Mark Johnson Wins Steve Martin Banjo Prize; Gary Louris Announces Solo Tour; Vince Gill Gets Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Juli Thanki | September 7th, 2012

  • Garden & Gun pulled together a playlist for the Mountain Song at Sea bluegrass cruise.
  • Chet Flippo’s written a new Nashville Skyline column about Hall of Fame inductions in response to Peter Cooper’s recent Tennessean feature about the HoF. An excerpt: The annual roll call of new members of the Country Music Hall of Fame has been a bone of spirited contention among both country fans and country artists for many years. Everyone agrees there are a number of extremely worthy country artists who aren’t members of the Hall and who should be. And I can’t argue with that. But there are limits that should be imposed, and there are checks and balances that should be respected. 
  • Peter Cooper and Jewly Hight both wrote features on The Time Jumpers, the former for the Tennessean and the latter for the Nashville Scene.
  • CMT’s Chris Parton interviewed rock ‘n’ roller JD McPherson, whose album Signs & Signifiers is one of my favorites.
  • Chris Young’s first headlining show will be at the Ryman. (warning: autoplay)
  • The “Women Who Rock” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit is moving to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC, where it will run through January 6, 2013, at which point it’ll travel the country for three years. The exhibit spans “eight eras, including ‘Suffragettes to Juke-Joint Mamas: The Foremothers/Roots of Rock,’ about blues and country singers of the 1920s.”
  • Television critic Ellen Gray calls Nashville, which premieres October 10 on ABC, the “best new show of the fall” and a “top-of-the-line soap, set to some pretty good music.”
  • Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away has gone platinum.
  • “Clawgrass” banjo player Mark Johnson is the winner of this year’s Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
  • Gary Louris (Jayhawks) will kick off a solo tour later this month in Three Oaks, Michigan.
  • Taylor Swift sang “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” at MTV’s Video Music Awards last night. Watch her performance here.
  • Gull Meadow Farms in Richland, Michigan, paid tribute to Alan Jackson with a corn maze.
  • Holly Gleason reviewed a recent Rodney Crowell show.
  • Skip Matheny chatted with The Secret Sisters over drinks.
  1. Dave D.
    September 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Two great (and well-deserved) articles on The Time Jumpers.

    I didn’t understand the Steel Drivers reference in Peter Cooper’s article, though. Can someone enlighten me, or was that just a typo?

  2. Jon
    September 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Typo. My bet is that some lowly copy editor “Corrected” a reference to “steel driving.”

    God bless Chet Flippo.

  3. Saving Country Music
    September 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I agree with Chet Flippo.

  4. Adam Sheets
    September 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    My biggest problem with Chet Flippo’s article (other than finding a compromise between Peter Cooper’s plan and the current policy, as I believe we discussed here in the form of a “veteran’s committee”) is his assertion that Taylor Swift will be the youngest member of the Hall of Fame upon her election. Maybe she will be. Then again, maybe she will be like Tanya Tucker and still be on the outside looking in at age 53.

  5. Adam Sheets
    September 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    not finding, I meant to say

  6. luckyoldsun
    September 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I suspect that in the case of Tanya Tucker, the whole soap-opera lifestyle thing may have kept her out of the H-o-F. The “coke and Campbell” years, the children without a husband–even if that suggests something of a gender double-standard, I’d bet it’s a factor with a significant number of voters.

  7. Adam Sheets
    September 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Right, but isn’t it true that a sizable portion of country fans can name at least half a dozen of Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriends? That’s not a judgement on my part, but I do think the same issues you mentioned with Tanya Tucker also exist with Ms. Swift.

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