Ken Burns Plans Country Music Documentary; Justin Moore Goes Gold; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | November 19th, 2012

  • The American Music Awards were held last night. Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift took home trophies.
  • Now that his Vegas run is over, Garth Brooks is planning a 2014 world tour.
  • Paper Angels, the book co-written by Jimmy Wayne about the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Project, is going to be made into a Hallmark Channel movie.
  • Guitarist Ben Helson is leaving Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Josh Williams is returning to the band.
  • Kelly Clarkson dished to the Washington Post on her relationship, her country music duets and her intent on moving across genre lines: “I’m not ever gonna be one thing,” she says. “I want great music. I don’t care what it is. I’m not gonna record a country song just to be on country radio. I want it to be something I’d legitimately have on my album, if I’m having a pop, R&B, whatever album. I guess it’s hard for people to wrap their heads around. I don’t want to be pigeonholed.” 
  • Justin Moore will headline a Hurricane Sandy Jersey Shore Relief Fund benefit concert 11/27. Moore’s Outlaws Like Me has been certified gold.
  • Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs and Donald Fagen have formed a group called The Dukes of September and are filming a new PBS special and DVD.
  • Matt Bjorke at Roughstock reviewed Chris Young’s show at the Ryman, which included a new track, “Text Me, Texas.”
  • Darius Rucker was featured on a Yahoo! Ram Country episode of Going Home. Rucker returned to his alma mater, University of South Carolina, for a tailgate party.
  • Ken Burns is turning his attention to country music for a future documentary.
  • Cindy Watts interviewed Billy Ray Cyrus for the Tennessean, where he shared anecdotes like how he used to sleep in his car outside The Music Mill even after he signed his record deal.
  • Taylor Swift is being romantically linked to One Direction’s Harry Styles. Swift also sold out 14 stadium shows in a few minutes.
  • Jon Pardi crashed the CMA Awards’ red carpet.
  • Tomorrow is the 7th Annual Turkey Fry Hosted by Tracy Lawrence & Friends, benefiting the Nashville Rescue Mission and the homeless in the community.
  • Matt Kennon released a new album called Makin’ Music That Matters this month on RoaDDawg Records. From the press release: “With song titles such as “Beautiful Cry,” “ Nobody To Miss,” “Wake Up Dancing” and “Follow Me,” Matt bares pieces of his soul in this entire body of work. From losing a loved one to illness, witnessing the devastation of bullying and, most recently, becoming a new father, the 13 tracks highlight Kennon’s newfound, objectives, passions and priorities.”
  • Allan “Mac” McHale, a member of the Maine Country Music Association Hall of Fame and the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s Pioneers of Bluegrass Music, passed away at the age of 80.
  • David Ball will host a free-with-entry Songwriter Session featuring storytelling, a performance, and audience Q&A at the Country Music Hall of Fame on 12/22.
  • Maria Grusauskas wrote a quick piece about the thriving Santa Cruz bluegrass scene including groups like North Pacific String Band.
  • Music videos:

Adam Brand – “I Was Here” (this one’s for our foreign friends, since the video isn’t available in the US.)

Craig Campbell – “Outta My Head”

Punch Brothers – “Flippen” 

Sassparilla – “All the Way In”

Shannon Bex – “I’m Out”

Ali Isabella – “So Free”

The Wolfe Brothers – “It’s On”

Denver – “The Way It Is”

  1. Saving Country Music
    November 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    So Kelly Clarkson can be nominated for a CMA for Female Vocalist, but still say she’s not country?

  2. Mike Wimmer
    November 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I actually appreciate she isnt going the whole “I’m Country and I can prove it”.

    Not defending her CMA nomination which was ridiculous, but I prefer a Pop singer just admitting they wanted to record a Country-ish song rather than proclaiming how Country they are and how they always loved the genre.

  3. Jon
    November 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    “I guess it’s hard for people to wrap their heads around.”

  4. Mike Wimmer
    November 19, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Also, that Denver song/video is really good. I had never heard of that band before that video and I gotta say I am checking out more of their music. Good stuff.

  5. Barry Mazor
    November 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I saw somebody wrap their head around a pole once. Wasn’t pretty.

  6. Rick
    November 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Boz Scaggs back in action eh? I wish the Dukes of September would cover “Dinah Flo”! (lol) (A song named after a Buick’s first attempt at an automatic transmission, the Dynaflo.)

    It’s nice to see Catherine Britt doing so well down under. Her detour through Nashville derailed her career back home, so its good to see her climb back on top.

    Shannon Bex is almost a real life parody of the Juliette character on Nashville. Yikes! Ali Isabella is yet another Taylor Swift wannabee. That makes # 1,236 the last time I checked…

  7. Ken Morton, Jr.
    November 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Mike, thanks for the comment on Denver, the band. I know I speak for several of the other E145 writers when I say that one of the reasons we do this is to share the discovery of new music with our readers.

  8. Jeremy Dylan
    November 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Hey Burns: Stay out of my territory!

  9. Paul W Dennis
    November 21, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Mac McHale was the real deal – I have several of his albums and they never disappointed


  10. Rick
    November 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I watched that music video by “Denver” and the song has that late 60’s vibe ala Neil Young to it. The song is okay but the music video is fun due to the bar fight and all of the breakaway bottles used. That one gal that keeps breaking bottles on the back of guy’s heads needs to deal with her anger issues…(lol)

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