Special Consensus to Release John Denver Tribute Album; Tenn. Government Salutes Connie Smith; Little Big Town Debuts New Video

Juli Thanki | February 12th, 2014

  • T Bone Burnett’s got a new job as the executive music producer and composer for HBO’s True Detective.
  • Special Consensus and friends (including Peter Rowan, Dale Ann Bradley, John Cowan, and several others) will release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver on Compass Records March 25. (via press release)
  • Remember that time we linked to a new video of Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison doing “Harper Valley P.T.A.”? Of course you do; it was only a couple weeks ago. Anyway, the MP3 is now available on Amazon too.
  • Filmmakers/professors Jesse and Glenda Drew are putting the finishing touches on Open Country, a documentary which “explores country music’s roots in folk tradition and what the Drews say was a strategic, McCarthy-era separation by the music industry of the folk classification from a new genre dubbed ‘country and western.’ The distinction, the Drews assert, aimed to distance country from associations with politically minded folk artists like [Pete Seeger].”
  • Buck 22 and Billy Ray Cyrus’ hip hop remake of “Achy Breaky Heart” is a serious contender for Worst Song of 2014. Your move, Florida Georgia Line.
  • Thanks to our Twitter pal Amanda for pointing us toward Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 561, which recognizes Connie Smith’s 50 years in music and 49 years as an Opry member.
  • Lee Zimmerman of The Bluegrass Situation interviewed Jim Lauderdale.
  • CMT Edge posted a new interview with Rod Picott.
  • Grantland’s Steven Hyden praises Eric Church’s The Outsiders in this lengthy review.
  • Americana band Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards are jamming with musicians in India as part of the American Music Abroad cultural exchange program. The band is also traveling to Bangladesh and Kazakhstan.
  • Trick Pony has reunited after eight years apart.
  • Rapper Riff Raff is going country under the name Jody Highroller. If you hate yourself, you can listen to his new single, “Take U Away,” here.
  • Despite rumors generated by a recent post she made to her Facebook page, Kathleen Edwards says she’s not quitting music.
  • Here’s a pretty sweet clip from Bob Dylan’s 30th anniversary concert featuring an all-star collaboration on “My Back Pages.” The concert will be released on DVD and Blu Ray in the first week of March. (warning: autoplay)
  • So Justin Moore is nominated for the ACM New Artist of the Year Award despite the fact that he’s…not a new artist. Plus, he’s sold more than 500,000 copies of his first two albums, which should render him ineligible for that category. However, the ACM Board of Directors discussed the stipulation with regard to Moore, and determined that including him as an eligible artist in the New Artist category would be more in the spirit of the New Artist of the Year Award, than excluding him would have been.” Oh, okay then.
  • I Draw Slow released a new video for “Valentine.”

  1. A.B.
    February 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    You’re welcome about Connie. I had a feeling something would show up after I heard Mike Terry announce it on Saturday’s Opry. I also just found photos of the event on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.719680588064585.1073741861.100000679510557&type=3

  2. Saving Country Music
    February 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    This ACM “New Artist of the Year” issue is in no way resolved by the ACM’s pointing to a provision saying they have the right to change the rules at any time. Of course they have the right to change their rules, but they have no right to break them. If they wanted to change their rules to make Justin Moore eligible they have every right. But they haven’t. Justin Moore is still ineligible.

    In 2009, the ACM delayed the release of the “Album of the Year” candidates to facilitate Jamey Johnson being added to the list by changing the rules of eligibility. But here, no rules change was made.


  3. bob
    February 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Enjoyed the Hight piece on Suzy B. Thanks. With all the attention she’s been getting for the new album, hope it translates into a lot of sales.

  4. bruce
    February 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Awards shows, CMA’s especially, are on the same plain as WWE wrestling.

  5. bruce
    February 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    What? No Luke Bryan in the butt-shaking “Achy” video? How could they have been so negligent?

  6. Luckyoldsun
    February 13, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Things would be a lot better if we could return to the time when country music stars LOOKED like professional wrestlers. Charlie Rich = Dusty Rhodes. Joe Stampley = Greg Valentine. Conway Twitty = Harley Race. And Loretta Lynn = the Fabulous Moolah.

    Those were they days!

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