Lady Anteblleum Leads Country Artists In Grammy Nods; Alan Jackson Fulfills Contract; Todd Snider Schedules Live Collection
- As far as country artists go, Lady Antebellum came out on top during last night’s announcement of the Grammy nominees, scoring several nominations in all-genre categories. A diverse range of artists and entertainers represented the country genre though, including Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson, Dailey & Vincent, Marty Stuart & Connie Smith, The SteelDrivers, Dierks Bentley, Cherryholmes, and many others.
- Miranda Lambert turned in a pretty good performance of “Only Prettier” on last night’s Grammy telecast.
- With the recent release of 34 Number Ones, Alan Jackson‘s contractual obligations to Arista Nashville were fulfilled, effectively leaving him without a label to call home. That doesn’t mean he won’t re-sign with Arista. In an interview with CMT earlier this week, he said he hasn’t really negotiated with anybody: “I don’t know what’s gonna happen. We’re just kind of seeing what the options are out there.”
- The fourth and final lot of guitars in the NASH20 project, a charity auction selling flood-damaged instruments, is now available for bidding. The Tennessean‘s Peter Cooper has more details on the idea behind the auction.
Money raised by the auction will put working instruments back in the hands of professional musicians, and money spent by fans and collectors will allow them to own instruments of historic significance.
- Of the current line of country progeny — Shooter Jennings, Hank Williams III, and Justin Townes Earle — Dallas Observer’s Adam Odom notes that Earle might be the best positioned to reach a transcendent level of success, as long as he keeps himself in check.
- Eli Young Band has a few fans in Houston:
Houston radio station KKBQ ran a contest that encouraged fans to enter online for a chance to win an acoustic concert from the band. The station got a whopping 180,000 responses over the following 24 hours, crashing the Cox Media Group’s server in Atlanta. That left staff members without Internet access or email at 86 radio stations, four newspapers and 15 TV outlets across the country.
- The Devil Makes Three‘s new video for “Aces and Twos” consists of an epileptic series of black and white still images strung together.
- Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger may have made inroads with other prominent country stars, but don’t count Miranda Lambert among them:
A battle broke out at Miranda Lambert’s 27th birthday party at Winners Bar & Grill in Nashville November 10, when the singer refused to do shots with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, 36. “Chad kept persisting, and Miranda said no,” says the witness. “He responded she ‘didn’t have to be a bitch about it.’ Then she grabbed the shot and threw it in his face!” Soon after, Lambert’s fiance, fellow country star Blake Shelton, 34, jumped in to attack Kroeger. “But people kept Blake away,” says the insider.
- Eddie Montgomery‘s wife took to Facebook this morning to dispel rumors that her decision to divorce Eddie had something to do with his cancer.
- The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, and Josh Thompson were chosen to perform for the 2011 New Faces of Country Music Show during the annual Country Radio Seminar.
- Country Universe’s Leeann Ward published a roundup of country Christmas albums released this year.
- Texas attorney Dick DeGuerin, who represented Billy Joe Shaver during his shooting trial, and longtime Willie Nelson friend Kinky Friedman are questioning the legality of the search that led to Nelson’s recent arrest. Meanwhile, Nelson’s harmonica player Mickey Raphael says Nelson is in good spirits. “He said he feels great — he lost six ounces.” (via CMT)
- Paste has an interview with Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars about how they met and their decision to form a duo. Scroll to the bottom to watch a video for “Poison & Wine,” the title track of their latest EP.
- Nashville Scene’s Edd Hurt on The Louvin Brothers classic Satan Is Real:
Don’t let the cover, or the simple little two- and three-minute tunes, deceive you. Announced by the arresting image of Ira and Charlie surrounded by flames and overseen by a red, cross-eyed devil — this Satan was made of plywood, and the fires of hell were produced by kerosene and old automobile tires — Satan Is Real is a masterpiece. If the great films noir of the ’40s and ’50s investigated the intersection of lust, greed and middle-class aspiration, Satan Is Real explored the souls of country boys for whom the big city was a snare — Birmingham or Nashville might not have been L.A., but the temptations were similar enough.
- Bluegrass band Nu-Blu released the new single “Christmas In Dixie,” a song originally made famous by Alabama.
- Yesterday marked the 44th anniversary of Carter Stanley‘s passing. The Bluegrass Blog marked the occasion with an excerpt from Ralph Stanley‘s autobiography, Man Of Constant Sorrow: The Life & Times Of A Music Legend, about the events leading up to his brother’s death.
- Here’s a video of Shelby Lynne discussing her new Christmas album, simply titled Merry Christmas.
- Todd Snider has a new album scheduled for February 1. It’s a two-disc live collection titled The Storyteller.
On ‘The Storyteller,’ you’ll hear some of Todd’s off-the-cuff and downright hilarious folkloric tales and meditations on contemporary culture, plus all your favorite tracks from recent years, as backed by Great American Taxi during a recent performance in Nashville.
Josh Turner‘s new video for “I Wouldn’t Be a Man,” originally performed by Don Williams, features his wife Jennifer. (via GAC)
- Leeann: No offense to Chely Wright, but while I expect that she will make a good album, asking for $175,000 seems …
- Juli Thanki: Ha! The best way to celebrate Connie Smith Day is by marrying a younger man. Mullet optional.
- nm: But was it Connie Smith Day all day long and then from dusk to dawn?
- Deremy Jylan: I heard that Jim Lauderdale documentary is some super-duper great movie stuff. Makes Scorsese's THE LAST WALTZ look like Wiseau's …
- Barry Mazor: I'll have to see if Dr. Green's ever read 3 Lives; it's a good book.
- Juli Thanki: Rose is a rose is a rose is a yellow rose of Texas. I smell a terrible concept album!
- Barry Mazor: Pigeons on the grass, alas.. Come-a kai-yai yippy, yippy ay.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Barry, thanks for the great sentimental look at Winchester. I will admit that he is an artist that was largely …
- Arlene: Thanks for this article, Barry. It's not often that an artist brings another performer to tears during a guitar pull. …
- Leeann: At any rate, I'll still look forward to his next album, because I'm a fan of his music.