Martina McBride Joins Republic Nashville; Hillary Scott Named SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year; Stream Reba McEntire
- Martina McBride left her longtime label Sony Music Nashville to join the Republic Nashville roster.
- Lady Antebellum‘s hit “Need You Now” won song of the year at last night’s SESAC awards ceremony, and one of the song’s co-writers, Hillary Scott (Lady A’s only member of SESAC), took home songwriter of the year honors. The Tennessean published a list of other songs that received country and Americana performance activity awards.
- Barry Mazor scored a rare interview with Billy Sherrill, who will be presented with BMI’s Icon Award tonight.
Asked if he would be willing to describe what he hopes will be his own legacy, Mr. Sherrill said, with his patented directness, simplicity and modesty, and misting a little around the eyes, “Let’s see: Somewhere there might be a boy and a girl, and he’s too shy to tell her that he loves her, and she’s too shy to tell him. So I tell them. All they have to do is play my record. That’s it.”
- People.com is streaming “Crazy Women,” the new single from LeAnn Rime‘s next album, Lady and Gentlemen.
- Jean Shepherd was among four honorees inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame last Thursday.
- Keith Urban received a plaque yesterday signifying the platinum status of his album Defying Gravity.
- The Music City Walk of Fame added six new stars Sunday afternoon to honor Mel Tillis, Little Jimmy Dickens, Kris Kristofferson, Eddy Arnold, Bobby Hebb, and Rascal Flatts.
- The Associated Press’ Michael McCall reviewed Reba McEntire‘s latest:
McEntire never simply relies on what she does well; she always challenges herself to stay contemporary and try new sounds. On her current hit “Turn On The Radio” and the title song “All The Women I Am,” McEntire handles the aggressively modern arrangements just fine. But the contrived lyrics waste the powerful performances she gives them.
- The Texas Music Matters song of the day is a live recording of Lyle Lovett‘s “Natural Forces” from Bass Concert Hall.
- Country Universe listed 12 Sara Evans gems.
New releases for the week of November 9, 2010 include:
- Stream all the tracks from Reba McEntire‘s new album, All The Women I Am, at GAC.
- Austin Music Source posted Lyle Lovett‘s setlist from the final Austin City Limits show at Studio 6A. NPR has more details about the show’s future plans. And here are some pictures.
- Juli Thanki published and interesting interview with The Infamous Stringdusters bassist Travis Book over at her site, District Noise.
Where do you see the [bluegrass] genre heading?
That’s a good question. It’s hard to say, for me. One of two things will happen: the definition of bluegrass will expand or contract. Basically what we’re talking about is stringband music. So much of what gets called “bluegrass” by the mainstream is just music made on string instruments. It will either become music that is completely derived from the Bill Monroe sound—the original concept of bluegrass—or “bluegrass” as a term will come to encompass all music that’s stringband-related.
- Writing for The New York Times, Andy Langer says the Hayes Carll song “I’m Grateful for Christmas This Year” comes off as a sequel to Robert Earl Keen‘s “Merry Christmas From the Family,” but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in sincerity and believability. The song is also available for download starting today.
- For this week’s Acoustic Motel series, Jack Ingram performed a new, original song titled “Jonesin’ for Haggard.”
- The Boston Globe‘s James Reed on Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn:
Reverence, or at least too much of it, is often the death knell for tribute albums. If a legend’s legacy looms too large, artists err on the side of homage instead of interpretation. That’s the obvious problem with this salute to country icon Loretta Lynn [...] too many of the musicians pay their respects without adding anything interesting to the songs.
He does go on to say that sometimes they don’t need to, and lists a few examples from the project.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …