Willie Nelson Covers Coldplay; AMA Awards to Air on Austin City Limits; Free Downloads

Juli Thanki | August 31st, 2011

  • The Americana Music Association Awards will be broadcast live on Nashville Public Television on October 13. An edited version of the show will air November 19 as a special episode of Austin City Limits.
  • Roots rockers Ha Ha Tonka are offering a free song.
  • Ryan Adams covered Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years.” In other cover song news, Willie Nelson tackled Coldplay’s “The Scientist” for a Chipotle-sponsored short film about the importance of sustainable food sources.
  • Reba, Lee Ann Womack, and Faith Hill attended Katy Perry’s Nashville show, where they posed for a picture with Perry and, uh, a giant purple cat.
  • Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion will pay tribute to Bill Monroe on November 5 with a roster of Blue Grass Boys playing Monroe’s songs and telling stories about their time in the band.
  • This Ride, a book of unpublished photographs documenting Jamey Johnson’s career from 2008-2010, is available for preorder.  At least five dollars from every book sold will be donated to charity (you can see the specific organizations on the book’s site).
  • Check out this clip of Connie Smith and Marty Stuart singing together at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Bonus: Merle Haggard wrote a song for Smith’s Hall of Fame residency, which Stuart recites.

  1. Rick
    September 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Great, just what I need, more Jonny Corndawg links! (lol)

    Its nice to see Bucky cleared of those criminal charges. I mean the guy might not be the brightest bulb in the fixture, but he’s not that dumb! I mean it would have had to be a lot more money than that to be believable! (lol)

    Is that Jamey Johnson book actually a chronicle of the progress of his beard’s growth? That beard has a life (and separate career) of its own!

    I’m looking forward to the bluegrass APHC radio show. The sound quality of that program is usually top shelf. Now if Garrison would just relent of proudly proclaiming his political “useful idiocy” every chance he gets. Oh well…

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