SPBGMA Nominees Announced; McGraw Goes Gold; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | January 24th, 2012

  • Gretchen Peters recently appeared on Imus in the Morning. She played three songs from her upcoming record Hello Cruel World.
  • Kay West of Nashville’s City Paper wrote an interesting feature on the businesswomen who “smashed the first cracks in Music Row’s glass ceiling.”
  • Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean column is about guitarist Pete Huttlinger, who’s returning to the stage after suffering from a stroke and heart failure.
  • Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, and others will contribute to an Occupy Wall Street album.
  • Rhonda Vincent, Blue Highway, and the Gibson Brothers are a few of this year’s Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) nominees. Here is the entire list of nominees.
  • This week’s album releases:

Kellie Pickler 100 Proof

Tim McGraw Emotional Traffic

Janie Fricke Country Side of Bluegrass

Bhi Bhiman Bhiman

Glen Campbell Live in Japan

Martin Sexton Fall Like Rain

Jody Miller Complete Epic Hits

The Stellas The Stellas EP

Various Artists Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International




  1. Saving Country Music
    January 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    As much as I hate Neil Young and want to punch him right in his Neil Young face, I love the dude at the same time, especially when Crazy Horse is involved, and will probably be all over that release like a duck on a June bug.

  2. luckyoldsun
    January 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Good thing there are no laws against posting when you’re high on angel dust.

  3. Rick
    January 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Wow, I can’t wait to see what other leftist country and Americana artists contribute songs to the “Occupy Wall Street” album! They will all go immediately to the top of my music artist blacklist and stay there permanently! I can hardly wait….

  4. Redd Dirt
    January 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I see that Right Wing Ricky is alive and well…LOL!

  5. Michael A.
    January 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Yeah, I pretty much figured Ole Rick’s response to that news brief would be something like,

    Crikey! (lol). Just pathetic. I hope I win a free CD.

  6. Jon
    January 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Now that’s funny.

  7. Paul W Dennis
    January 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I’m with Rick on his one – the “Occupy” movement is a sham and a charade. I wouldn’t blackball any artist who appears on such a disc (people do have a right to be wrong, after all) but I would never donate a nickel to such a bogus cause

  8. Paul W Dennis
    January 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I just received the new Jody Miller album. She was never a major star but she was a very talented performer and also very attractive

  9. Paul W Dennis
    January 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    The new Janie Fricke album is interesting – I guess you could call it lovey-dovey drivelgrass. She is still in good voice and the songs sound fine, although I prefer them in their original country settings

  10. Paul W Dennis
    January 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    The Glen Campbell LIVE IN JAPAN album was recorded in the mid-1970s when Glen was still at the peak of his powers. I look forward to its arrival

  11. luckyoldsun
    January 25, 2012 at 12:03 am

    “They will all go immediately to the top of my music artist blacklist and stay there permanently!”

    “I’m with Rick on his one…I wouldn’t blackball any artist who appears on such a disc”

    I was with Rick until I wasn’t with Rick.

  12. CM Wilcox
    January 25, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Though I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere, I’m pretty sure the Janie Fricke collection is actually just a repackaged version of a 2004 album called Bluegrass Sessions. Weird to see it being promoted as something new, but I guess it’s a good thing if it gets more people listening. Good album.

  13. Leeann Ward
    January 25, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I’ve had it sitting on my table for a couple weeks now, but keep forgetting to check it out. I will do it today though upon CMW’s recommendation.

  14. Jon
    January 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

    CM’s correct.

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