Keith Urban and Brad Paisley to Honor Glen Campbell; Sammy Shelor to Perform on Letterman; New Album and Book Releases

Juli Thanki | November 1st, 2011

  • Brad Paisley and Keith Urban will honor Glen Campbell with a musical tribute at the CMA Awards.
  • Kellie Pickler’s upcoming album (out January 24), includes a song called “Where’s Tammy Wynette.”
  • Prairie Home Companion sound effects creator, Tom Keith, passed away on Sunday after suddenly collapsing at his home. He was 64.
  • Here’s an excerpt from Brad Paisley’s new book Diary of a Player.
  • Set your DVR: Sammy Shelor and the Lonesome River Band will perform with Steve Martin on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 11.
  • Tom Waits was interviewed by Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about new album Bad as Me. An excerpt: To make the recording sound older, Waits added the sound of vinyl pops and clicks — using a piece of chicken barbecuing on a grill. “It sounds exactly like vinyl if you hold the microphone up to your barbecue,” he says.
  • Miranda Lambert on married life: “We cook meat out on our smoker, then we watch TV.”
  • Dehlia Low, the Gibson Brothers, and Tony Rice are a few of the acts announced as part of the 2012 MerleFest initial lineup. Tickets go on sale November 8.
  • RFD-TV has a new show, Reflections from the Circle, which features Eddie Stubbs interviewing artists like Vince Gill and Charlie Daniels.
  • John Goad of Bluegrass Today reviewed the late Marty Godbey’s biography Crowe on the Banjo: The Musical Life of JD Crowe.
  • Kris Kristofferson and Jackson Browne are two of Martina McBride’s songwriting heroes.
  • Give a listen to T-Bone Burnett on the World Café as he reflects on some of the projects he’s done over the years.
  • New albums and books:

Miranda Lambert Four the Record

Sons of Fathers Sons of Fathers

Drew Kennedy Fresh Water in the Salton Sea (it’s a book, too)

The Decemberists Long Live the King (EP of The King is Dead outtakes) 

Craig Morgan This Ole Boy (EP)

The Isaacs Why Can’t We 

The Gothard Sisters Story Girl

Julie Roberts Who Needs Mistletoe

Laurelyn Dossett, Rhiannon Giddens, Mike Compton, Joe Newberry & Jason Sypher – The Gathering 

David King Dunaway, Molly Beer Singing Out: An Oral History of America’s Folk Music Revivals

Brad Paisley Diary of a Player



  1. Rick
    November 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Dierks Bentley sure knows how to ingratiate himself with the Aussie country crowd. Dierks recently recorded a duet song and music video with Lee Kernaghan named “Scars” that has been doing extremely well down under and hit # 1 on the radio airplay charts. Good on ya Dierks.

    I’m sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Tom Keith. A Prairie Home Companion will never be the same without him and his zany sound effects. The entire crew must be devastated. On the other hand last Saturday’s show featured a Pueblo, Colorado based string/folk band named The Haunted Windchimes that are in the vein of Old Crow Medicine Show (although not as frenetic). Good stuff!

    Great, yet another interesting show on RFD-TV I won’t be able to watch because Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles doesn’t carry the station. They likely can’t fit it in due to the ever expanding multitude of foreign language channels they offer. Just pathetic…

    OPRY Alert! Tonight’s Opry will be redeemed from mediocrity by Eden’s Edge, who thankfully will appear early in the broadcast. If you haven’t heard this talented group perform live yet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Other featured artists include Phil Vassar, Rodney Atkins, and Rascal Flatts along with Opry regulars Jeannie Seely, Jimmie Dickens, and Riders In The Sky. Grade: B-

  2. Rick
    November 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I really don’t pay attention to news posts about country music awards shows, so in all of the hype for the upcoming CMT Awards show I didn’t even notice the fan voted ACA Awards coming in early December. I’m sure they’ve been mentioned here, probably repeatedly, but I hadn’t paid attention.

    Website Link:

    Although the event website is pretty weak on details, I found this blurb at “” which makes the show sound worth watching:

    “The performers for the The American Country Awards (ACA) have been announced. Blake Shelton, Pistol Annies, Thompson Square, Eli Young Band and The Band Perry are scheduled to perform.

    Lauren Alaina, Rachel Bilson, Miranda Lambert and Scotty McCreery will also make appearances.

    The ACAs will air on Monday, December 5 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox and voting for all categories begins Friday, November 11. ”

    Gosh, is Rachel Bilson going to try to sing? Her new “Hart of Dixie” TV show isn’t even on the Fox network, its a CW show. Hmmm….

  3. Leeann Ward
    November 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I thought the Guy Clark tribute album was being released today. Anyone know what happened to that?

  4. Barry Mazor
    November 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    The Guy Clark tribute has apparently been held up for a few weeks. I got a release today saying it was now set for Dec 6.

  5. Leeann Ward
    November 2, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Thanks for the update, Barry. Too bad. I’m looking forward to it.

  6. Barry Mazor
    November 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

    And you should, Ms. Ward, you should.

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