The People Choose Carrie Underwood; Nashville Scene Publishes Critics’ Poll; Music Fog Covers MusicFest

Brody Vercher | January 7th, 2010

  • 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.

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  1. Erik
    January 7, 2010 at 11:14 am

    “The people” have shiteous taste.

  2. Dan E.
    January 7, 2010 at 11:29 am

    “The people” have great taste. I’m also glad the awards were chosen to Carrie, Taylor and Keith. Country had a great night. It by far wasn’t that exciting of a program, but seeing them win was great to see.

    Taylor and Susan both had remarkable runs, but I was glad to see Taylor narrowly take the cake.

  3. Dave D.
    January 7, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Tru Country looks phenomenal! I hope they release this on DVD for those of us whose cable companies won’t carry RFD-TV.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

    ERIK I agree

  5. Cardsgal
    January 7, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I agree with Dan E. In this case, “the people” made some good choices — Swift and Urban have genuine talent. Better them than the likes of Rascal Flatts or Jason Aldean…

  6. Rick
    January 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Shouldn’t they have been called “The Brain Dead, Pop Culture and AirHead Country Loving Fanbot Awards”? That’s just freakin’ awesome…

    Glad to hear Elizabeth Cook is having fun out here in LaLa land. Wish she’d do a gig while she was out this way sometime.

    I really wish our cable system carried RFD-TV! Those “Tru Country” shows featuring those Heart of Teaxs label and indie artists would be great to watch. I wonder if they plan on archiving them and making them available on a website somewhere? Darn…

    There are some really good artists performing at Steamboat, so I’m hopeful Music Fog will get around to some eventually! (lol)

  7. Kelly
    January 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I was suprised to catch myself enjoying Hubbard’s version of Drunken Poet’s Dream to even the great Hayes Carll version…

  8. Jon
    January 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    The first Stringdusters Wednesday night show was mighty fine, and included a couple of songs from the upcoming Things That Fly album. Next week’s show will feature special guest Sarah SIskind, the last week’s will include an all-star jam, and the one in between a guest who’s identity is a closely-guarded secret – although I will say that it will be something pretty d-mn special. Got a chance to listen to the new album earlier this week, and it’s pretty d-mn special, too, though I say it as one with a vested interest. A busy year, indeed, and a pretty exciting one. Nashvillains, miss this month’s show at your own peril.

  9. Noeller
    January 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Cagle’s sound, so I’m diggin’ that GH package track listing. Woulda liked to see “Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me” on there, but it’s still pretty good, top to bottom. Hoping for big things for that guy, but he just can’t get his life together, unfortunately. Too bad – so much talented, wasted thus far.

  10. Vicki
    January 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    What’s so amazing is that Taylor narrowly beat out Susan Boyle. Taylor had the year but Susan’s CD just came out in early November of 2009. I admit I bought Susan’s CD for my Mom for Christmas (she’s 76) as she likes her and Mom’s also from Scotland.

  11. Steve Harvey
    January 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I never thought I’d say this, but thank god for Taylor Swift. If Susan Boyle’s dodgy covers record had been the highest selling of 2009, I would have thrown up.

  12. K
    January 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Congrats to Taylor on having the biggest-selling album of 2009. She had a record-breaking year, and her accomplishments are pretty remarkable.

    I’m no Susan Boyle fan, but she has one heck of a voice; the rate that her record sold is astounding. Congratulations to her as well.I just heard this week that top five albums in the country this week are all by women also.


    Why do you feel the need to drag down any act that you don’t particularly care for? All the country acts nominated at the PCA’s are very talented. Obviously they are all doing something right in order to even be nominated. I’m happy for the nominees and winners; I don’t think negativity is called for here.

  13. Ben Milam
    January 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    thank you for thinking. next time let it go. who are you to say what’s “called for” on this board? she can express her opinion if she wants to. besides she’s right fat rascals and jason aldean do kind of suck in my opinion. i think its great that you’re happy but don’t expect everyone else to be thrilled about the happy meal when they don’t have a taste for mcdonalds.

  14. Miss Leslie
    January 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Hey Rick – I missed this post – I’ll be getting those Tru Country shows up on youtube in the next 2 weeks. Will try to get them up as soon as I can. Make sure and request RFD-TV from your cable provider and that you want the Tru Country show. Every voice helps.

    Ben – I hate McDonald’s.

  15. Rick
    January 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Miss Leslie, thank you so much for planning on putting those Tru Country performance segments on YouTube where I will be able to watch them! As far as what the Los Angeles area Time Warner Cable system offers: I never watch CMT and I rarely watch GAC but I’d enjoy some of the programming on RFD TV! I just can’t see much demand in Socal for RFD-TV as the percentage of the population that speaks English continues to shrink due to immigration of all sorts.

    PS – It was fun to hear Amber Digby hosting last night’s Midnite Jamboree show featuring the reunion of the old time members of Loretta Lynn’s backing band “The Coal Miners”, including Amber’s father. I just wish they would have allowed Amber to sing more songs than she did! Oh well…

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