The People Choose Carrie Underwood; Nashville Scene Publishes Critics’ Poll; Music Fog Covers MusicFest
- Last night’s People’s Choice Award winners included: Carrie Underwood for favorite country artist, Taylor Swift for favorite female artist, and Keith Urban for favorite male artist.
- The Infamous Stringdusters have a busy year scheduled, starting with a Wednesday night residency at the Station Inn throughout January. The group’s new album Things That Fly is slated for an April release.
- Nashville Scene published its annual, year-end critics poll with a preface by Geoffrey Himes in which Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, and Jamey Johnson are cited as the Mount Rushmore of country music’s future; the final results; and voter comments.
- Elizabeth Cook: “Mixing the record with Don and Krish in sunny and WARM LA…Dwight Yoakam came by and sang a harmony with me last nite. Spoiled rotten lil country gal…”
- If your cable or satellite provider carries RFD-TV then Miss Leslie wants to call your attention to the new show Tru Country, which began on Jan. 1 and features artists: Amber Digby, Bobby Flores, Dallas Wayne, Darrell & Mona McCall, Heather Myles, Jake Hooker, James Hand, Justin Trevino, Leona Williams, and Miss Leslie herself. The next episode airs tomorrow night.
- Chris Cagle and Gretchen Wilson parted with their labels last year and both have upcoming hits albums scheduled for release. View the track lists at GAC.
- It’s been nearly fours years since the Texas Sapphires released its last studio album Valley So Steep, but the duo has a new one on the horizon. As He Wanders will be released Feb. 2 and several of the tracks are available for streaming on MySpace.
- Carrie Underwood is scheduled to make her acting debut in an upcoming episode of the TV show How I Met Your Mother.
- The Texas Music Matters song of the day is an exclusive live recording of Lucinda Williams performing “Crescent City” way back in 1986, and it sounds better than anything she’s done recently.
- The year’s best-selling album belongs to — drum roll — Taylor Swift, who narrowly bested Susan Boyle.
The Music Fog crew is currently in Steamboat, Colorado for The MusicFest, one of the biggest Texas and Americana music festivals, and they’ve been busy filming lots of music. Just yesterday they posted video of Jason Eady performing “God Fearin’ Blues” (one of my favorite songs from his new record), a fairly new group by the name of The Trishas harmonizing on “Against The Grain,” and Ray Wylie Hubbard growling a song you might already be familiar with, “Drunken Poet’s Dream.” It’d be nice to have some snow-covered mountains in the background, but it’s hard to complain when the music is this good.
- Leeann Ward: Um, that's too much geekery for me to follow, Sam! My husband would understand you though.:)
- Jack Williams: Alabama Shakes won the AMA Emerging artist award couple of years ago. Also, classic soul influenced artists like Bettye Lavette, …
- Applejack: It certainly seems to me like the inclusion of St. Paul and the Broken Bones stretches the limits of how …
- Stuart Munro: Yes, that's the issue: is the tent so big as to have no boundaries? What *isn't* Americana? Is jazz? Is …
- Jack Williams: Um, roots music, that is.
- Jack Williams: Well, Americana is a pretty big tent. Classic southern soul falls under my personal definition of root music.
- Stuart Munro: Is it just me...or does the idea of St. Paul and the Broken Bones being an Americana act really strain …
- Sam G.: Loki Is playing Hank Williams in a new movie, and Thor bought the rights to a book about him. I …
- Roger: Fabulous interview and fantastic new music that I will listen to over and over again.
- Applejack: It's not just you, Andrew L. I just listened to the clips on Amazon, and the autotune effect is terrible.