Lady Anteblleum Leads Country Artists In Grammy Nods; Alan Jackson Fulfills Contract; Todd Snider Schedules Live Collection

Brody Vercher | December 2nd, 2010

  • 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)

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  1. stormy
    December 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Sigh… another reason to love Miranda Lambert. She is the only threat to Helen Mirren’s status as my girl crush.

  2. Sam G.
    December 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Take away the people who held Blake Shelton back, and that becomes the great music industry news story of the year.

  3. Sam G.
    December 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Greatest, even. *sigh*

  4. Cutting the Treacle
    December 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

    “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.”

    me: right. it’s not the prostate cancer. it’s the non-functioning penis at the end of the treatment for the cancer. she’s an admirable lady.

  5. Pat
    December 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I’ve been a frequent vistor to his Blake Shelton.com over the last five years and have’nt notice these actions out of the Tall One!! Another unbelieveable one!!!

  6. K
    December 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    “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.”

    Regardless of what the “real” reason for the divorce is, ANYONE who files for divorce while their spouse is set to begin cancer treatment is a peice of trash.

    I don’t blame Eddie for posting the comments he did; a lot of people post things in the heat of the moment. Eddie’s wife should stop trying to defend herself and realize that most people don’t give a **** what she has to say after her disgusting comments showed the public who she really is.

    “Actions speak louder than words,” as the old adage says.

    Does anyone even care about “Need You Now” at this point? The album has done well, but the buzz is long gone over NYN, and the fact that they keep getting rewarded for medicority because of it is just sad. If they hadn’t done a pop remix, there’s no way they’d ever get the same treatment. Taylor remixed everything and she got treated like a queen.

    As far as I’m concerned, LA should be in the pop category.

    I’m thrilled for Miranda & Carrie though. Both are incredibly talented, and actually deserve recognition. Although I love “Temporary Home,” and think it’s one of Carrie’s best vocal performances ever, it could be hurt by the fact that it wasn’t a huge smash, and didn’t seem to have the same impact on every listener. A lot of critics seemed to overlook the message, and paint it as a song about a literal “home,” when it was far more overreaching. I think it’s safe to say this one is most appreciated by fans who understand Carrie’s deep faith, and people who have a strong foundation of their own religous beliefs. Everyone else seems to see it as something more shallow.

    I love the sentiments of both songs, and I think both ladies had equally convincing and moving vocal performances. But I do think Carrie reapeatdly displayed more emotion/connection to TH, while Miranda didn’t convey the emotion of “House” as well in live performances, but nailed it on the recording.

    I think “House” has a more universal message, and will probably connect with a wider range of voters, simply because you cannot overlook the message- versus TH, which could come off as less heartfelt because not all voters feel the message as strongly.

  7. Bonnie
    December 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    If Eddie was cheating on his wife, then she should leave him…cancer or no cancer. Cheating should never be tolerated!

  8. PJ
    December 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Something tells me these Eddie Montgomery Fans are needed more for buying his cd’s and tickets at the moment than being down on his wife for serving divorce papers on him. I for one want be making a purchase!!!

  9. Thomas
    December 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    …do you think tweeting around his private details and consequently making himself look like a complete d***, was actually a desperate attempt to change his wife’s mind, treacle?

  10. Jon
    December 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Nashvillains have a great chance to see some of this year’s crop of Grammy nominees at the Station Inn this Saturday night when Roland White and I host the 14th Annual Bill Monroe Appreciation Night. Richard Bailey of the SteelDrivers will be picking the banjer, Del McCoury (who not only has his own nomination for Bluegrass Album but sang on 3 out of the 4 other nominees!) will be down to sing, and there’ll be triple fiddles. Deets here: http://www.rolandwhite.com/MonroeNightFlyer2010.htm . It ought to be a great show.

  11. Vicki
    December 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    You could tell Miranda was a bit nervous at the beginning of her performance but she settled down nicely.

    How many mouth’s dropped at the Grammy nominations? Did they on purpose put “The Guitar Song” on this round of albums so that Taylor has a free range of awards next year?

    I read some of the comments this morning on the CMT review of who got the grammy’s and the comments were quite strong. This afternoon, I go to see the comments and they have all been deleted. I guess CMT thought they were too strong.

  12. Billy
    December 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Yet another reason to love Miranda Lambert…

  13. Roger
    December 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    That Todd Snider show at TPAC in Nashville was the funniest music concert I have ever been too, looking forward to hearing it again! Watch that youtube trailer and you’ll get an idea why!

  14. Rick
    December 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Didn’t anyone have a phone/camera on Miranda when this incident happened? That would have made for a great YouTube video! I’d rank it up there with Penny and Sheldon singing a round of “Soft Kitty”…

    Nice write-up on “Satan Is Real”. What’s next, a Delmore Brothers album review? Hmm…

  15. Sheep
    December 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    It’s funny, because the single “Need You Now” had me really pumped for their new album, after liking their first one so much… but the second album was just dull, I didn’t like it very much. I hope it’s just another case of “sophomore slump,” and that they can pull out of it with the next album, because I do believe they are very talented. It just didn’t come through on album #2.

    Here’s also hoping that they’ll sound a bit countrier on the third release… a long shot, I know, but I really think they’d do well performing “country” tunes (same goes for Carrie Underwood).

  16. Janelle
    December 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Lovin’ those three nomiations for Jamey Johnson!! :o)

  17. BAMBI
    December 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Lovin’ Miranda & Blake more now.

  18. luckyoldsun
    December 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    There are some real sick dopes here, as evidenced by some of the remarks about Montgomery’s wife.

    I’ll state that it was foolish of Montgomery to publicly claim that his wife is divorcing him because he has cancer. All that accomplished was to invite her to respond and to turn what should be a private matter into a public spectacle.

    But as to the merits of which of them is at fault for the breakup?? I have no idea. I don’t know either of them personally. Anybody here who feels qualified to make that determination is delusional.

  19. Charles Murphy
    December 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Todd Snider is AWESOME…And REAL!!

    Josh Turner continues to be like a musical quaalude. Really want a bad experience..Pay money to see him and then wake up the next morning wondering who stole the money.

    And we can all be hopeful in Nashville that BlaRanda’s run in with douchbag from Nickelback will help keep that kind of riff raff outta town.

    (PS–If you use the “BlaRanda” name for Blake and Miranda, just give props to my little pseudonym here)

  20. daniel strom
    December 3, 2010 at 3:04 am

    So lady anteblleum is the lady gaga of country music?

  21. Jon
    December 3, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Josh Turner is the bomb.

  22. SHORESLADY
    December 4, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Why am I the only one happy about Dierks Grammy noms, seems to validate his blue grass risk abd create a wider audience for Dierks and the Punch Bros? Why no mention of Rosanne Cash’s ‘the List’ nom in the Americana slot. Did the recordibg academy flip a coin chanting “Heads, country; tails, Anericana”. I myself could go a long distance without needing to hear anyone’s version of “500 Miles”.

  23. Chris N.
    December 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I find it disturbing that Miranda was hanging out with Chad Kroeger in the first place. Nickelback is the locus of all evil in the universe.

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