Dottie West HoF Exhibit to Open Friday; CMA Awards Ratings Drop 17%; The Civil Wars Cancel Tour

Juli Thanki | November 7th, 2012

  • Opening Friday: the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s new spotlight exhibit, Dottie West: Country Sunshine. It’ll run through May 2, 2013.
  • The Civil Wars have canceled their tour dates. An excerpt from the statement posted on their Facebook page: “Due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.” They’re also offering to reimburse fans who had to pay service charges for tickets to the now-canceled shows.
  • James McMurtry is auctioning off the pair of ruby slippers he wore as part of his Halloween costume; the proceeds will be used to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
  • The CMA Awards’ ratings hit a record low, with 13.7 million viewers (a 17% drop from last year) tuning in.
  • The Sony Music Timeline is kind of neat. It features over 1,000 artists from the 25-year history of the label and its affiliates.
  • CMT’s Craig Shelburne interviewed singer-songwriter Buffy Lawson.
  • Lady Antebellum filmed a PSA for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Watch Big Country Blues, a five-episode Web series about a down and out country singer who heads to Nashville to “compete in an exploitative country music TV show.”
  • Paste pulled a 2011 Carolina Chocolate Drops video from the vault.
  • Ray Stevens has a new album in the works: I’m finishing up an album now and the concept is: songs you’d never expect to hear done bluegrass. I decided a little ways into the recording process to go to the other end of the spectrum and add strings and other orchestral instruments. And make an album that possibly could be done with symphonies. It’s got “Unchained Melody,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “McArthur Park,” “People,” “Twilight Time,” “Spring Is Here,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Goin’ Out Of My Head,” a medley of “Ruby” and “Ruby Baby” . . . there are twelve of them. We’re calling it Melancholy Fescue, a high-class way of saying bluegrass. And I want to shoot a video with “Unchained Melody,” me and a bunch of bluegrass musicians. And we’re moon shiners. Dressed in typical moon shiner garb. And I’d love to record it live with the Nashville Symphony, if they are interested and have the time. I think it would draw a lot of people.
  • Stream Carrie Newcomer’s Kindred Spirits: A Collection at Folk Alley.
  • Jewly Hight conducted an excellent interview with Ben Sollee for CMT Edge.
  • Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons on the band’s future plans: We’ve been in the process of putting some songs together. With ‘Leaving Eden,’ we were very much under the wire to produce a new album with a brand-new group — I feel like we did a great job, but at the same time it was under a lot of pressure. We did not have a chance to really figure out what our group can do and work on it that way. 
  1. J.R. Journey
    November 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Per Craig Shelburne’s article, I listened to 4 tracks from Buffy Lawson yesterday and she’s great. Here’s a 40-something woman singing a middle-aged woman’s songs – and they’re good songs behind a mostly 90s country production. She’s my favorite new find in a while. Her album is on itunes.

  2. Mike Wimmer
    November 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    The CMA awards ratings thing says a lot. This should probably be common sense to the people running it, but the people the record industry is trying to court so hard right now, young people, dont necessarily watch Country Music award shows in large numbers. It also says the people that probably would watch are pretty turned off/disinterested right now.

    The Civil Wars thing is pretty sad, I admit to never fully getting into them, but still it sucks anytime a band that isnt singing about tractors, trucks and dirt roads and seems to do well with a Folk/Americana sound disintegrates.

  3. Jon
    November 8, 2012 at 7:25 am

    “The CMA awards ratings thing says a lot.”

    But not necessarily what anyone here says that they say…

  4. Rick
    November 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    J.R., that’s funny to me that you consider Buffy Lawson a “new find”. I’ve been a fan of Buffy’s ever since she was part of the original BOMSHEL duo on the Curb label. I was fortunate enough to acquire an advance copy of the unreleased original BOMSHEL debut album off of Ebay as it seems not many of them were ever distributed. Buffy is a powerful vocalist and it would be great to see her earn a little money for her efforts finally.

    Maybe a lot of the people that watched the CMA Awards a year ago were in the areas affected by hurricane Sandy. If not it might mean the American public is realizing how mediocre Top 40 AirHead Country really is! Yeah, right…

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