Grammy Winners; Willie Nelson Cancels Concert, Crew Charged With Illegal Possession; UT to Close Historic Venue

Brody Vercher | February 1st, 2010

  1. stormy
    February 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

    In a budget-cutting move, the University of Texas announced plans to close the historically-rich Cactus Cafe.

    Booo. Where will I go to listen to really good music in a really intimate venue? Where will I go to ger Guniess on tap?

  2. Rick
    February 1, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I guess Merle decided to change his album title from the original “I’m Not What I Used To Be”. Hmm…

    Its actually Eilen Jewell, which like Radney was either a misspelling on their birth certficate or their parents prefer strange first names for their children.

    The Steel Wheels sound interesting. I’m glad these young bands are springing up that favor an old timey string band sound (including The Devil Makes Three) but apart from OCMS do any of them make any money? Thank goodness for Roots Music Festivals around the country that support the careers of these types of acts and bring them to a young audience.

    Texans need to start a “Save The Cactus Cafe” campaign as historical preservation of a cultural icon! If its losing money, can’t they just raise the price of beer and pizza?

    Do Trace Adkins and Martina McBride actually appeal to the same fan base? I’d enjoy seeing Trace live but would run for the door before Martina hit the stage. Oh well…

  3. Brody Vercher
    February 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I’m blaming all typos on the cold weather.

  4. waynoe
    February 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Why isn’t the Zac Brown Band listed in the above for Grammy Winnie?

    Other observations:

    1. Earle always wins because he is a leftist just like the ones who decide these things.

    2. Swift cannot sing.

    3. Willie or his band are always getting busted. Throw the bums in jail for heaven’s sake. They are a disgrace.

    4. Steve Wariner and Randy Travis are the good guys and glad to see them win.

  5. Brody Vercher
    February 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I must have skipped over the Zac Brown Band in the general category, but I’ve got them added in now.

  6. Steve M.
    February 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Kind of shame that Levon Helm is put into the Americana category and not the country. The man just keeps getting better with age. And as for Willie, I would be disappointed if he and the band were not caught with weed. Willie should claim its for glaucoma. And the moonshine for digestive problems.

  7. TimeO
    February 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    “Earle always wins because he is a leftist just like the ones who decide these things.” Yawn. Since the category was established in the late 1980s, Earle has won exactly twice. For a conspiracy, it doesn’t seem to be a particularly effective one. Also, I suspect you’re not going to a lot of right-of-center nominees in the “Best Contemporary Folk” category.

  8. Tara Seetharam
    February 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Cactus Cafe is no more?? Wow.

  9. Brady Vercher
    February 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Jim Caligiuri wrote an article last year about Griff Luneburg, the guy who ran the Cactus for most of it’s 30 years.

    One of my favorite memories of the Cactus includes Bruce Robison debuting “The Ballad of Houston McCoy” nearly 43 years to the day after the infamous UT tower sniper shooting. The song is on Robison’s new album–which can be heard in it’s entirety on his website (click the “Robison Radio” button in the upper right). His version of “Go To My Grave Loving You” outshines the one on Dailey & Vincent’s Statler Brothers tribute that comes out tomorrow.

    Justin Townes Earle’s debut at the Cactus in 2008 was pretty special. Someone was smart enough to record it and put it on for anyone interested.

    Before his last album, Guy Clark played a few cuts from it at the Cactus, which are on YouTube. The recording of “The Guitar” is kinda tame without the visual. Here is “Hemingway’s Whiskey.”

  10. Tara Seetharam
    February 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the Robison link. Amazing. I spent some time interviewing Griff a couple of years ago for an article. He’s a fantastic guy.

  11. Noeller
    February 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    How appropriate to give Taylor the “Best Country Female Vocal” award and then televise that performance with Stevie Nicks, showcasing for all the world, just how terrible a singer she really is. Fabulous.

  12. Peter
    February 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    What’s being left out in all this T-Swizzle discussion is what a poor singer Stevie’s become, since her glory days. All that coke turned her into Tom Waits, if you ask me…which wouldn’t be too bad if she were at least singing Tom Waits’s songs =)

  13. Waddy
    February 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    The closure of Pinecastle is very sad, though not, it seems, sad enough for anybody else to bother to comment…

  14. Michael
    February 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t know, I thought Stevie still sounded pretty good.

    “Willie or his band are always getting busted. Throw the bums in jail for heaven’s sake. They are a disgrace.”

  15. Blake
    February 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    After reading some above comments, and being a passionate Musical Nomad who listens to tons of music no matter the genre (I don’t consider Rap music, it’s junk). Before you go bashing on of the decades fine talents in Taylor Swift, look at yourself and ask, could you do all she’s done? What with two albums, sold-out concerts, charitable attitude, and being able to play both piano and guitar while writing songs, not to mention, she’s twenty. Congratulations to all who won at the Grammy’s last night, all were deserved. You don’t like it, go cry about it, it’s not your decision to make.

  16. Nicolas
    February 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Last night Taylor Swift proved once again she can’t sing live; that “Today Was a Fairytale” song was god-awful

  17. Vicki
    February 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Blake no I can’t do all of that..that’s why I’m not a professional singer. She should be since that what she professing to do. But anyone with a fine ear knows Taylor can not stay in tune during a whole song. “Fairy Tale” -she went out 4 times. The duet was sounded like two singers singing in two different keys, horrid. The last song the slowed up, version of “You Belong to Me” was the best. I did notice as well, there was only polite applause when she ended and the only ones standing up was her Mom and brother.

  18. nm
    February 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    (I don’t consider Rap music, it’s junk

    Are you a rapper? Have you sold hundreds of millions of albums? Can you scratch some vinyl, bust a rhyme, or even break dance? Can you articulate a view of the world that rings true to millions? If not, then by your own standard you have no standing to have a negative opinion of rap.

  19. Rick
    February 1, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Hey Waddy, if Jon W. was posting here today he too would be lamenting the closing of Pinecastle Records. Where is Jon anyways? Hmm…

    PS – I expected that link to the officer who sniffed out Willie’s weed to show a police dog not Barney Fife for goodness sakes! Did Aunt Bea make them all dinner after the bust? Sheesh…

  20. sam (sam)
    February 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    NM raises a good point.

  21. Steve M.
    February 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I can’t throw a football, but I know Jarmurcus Russell may be the worst quarterback I have ever seen. I can’t play basketball at a high level, but I can tell you Vince Carter will choke in pressure moments while Tim Duncan can shine. You don’t have to do something to be a critic or analyst of it.

  22. waynoe
    February 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Seems like we have the old “who is qualified to be a critic” argument going on here. Not that I have ever started that thread of course.

  23. Rick
    February 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Rick’s Non-Political Random Tidbits:

    Many of Australia’s emerging young country artists are taking a pop-country approach that would be right at home in Nashville. I guess the end result is the same if you grew up listening to Shaina Twain and Faith Hill in North America or Down Under.

    Victoria Baillie recently won the “New/Emerging Artist Golden Guitar Award” in mid January at the Tamworth Music Festival (like Nashville’s Fan Fair only longer and with a whole lot more concerts). Victoria has a sexy/flirty video on YouTube performing her catchy pop tune “Make Me” that I think is better than most US Top 20 country material these days.

    Hey Nicholas, I think you might actually like this one (unlike most of my musical recommendations)! (lol)

    Make Me Video:

    A young Aussie gal with a bit more sass and style is Jasmine Rae. This song “Country Singer” was a radio and video hit down under. Jasmine is possibly even shorter than Justin Moore, and if he’s single I think he’d like to meet her! (lol)

    Country Singer Video:

    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oy, Oy, Oy! (I have no idea what that means! lol)

  24. ARW
    February 1, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    [sarcasm] Taylor’s inability to sing proves her “authenticity” [/sarcasm]

  25. Steve Harvey
    February 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Nice to see some Aussie artists getting a mention!

    Also of interest to 9513ers may be Adam Harvey, who’s probably our equivalent to Joe Nichols. Great country voice, neotraditional sound to his records. Here are two of his best tunes:

    Glad to see Rick promoting Jasmine Rae, who I’ve seen a couple of times live and is a really stellar vocalist. She did a Patty Griffin cover with just her guitar player and you could’ve heard a pin drop. Bloody awesome. Here’s some of her stuff:

    Rick’s right about her being tiny though – she’s 5ft 1 if that.

  26. Jon
    February 2, 2010 at 7:50 am

    @Brady [Robison’s] version of “Go To My Grave Loving You” outshines the one on Dailey & Vincent’s Statler Brothers tribute that comes out tomorrow.

    You gonna blame that howler on the cold weather, too? Because that’s just wrong – although I’d give the ultimate edge to the one recorded by the Special Consensus on last year’s Signs album.

    The Pinecastle news is a big mess. Not much more to say about that.

  27. Brady Vercher
    February 2, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Did the cold weather confuse you into thinking Brody and I are the same person?

    I really enjoy the D&V album and that cut isn’t bad by any means, but I stand by my assessment. I’ll check out the version by Special Consensus, though.

  28. Jon
    February 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    @Brady Did the cold weather confuse you into thinking Brody and I are the same person?

    Crap – checked to make sure it was you that made the “Go To My Grave…” comment, forgot to check who made the typo one. Do check out the Special C, though, but you’d better do it fast – it’s a Pinecastle release.

  29. Bob
    February 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    for you Aussie fans, check out Melinda Schneider on YouTube singing “Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman”, a song she co-wrote with Elizabeth Cook. Saw Melinda 2 1/2 half years ago – great singer.

  30. Franny
    February 4, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Whoever voted Taylor “Female Vocal Performance of the year” at the Grammys and CMA Female Vocalist of the year should be embarrassed and ashamed. It is your fault that things have gotten this out of hand. You know who you are, too. Clearly you were either sick of Carrie winning or so caught up in the Taylor hype that you were blinded to the truth that most of us have known for years: Taylor. Cannot.Sing.And. Never. Could.

    Why on earth are you voting for the worst vocalist in any genre to win Vocalist related awards? Is it so hard to check the box by Martina’s name or Miranda’s or Carrie’s?? Each of those three ladies outclasses Swift by a country mile vocally.

    It is like you voted for Britney Spears over Celine Dion when you picked Taylor over Carrie or Miranda or Martina. Shame on you, because this is the result of voters going on blinde hype, instead of talent.

    Carrie Underwood Leanne Womak and Martina sing circles around that talentless over-rated girl, and even Miranda Lambert has a much better singing voice.

    As far as Taylor’s songwriting ablity, she is good for her age, but how many tepid bubble gum tween love songs will we be subjected to? Will she ever write about something that actually matters in life?

    I am embarassed to be a country fan right now, because what happened at the Grammys made the entire country music industry look like the sellouts they are. They slammed Shania and Faith for pop remixing, yet glorify Taylor with Entertainer of the year and Female Vocalist accolades when she is the worst singer in any genre of music.

    The question I have is WHY??? Why and how did this happen? Is it all about following the money? IS there no integrity left in Nashville??

    Must we settle for praying Taylor can somehow pull off a few notes that are on pitch, or can’t we honor quality vocalists who deserve the honors and awards bestowed upon them?

    How far have we fallen from the heavenly voices of Reba, Martina, Trisha, Faith, and even Carrie for this new generation, that we settle for someone who sings worse then the tweens that sing her songs and post them on youtube, all of whom sound better then Taylor herself?

    I am very sad that this has happened to country music, a once respectable industry that valued only the best singers and the best songwriters.
    She sounds like an American idol reject that Simon cowell would have destroyed without even getting a golden ticket to hollywood.

    If Taylor Swift is the best that Nashville has to offer that she should be handed the keys to the kingdom, then country music is truly dead.

    While many of you trash Carrie Underwood just because she came from American Idol, at least she does Nashville PROUD with every vocal performance, because sheis always on key, on pitch, and one of teh best vocalists in any genre today. Carrie did country music proud at the Grammys, and Taylor embarassed not only herself, but country music as a whole.

  31. ARW
    February 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    You’re wasting your time. Taylor’s grammy disaster has been all over the web for a week yet 9513 hasn’t mentioned it. This is the wrong site to be posting truths about Taylor.

  32. Brady Vercher
    February 5, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    We haven’t mentioned it, ARW? Maybe you haven’t been reading.

  33. ALJID
    February 6, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Where’s the link Brady? The last article I read about Swift, it was all about the gold or something..

  34. ARW
    February 6, 2010 at 11:39 pm


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