The Academy of Country Music Announces Special, Industry and MBI Awards Winners
- Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and Harland Howard were among the winners of Special Awards announced by the Academy of Country Music on Tuesday. They won’t be televised with the regular ACM Awards ceremony that takes place on April 5th, but will have their own event in the fall. Winners were also announced for the Industry and MBI (musician, band, instrumental) Awards.
- Doyle Lawson will release his 34th album, Lonely Street, on May 5. BluegrassJournal.com has the track list and tour dates.
- In an interview with Pitchfork’s Stephen M. Deusner, Neko Case revealed that the last Track on Middle Cyclone is actually four minutes of frogs looped.
Darryl and I were sitting around in the studio, and we were almost finished with the record. We decided to see how long it was, and I said, how much time is left over on an audio CD? He told me, and I told him that we should do something with it, that we shouldn’t waste it. So we decided to put some soothing frogs on there.
- This week’s edition of “Country Quizzin'” is all about songs that employ personification. Answers and final March rankings will be revealed later tonight.
- Martina McBride talked about relating to the characters in her songs, performing in a family band as a teenager and, of course, her new album in an interview with Craig Shelburne.
- In the newest episode of “On The Road With Jamey Johnson,” Johnson’s bodyguard Sherrif talks about his relationship with the singer and his rise in popularity.
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope reviewed the new album from Dallas Wayne, I’ll Take the Fifth, and named it her favorite album of 2009 so far.
- Country Universe’s Lynn Douglas asks: “Do you believe that a country group needs a lead singer in order for the band to reach that next level?”
- A CalTech grad student named Virgil Griffith conducted an unscientific study to determine if there’s any correlation between musical preference and SAT scores. According to her graph, students with the highest scores listen to Beethoven, while those with the lowest listen to Lil’ Wayne. Most of the students who listened to country fell in the average range. (via NashvilleGab)
- For the third part of his “Nashville Or Bust” series, A.V. Club’s Nathan Rabin ended his exploration of Johnny Cash with his religion, prison recordings and television show. For the fourth part in the weekly series, Rabin moved on to his next subject, Willie Nelson, and his first three concept albums: Yesterday’s Wine, Phases and Stages and Red Headed Stranger.
- mrsandy: Also worth noting: Priscilla Mitchell was Jerry Reed's widow.
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- Leeann Ward: I must have this audio book!
- Juli Thanki: Ha! Same thing happened at Sturgill Simpson's show I went to last month, only he was singing "I Never Go …
- Dave D.: On the topic of Lee Ann and dark songs, the funniest moment at this year's Americana Fest was during her …
- Jonathan Pappalardo: I love Lori McKenna. Coming from Massachusetts, she's our local girl. I've been fortunate to see her in concert a …
- bll: I suss her re-recording her hits for 'Gwendolen records' means she can stop MCA from releasing her hits against her.
- Greg Judy: Cooler festivals and marching bands at the football games!
- kevin ilinger: Fall colors bluegrass and apple cider
- luckyoldsun: If I was a "long-time fan" of Trisha, I'd probably spring for the CD.