Lone Star Music Award Winners Announced; Willie Nelson, AKUS Cancel Tour Dates; New Music Videos
- 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 Kelly — Long Night Moon
Singer-songwriter/Folk Album of the Year: Guy Clark – My 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.
- Here’s the newest installment of Quotable Country.
- 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.”
- Perhaps you want to see Jeff Tweedy and a bunch of other all-star musicians (like Letters to Cleo and The Decemberists) sing about a fictional, dead miniature horse. RIP, L’il Sebastian.
- 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”
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.
- luckyoldsun: I made it through a minute of that "Girl In a Country Song Video." Man, that sucks.