The Band Perry Rakes in CMA Awards; Stream Give Me the Banjo; Chuck Mead Works on New Project

Juli Thanki | November 10th, 2011

  • If you missed the CMA Awards, check out our Live Blog, or read the complete list of winners here.
  • Chuck Mead has started a Kickstarter for his upcoming album, which will feature his band The Grassy Knoll Boys, legendary Nashville session musicians, and folks like Bobby Bare and Elizabeth Cook. Check out the trailer, which includes Mead’s version of “Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor,” here.
  • Bobby Braddock received the Icon award at the BMI Country Awards. Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban also took home hardware.
  • If you missed documentary Give Me the Banjo when it aired on your local PBS affiliate last week, you can watch it online.
  • Darius Rucker and his song “Kick Off” are on the new album Official Gameday Music of the NFL, Vol. 1.
  • The fight over Jim Reeves’ posthumous royalties heads to trial in January.
  • Yo-Yo Ma did extensive bluegrass preparation for The Goat Rodeo Sessions: Ma went to YouTube, watched old movies and picked [Stuart] Duncan‘s brain about his work with bluegrass icon Bill Monroe. “I was getting a lesson or many lessons in hearing things and the knowledge behind them,” he says. 
  • Speaking of The Goat Rodeo Sessions, in its first week of release it topped the Bluegrass, Classical, and Classical Crossover Billboard charts. In its second week, album sales jumped 37 percent.
  • Lionel Richie talks with Beville Darden of The Boot about his upcoming country album: I grew up with the Grand Ole Opry, Dottie West, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens … not realizing it was influencing me as much as it was. By growing up in Alabama, I had a melting pot of the whole pie: R&B, gospel, country. And not just outside of town, but right through the airwaves of my city…And when Conway Twitty graced me with the fact that he wanted to record ‘Three Times a Lady,’ that was it.
  • Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban are all nominated for the fan-voted People’s Choice Awards, which will be held in January.
  • Since his name popped up in the comments section a few days ago, here’s Joe Henry’s World Café appearance.


  1. Rick
    November 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Speaking of The Goat Rodeo Sessions, when are we going to see a review here at Engine 145? This sounds like it would be right up Juli’s alley, or maybe more of a dirt back road…

    I found Chuck Mead’s “Journeyman’s Wager” to be far less satisfying than his best work with BR5-49. I wish him luck in raising funds to record a new album, but I’ll probably only be listening to the track that features Elizabeth Cook to see if it’s worth buying. Now if it were full of songs like “Waitin’ For The Axe To Fall”, that would be another story entirely.

    I saw bits and pieces of “Give Me The Banjo” and it was permeated with that aire of liberal smugness so common to PBS/NPR style productions (and CBS prime time dramas for that matter). Or maybe that was just my reaction because every time I switched to it during a commercial break it seemed there was a liberal music artist being interviewed or featured. Crikey.

    As for Lionel Richie’s “country awakening”, it reminds me a lot of the Kim Richey song “The Way Things Never Were”. Hey, if Lionel just wants to tap into the money flowing in the mainstream pop-rock country realm, he should just be honest about it! (Wouldn’t that be shockingly refreshing…)

  2. Jeremy Dylan
    November 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    a liberal music artist

    Rick, liberal isn’t a genre of music.

  3. Barry Mazor
    November 11, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Gee, I’ve known right wing people who play the banjo and left wing people who play the banjo, and next door neighbors who don’t care what wing they are as long as they tone that thing down. What could be done about that in an accurate history? The wing part, I mean.

    Maybe you’d have filmmakers offer a “world only as I’d have it be” filter for your viewing pleasure, Rick, a “conservative music” cut and mix and a “liberal music” cut and mix–I know you’re big on it when Taylor Swift does Euro versions, but I promise you, anybody sticking with either of these imaginary awful ideas would be impoverished of the whole story and the truth.

  4. Jon
    November 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Nice to see the Goat Rodeo coverage from the AARP, but the reference to Stuart’s “work with Bill Monroe” is kind of funny.

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