Miranda Lambert Sets CMA Awards Record; ‘CMA Music Festival’ Airs Tonight; Joey+Rory To Tour with Don Williams
- Even if Miranda Lambert doesn’t win anything at the upcoming CMA Awards (highly unlikely), it’ll still be quite a year. She scored several more nominations today in the following categories: entertainer of the year, female vocalist of the year, album of the year for Revolution, and she has a part in the musical event of the year for her collaboration with Jamey Johnson and Dierks Bentley on the latter’s song “Bad Angel.” After everything is totaled, she amassed 9 nominations — more than any other female in history.
- Writing for American Songwriter, Craig Shelburne explores some of the themes on The Guitar Song in an interview with Jamey Johnson.
On “My Way to You,” the final track of the “White Album,” Johnson and co-writer Charlie Midnight describe the dark desires, broken dreams, endless miles, dirty barrooms and distant hope that all accompany a musician’s life. A romantic listener might think of the “You” as a lover. However, songwriters might not be wrong to think of the “You” as the song itself.
- Beginning Sept. 30, Joey+Rory will join Don Williams for a month of shows.
- Jewel and Sarah Palin used to be a duo? Only in a mockumentary for Funny or Die.
- Fans can catch some of the biggest names in country music on ABC tonight with the airing of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock. The three-hour special is hosted by Tim McGraw and was filmed during the nightly concerts at LP field earlier this year. In year’s past, producer Robert Deaton says the show opened with an uptempo, rock and roll type song, but he told The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts that this year will be different. Keith Urban will get things rolling with Little Big Town and Sarah Buxton on a cover of the Beatles classic “With a Little Help From My Friends” mixed with footage of the Nashville floods.
- If you died and could come back as a record, which one would you choose? As outlandish as that question might seem, it’s not impossible. (via Coudal Partners)
- Country California Fake News Could Actually Be Real News: Bucky Covington’s “Fake” Twitter Account Actually Run by Bucky Covington
The “fake” Bucky was oddly accurate about tour dates and other information pertinent to the actual singer’s career, but few paid attention to these specific details when they were overshadowed in tweets like “I’m playing in Murphysburrow tonight! I wonder is if named after somebody named Murphy’s donky roflamo?”
- Last year Kevin Skinner was just a chicken farmer, but a change was set in motion when he performed an emotional cover of the Garth Brooks song “If Tomorrow Never Comes” on the TV show America’s Got Talent. It was only his first song, but it was enough to catch the judges’ attention. He went on to win $1 million and now has a new album titled Long Ride scheduled for release in two weeks. Preview tracks on his website.
- Rock historian Ed Ward took a look back at the life and career of Patsy Cline, whose complete recorded output was released earlier this year on Sweet Dreams: Her Complete Decca Masters.
- Blake Shelton was only a teenager when Garth Brooks hosted his first television special, but he knew that it was something he wanted to do one day. Now that he’s in the position to realize that goal, he partnered with GAC and brought on Jon Small, the same guy who produced Brooks’ show, to oversee his 90-minute set Blake Shelton Live: It’s All About Tonight. Look for it on GAC Sept. 8.
- The staff at CMT compiled a list of their 10 favorite Brooks & Dunn hits.
- Black Crowes rocker Chris Robinson blasted Taylor Swift in a magazine called Nylon Guys.
“I find it embarrassing that adults are like, ‘Taylor Swift is very talented.’,” Robinson told Nylon Guys magazine.
“She’s not. She might be cute, but she’s horrible.”
- On Sept. 14 Sara Evans will release “A Little Bit Stronger,” the first single from her next album.
- If I’m understanding this sequence of events right, Randy Owen agreed to perform at Reunion Concert Event later this year where his former bandmate Jeff Cook also agreed to perform. Later Owen became concerned that Alabama’s fans would be misled to believe that the concert was an Alabama reunion and canceled. Now some people are upset. (via That Nashville Sound)
- Marty Stuart on his love for trains:
There was a guy on the caboose and he would give me stationary and flares and pencils, just stuff, but one day — this is the honest to God truth — there was this character, and he had crazy hair and a scarf … he told me and my buddy big stories about going to big lands like Arkansas and Alabama. He captivated me. And when the train hooked back up and started back up, I said, “Man, what are you.” And he said, “I’m a hobo, boy,” and thumped his cigarette and I looked at my buddy and said, “I gotta go,” and I went to my mama and said, “I know what I want to do with my life. I want to be a hobo.”
- The Texas Music Matters song of the day is Bobby Bare Jr.‘s “Sad Smile.” Listen and download a live performance from Studio 1a.
- Support Juli Thanki by visiting her new internet digs at DC Noise (just launched today), “a multi-centric blog that serves the Washington, D.C. metro area.” She already has a playlist of songs about D.C. and a review of Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen‘s new, self-titled bluegrass album, which she says contains some of the year’s best bluegrass tunes.
Here’s a video from Sammy Kershaw for “Better Than I Used To Be,” the title track off his new album.
- 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 …