Grammy Winners; Willie Nelson Cancels Concert, Crew Charged With Illegal Possession; UT to Close Historic Venue
Taylor Swift came up big at last night’s Grammy Awards. Following is a list of winners in categories relevant to this blog:
- Album Of The Year
Taylor Swift – Fearless
- Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band
- Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Taylor Swift – White Horse
- Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Keith Urban – Sweet Thing
- Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Lady Antebellum – I Run To You
- Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis – I Told You So
- Best Country Instrumental Performance
Steve Wariner – Producer’s Medley
- Best Country Song
Liz Rose & Taylor Swift – White Horse
- Best Country Album
Taylor Swift – Fearless
- Best Americana Album
Levon Helm – Electric Dirt
- Best Bluegrass Album
Steve Martin – The Crow / New Songs For The Five-String Banjo
- Best Traditional Folk Album
Loudon Wainwright III – High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project
- Best Contemporary Folk Album
Steve Earle – Townes
- Album Of The Year
- Citing a bum hand as the culprit, Willie Nelson canceled a North Carolina concert on Thursday. The cancellation came an hour after several members of his band were busted for allegedly possessing moonshine and marijuana. (Sidenote: Still Is Still Moving identified the officer who allegedly smelled the marijuana.)
- As of today, bluegrass-label Pinecastle Records will cease operation.
- Watch the premiere of Jewel‘s “Stay Here Forever” on CMT.
- Saguaro Road Records has a new Mark Chesnutt record scheduled for June and needs your suggestions for a title. Produced by Pete Anderson, the new album will pay tribute to outlaw country artists with 12 covers, including: “Whisky Bent and Hell Bound,” “Are You Ready for the Country,” “Bloody Mary Morning,” “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” and “Desperados Waiting for a Train.”
- The Boston Globe correspondent Stuart Munro on Saturday night’s Trace Adkins/Martina McBride show:
Although this show was billed as a performance by co-headliners, apparently some co-headliners are more equal than others, because Martina McBride followed Adkins with a set that was almost twice as long.
- Country California: Quotable Country – 01/31/10 Edition
- In a budget-cutting move, the University of Texas announced plans to close the historically-rich Cactus Cafe. The Statesman republished a 2004 article in which Brad Buchholz captured that history, including stories of Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen playing for free at the start of their careers, Townes Van Zandt‘s many and varied performances, and Bill Monroe’s touching show:
Griff has a special affection for bluegrass, whether the player is Tim O’Brien or Del McCoury or the Gourds. One of the most touching nights in Cactus history involved the late, legendary Bill Monroe — who, upon arriving in Austin, had been informed that his daughter was seriously ill in Nashville. He was on the telephone for most of the afternoon.
“He was very distraught, calling the hospital all through sound check, just to make sure she was OK. We didn’t know, ’til the very end, whether the show was going to happen at all. Finally, he said, ‘Well. I’m here. She seems to be doin’ all right. Let’s do the show.’ ”
Monroe played two shows. Near the end of the last one, he stopped and shared with the audience he’d received some bad news about his daughter, that she was seriously ill, perhaps near death. Griff remembers Monroe saying, very softly, “It would really mean a lot to me if you could all stand up for a moment and pray with me.”
“Everybody stood up. They held hands. Monroe said a little prayer on stage.” Here, Griff’s voice begins to break as he finishes the story. “Then he played ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ and followed that up with ‘Amazing Grace.’ Everybody just stood, the whole time — still holding hands. I swear, I still get emotional just talking about it. And then he left the stage. End of show. There was no encore. It was maybe the most emotional moment we’ve ever had in here.”
- As part of its UNCUT music film series, Gillette has footage of Tim McGraw preparing for a concert.
- Merle Haggard plans to release a new album, I Am What I Am, on April 20. The album, consisting of 12 new songs he has written, is his first with independent label Vanguard Records.
Music Fog videos:
- Listen to a performance of “I’ve Had Enough” by Vince Bell in the studio at KUT.
- Keith Urban backtracks:
“For the record, I absolutely care about my music not being taken for free,” he continued. “But I love when people are passionate and want to turn friends on to music.”
- Eilen Jewell is headed to the studio today with a Loretta Lynn tribute group to record songs as the Butcher Holler Band.
- Melodic Sunburst highly recommends Red Wing, the new album from The Steel Wheels, also known as Trent Wagler & the Steel Wheels. The album doesn’t officially release until March 1, but is already available for download on Amazon and iTunes.
- The Eye of the Hurricane captured video of Jason Eady performing a song titled “Wishful Drinking.”
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