Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter to Perform at CMA Awards; Audie Blaylock & Redline Will Perform Free Show; New Song From Gretchen Peters and Rodney Crowell

Juli Thanki | October 13th, 2011

  • Scotty McCreery debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts with Clear As Day, making him the youngest male in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release.
  • Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter will perform “You and Tequila” at the CMA Awards this November.
  • The Civil Wars were profiled in the Tennessean. Joy Williams, one half of the duo, on their fanbase: “I think that people love to discover music, and feel as though they’re one of the few that have stumbled across it,” she says. “Because we don’t have a marketing team with billboards and commercials, and it’s not a neon sign type of thing that we do, people get the chance to hear from friends, catch it on YouTube or stumble across it in other ways that make them feel invested. In turn, that makes John Paul and I that much more grateful, because our goal is to build lifelong relationships with listeners.”
  • Farce the Music analyzes Hank Jr.’s “Keep the Change.”
  • Chris Stuart at Bluegrass Today thinks up some helpful bluegrass subgenres that bands can use to define their sound, like “Melodic Death Dobro.”
  • Check out video of a SoundLand performance from Justin Townes Earle.
  • Mineral, Virginia, the small town that was the epicenter of the August earthquake that affected the Mid-Atlantic area, won an Alan Jackson concert.
  • Audie Blaylock and Redline will play a free concert on November 3 at the Carter Family Fold. The show is sponsored by Bristol Virginia Utilities.
  • Take a sneak peek at The Gathering, a folk and oldtime-influenced Christmas album featuring Carolina Chocolate Drop Rhiannon Giddens, Joe Newberry, Mike Compton, and more.

The Gathering. Laurelyn Dossett, Rhiannon Giddens, Mike Compton, Joe Newberry and Jason Sypher from Laurelyn Dossett on Vimeo.

  1. Ben Foster
    October 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Yay! That’s one CMA performance that will be totally bearable. I’m glad Kenny is doing “You and Tequila” instead of his new song “Reality,” which I do not care for.

  2. Rick
    October 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for the link to that interview Peter Cooper did with Jon Byrd. I first heard Jon on the Ernest Tubb Record Shop Midnite Jamboree one night when The Wrights were being featured and they asked him to sing a song or two. I bought Jon’s “Byrd’s Auto Parts” CD at that time and have been enjoying it since. I will definitely have to check out this new album. I think his close friendship with Allison Moorer’s first husband Butch Primm helped him connect with R.S. Field for production duties on this new project. Go Jon!

    I can’t say I agree much with Trailer’s take on the new Hank Jr. rant song, BUT I do agree completely with the comment from Anonymous and no, it was not posted by me). Finally, a kindred spirit! (lol)

    Jewly Hight’s article on Americana acts doing well commercially was encouraging. There was recently an Avett Brothers concert in the Los Angeles area that was being advertised on classic rock radio stations but not LA’s Top 40 country station! Crikey!

    Rhiannon Giddens sure has a cool voice. Its nice to hear her sing as part of that Christmas music project.

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