Grammy Nominees Announced; Tim McGraw is Free From Curb; Court Yard Hounds Return to the Studio

Juli Thanki | December 1st, 2011

  • Grammy nominations were announced last night. Jim Lauderdale, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Chris Thile, Michael Daves, Gillian Welch, Martina McBride, Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Alison Krauss & Union Station are just a few of the names up for awards. Check out the full list of nominees here.
  • Ken Tucker of NPR took a look at Buck Owens, pre-Capitol Records: For me, the high point of this collection is a song called “There Goes My Love.” Released on Pep Records to resounding indifference, “There Goes My Love” is a wonderfully simple yet emotionally complex song. A lamentation of regret for the one that got away, it’s Buck Owens glimpsing on the street the first girl he fell in love with. Rather than indulge in youthful arrogance and dismiss her as someone who doesn’t know what she missed, he spends the brief length of the song listing the specific things he misses most: the arms that held him tight, the lips he used to kiss goodnight. With a pedal-steel guitar keening behind him, his voice rises up to meet the challenge of the sadness he wants to convey.
  • Mindy McCready said she can’t comply with a judge’s order to return to Florida with her son because she’s pregnant with twins. Oh, Mindy.
  • On December 13, Darius Rucker will perform at the fourth installment of the Grammy Artists Revealed series in New York.
  • Go get yourself some free music from NoiseTrade and American Songwriter.
  • On January 31, Rounder Records will release The Bill Monroe Collection from Tony Rice. The press release noted that this album is “a collection by one artist only, recorded over a period of some 15 years. The material, consisting of major songs and instrumentals by Monroe, was recorded in a variety of band configurations over these years, allowing guitarist Rice to make his own unmistakable mark on bluegrass music.”
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station will be the closing act of next year’s MerleFest.
  • The Academy of Country Music changed up their awards a bit: the New Artist of the Year award absorbs all newcomer categories including New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist, New Vocal Duo, New Vocal Group, New Solo Vocalist and New Vocal Duo or Group categories.
  • Haven’t heard of The Alabama Shakes? You will.
  • Here’s Sugarland performing with Lady Gaga at last night’s Grammy nominations concert. Thoughts?

  1. Grizzly Adam
    December 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I dig Lady Gaga, not exactly a fan of Sugarland, but that’s one hell of a collaboration. Very impressive.

  2. J.R. Journey
    December 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I’m a big fan of both Sugarland and Lady Gaga, and I think “You and I” is one of the best pop songs of the year. Great performance by those two – certainly better than that dreadful VMA performance of the song.

  3. Rick
    December 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, Lady GagMe and Jennifer Nettlesome performing together! I need to bookmark that link as its cheaper than Ipecac Syrup when I feel the need to barf…

    That lead singer from the Alabama Shakes is definitely channeling some Janis Joplin in her vocal stylings. Truly a broad definition Americana act by today’s standards that would likely appeal more to rock music fans than traditional country music lovers like myself. Its highly listenable though and more unique than most other new Americana acts these days. They should tour with the Carolina Chocolate Drops on the “Mulatto Girls Rule Tour”! (lol)

    So Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedy’s is a Louvin Brothers fan huh? I really don’t know how to react to that. Hmmm…

    Its too bad Jim Malec isn’t here to comment on Jon W’s article in the Nashville Scene. I sure miss those marathon spittin’ matches. Good feuds are hard to come by these days.

  4. Carrie
    December 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I haven’t cared about Sugarland in years and last night’s collaboration with Gaga forced me to care again. That was awesome.

    Also, the Grammy nominations are pretty full of a lot of fail. Weak, weak year for country.

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