There’s an interesting Tennessean article on country music videos: Country music fans still tune in to music video channels Country Music Television (CMT) and Great American Country (GAC) to watch their favorite stars. However, in this on-demand culture and with television’s decreased airplay of music videos, more and more people also are looking to the Internet for their favorite musical clips at sites including YouTube and VEVO. That drives video production even more. Because cellphones equipped with video cameras are now the norm at concerts, [Tom Lord, VP of marketing at Universal Music Group Nashville] says the desire to be in control of an audience’s first visual impression of an artist is another reason labels make videos.
Willie Nelson on the outlaw country movement: It was a label that Nelson said, “we knew we weren’t,” but nevertheless proved to be a stroke of marketing genius. “It was the best sales idea anybody could come up with,” Nelson said. “It was genius. Someone else wrote that ladies love outlaws. That was good, too.”
Peter Cooper’s newest column discusses the 40-year history of Fan Fair/CMA Music Festival, which began as a replica of the International Festival of Country Music in London.
Hank Thompson comes in at #54 on Country Universe’s 100 Greatest Men of Country Music countdown.
Here’s the new video for Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over.”
CMT.com has some photos of the new Taylor Swift exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The CMT Music Awards are tonight. Stop by at 8 p.m. Eastern for a live blog.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.