Miranda Lambert Leads ACM Awards Nominees; New Album Release List; Free Downloads

Brody Vercher | February 1st, 2011

  • ACM Award nominees were announced. Miranda Lambert leads all other artists with seven nominations. She’s followed by Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney, who scored five each, and The Band Perry and Taylor Swift, with four apiece.
  • Country music is in trouble.
  • New releases for the week of February 1, 2011 include:

  • Songs:Illinois highlighted the song “The Year of Getting By” from the Oklahoma-based band Kill County, which is described as having “an affinity for sad sack americana-inflected alt-country.”
  • Joe Nichols on missed opportunities:

    ‘Who Are You’ is one of the mistakes you make along the way; the woulda, coulda, shoulda that has happened, and you just wished things would’ve been different,” Joe tells The Boot. “When we cut [it], I begged everybody who would listen, I begged for that to be a single, for that to be the first single. But a lot of people who get paid a lot more than I do make a lot of the calls, and it didn’t go my way. That song was brilliantly written, and the production Brent Rowan did on it was immaculate. He just did a fantastic job, and I was really proud of my part. I really thought that it could have been a really special song for us.”

    Click through to watch Blake Shelton perform the song acoustically as part of Aol’s Sessions.

  • Free Downloads: “Barton Hollow,” the title track from The Civil Wars, is the iTunes single of the week and Chris Young‘s “The Man I Want To Be” is available from Amazon MP3.
  • It’s been a busy morning, so the news is a little abbreviated today. We’ll be back tomorrow with a full roundup.
  1. Jon
    February 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I found it interesting in the discussion of Kevin’s Country Universe piece that the guy who wrote the review he used a launching pad for his rant said:

    “The problem, to me, is that the pop and rock influences that have taken hold of late are all *bad* pop and rock.”

    I believe I’ve pointed out several times already that a lot of these arguments about country music’s quality and sound actually rest on tastes in rock and pop; it’s always nice to have the insight re-confirmed ;-).

    Country music’s been “in trouble” for at least 50 years (see: The Nashville Sound), so it seems like there’s a fairly high burden of proof on those making the claim now to show that they’re not just the latest Chicken Little. And with all due respect to Kevin, whose writing I enjoy, I don’t think he’s come anywhere close to meeting it.

  2. Barry Mazor
    February 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I would just like to point out that all ACM nominations from acts you like are the voice of the people; all the ones you don’t like, and all the ones that are not there but you wish were are the result of work of sinister and cynical industry forces with no knowledge of country music out to destroy all that we hold dear.

    Now back to our regular programming.

  3. Jon
    February 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Just came across this via Twitter – a streaming sampler to accompany the current music issue of Gardens & Guns. I’d normally just point this out to Brody for inclusion in a future roundup, but I have no idea how long this is going to be available, so…


    February 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    “Country music is in trouble” is still not a bad read.

  5. Barry Mazor
    February 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Yeah, yeah. Country music is not what it was. And it never has been.

  6. Mike Parker
    February 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    In honor of the Todd Snider release… I thought I’d throw this verse out, which might sum up the way most people feel about any music that didn’t come out when they were teenagers….

    “my new stuff is nothing like my old stuff was
    and either one is much when compared to a show
    which will not be as good as another one you saw…
    so help me, i know, i know, i know”

  7. Rick
    February 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Jon, thanks for the link! I’ve downloaded all of the available songs and will give them a listen when I get the chance so I can winnow out the musical chaff. There are bound to be a couple of keepers in that group. I’m expecting the “Those Darlin’s” track to be the first to get deleted! (lol)

    Is it surpising the radio mandated mediocre pop-rock crap that passes for “contemporary country” music these days is in trouble?! AirHeads who lack good taste in music are not a stable market foundation regardless of the genre they are attracted to, well except for the rap/hip-hop/urban/etc. realm anyway.

    Gurf Morlix should have been busy producing the latest Hot Club Of Cowtown album rather than recording his own Blaze Foley Tribute! Crikey! Maybe next time…

  8. Kyle
    February 2, 2011 at 1:00 am

    That Joe Nichols quote is interesting to hear… and probably kind of telling in terms of a few questionable choices made (for him) during his career. Sounds like, as opposed to Trace Adkins, he’s a great country voice that actually prefers the more stripped-down ballads rather than mindless ditties… but I guess it’s not always up to him.

    I do wonder if he would have had the same success with the song if he’d released it as a single though… and I kind of doubt it. He was coming off a couple of top 15-20 singles, and honestly, I don’t think his voice is as suited to the low-key smoothness of this song. I think it might have worked out best for all involved, chart-wise.

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