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.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.