Miranda Lambert Sets CMA Awards Record; ‘CMA Music Festival’ Airs Tonight; Joey+Rory To Tour with Don Williams

Brody Vercher | September 1st, 2010

  • 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.

  1. Ben Foster
    September 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Sara Evans is one of my favorite singers. I can hardly wait to hear the studio version of “Stronger.” I’ve heard her sing it live, and I think it’s a great song. It’s great to have some new music from Sara. If only country radio would play it.

  2. Zach
    September 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Sirius/XM’s mainstream country station has been playing the new Sara Evans tune for a couple months now. It’s actually in their weekly “Top 30″ countdown. Perhaps FM radio will give it the same love once the add dates hit.

  3. Juli
    September 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for the write up, Brody!

    After looking at that Coudal Partners link, I think I better start making plans for my limited edition red vinyl remains.

  4. Brody Vercher
    September 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    The great thing is they accept body parts too, that way you don’t even have to die, which seems like a bonus to me. Imagine if this would have been around when Billy Joe Shaver lost his fingers.

  5. Bo
    September 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    That Robison guy might be a dirty hippy but I think he might be right. I’m getting tired of Swift’s overly wordy songs. The one about Tim McGraw makes two different mentions of her clothes in the chorus. Has Post-Beard & Straggly Hair Jamey Johnson ever mentioned his outfit?

  6. Dana M
    September 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Does anyone know if GAC airs in Canada? Last time I went to their website, I was geoblocked.

    I haven’t heard anything from Sara Evans in awhile. That should be interesting.

  7. Waynoe
    September 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Don Williams & Joey&Rory. Pure musical delight!

  8. Stormy
    September 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Bo: The rock and roll brothers are the RobiNsons. The RobIsons are the country brothers.

    All: Fresh air is airing interviews with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings today.

  9. Vicki
    September 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Ok…Miranda will rule on CMA night it’s sure. She will now pick up Female Vocalist of the year besides definitely winning Album of the year with Revolution. But I do not agree with the Entertainer of the year nominations: Brad, Kenny, and even Zak Brown Band ok..but Lady A haven’t toured yet as their tour and Miranda is just starting. Obviously, the criteria that got Taylor Swift that award is out the tour. As several people thought this was Carrie’s year for the Entertainer at the CMA’s where she has not won. So..I guess the Carrie/Taylor awards are now dead..and on with the new.

  10. Vicki
    September 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Oops! ..that got Taylor that award last year is out the door.

  11. Noeller
    September 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Dana — No GAC up here, much to my dismay. I would absolutely kill for a TV station that airs Country music and related materials, instead of bad sitcom reruns and movies. Sigh. I dislike you, CMT…

  12. Rick
    September 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Last night I attended “A Conversation With Ray Benson” held at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. The museum has been staging and recording these interviews with, and short performances by, Grammy winning artists for the last couple of years. Ray talked at length about his start in music and early career, his musical influences, and the history of Asleep At The Wheel during its entire 40 year run thus far (among other things). When the interview portion was over Ray invited his fiddler Jason Roberts and his bass player up on stage to burn through some of The Wheel’s greatest songs as a hot trio! Ray spent most of the time playing rhythm guitar rather than his usual lead and winged it like the pro he is. I could have listened to those boys play those great old tunes all night long! (lol) All I can say is WOW! Tonight its Ryan Bingham’s turn but I don’t much care about that…

    I might have to watch the start of “Country’s Night To Rock” since Sarah Buxton is involved. That three minutes should be enough though.

    Joey+Rory opening for Don Williams is a great pairing! I’ll have to see if they are heading out west.

  13. Jim Malec
    September 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve never watched ‘Country’s Night to Rock’ and I will not be watching it tonight. Can someone who has seen or will see it tell me if they mention during the broadcast that it was taped during the summer at CMA Fest? The concept of the broadcast seems a little bizarre to me.

  14. Pierce
    September 1, 2010 at 9:56 pm


    My brother called and asked me if I was “at” the CMA Fest tonight. Apparently they make it seem like a live event (hosted by Tim McGraw).

  15. Jon
    September 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Seems like if a guy wanted to know what was going on on a TV show, he’d turn his freaking TV on and have a look.

    PS. If one were to bestir one’s self enough to go to ABC’s website and poke around for a few seconds, one would find the show’s home page which describes it as “highlights of the four day event.”

  16. Jim Malec
    September 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks, Pierce! I figured as much. From the promo spots, it seemed like they were trying to make it look like a live event.

  17. Jon
    September 2, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Oh, great. I can see the American Twang write-up now – a nice rant about deceptive promotion based on a single third-hand account.

  18. Rick
    September 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I was channel surfing by ABC and did catch the live version of “Bad Angel” with Dierks, Miranda, and Jamey sharing the stage. I actually liked this live version better than the album cut and Miranda was really into it! The release date for “Up On The Ridge” was June 8th, so the adudience members had never heard the song before and none of them were able to sing along, which must have been frustrating! (lol)

  19. Dana M
    September 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I watched the CMA music festival last night. I was a little bored by it. I was more interested in my iPhone during the whole show except when Miranda, Blake Shelton, and Martina McBride sang. I was impressed with Carrie Underwood’s performance. It almost makes me want to see her in concert. I’m a little disappointed with the song choices though, which was why I wasn’t that interested in the program. I cut out early though because I wake up early for work so I can’t say much about the ending or Taylor Swift’s performance.

  20. Shannon
    September 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Taylor swift was probably ridiculously bad.

  21. Trish
    September 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Shannon, you are 100% correct – it was actually painful to listen to her sing.

  22. Vicki
    September 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm
  23. luckyoldsun
    September 4, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I thought Don Williams was no longer with us.

    Maybe I mixed him up with Vern Gosdin.

  24. Chart Man
    September 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I was surprised to see neither Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift get nominated for Entertainer of the Year. Can’t say it wasn’t a pleasant surprise though! Good to see Miranda getting the recognition she deserves.

  25. Jon Campbell
    September 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Hey guys! Miranda Lambert has a new DVD that hits stores in early October its called “Live by Candlelight” and features rare acoustic performances from her album “Revolution” you can preorder the album at http://amzn.to/93tSBY

  26. klark
    September 11, 2010 at 7:53 am

    @ Trish – hey, I am not a fan but I think her live performance of “Mine” was pretty decent

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