craig Havighurst’s blog entry on the subject – a news roundup that actually had the MCR-WSM split in its title.

  18. WAYNOE
    October 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Do I hear false teeth chattering? Oh yes, it’s Jon again.

    I am currently listening to “I Run To You” by Marty Stuart & Connie Smith. It’s hard to get very mad at even Jon when listening to such a gem.

    P.S. Sugarland still sucks.

  19. WAYNOE
    October 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Look Jon,

    I am not trying to be a jerk. But you do set yourself up.

    Regardless, listen to the song I mentioned. It will put you in a realxed adn good mood.

  20. luckyoldsun
    October 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Thank God Lib Thatcher doesn’t sing or we would have heard Randy Travis recording with her.

  21. Richard
    October 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    CMT – your awards show sucks. End of story.

  22. Omar
    October 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Hopefully the ACAs will be better than the CMTs.

    I think the CMTs officially drowned when they asked Kid freakin’ Rock to host.

  23. countryfan
    October 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    CMT sucks anyway! I don’t see how they call themselves country, because all they play is pop videos and don’t play classic country videos like they used to. CMT has really gone downhill in the last 5 years.

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