Willie Nelson Tribute Added to CMA Awards; Pam Tillis Releases New Zombie Video; Dierks and Miranda Announce 2013 Tour

Juli Thanki | October 24th, 2012

  • Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been added to the lineup of performers at the CMA Awards. They, along with Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton will also pay musical tribute to Willie Nelson at the awards show.
  • My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel will join Trampled By Turtles as the opening act for their 1/22-1/26 shows.
  • Speaking of TBT, listen to their Mountain Stage performance here.
  • Here’s the new Time Jumpers video for “On the Outskirts of Town.” Check your local listings, because the Time Jumpers will appear on Bluegrass Underground on select PBS stations tonight.
  • Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, and Charlie Daniels will help celebrate the 80th anniversary of the song “I’ll Fly Away” this weekend at the Opry.
  • Here’s a lovely Rodney Hayden-Kelly Willis duet from Hayden’s new record, Atascosa Sand.
  • Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will tour together once more; the Locked & Reloaded Tour kicks off January 17.
  • From  Billboard: “Is the Rock-and-Pop-ification of Country Good or Bad?”
  • 260,000+ copies of Taylor Swift’s Red were sold on iTunes the first day of the album’s release.
  • Chrissie Dickinson of the Chicago Tribune spoke with Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua.
  • Otis McCall of York, Penn., remembers Valley View Park, a long-gone country music venue that hosted acts like Porter Wagoner and Tex Ritter.
  • It’s Country Day at Farce the Music. Here’s the first post of altered album covers.


  1. Saving Country Music
    October 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. The CMA’s are doing a Willie Nelson tribute? Excellent. If we have to compromise and have Lady Antebellum and “Truck Yeah” McGraw be the performers, so be it. Remember who the ACM’s threw a tribute for? Lionel Richie? Let’s be thankful. My thoughts.

  2. Rick
    October 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I’m glad the Time Jumpers chose “Outskirts of Town” for their video as that is one of the standout tracks on the album. Featuring Chyler Leigh doesn’t hurt either! (lol) I just wish that album had more of a “swing” quotient in many of the songs as it would have added energy to the proceedings. Oh well.

    Music City Roots is on tonight and will feature Robin and Linda Williams, who are well kinown to all fans of A Prairie Home Companion. Other artists featured include Tiller’s Folly, Dylan LeBlanc, The Whiskey Gentry, Scott Miller with Rayna Gellert, and Tomi Fujiyama.
    Link: http://www.musiccityroots.com/shows

    And let’s not forget “Nashville” on ABC! I propose a drinking game where you take a shot every time Juliette seduces someone! (lol)

    Link Title Above: “From Billboard: “Is the Rock-and-Pop-ification of Country Good or Bad?”
    Gosh, that’s gonna a tough one to answer…(lol)

  3. Rick
    October 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    That Billboard article was a good read and well thought out. My favorite paragraph:

    “Historically, every time the pop end of country has pushed the genre over the edge, a wave of traditional acts has provided a counterbalance. But with fewer decision-makers involved, one or two executives who dislike steel guitars, fiddles or waltzes can have a much greater negative impact on the traditional end of country by simply not playing them on large blocks of stations. That makes traditional music’s ability to bounce back somewhat precarious.”

    The article talks of the three pillars holding up country music’s “big tent”: traditional country, pop, and rock. Personally I think the traditional sound pillar has a severe lean and it wouldn’t take much to get that part of the tent to collapse for good. Its tough to “bounce back” when you’re on the mat and the ref has already counted you out…

  4. Mike Wimmer
    October 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I dont think Traditional Country music is going to come back on radio. There just isnt any money to be made from radio pushing traditional acts when they can focus the declining music industry money into acts like Taylor Swift or Rascal Flatts or Lady Antebellum which will get them more listeners, endorsement deals, etc.

    That said, I think the rise of things like Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, etc. will keep Traditional Country music alive and it’s artists will be able to carve out a decent niche for it with the still large Traditional fan base that exists. Maybe it means less Traditional artists overall, but I bet it means we get better, more serious ones as well. There wont be any fad chasing “neo-Traditionalists” like we had in the 90’s.

    It sucks, I hate to sound negative, but I think at this point it’s just the reality of the situation.

  5. Jon
    October 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    The Gottlieb piece that Vellner takes issue with is awful.

    Roland’s two-pronged -> three-pronged analysis is actually pretty astute.

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