Viewership For ACM Awards Increased; So Did Performers’ Sales
- The 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards saw a 27 percent increase in viewers from 2007 and the artists who performed during the show saw a dramatic increase in sales. In light of the positive news, Orly Adelson, President of Dick Clark Productions, said, “We are very excited about what lies ahead and are accelerating development of country themed original programming.”
- Cindy Watts has a great piece on the upcoming country singer Crystal Shawanda, who grew up on a reservation where her family didn’t have indoor plumbing. The English translation of her last name, Dawn of a New Day, will be the title of her debut album.
- For the second time in three years LeAnn Rimes canceled her appearance at a large country music event in Arizona.
- The Tennessean’s Jonathan Marx talked to Jeffrey Buckner Ford, the eldest son of Tennessee Ernie Ford, on the subjects of his father and his “memoigraphy” about his parents titled River of No Return.
- In a moment of spontaneity Tim McGraw treated 9-year-old Luke Wood to a moment he won’t soon forget. Luke’s mom tells the story:
“He made a simple sign, ‘Can I sing with you?’ And brought it with us. I was completely shocked when Tim started singing ‘Last Dollar (Fly Away)’ and motioned for him to come forward. Before I knew it he was whisked onstage, Tim handed him a mic and began singing with Luke,” she explained.
- Former Trick Pony lead singer Heidi Newfield will release her solo debut, What Am I Waiting For?, on August 5th.
- Chet Flippo has an interesting blog post about several videos that “went under the microscope at the latest CMT Music and Talent department’s weekly video meeting” and the reactions that they received.
- Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson never figured out what draws people towards Western Swing, but if and when he makes his final bow and hangs his hat up, he feels there are plenty of people to keep the sound going, afterall, there have been over 90 people in the band.
- Joel Selvin claims that Kenny Chesney may be the biggest thing that country music has ever seen. Irony? Yes, but in a way it might be true. However, after 50 years have gone by, will he be remembered the way Hank Williams is remembered, or the way Johnny Cash is remembered? The 40-year old singer talks about the music that he makes. He knows his music isn’t traditional, but he thinks his stories are country, thinks the way he sings is country, but stops just short of calling his music rock.
- Dave Hunter lists the “Top 5 Essential Alt-Country Albums;” the five albums that he says “will at least give you an excellent handle on what this whole ‘alt-country’ thing is.” (via Twang Nation)
- The latest edition of Hazel Smith’s “Hot Dish” includes a story about a man who has had a mandolin that belonged to Ira Louvin hanging on his wall for 23 years. The man, Greg Kaczor, recently arranged a meeting with Charlie Louvin to give it to him.
“Right on time, I spotted Charlie on the corner having a smoke. I park. We meet. I reach for the mandolin and see a sparkle in his eyes. That was really an awesome moment. Being a musician, I wish I had every instrument I’d let slip through my fingers. But this was his brother’s! A brother he lost in a tragic car wreck in the mid ’60s. An instrument that they used to sit around and jam with. To him, this mandolin is like an old friend he had not seen in 50 years. Musicians know that an instrument becomes a part of you — an extension of your soul. It can take you back in time — the tone of it, the feel of it, the smell of it and, of course, visually. … Both of us were smiling when he told me he always liked the sound of that mandolin.”
- Twang Nation’s Baron Lane asks “where can a self respecting upright, clean thinking country music fan find solace in this world of soulless corporate market-tested pop-country confection?” The answer: Eleven Hundred Springs‘ Country Jam, which echoes Ben Cisneros’ own thoughts.
- Craig Bickhardt posted a song to his blog about his son, who lives with cerebral palsy. It’s a song he wrote about a dozen years ago, a personal song that he never intended to capitalize on. He’ll leave the link up for about a week, so check it out sooner rather than later.
- Jeff Miller: Yeah, the first time I played Jimmie Rodgers for my wife & daughter- they were aghast that he was singing …
- David Cantwell: I think it more helpful to think of Americana not as a genre but as a format--and, perhaps better, and …
- Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/
- Applejack: "I’m sure there are many ways to lasso in and constrict any genre or format, any of them, so tightly …
- Emily: Wow!! Fabulous! Love those boots and you all look stunning! xo
- Leeann Ward: Bangor is named somewhat commonly in country songs. It's usually their example of the most north you can go: Vince …
- bob: Portland West was almost Boston West. From Names on the Land by George Stewart: "When more people arrived in Oregon, Amos …
- Jack Williams: There's "Eight More Miles To Louisville", where Portland is referred to as Portland East.
- nm: Of course, Bangor is also mentioned in "I've Been Everywhere."
- Stuart Munro: As if that's what this discussion is doing, Barry. I'm for the online commenters thinking about and discussing the music …