First ACM Awards Performers Announced; Jennifer Nettles Hits Reality TV; Catching up with Jonny Corndawg

Juli Thanki | March 9th, 2012

  • In case you missed Barry Mazor’s comments about Trisha Yearwood on yesterday’s news post, here they are again: Ms. Yearwood is also at work recording a new album. She told me on Tuesday after the Hall of Fame induction announcements, that she half feared people would JUST think of her as a cooking show host now, and suddenly realized that it’s been five years since her last (IMHO, very good) CD.
  • Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, and Tim McGraw are the first performers announced for this year’s ACM Awards.
  • Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the Apollo Hall of Fame.
  • Stephen Deusner reviews the upcoming Justin Townes Earle album, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, for American Songwriter: this collection sounds strangely slight and inert, lacking the impact of 2010’s Harlem River Blues. Earle himself sounds ragged and tired, as if he’s singing after a few sleepless nights. Too often the tempos lag and the music plods uncharacteristically, despite so many compelling musical flourishes.
  • Caine O’Rear of American Songwriter catches up with Jonny Corndawg before SXSW.
  • The video for Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” will debut on Entertainment Tonight Monday, March 12.
  • The Alabama Shakes are the cover story in the newest issue of American Songwriter.
  • Eddie Gill is the newest member of Big Country Bluegrass. He’ll be playing guitar and singing lead.
  • Check out some new videos from singer-songwriter-banjo-player Kyle James Hauser.

 

  1. bll
    March 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I’m very excited that Trisha is back in the studio. Now if Mrs. Brooks can just get her hubby to do the same….

  2. Paul W Dennis
    March 10, 2012 at 12:21 am

    It would be nioce to have some new music from Yearwood. Her presence on radio has been missed

  3. Ben Foster
    March 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Count me also among those excited at the prospect of a new Yearwood album. I would definitely agree that her most recent album was, in the most understated of terms, “very good.”

  4. Barry Mazor
    March 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

    It was also, I think, Ben, much under-appreciated and underplayed.

  5. Leeann Ward
    March 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I agree. It was certainly one of her best albums.

  6. nm
    March 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Me … [counts comments] … four. There’s got to be room on radio for an adult woman’s perspective and voice. I don’t blame the radio folks for wanting the kids, too, but when country music stops being something adults want to hear and identify with, it loses touch with one of its main taproots.

  7. Rick
    March 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve always considered Trisha a fine vocalist from an objective technical aspect yet I’ve never cared for her singing. I find that technique supercedes or replaces real emotion in everything she does to my ears anyway. At least she’s not as robotic as Carrie Underwood…

    Its sounds like JTE’s musical creativity was fueled by his chemical vices. Its nice that he’s clean and sober, its just a shame it made his music boring in the process. Oh well.

    So, does anyone know if Dex Romweber will be at SXSW? I think Dex and Jonny Corndawg would make a great double bill!

    All this hoopla about the name change on Tammy Wynette’s grave stone is almost enough to make me wish for more “who’s having a baby” news at Engine 145! No wait, I take that back…

  8. Ben Foster
    March 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    It was also, I think, Ben, much under-appreciated and underplayed.

    I wholeheartedly agree on both accounts. Ideally, I would love to see her next album receive more attention, but I don’t know how optimistic one can be in that regard.

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