Lee Ann Womack to Sing at Maya Angelou’s Funeral; Alan Jackson Plans 25th Anniversary Tour; Nobel Prize Nominee Writes Country Songs
- Last night’s CMT Music Awards winners:
Group Video of the Year: The Band Perry – “Done”
Breakthrough Video of the Year: Cassadee Pope – “Wasting All These Tears”
Male Video of the Year: Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes”
CMT Performance of the Year: Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie – “Oh No/All Night Long”
Collaborative Video of the Year: Florida Georgia Line with Luke Bryan – “This is How We Roll”
Female Video of the Year: Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
Duo Video of the Year: Florida Georgia Line – “Round Here”
Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood – “See You Again”
CMT Impact Award: Alan Jackson (he was saluted by Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves who delivered a duet version of “Livin’ on Love”)
- Lee Ann Womack will sing “I Hope You Dance” at Maya Angelou’s funeral on Saturday. Womack’s biggest hit was one of Angelou’s favorite songs.
- Jean Shepard is going to hold a book signing on Friday afternoon from 1-2 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her new autobiography, Down Through the Years, can be found here.
- The lineup for The Green River Festival (July 12-13 in Greenfield, Mass.) looks mighty fine: Paul Burch, The Deadly Gentlemen, and Trombone Shorty are among the acts scheduled to perform.
- Alan Jackson played a surprise show last night. This morning a press conference was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to announce he’ll be embarking on a 25th anniversary tour. The Hall of Fame will also open an Alan Jackson exhibit on August 29; this fall, Jackson will be the HoF’s new Artist-in-Residence and will play two shows on October 8 and 22. More details will be announced shortly.
- Brian Mansfield of USA Today wrote a piece on Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam.
- Curly Seckler had another stroke on June 1. The 94-year-old bluegrasser now has partial paralysis on his left side and is currently in a rehabilitation center.
- Tim McGraw will appear on Oprah’s Master Class Sunday night.
- Riverfront Park in Beacon, NY has been renamed in honor of Pete and Toshi Seeger.
- Vince Gill gave Rolling Stone a great interview.
- Hank Williams III told The Charleston Gazette that he’s written and recorded a new album that’ll probably be released in 2015.
- Justin Townes Earle will release an album on Vagrant Records in the fall.
- CMT Edge posted Jake London’s “Somewhere Down the Road” video.
- Poet Joy Rainey King, who’s been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times, is also a country songwriter.
- Baskery, a trio of Swedish sisters, serve up “badass banjo music.”
- Billboard reports that Miranda Lambert’s Platinum could sell up to 175,000 copies in its first week. Lambert also had a mighty entertaining conversation with our buddy Jewly Hight.
- Give a listen to Dom Flemons’ “Hot Chicken.”
- Jeff Tweedy’s next record, Sukierae, will be released September 16.
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.