Dean Dillon to Receive BMI Icon Award; Musicians Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | November 5th, 2013

  • The Kickstarter page for Suzy Bogguss’ album of Merle Haggard songs features a six-minute sampler that sounds mighty fine.
  • Read Barry Mazor’s Wall Street Journal article on the CMA Awards and how they got that way.
  • Keifer Thompson won Songwriter of the Year at Sunday’s SESAC Nashville Music Awards. A list of country/Americana winners can be found here.
  • Listen to Mandy Barnett’s take on “Blue Blue Day” from her forthcoming Don Gibson tribute record.
  • Brandy Clark played “What’ll Keep Me Out of Heaven” at the CMT studios. Watch here.
  • The 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum inductees include Barbara Mandrell, Ben Keith, Velma Smith, Corki Casey O’Dell, Jimmy Capps, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Buddy Guy. The late Roy Orbison is being honored with the Iconic Riff Award for “Pretty Woman” and Mike Curb will receive the Non-Performing Award.
  • The Trishas have a cameo in an upcoming movie starring Kris Kristofferson, Connie Britton, and Willie Nelson.
  • Best wishes to bluegrasser Danny Paisley, who’s recovering from a couple of heart attacks.
  • The Outsiders, Eric Church’s next album, will be released February 11. The record includes “a dark trilogy, for instance, that includes a dramatic recitation of the Shel Silverstein poem “The Devil and Billy Markham.” ”Roller Coaster Ride” actually feels just like one. And album-closer, “The Joint,” is an oddly affecting cross of Tom Waits and J.J. Cale.” 
  • Brian Mansfield of USA Today and our pals at Country Universe offered up predictions for tomorrow’s CMA Awards. Don’t forget to join us Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern for our live blog.
  • Taylor Swift will become the second person to receive the CMA Pinnacle Award, which is given to “an artist who has achieved worldwide success in the field of Country music through concert performances and record sales levels.” The only other winner thus far: Garth Brooks.
  • Randy Lewis of The L.A. Times wrote a feature on the new Civil War compilation Divided and United.
  • Tim Marema of wrote a post on Kentucky’s Route 7, “a real country music highway” that’ll take roadtrippers through the hometowns of Jean Ritchie, Roscoe Holcomb, and more.
  • Raylene Rankin will be posthumously honored with investiture into the Order of Nova Scotia, which is the highest honor the province can bestow upon somebody. The ceremony will be held November 27.
  • American Songwriter debuted “Pay,” a song on Cody Canada’s forthcoming solo acoustic release.
  • This week’s album releases (if you dig the content here at E145, we’d appreciate it if you’d purchase stuff through the affiliate links below. It doesn’t cost you extra, but helps us keep the lights on):

Paul Burch Fevers

Chuck Mead – Upstairs at United, Vol. 8

Dean Brody Crop Circles

Haymaker Now Now Now

Newtown – Time Machine

Buck Owens Buck ‘Em! The Music of Buck Owens 1955-1967 (There’s also a companion autobiography)

Lydia Loveless Boy Crazy

Howe Gelb – The Coincidentalist

Ray Price – The Ray Price Christmas Album

Hylo Brown – Hylo Brown & The Timberliners

Lee Moore – Sings Radio Favorites of Country Music

Various Artists Divided and United: The Songs of the Civil War

Various Artists Inside Llewyn Davis

  • And a book:

John Shaw – This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems



  1. nm
    November 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    No offense to Eric Church or Shel Silverstein, but I don’t think a dramatic recitation by one of the works of he other is really the way to go. These days even Bill Anderson doesn’t do that stuff much.

  2. J.R. Journey
    November 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I’m a sucker for Christmas movies, and there are now two that I am excited about this season. First, Dolly Parton has made her third holiday movie and that Angels Sing trailer with its all-star cast looks really promising.

  3. bob
    November 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    from the Dean Dillon interview: “Brandy Clark is just freaking amazing. An amazing lyricist.” Loved BC’s live CMT video of “What’ll Keep Me Out of Heaven”.

  4. Both Kinds of Music
    November 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Bobby Bare did a version of The Devil and Billy Mrkham on Darker Than Light which was pretty captivating. Though I don’t know if Church has the storytelling chops to pull it off.

    And 50G for a covers album? C’mon…

  5. Paul W Dennis
    November 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Mandy’s take on “Blue Blue Day” is exquisite. I’m really looking forward to the album

  6. Rick
    November 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Gosh Paul, I hate to disagree with you but Mandy’s slowing the pace of “Blue Blue Day” down to funeral dirge just doesn’t work for me. At least she’s singing on the beat and not mangling the song as she’s been prone to do for the last few years. Mandy’s take on Don’s song “Give Myself a Party” on her second studio album “I’ve Got a Right To Cry” is far more to my liking.

    So the mellow voice of Suzy Bogguss singing outlaw Merle songs eh? I’m having mixed emotions about this, like Dave Stamey’s song lyric “Like how you feel when your new truck drives off a cliff with your mother-in-law behind the wheel”…(lol)

    I’ve heard Brandy Clark on the Opry and I just don’t grasp what all the fuss is about? She’s highly competent to be sure, but her songs just don’t do it for me. Oh well…

  7. BRUCE
    November 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Dean Dillon’s interview is awesome.

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