Paisley, Underwood Return as CMA Awards Hosts; Johnny Cash Museum to Open Sun Records Exhibit; Stream Ethan Johns’ New Album

Juli Thanki | August 6th, 2014

  • Billy Joe Shaver was featured on NPR yesterday. Listen here.
  • Stream Jesse Winchester’s “All That We Have is Now” from his final record, A Reasonable Amount of Trouble.
  • The Civil Wars, who’ve been on hiatus since late 2012, finally officially broke up. They’re offering their version of “You Are My Sunshine” as a parting gift.
  • A Prairie Home Companion will kick off its fall season with Hot Rize and Sara Watkins on September 20. (via press release)
  • Nightline shadowed Hunter Hayes a couple months ago when he played a record-breaking 10 shows in 10 cities in 24 hours; they just posted the video online. (warning: autoplay)
  • A woman was allegedly gang raped last month after a Tim McGraw concert at the Michigan International Speedway.
  • Sammy Kershaw to Country Weekly: “[Country] music is the only genre that hates itself. It wants to be everything else, but country music.”
  • Grayson Haver Currin of Wondering Sound explains why the summer music festival bubble is about to burst: With so many festivals pressing to book similar bands within a finite timeframe, many acts are able to command a higher price than they’d generally get for playing the same market. That is, they cost more than they’re worth… For these events to succeed, attendees must be able to afford the tickets. An increase in the number of festivals doesn’t necessarily equate to an increase in the amount the average person can allocate to attend those festivals, many of whose prices continue to climb as bookings agents fight for a critical mass of bands. Pushing for more impressive and expensive lineups means charging consumers more. Doing so represents the potential breaking point for the entire festival model. The supply of festivals is at an all-time high, but no one knows if that’s necessarily true of demand. 
  • Luke Winslow-King will release Everlasting Arms on Bloodshot Records September 30. Listen to the title track here.
  • On August 15 The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville will open an exhibit saluting the legends of Sun Records. The exhibit will run for 18 months.
  • Joe Nichols will play a free show on August 16 at Globe Life Park after the Rangers take on the Angels.


  1. Barry Mazor
    August 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

    For a split second I thought that headline said “Paisley Underground Returns as Host,” which would be a confusion of realms–and unlikely.

    • Juli Thanki
      August 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

      But it would be cool.

  2. Leeann
    August 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Interesting quote from Sammy Kershaw. Without thinking about it too analytically, I’d have to agree with him.

  3. bob
    August 6, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I’m sick of Brad & Carrie. Let’s have Jennifer Nettles & Kristian Bush.

    • Juli Thanki
      August 6, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Elizabeth Cook would make a great host; too bad that’ll never happen.

  4. Bruce
    August 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

    If Nettles & Bush would were hosts maybe we cold actually hear Bush for a change. The ultimate solo posing as a duo.

  5. Leeann
    August 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Nothing about Nettles and Bush compels me as potential hosts, but Carrie and Brad has gotten quite tiresome. I actually think that Carrie does a pretty good job, but hosting turns out not to be Brad’s strongsuit. Elizabeth Cook and Vince Gill sounds like a good match!

  6. hoptowntiger94
    August 6, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Juli – Elizabeth Cook would be a great host!
    I’ve always thought Johnny Knoxville would be a great host, too.

  7. Tom
    August 7, 2014 at 10:15 am

    …florida georgia line for cma-hosts. brovo!

  8. Leeann
    August 7, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Hahaha, Tom!

  9. henry
    August 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Elizabeth Cook and Todd Snider as co-hosts.

  10. Dave D.
    August 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I was going to suggest Elizabeth and Todd, as well, but then figured that would cause me to watch a program that I’d just as soon ignore.

  11. Barry Mazor
    August 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I wonder, based on some of these fantasy host suggestions, if there’s understanding of the breadth of recognition network TV absolutely demands for hosts of prime time national awards shows–and always has..

  12. Leeann
    August 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Yes, I understand for sure that my suggestion was a ridiculous, never going to happen in a zillion years, not practical pipe dream.:) I’m trying to think of mainstream artists that I think would do as good of a job as Vince Gill did in his day though and I’m honestly having a hard time coming up with any one, let alone two, ideas.

  13. Barry Mazor
    August 8, 2014 at 4:47 am

    OK, then..It just shows how the styles and personnae promoted for today’s county stars rarely includes the concept “Charming, and welcome in your home like a friend,” the likable-pointed-but never challenging” zone network TV goes for–and if it’s a team, with some sort of workable chemistry. Country’s not offering too many sets of people like that who are also broadly known; Vince was so perfect that it lasted a long time. They find that the Brad-Carrie thing works for them. If they had to consider anybody else, today, it might be Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert, but they tend to be kind of dominant figures anyway. She could blow up the set. No, that was an earlier version of Miranda.

    (Actually, the 3 Pistol Annies as hosts would be a hoot, but then there’d be more women as hosts than are currently on the country charts. DJs wouldn’t mention the show,)

  14. Leeann
    August 8, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Hahaha! So true on all points, Barry! I actually think that based on realistic people to host the show, Carrie and Brad just may be the best choice, now that I think about your point of who’s actually portrayed as likable and charming in the current landscape of country music. Blake’s already doing the ACMs anyway.

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