Grammy Awards Recognize Americana Roots Music
- The Recording Academy announced that it has changed the name of the Grammy Awards “Folk Field” to the “American Roots Music Field,” which will include the Best Traditional Blues Album, Best Contemporary Blues Album and Best Bluegrass Album categories. (via Music Fog)
- Lee Ann Womack replaced Julianne Hough (out with laryingitis) as the opening act on Saturday night for the debut concert at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. She was followed by Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and headliner George Strait, who McEntire noted she had not shared a stage with since opening for Conway Twitty.
- Peter Cooper compares Alan Jackson to Taylor Swift and Loretta Lynn in a profile of the songwriter’s career. Jackson celebrates his 20th anniversary with Arista Records this month.
- Kenny Chesney is scheduled to close this year’s CMA Music Fest.
- Despite tighter profit margins, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban, among other artists, feel it’s important to tour abroad for long-term success.
Cash, Campbell, Parton, Pride, the Bellamy Brothers, Don Williams and others who regularly toured internationally in their heydays continued selling records and concert tickets abroad long after their hot streaks ended in the U.S.
- Rounder Records will release a new James Hand record, Shadow in the Ground, on September 8.
- James Sullivan published a brief profile on the life, and tragic ending, of Opry regular and Hee Haw banjo picker David “Stringbean” Akeman.
- The first two acts signed to the new Republic Nashville label are Sunny Sweeney and a new duo called Fast Ryde.
- The Washington Post‘s David Malitz says Todd Snider‘s punchlines at the Birchmere on Friday night were likely funnier than the ones you’d hear at the local stand-up club, especially during the centerpiece of the set: “an extended, side-splitting monologue about Snider’s high school years and how he transitioned from a football-playing jock to a pot-smoking burnout.”
- Watch Eric Brace and Last Train Home with Peter Cooper perform “My Sally.”
- luckyoldsun: If they're only allowed one modern inductee per year in the H-o-F, then there's a backlog developing. You have Skaggs, …
- Leeann Ward: I'm not an ETC fan, but I do love "Brotherly Love" with Keith Whitley.
- luckyoldsun: It's got to be "What I'd Say." (I think that's the title.) There was some question, I believe, over whether …
- Paul W Dennis: probably "Nobody Falls Like A Fool" or "Silent Treatment"
- Lynchie from Aberdeen: Where in heck's name is "That Was A Close One"?!?!? It's the guy's best song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrR_2rXiKA0
- Cody: Love seeing ETC getting some credit! My five, in no particular order at first; Crowd Around the Corner Home So Fine I Have …
- Juli Thanki: I think it's technically a Keith Whitley song, but I've always been fond of his duet with ETC, "Brotherly Love."
- luckyoldsun: Lots of very good artists have not had anywhere near the radio play and hits that Lee Ann Womack has …
- Hard Times: Just read Jewly Hight's feature on Womack. I couldn't believe Womack has had only a half dozen or so Top …
- Barry Mazor: Leeann, Im not surprised about your sister's response--or that, for many, Garth Brooks now equals the ancient days of country …