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.
  • Kelly Dearmore interviewed Patterson Hood for American Songwriter. Listen to Hood’s upcoming album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, at
  • Easton Corbin is the NRA Country artist of the month.
  • 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.
  1. Rick
    September 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Its nice to see faux-Outlaw Eric Church garner all those nominations for the CMA Awards. If he wins a few, will it make him even more smug, obnoxious and self-satisfied than he already is? Does the CMA offer a special “Douchebag Outlaw” category? Hmmm…

    In songs like “The Games People Play” Joe South had bit of genuine Elvis style swagger that few other artists were able to pull off. He will be missed.

    Speaking of Patterson Hood (sounds like a great character name for True Blood or a Twilight movie), he will be performing soon at the Masonic Temple on the grounds of the “Hollywood Forever Cemetery”! LA has some off the wall concert venues, but that has to be one of the most kooky (although I’ve heard the acoustics are great).

    Easton Corbin needs to do a guest bit on “Sons of Guns” on the Discovery Channel! Joe Perry of Aerosmith will be featured in an upcoming episode with one of his cannons! Crikey!

  2. Barry Mazor
    September 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Joe South had, I’ve heard, a rough life in some ways, but the funky storyteller who wrote “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” “Down in the Boondocks,” “Games People Play” and “Rose Garden,” and was in demand to play guitar for Aretha and on Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” both, needs no apologies. He was a major talent of a very deep South variety.. Thanks for the music, Joe.

  3. Barry Mazor
    September 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Oh, and “Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home, ” too. Quite a legacy Joe leaves..

  4. bob
    September 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I have Joe South’s 1970 Greatest Hits LP which is outstanding. Some of the other songs on the album, besides those already mentioned (except Rose Garden), include “Children”, “These Are Not My People”, “Birds of a Feather”, “The Greatest Love”, “Hush” and “I Knew You When”. Under the names of the songs on each side of the LP it says “All songs composed by Joe South” – no co-writers. Most of these songs appear to be available on i-Tunes.

  5. luckyoldsun
    September 7, 2012 at 12:16 am

    South wrote and sang some incredible stuff. Even though, I’d bet most people today haven’t heard of him, they’d likely recognize a bunch of his songs.

  6. Paul W Dennis
    September 7, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Joe South was an incredible talent. While his own records did not achieve the level of success they deserved, cover versions of songs he wrote will ensure that his name lives on, even if only among the few who read the songwriting credits on the record’s label

    I hope everyone checked out the story on “Strange Fruit”. Sadly, I suspect most of the readership of this blog isn’t familiar with the song or even with Billie Holiday

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