Grammy Winners Announced; Stringdusters Plan April Album Release; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | January 27th, 2014

  • Last night’s Grammy Awards results:

Best Country Album: Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park

Best Country Song: Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go Round” (Musgraves/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne)

Best Country Solo Performance: Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Civil Wars – “From This Valley”

Best Blues Album: Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite Get Up!

Best American Roots Song: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell – “Love Has Come for You”

Best Americana Album: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Old Yellow Moon

Best Bluegrass Album: Del McCoury Band The Streets of Baltimore

Best Folk Album: Guy Clark My Favorite Picture of You

Best Regional Roots Music Album: Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience Dockside Sessions

Best Recording Package: Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds, art directors for Long Night Moon (Reckless Kelly)

Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton performed.

So did Hunter Hayes.

And Taylor Swift. Also, this Swift moment happened.

Keith Urban and Gary Clark, Jr. performed together.

  • Watch the trailer for Moms’ Night Out, starring Trace Adkins. The movie comes out May 9.
  • Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls is the latest country crossover artist. She discusses her new album in this The Chicago Tribune feature.
  • Carrie Underwood is the new face of makeup brand Almay.
  • Peter Cooper does his usual beautiful job of storytelling in this profile of Jessi Alexander for The Tennessean.
  • Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan are rumored to appear on a new Barbra Streisand duets album.
  • Grand Ole Opry historian Byron Fay makes a case for the artists he thinks will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year.
  • Jerrod Niemann will release new album High Noon on Sony Music Nashville March 25.
  • Add Aaron Lewis to the list of country singers disenchanted with the state of current country radio.
  • Kenny Rogers received an honorary Master of Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America.
  • Flashy country music fashion designer Manuel got married.
  • The Infamous Stringdusters will be releasing a new album called Let It Go on April 1.
  • Aussies Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer were the big winners at the 2014 CMAA Country Music Awards in Tamworth, while Ashleigh Dallas was named New Talent of the Year.
  • CMT’s Craig Shelburne interviewed Jennifer Nettles about her new album and a potential Sugarland reunion.
  • Darius Rucker performed “Miss You” on The Tonight Show late last week. You can watch the video here.
  • Ronnie Milsap reflects on Ray Charles in this short Country Weekly piece.
  • Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation donated more than $250,000 total to animal shelters in all 50 states. 
  • The Josh Abbott Band is back in the recording studio.
  • Yahoo Music filmed an interview with Rosanne Cash about her new album, The River & The Thread. 
  • The Folsom Prison Museum is going to expand, as plans for the creation of the Big House Prison Museum have been approved. A bike trail named after Johnny Cash will be added to the museum grounds as well.
  • CBS News interviewed Guy Clark about his Grammy nomination and battle with cancer. On being sick, he said, “I just don’t have time to be worried about it…Got songs to write, guitars to build — life is short, you better get started.”
  • The saga of the Little Nashville Opry fire continues: opening arguments in the arson trial against former owner James Bowyer were held last week.
  • Canadian country artist George Canyon is going to run for Parliament as a member of the Conservative Party.
  • Demi Lovato has been writing a lot of country music as of late. Will she be the next crossover artist?
  • Some new and new-ish music videos:

Lower 40“Call Me Crazy” 

Lauren Wheatley“Take You Back” 

Seleen McAlister“I Wanna Live Like That”

Roo Arcus“Out on the Farm”

Kelleigh Bannen“Famous” 

Kip Moore“Young Love” 

Bruce Springsteen“Just Like Fire Would”

Root Jack“Dead Man’s Hand”

Luke Wade & No Civilians“The Runaround”


Randy Houser“Goodnight Kiss”

Eric Church“Give Me Back My Hometown”

Western Avenue“Wherever You Are”

  1. Janice Brooks
    January 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    My comments to the Hall of Fame blogger

    A few thoughts

    Why is Ray Stevens classified as 1970? was his earlier material not on Country radio?

    Of the aprox 25 names considered for the mass induction in 2001, about a quarter of them are still not in. Lets put those folks in to help the backlog.

    Do away with rotating catagories and have the 5 catagories every year.

    Thinking Dotty West, Randy Travis and ? in songwriter

    Would wish for Ricky Scaggs and Mac Wiseman or Hank Locklin.

    Maby they should add a catagory for deceised with 2 winners and make those voters do their resurch.

  2. Barry Mazor
    January 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    It’s my understanding that a rapid, regular increase in the number of inductions to the Country Hall per year is highly unlikely. There’s a feeling that the more you induct, the less space there is to get attention for those inducted, and the less special acceptance becomes. This was, in fact, the downside of the ten at once mass induction the one time. Nobody got paid much attention to–and that’s what the Medallion ceremony, associated press interest, etc. are about.

  3. bob
    January 27, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Glad to see that the Aussie CMA group or duo of the year award went to husband and wife team O’Shea. Saw them last June. Loved their sound.

  4. Luckyoldsun
    January 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    It’s interesting that it was such a struggle for even Kenny Rogers to get into the H-o-F and the hugely successful Ronnie Milsap has still not been elected. It seems to indicate that the H-o-F is rejecting the post-Nashville Sound pop-country sound almost en-masse. Makes one wonder how the stars of the recent post-New Traditional era will fare–i.e. Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and Kenny Chesney, all of whom have had the success to warrant election.

  5. Rick
    January 27, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Good on Sara Storer and Ashleigh Dallas for winning those Golden Guitar Awards. A Canadian buddy of mine was down in Tamworth for the Festival and bought me a CD copy of Ashleigh’s debut album, so I’m looking forward to hearing it.

    That Jessi Alexander article was very well done. If Angaleena Presley ever drops out of the Pistol Annies, then Jessi would make a fine replacement! (lol) I sure hope 18 South gets scheduled back on Music City Roots sometime soon. Once a year just isn’t enough.

    It’s nice to see Jeff Bates is back in the studio, although a tribute album to a male artist other than Conway Twitty would have been even better news.

    It’s nice to see Kacey Musgraves get validated by the Grammy voters for her songwriting talent. I think the fact she actually got her label to release “Follow Your Arrow” to country radio as a single was a real feather in her cap with the Grammy crowd…

    I wish George Canyon luck in his political ambitions since he is a member of the conservative party. Go George!

  6. BRUCE
    January 27, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    If Nettles reunites with “what’s-his-name” and does another Sugarland album, it will sound like a Nettles album. Hey Nettles, just come out with another solo album and stamp his name on it. We’ll never know the difference.

    Lucky, I agree. Regardless of the style of the post-Nashville pop as you call it, it was still a relevant part of country’s history. And no, I do not like it personally. But it still is a part of country’s history.

    I think it is time for the Oak Ridge Boys and Ricky Skaggs if they could both be in at the same time.

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