Joe South Passes Away; CMA Award Nominations Announced; Music City Roots Launches Roots Radio
Juli Thanki | September 6th, 2012
The CMA Awards nominations were announced yesterday. Eric Church led the field with five nominations, while Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton each got four. Read the full list of nominees here.
Joe South, who wrote songs including “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” and played on songs including Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools,” passed away at the age of 72.
Music City Roots launched Roots Radio; listen here.
On September 29, Millie Kirkham will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as part of their Nashville Cats series. The program will be streamed on the HoF website. (via press release)
Kellie Pickler shaved her head in support of her best friend, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Shovels and Rope stopped by WAMU’s Bluegrass Country to play a few songs. Here’s one of ‘em.
Performers and presenters at next week’s Americana Honors & Awards include Tom T. Hall with Lee Ann Womack and Peter Cooper, The Mavericks, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, and many more.
Presenters and performers at the IBMA Awards include Special Consensus, The Gibson Brothers, Della Mae, Pam Tillis, and Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers.
John Brownlee wrote an article on why he stopped pirating music. An excerpt: Music streaming services like Spotify and Rdio are part of that transformation, in that I started approaching music more urgently. They broke me of my collecting habit, and over time, I developed a more fully-formed connection with music, in which my collection was no longer a trove of bytes on my hard drive, but a compendium of memories and feelings about the way certain albums had impacted me. As this internal garden of musical experience grew, I found myself wanting to collect albums again, but not as a red weed of formless bits… as something physical, a collection of relics that I could approach with the same mixture of fondness and urgency as I approach my favorite books.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.