Partial List of CMA Awards Nominees Announced Today; Coming Soon: Rounder Records & Trace Adkins Retrospectives
- A portion of the final nominees for the CMA Awards were announced today, with plans to announce the rest tomorrow. Miranda Lambert and her songs got nominated two times in three different categories, Lady Antebellum received four nods, while Easton Corbin and the Zac Brown Band each pulled in three.
- Capitol Nashville plans to release a two-CD, 28-track retrospective of Trace Adkins‘ hits titled The Definitive Greatest Hits: Til the Last Shot’s Fired on Oct. 12.
- And that’s a wrap: The staff at Country Universe unveiled the top 25 songs in its massive countdown of the 400 greatest singles of the nineties yesterday.
Quick, who was the youngest fiddler to ever play the Grand Ole Opry? If you answered Ruby Jane, you’d be correct. Texas Music Matters featured an audio interview and story on the 15-year old fiddler — who has been embraced by the likes of Dale Watson and Asleep at the Wheel — as part of its ACL Artist Discovery Series. Here she is performing in KUT’s Studio 1a:
- Music Mix posted the exclusive video premiere of Ryan Bingham‘s “Hallelujah” from his acoustic “Bingham Bootleg” series. The full version can be found on his just released album, Junky Star.
- Austin Music Source’s Joe Gross compares Ryan Bingham to another famous Ryan:
Now that Ryan Adams isn’t quite Ryan Adams anymore – was he ever really the Ryan Adams we thought he was? – we could all use a new one. Bingham is doing a top-flight job, even better than the original in many ways.
- If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to line dance to a Rodney Hayden song, this is probably a good place to start.
- New releases after the jump!
New releases for the week of August 31, 2010 include (sidenote: a lot of these are only $7.99 on Amazon):
Buck Owens – All-Time Greatest Hits
- Only one song has ever been on the country charts longer than Lee Brice‘s “Love Like Crazy,” which is currently in its 53rd week on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. The song? Eddy Arnold‘s “Bouquet of Roses” lasted 54 weeks starting way back in 1948.
- In addition to the two included in the news yesterday, Craig Shelburne published a comprehensive recap of Sunday night’s invitation-only event where Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson were presented the Dale Franklin Award.
- Rounder Records scheduled the release of The Rounder Records Story, a 4-CD box set with songs ranging all across its 40-year history, for Oct. 12.
- Hilary Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams Jr., has a new book due out Nov. 1 titled Sign of Life: A Story of Family, Tragedy, Music, and Healing.
- The Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame announced this year’s inductees, which includes Pat Alger — the writer behind hits such as Garth Brooks‘ “The Thunder Rolls” and Kathy Mattea‘s “Goin’ Gone.”
- Chuck Dauphin’s list of the all-time greatest pairings between solo performers includes: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, George Jones and Tammy Wynnette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, and Kenny Rogers and Dottie West.
- Music Fog: Tommy Womack – “On & Off the Wagon”
In addition to today’s new releases, Universal Music Enterprises launched a series of albums featuring the greatest hits, signature tunes, and fan favorites from artists of various genres. Thirty albums containing 12 songs each make up the initial release of the series, simply titled Icon, five of which are from country artists.
- Could Justin Townes Earle‘s new album be better than his first two? American Songwriter‘s Hal Bienstock thinks so.
- Five years. That’s how long Still Is Still Moving has been covering Willie Nelson. Job well done, Linda.
- The Southern Weddings daily blog shared pictures from Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton‘s engagement party: Part I and Part II.
Of all the wedding gifts you and Blake and received, what’s been your favorite?
Our favorite presents were matching flasks and matching shotguns. We were outside the city limits, so we went right out of the tent and tried them out. It’s a real shotgun wedding!
The sister duo Larkin Poe, formerly known as The Lovell Sisters, released their first official music video late last month. (via The Bluegrass Blog)
- Jack Hanford: For those who are interested, there is a new 90-minute documentary video about Tompall & the Glaser Brothers on DVD …
- joe morris: how come nobody mentions his fan club which started 1950 and was called the " the penny pushers " which …
- jane: I'm reading this article in 2013 and I've yet to hear anything from the album played on the radio.....
- Catwandy: I guess Matt C. is eating his well-deserved crow 'bout now. Critics....gotta love 'em , bless their little hearts.
- Ed McClendon: Saw the brothers in Greeley CO on the occasion of Tompall's 50th birthday. The show wasn't well promoted and there …
- Roby Fox: I'm sure no one else will know, or even care about this little tidbit of trivia. "Keep Your Change" was …
- kate wonders: Roni Stoneman is still on Hee Haw every Sunday night on RFD channel.
- Marsha Blades: Tommy, You were so kind to me during a tough time in my life and I don't think I ever …
- Leona Jones: I seen Chris at the Grand Ole Opry last week.. First time I have heard of him.. He rocked the …
- Sonicjar Music: Agree with Lucas, But one thing is certain, for a song to come to existence, so many things have to …