Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown Band Among CMA Awards Performers; Songs That Make Men Cry; Elizabeth Cook’s New Video

Brody Vercher | September 30th, 2010

  • Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, and the Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson will perform at the CMA Awards on Nov. 10.
  • Watch the video premiere for Elizabeth Cook‘s song “All The Time.”
  • In the latest issue of Brad’s Corner at Galleywinter, he argues that Nashville sucks. Just kidding. It’s actually an exploration of why the opposite is true.
  • Keith Urban has a couple of possible covers for his next album, Get Closer, and wants fans’ opinions on which one to use.
  • With a 153,000 copies sold, You Get What You Give debuted at the top of Billboard‘s pop chart (and country chart) for the Zac Brown Band, which is about 100,000 copies short of previous projections.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis played a 40-minute set in California last Saturday. Erik Pedersen has the highlights:

    Set closer “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” turned into an extended jam during which Lewis stood up for the first time and made his signature kick of the piano stool. No matter that it only launched a foot or so, none whatsoever. He finished a furious solo, casually turned and slowly sauntered offstage, stopping at the wings for a final wave as the band played on. […] There’s no question about his place in rock’s pantheon, but one question did pop up when the house lights came on: What was with the “It’s a Small World” exit music?

  • My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope revisited the debut album from Ashton Shepherd, Sounds So Good, and reviewed the new offering from Rhonda Vincent, Taken.
  • Brantley Gilbert debuted the video for his song “My Kind of Crazy” on his website yesterday. (via Country Music Tattle Tale)
  • Twang Nation rated the new Hank Williams Mother’s Best box set five out of a possible five mudflap ladies.
  • Bridgette Tatum likes her football honkin’.
  • Writing for Examiner.com, Jessica Cornett asks, “Is the Grand Ole Opry Shunning the Legends of Country Music?
  • Bands like the Infamous Stringdusters and King Wilkie and Chatham County Line and Cadillac Sky all started out as traditionally-minded bluegrass bands, but over time have progressively moved away from that descriptor, although some stay more plugged in to the scene than others. In an article by Jewly Hight on bluegrass music, Jon Weisberger explains why that is.

    [T]he guys in the ‘Dusters — not all but most — had what you could call almost a classic bluegrass pedigree. They had played with older artists and learned stuff from them and kind of became acculturated, part of the bluegrass culture, so that everybody — including much more traditional folks — knows them and knows who they are and therefore can see what they’re doing as an extension of what they came up doing.

    “As opposed to guys like King Wilkie,” Weisberger continues, “who, even when they were doing very traditional-minded music — and I don’t mean this as a negative thing, but I think it’s the right term — they were more outsiders. Even when they won the award, nobody could point to them and say, ‘Oh man, I knew him when he was playing with so-and-so, and I’ve been listening to this guy play the fiddle for 10 years and it’s good to see him go out on his own.’ ”

  • A new survey making the rounds lists the top 10 songs most likely to make men cry. Personally, I’ve never heard the majority of the songs listed, but the absence of George Jones (or any country songs for that matter) makes me question its accuracy. So fellas, are there any particular country songs that get you all misty-eyed? Ladies, feel free to answer too.
  • Here’s a video on the reopening of the Grand Ole Opry House.

  1. Rick
    September 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s featured artist is Loretta Lynn. Also appearing will be Shawn Camp, Rebecca Lynn Howard, and Joe Stampley (& John Conlee as the token “Opry Legend” regular). Grade A+!
    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    I really wish Elizabeth Cook would have prepared a music video for “El Camino” instead…

    That “Brad’s Corner” Galleywinter article on why Nashville doesn’t totally suck from a Texan’s perspective is quite good.

    After hearing the Stringdusters’s set on Music City Roots last night, I wish they were still a little more focused on the conventional bluegrass realm musically.

  2. Barry Mazor
    September 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Well it’s Thursday Rick. Less artists altogether.

    Plenty of regulars on Friday and Saturday, with maybe a little more bluegrass than usual with all of the IBMA/bluegrass fanfair people in town.. (And IBMA Awards tonight at the Ryman.)

  3. Doug
    September 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    First time I’ve seen the Stringdusters live. There’s certainly no denying their incredible talents. However, I found my mind drifting a bit during the “jams.”

  4. Mike Wimmer
    September 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Somebody needs to explain the appeal of Brantley Gilbert to me. He seems to be one of the “bigger” independent Country artists out there right now, but I dont see the appeal at all.

  5. Dana M
    September 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I’m actually excited for the CMAs now.

  6. Sam G.
    October 1, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Re: Songs that make men cry.

    “Hallelujah” makes me weep, but only when sung by someone on American Idol. “Tears in Heaven” just makes me wince. Whoever made that list has never heard Red Sovine’s “Teddy Bear.”

  7. DJ
    October 1, 2010 at 10:56 am

    That Brad’s Corner article was very well-written and I agreed with 99% of it even as a non-Texan. Cool find and read.

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