Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars Join Forces; Dolly: The Musical; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | December 27th, 2011

  • Our posting schedule this week will be a little spotty, but we’ll be back with guns fully blazing on January 2.
  • Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars have teamed up to record a song from the  upcoming Hunger Games soundtrack. “Safe & Sound” was co-written by Swift, the duo and T-Bone Burnett. You can listen to the new track here.
  • Grammy nominated Americana artist Linda Chorney had her album, Emotional Jukebox, nominated for a Grammy despite not selling a single album so far according to Sound Scan, the official industry tabulator of album sales. More than a few people are upset about it.
  • Fiddler and vocalist Tammy Rogers detailed out what the future holds for The SteelDrivers after the second founding member’s departure. Brent Truitt will be filling in for Mike Henderson, and Chris Stapleton has written a couple of songs for the band.
  • Doyle Lawson announced the lineup of performers for his 32nd Annual Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival which will be held in Denton, NC.
  • Our own CM Wilcox has a different “chaos theory” take on the whole year-end best-of lists popping up over at Country California.
  • Country Music Is Love listed their top 11 albums of the year. David Nail, Ronnie Dunn, Frankie Ballard and Chris Young are among the artists selected.
  • The Band Perry will be performing the national anthem at the Cotton Bowl on January 6th.
  • Chet Flippo wrote a column about the history and importance of the timeless Christmas classic “Pretty Paper.” 
  • Gretchen Peters performed her song “On a Bus to St. Cloud” for Music Fog.
  • The boys of Rascal Flatts are going to be hosting a year-end Grand Ole Opry-themed radio special for a bunch of radio stations to close out the year.
  • Vinny Manniello, Bruce Springsteen’s very first drummer, passed away.
  • A new television series titled Bluegrass Road is heading to a TV near you soon.
  • New music videos and live performances:

Glen Campbell – “Ghost on the Canvas” (live on Conan)

Glen Campbell — “A Better Place” (live on Conan)

Hali Hicks – “Last Night of Spring”

Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys – “Walk This Mountain Down”

Benn Gunn – “Laughter and Beers”

Travis Collins – “Fired Today”

Kellie Pickler – “Unlock That Honky Tonk”

  1. Jon
    December 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I see Linda Chorney’s picture in the dictionary next to “teapot, tempest in a.” She no more “gamed the system” than did anyone who’s ever sent out a “for your consideration” email, and you don’t have to care for her music in the least to see how much of the furor derives from an unjustified sense of entitlement on the part of Americana “insiders” accustomed to seeing their faves as the only contestants. On the other hand, calling this some kind of indie triumph makes sense only if you believe that the folks she buttonholed on grammy365.com actually went and listened to her music before voting, and that requires quite an imaginative stretch.

  2. Donald
    December 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I agree with Jon. I don’t know Chorney or her music, but she ‘did the work’ and should be respected for that if nothing else. Rather than focus on the ‘deserving artists and albums that weren’t nominated’ maybe discuss the ‘usual suspects’ that were nominated, quite possibly on name recognition rather than (perhaps) merit.

  3. luckyoldsun
    December 28, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Did I miss something–Has Donald Trump taken over the Grammys?

    This Chorney person seems like she should be competing on the “Apprentice” show, rather than the Grammy Awards.

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