Grammy Winners; Jason Eady Releases Track Listing for AM Country Heaven; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | February 13th, 2012

  • The Civil Wars, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Levon Helm, and Alison Krauss & Union Station took home Grammy Awards last night. The entire list of winners is here.
  • Is country music being pushed out of the Grammy spotlight?
  • The late Whitney Houston’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” remains one of the biggest selling singles in the history of music. “Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston,” Parton said Saturday night in a statement to Billboard. “I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.’”
  • Chris Richards of the Washington Post wrote an article about Julie Robertsmusical comeback as an independent artist.
  • George Strait sound-alike Easton Corbin is back again with music off his upcoming sophomore album called “Lovin’ You Is Fun.” Matt Bjorke over at Roughstock thinks it’s “a strong, melodic and memorable single” and has a live recording of the tune to watch/listen to.
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill made an appearance on The View last week and talked about the possibility of doing an album together (with video).  The couple has also released a new commercial for his and hers fragrances.
  • Also making an appearance on the talk show rounds was LeAnn Rimes. She was on Chelsea Lately and addressed her weight concerns (with video).
  • Bonnie Raitt has done the same for her Slipstream album, also coming out on April 10.
  • The married couple of Thompson Square, Keifer and Shawna Thompson, have a CMT special airing on Valentine’s Day that will conclude with the premiere of their new music video for “Glass.”
  • Country Standard Time has some more information on the upcoming Rodney Crowell project, Kin.
  • A large memorial concert has been scheduled in San Francisco on February 19 to honor Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival founder Warren Hellman. Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Boz Scaggs are among artists scheduled to perform.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Granger Smith – “Oxygen”

Sugarland & Matt Nathanson – “Run”

The Farm – “Home Sweet Home”

Dierks Bentley – Live on Letterman

Billy Burnette – “Tear It Up” (Music Fog performance)

Ryan Turner – “Love Wins”

Mick Lindsay – “Crank It”

Stanley Floyd – “What’s Your Hurry, Mister Time”

Craig Moritz – “With You”

The Easy Leaves – “Get Down”

Julie Ingram – “Thank God”

  1. Carrie
    February 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    The studio version of the new Easton Corbin song sounds even better than the live version. I think it will be a great hit for him. Very excited for his sophomore album.

    Really not happy about Lady A winning Album of the Year. Easily the least deserving album of the group, but what can you do.

    Not surprised about Dierks Bentley’s “Home” being included on the campaign playlist. I know he was hoping it would avoid the political landscape, but I think it was inevitable.

  2. Andrew
    February 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I’ve never understood the notion of Easton Corbin being a George Strait soundalike. I suppose the song choice and production are sort of similar, but their voices sound nothing alike to me.

  3. Richard
    February 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Finally some Easton Corbin news. Can’t wait for his sophomore album to drop. The new single sounds great. Reminds me a little of “One Line Wonder” by The Avett Brothers.

  4. Jon
    February 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I’ve never understood the notion of Easton Corbin being a George Strait soundalike.

    Me neither. He’s a good ‘un, though.

  5. Rick
    February 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    If Rebecca Lynn Howard was performing in some Victoria’s Secret lingerie, I’d gladly pony up the $ 5 no matter what she sang! (lol) On the other hand her most recent “No Rules” album elicited “no interest” on my part, and the songs she usually performs on the Opry these days don’t do much for me either. I do like her first two albums, but until Rebecca heads back in a real country direction its no sale. (Although at a $ 2 price point I might have considered it.)

    Easton Corbin’s hit debut single “A Little More Country Than That” sounded like an early George Strait song in almost every sense, including the vocal delivery. I don’t understand how people cannot grasp the similarity. Crikey!

    I think considering the fact most Grammy voter types know little to nothing about country music, its surprising they include country categories at all! The article mentions that during the 2000′s, when Top 40 country became more pop oriented and had cross-over succes, the number of pop-country artist awards increased. One thing hasn’t changed though, and that is Alison Krauss winning something!

  6. Mike Wimmer
    February 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Cant wait for Jason Eady’s new record. He’s a brilliant song writer.

    I do kinda understand the Easton/George Strait comments, but really, I could care less. At least his music sounds like a Country song and not a classic Rock wannabe or a bull blown pop singer who wears Cowboy boots to try and prove his/her credibility.

  7. nm
    February 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    If y’all had to define the Civil Wars as being part of a single musical genre, what would it be?

  8. Rick
    February 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    NM, I’d label the Civil Wars as “Free Form Folk”…

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