IBMA Award Winners Announced; Trace Adkins Lands Movie Role; Hayes Carll and Ryan Bingham Leave Lost Highway

Juli Thanki | September 30th, 2011

  • Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers were named Entertainers of the Year at last night’s IBMA Awards. Gibson Brothers, Balsam Range, and The Boxcars also took home trophies. Check out the full list of winners here. The posting schedule on Engine 145 has been a little out of whack thanks to World of Bluegrass, but we’ll be back to our regular schedule on Monday. Thanks for your patience.
  • Joshua Scott Jones of Steel Magnolia has entered rehab for alcohol substance abuse, according to a message by Jones on the band’s website.
  • Chet Flippo’s newest Nashville Skyline column was inspired by Del McCoury Band and Friends free concert earlier this week. An excerpt: Sometimes when all the commercialism of the business — and it is very much a business, a very big business — it’s easy to forget what drew you to the music in the first place. Simply put, it’s the purity of much of the music.
  • Listen to “You Better Hope You Die Young,” a new song from Hellbound Glory. Their album Damaged Goods will be released on November 15.
  • Martina McBride will sing the anthem before this Sunday’s Ravens-Jets football game.
  • Reba, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts and other Big Machine artists will be on a holiday compilation CD paired with scented Colonial Candles this Christmas season.
  • Trace Adkins will play a truck driver in upcoming thriller The Healer. But not just any trucker; he’s “a transporter of souls destined to hell. His huge rig is a prison for eternity from which there is no escape.”
  • Brad Paisley appears in a new ad giving thanks to the First Amendment as part of a campaign started by Vanderbilt University.
  • Hayes Carll and Ryan Bingham have decided to leave Lost Highway, a Universal imprint. Mike Crowley, Carll’s manager, stated “Being part of Universal Music, we’ve watched as the corporation has tightened the reins on Lost Highway…The requirements that Universal imposes just make less and less sense for artists like Hayes and Ryan, who are never going to be something that can be marketed like Lady Gaga.”
  1. Ken Morton, Jr.
    September 30, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Our fearless leader and Engine 145 editor, Juli Thanki, is far too modest about her big win yesterday as the IBMA Print Media Personality of the Year. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, however. It always has been- and always will be- about the music with her. Her passion and knowledge about the fields of country and bluegrass music is truly an inspiration. Her writing entertains at every turn and has made this music fan more educated with each article. I can think of no one more deserving. Congrats, my friend.

  2. Saving Country Music
    September 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Congratulations on your award Juli! It was well-earned and well-deserved!

  3. Carrie
    September 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Congratulations, Juli! Very well-deserved. :)

    The Healer is actually filming outside Hendersonville, NC. I was at the set last week, quite randomly, when I was visiting a waterfall.

    And Dierks’ rendition of Wish You Were Here was pretty incredible. Hauntingly beautiful.

  4. Leeann Ward
    September 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Ditto and amen to Ken. Congratulations, Juli.

  5. Ben Foster
    September 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I add my “ditto” as well, especially to the part about Juli’s writing ‘entertaining at every turn.’ A big congratulations.

    Juli is our Print Media Personality of the Year every year. Not that we’re biased or anything :)

  6. Juli Thanki
    October 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for your kind words, folks. They’re much appreciated.

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