IBMA Awards Nominees Announced; Opry to Host George Jones Birthday Celebration; Brad Paisley and Ronnie Wood Rock Out

Juli Thanki | August 18th, 2011

  • The Boxcarsare the band to beat at the IBMA Awards, earning nine nominations last night. George Shuffler and Del McCoury were also announced as the newest Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductees. The full list of nominees is here. Have no fear if you haven’t heard some of those albums and songs up for awards: tomorrow we’re having a supersized bluegrass giveaway.
  • George Jones will be celebrating his 80th birthday this September at the Opry with a roster of special guests that includes Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, and Jamey Johnson.
  • Shooter Jennings’ new song, “Outlaw You,” set the internet abuzz yesterday afternoon. Check out what Rita Ballou and The Triggerman have to say about it.
  • Montgomery Gentry have a new album, Rebels on the Run, slated for an October 4 release date.
  • Speaking of dropping, remember when Shania Twain fell at the CMT Awards? She autographed the heels she was wearing and is auctioning them off for charity. The bidding is already over $7,500.
  • Roots rockers Deer Tick recently announced a new album and are offering a free download of one of the tracks, “Miss K.”
  • Glen Campbell’s new, final album Ghost on the Canvas got a positive review from Martin Aston of the BBC.
  • Peter Cooper on auto-tuning technology: I even think I hear the buzzy, processed, tuning sound (it’s kind of like if you swallowed a mosquito and could still sing on-pitch) on Reba McEntire’s latest album, and Reba is a vocal powerhouse who needs Auto-Tune to hit a note like Joe Frazier needed Auto-Punch to hit a dude in the face.
  • In fake news, Country California fake-reported that Carrie Underwood faux-punched some non-existent kittens.
  • Bob Lefsetz on authenticity, burgers, and music: You perfect the product, you let people come to you, you play for the long haul. Publicity is passe. If you’re great, the public will find you. Everything you knew in the nineties is history. People can smell the hype, they’re craving authenticity.
  • Check out the video for Martina McBride’s new single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”

  1. Leeann Ward
    August 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    And certainly worth noting!:

    Ralph Berrier, Jr; author of If Trouble Don’t Kill Me (Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.)
    Tim Stafford & Caroline Wright, authors of Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story (Word of Mouth Press)
    Juli Thanki; freelance writer for The 9531 and The Washington Post, Senior Editor of District Noise


  2. Jon
    August 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    On tuning, notice that Vince was very precise in what he said. Fact is, as Peter talks around without making crystal clear, a lot of your favorite, most emotionally compelling, *realest* records are tuned. Timing is a skill like many others – it can be well or poorly done.

  3. Rick
    August 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    The Boxcars? If they don’t play on the Opry or Music City Roots, I’m out of the loop! Crikey!

    I really enjoyed last night’s Music City Roots “IBMA Bluegrass Special” show through Sierra Hull’s performance, at which point I had to tune out. I wish the IBMA festival concerts were streamed live in the same fashion! Gosh, that is some wonderful music and we sure can use all we can get out here in bluegrass concert starved Los Angeles.

    I saw David Nail do an acoustic set in LA’s tiny Mint Club last night as the 20 something gal dominated crowd sang along on pitch! This show was partially an “industry showcase” for Hollywood types but I don’t think many showed up from the looks of the audience. Man do his fans love that “Red Light” song!

    I also got to see and chat with Shelly Fairchild who is promoting her recent rockin’ soul music release “Ruby’s Money” (available on CD at her shows only). Even though Shelly has put her Nashville Big Label Music Machine experience behind her, she has fond memories of the whole process. She loved recording her “Ride” album, the music on it, and the people she got to work with in Nashville. Both Shelly and I agree its a shame her Top 40 country radio career didn’t pan out. Shelly’s friend songwriter Stephony Smith was in the audience and even joined Shelly on stage for a track off of “Ride” done funky style. If you like rockin’, bluesy soul music sung with real intensity, then catch Shelly’s show if she heads your way. Here’s a short review from fangurl Patrice over at Nashville Hype:

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