Grammy Nominees Named; Ray Price in Final Stages of Cancer; Bluegrass Underground Announces Fourth Season Lineup

Ken Morton, Jr. | December 9th, 2013

  • The country/bluegrass/Americana/folk Grammy nominees are:

Best Country Solo Performance
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” — Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“From This Valley” — The Civil Wars
“Don’t Rush” — Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
“Your Side Of The Bed” — Little Big Town
“Highway Don’t Care” — Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
“You Can’t Make Old Friends” — Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

Best Country Song
“Begin Again” — Songwriter: Taylor Swift (Performer: Taylor Swift)
“I Drive Your Truck” – Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary (Performer: Lee Brice)
“Mama’s Broken Heart” Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves Performer: Miranda Lambert)
“Merry Go ‘Round” Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne (Performer: Kacey Musgraves)
“Mine Would Be You” Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan (Performer: Blake Shelton)

Best Country Album
Night Train — Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom — Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves
Based On A True Story — Blake Shelton
Red — Taylor Swift

Best American Roots Song
“Build Me Up From Bones” — Sarah Jarosz
“Invisible” — Steve Earle
“Keep Your Dirty Lights On” — Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
“Love Has Come For You” — Edie Brickell & Steve Martin
“Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed” — Allen Toussaint

Best Americana Album
Old Yellow Moon Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Love Has Come For You Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Buddy and Jim Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
One True Vine Mavis Staples
Songbook Allen Toussaint

Best Bluegrass Album
It’s Just A Road The Boxcars
Brothers Of The Highway Dailey & Vincent
This World Oft Can Be Della Mae
Three Chords and the Truth James King
The Streets Of Baltimore Del McCoury Band

Best Folk Album
My Favorite Picture Of You Guy Clark
Sweetheart of the Sun The Greencards
Build Me Up From Bones Sarah Jarosz
The Ash & Clay The Milk Carton Kids
They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration Various Artists

  • Several sad reports say that Ray Price’s son posted on Facebook that his father is in the final stages of pancreatic cancer and has been readmitted back to the hospital; doctors don’t believe he’ll leave the Tyler, Texas facility this time.
  • Garth Brooks is going on a world tour in 2014; no dates have been announced yet.
  • Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke will be released in Australia and New Zealand on January 31; it’ll hit the U.S. and Europe in May. (via press release)
  • Blackberry Smoke raised $30,000 for the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • The judicious C.M. Wilcox has a brand new Quotable Country column up over at Country California.
  • Justin Moore, LeAnn Rimes and Thomas Rhett were announced as additional performers for the American Country Awards airing on Fox tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EST.
  • Lionel Richie would like to record a follow-up country album to last year’s Tuskegee, and Luke Bryan is first on his list of collaborators.
  • Willie Nelson pulled out of a planned SeaWorld concert. From CNN: “I understand that there are some natural-habitat zoos out there, which is probably OK,” Nelson said. “But what they do at SeaWorld is not OK.”
  • George Strait’s final concert, scheduled for June 7 in Arlington, Texas, sold out within hours of tickets going on sale.
  • Jonathan Pappalardo listed his Top 10 Favorite Country Singles of 2013 at My Kind of Country. J.R. Journey listed out the year’s 10 Worst Country Songs for the same site.
  • Clay Walker and the Military Warriors Support Foundation that he co-created gave Purple Heart recipient Timothy Medford a mortgage-free house on the Hallmark Channel program Home & Family.
  • Chris Ferrell, the bar owner who shot and killed musician Wayne Mills, was arrested on charges of second degree murder.
  • Sketchers footwear hired Danielle Bradbery to be their next spokesperson.
  • Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and Brandy Clark lead Twang Nation’s Cream of the Crop list.
  • Vocal problems for lead singer Zach Williams have made The Lone Bellow postpone some of their tour dates.
  • Steep Canyon Rangers, Michael Martin Murphey, Jason Isbell, Davina & The Vagabonds, Lucinda Williams, Chip Taylor, Shovels & Rope, Dave Eggar with Amy Lee and Hammerstep, David Grisman Folk/Jazz Trio, Keller Williams with the Traveling McCourys, The Gibson Brothers and Hayes Carll will all be artists on Bluegrass Underground’s fourth season, which begins taping on March 7.
  • Gary Trust interviewed Jamie Lynn Spears for Billboard. An excerpt: “I think people assume that the name Spears just makes record labels’ doors fly open (laughs). It may open some doors, but it’s quite the opposite in certain situations. People don’t want to put money and time into someone they think is just [looking] to take the easy road to success. And, I wouldn’t want to work with anyone who only worked with me just because of my last name instead of my music, anyway. I want to have people love my music first, and then love me.”
  • Tracy Lawrence is giving away free downloads of “All Wrapped Up in Christmas” and “The Rock.”
  • Charlie Daniels’ annual Charlie Daniels & Friends benefit concert for Christmas for Kids raised enough funds for 400 Nashville area children from 29 different schools to receive a day-long shopping excursion at a local Walmart.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys have a live album called Boys Night Out coming out in February.
  • Pretty Little Liars aactor Sasha Pieterse looks to follow co-star Lucy Hale into country music.
  • Bob Dylan’s Stratocaster guitar (the one he played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival) was auctioned off for nearly a million dollars.
  • On December 12, Terry and WSM 650 will host Julie Roberts on a live broadcast from the Station Inn.
  • Pat Green has made his indie back-catalog available on iTunes for the first time. Dancehall Dreamer, George’s Bar, Here We Go and Carry On are all now available through the online music distributor.
  • Nemecio Carmona, Ermant Franklin, AC Littlefield, Randall “Poodie” Locke, and Jesse Taylor were inducted into the Austin Music Memorial.
  • Meet the Mulligan Brothers. No Depression’s The Southern Rambler calls their 2013 album “music (that) crosses borders between folk rock, Americana and country, giving (lead singer Ross) Newell the unhurried space to sing about escaping the miseries of life with a soul that isn’t worth much these days, a woman he loves who calls him by another man’s name, and pleading with God to bring tomorrow to wash away today.” 
  • New music videos from the past little while:

Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow”

LeAnn Rimes and Rob Thomas “Gasoline and Matches”

Kaylee Bell“Little Bit Small Town”

Paul Costa“Bad Boy”

Natalie Howard“The Girlfriend”

Wes Mack“Our Soundtrack”

Kelly Clarkson“Underneath the Tree”

Lindi Ortega“Tin Star”

Justin Moore“Lettin’ the Night Roll”

Meghan Linsey“Counting Stars”

Aoife O’Donovan“Beekeeper”

Catherine Britt“Who Cares”

Leah Daniels“We Got Snow”

Becca Hess“Christmas All the Time”

Mark McKinney“Stolen Cash”

Doug Balmain“I’ll Lay Down in the Rain”

Aaron Watson“July in Cheyenne”

Jason Isbell “Flying Over Water” (Live from Mountain Stage)

Kellie Pickler “The Man with the Bag”

  1. bruce
    December 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Aaron Watson’s song/video is described in one word. Beautiful.

  2. Arlene
    December 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

    The failure of Jason Isbell’s “Southeastern,” to garner a Grammy nomination for Best Americana album is a shame (or as my grandmother would have said– a shonda!.)

  3. nm
    December 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    That’s sad but not unexpected news about Ray Price.

    So far as this being the Year of the Woman (or not) in country music, it was certainly the year of the women songwriters: look at the Grammy nominations for Best Country Song.

  4. Both Kinds of Music
    December 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Can someone explain why, in this age of instantaneous, Dolly is releasing an album in Australia in January, but waiting three months to release it in the US? Is this still a common practice across the board?

  5. Arlene
    December 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    @Both Kinds of Music-

    I’m surprised it’s happening to an artist with as large a fan base as Dolly’s but I’m still trying to figure out why Matraca Berg’s “Love’s Truck Stop” was released in the U.K. in October of 2012 but STILL hasn’t been released in the U.S. (although it had been scheduled to be released here in July of 2013….)

  6. bob
    December 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    @Arlene. Hal Ketchum’s album “One More Midnight” was released in the UK in 2007 and was never released in the U.S. There’s a song on the album called “Alamo” which I presume is the same as the single “In Front of the Alamo”, a song written solely by Gary Burr which Hal recorded with LeAnn Rimes.

  7. Meghan's Megafans
    December 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Love love love love Meghan Linsey’s “Counting Stars” She is coming out with her own album and it’s going to be jammed pack with awesome music! That girl can sing. She has talent no one can come close to! Check out her facebook page: & give her a follow on twitter @meghanlinsey also, check out her website: Check her out – you will love her!! :)

  8. Paul W Dennis
    December 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

    As a pure vocalist, Ray Price set the standard for country singers. I saw him a few years ago when he was only about 80 and he could still sing the spots off any younger singer not named Vince Gill, Gene Watson or Ricky Shelton.

    When Ray Price finally passes, that will close the chapter on the great honky-tonk singers of the 1950s. Ray is indeed, the last of the breed

  9. Luckyoldsun
    December 10, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Ray was born in January 1926. As far as I figure, he and Tony Bennett–born in August 1926–were the oldest mainstream headliner music stars still touring/performing as of earlier this year. I don’t know if Bennett has any more concerts scheduled.

    Ray Price seems to be the favorite artist of “Willie’s Roadhouse” on Sirius Radio.

  10. Luckyoldsun
    December 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I just googled his web-site and Bennett has more than a dozen concerts listed over the next few months–in California, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.
    Maybe Tim McGraw will show up at one or two to duet on “Your Cheating Heart.”!

  11. Paul W Dennis
    December 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Well Lucky, Willie has written on numerous occasions that Ray Price is the best country singer on the planet, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Willie’s Roadhouse plays so much of his music

  12. Barry Mazor
    December 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Uh, Willie was IN Ray Price’s band, and wrote for the publishing company he co-owned. (A couple of guys named Kristofferson and Roger Miller are in that band at various points too,)

  13. Janice Brooks
    December 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Barry a friend and I figured at least 7 HOF songwriters Price recorded before they became big.
    Roger Miller
    Bill Anderson
    Harlen Howard
    Mel Tillis
    Willie Nelson
    Conway Twitty
    Kris Kristofferson

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