Lone Star Music Award Winners Announced; Willie Nelson, AKUS Cancel Tour Dates; New Music Videos

Juli Thanki | April 28th, 2014

  • The Lone Star Music Awards were held last night. Winners include:

Lone Star Hall of Fame Inductees: Kent Finlay, Joe Ely

Country Album of the Year: Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Cheater’s Game

Emerging Artist of the Year: Thieving Birds

Female Vocalist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves

Male Vocalist of the Year: Cody Canada

Album of the Year: Jason Boland & The Stragglers Dark & Dirty Mile

Song of the Year: William Clark Green, “She Likes the Beatles”

Live Act of the Year: Turnpike Troubadours

Songwriter of the Year: Jason Isbell

Americana/Roots Rock Album of the Year: Reckless KellyLong Night Moon

Singer-songwriter/Folk Album of the Year: Guy ClarkMy Favorite Picture of You

Producer of the Year: Lloyd Maines

Musician of the Year: Cody Braun

  • Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.
  • Several dates for Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station’s summer tour have been rescheduled or canceled due to “an unforeseen and urgent health concern.”
  • Rick Rubin remembers Johnny Cash’s American Recordings in this feature written by Chris Willman.
  • Premier Guitar published an interview with Bryan Sutton, whose new album, Into My Own, comes out tomorrow.
  • Nashville might leave Music City and film elsewhere for its third season due to decreased economic incentives to stay in Tennessee. Nate Rau reports that “the state has carried the heaviest load when it comes to subsidizing the show’s Nashville-based production. This season, for instance, the state contributed $12.5 million, Metro gave $500,000 and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. added $125,000 to the current incentive deal. But the legislature just approved a trimmed annual state budget that only left about $3 million in the Tennessee film incentives fund. That means Metro and the CVC would have to contribute more than in the past in order for the production to get closer to the $13.15 million price tag for the current season. So far, a gap remains, and sources told The Tennessean that show executives have scouted locations in Texas or Georgia.” 
  • Speaking of Nashville, the Season Two, Volume Two soundtrack will be released on May 6.
  • Eric Church’s camp canceled nearly 1000 tickets – allegedly bought by scalpers — to an upcoming show. The tickets have been put back in the system for fans to purchase…or for scalpers to re-buy a little more discreetly this time.
  • Jo Dee Messina will sing the national anthem at the Kentucky Derby this weekend. (via press release)
  • James House is topping UK dance charts two decades after his last country hit.
  • Documentary For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival is scheduled for a May release. (You might know Club 47 by the venue’s current name, Club Passim.)
  • Gregg Allman wants production on the biopic Midnight Rider to stop. In February, one crew member was killed and several injured in an accident that occurred while filming on railroad tracks.
  • Josh Grider to Galleywinter: “I hate the feeling that there has been this line drawn to where commercially viable means bad and artistic means not commercial.  I don’t think that good and commercially viable are or should be mutually exclusive.” 
  • Upland Brewing hosts / The Hillbilly Haiku Fest / August 29. (Murder By Death is headlining the Americana music festival in Bloomington, Indiana; the event’s proceeds will go to the Sycamore Land Trust.)
  • Recent music videos:

John Fullbright “Happy”

Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road “Livin’ Like I’m Dying”

Janiva Magness “Let Me Breathe”

Drunken Prayer “On Mobile Bay”

Matrimony “See the Light”

  1. Six String Richie
    April 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Hurray another Parks & Rec. reference! I love Lil’ Sebastian.

    You should check out Brooklyn Nine Nine with Andy Samberg if you haven’t already. I think Parks & Rec. fans would like that show a lot. I know I do.

  2. Leeann Ward
    April 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks a lot, Juli! I’ve already had that Parks and Rec song in my head the whole entire freakin’ weekend!:)

    • Juli Thanki
      April 28, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Between “5,000 Candles in the Wind” and country parody “Beautiful Like My Mom (Support the Troops)” from a few episodes back, whoever writes the songs on Parks & Rec deserves a raise.

  3. Leeann Ward
    April 28, 2014 at 7:23 pm


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