Is CMA Fest’s Nashville Future In Jeopardy?
- CMA board member Kix Brooks believes the annual CMA Music Festival needs to start paying artists to play at the event, instead of asking them to perform for free year after year.
“It’s not in immediate danger, but we need to do some housekeeping,” he said. “I was pleading today with civic leaders to get on board the same way civic leaders do in Houston. That city realizes what the livestock festival does for the economy. Here, you’re asking artists to burn a real big piece of business for themselves, and the city benefits to the tune of $21 million. The CMA wants the festival to continue here. We all just realize it will be more workable if you pay the talent instead of having to beg.”
The Dallas Observer Music Blog found an article that suggests the festival might make a move to either Dallas or Atlanta if some things don’t get changed.
- To tattoo or not to tattoo, that is Taylor Swift’s current dilemma. She doesn’t know whether or not it will compromise her status as a role-model. In another article she says she doesn’t think genres will be a huge part of how we categorize music in the future.
- Kevin created a solid list of his favorite Emmylou Harris songs at Country Universe.
- Put aside any ill feelings you may have for Gone Country and tune in to CMT Friday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT. Country Weekly’s Chris Neal will be making an appearance with Billboard’s Ken Tucker. From the press release:
This week John Rich turns his focus to the contestants’ image and introduces them to legendary designer, Manuel, who will provide the group with special attire for their final performance. After shopping, the cast heads back to the mansion for another lesson in image, preparing for press interviews. Tucker and Neal ask the group the tough questions they can expect when attempting to cross-over to country music.
- The Statler Brothers released a book about their 40-year career yesterday.
- Edward Morris calls Chris Cagle “a journalist’s joy and a media trainer’s nightmare.” Whatever you may think of the guy, his responses certainly aren’t boring. He says accepting that he might not be as good of a writer as he thought was a hard pill to swallow, but after accepting that he was able to go out and attract songs from some of the top writers.
- Smoky Dawson, the last of the original country music pioneers in Australia, passed away at the age of 94 from complications in surgery.
- Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith are among the first performers announced for the CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 14.
- Free downloads from Amoeba Records: Brandi Shearer – “I’ve Had Enough” and Gram Parsons & The Flying Burrito Brothers – “We’ve Got to Get Ourselves Together”.
- There’s a movement underway to turn Tom T. Hall’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.” into a Broadway musical. Country Universe recently named Jeannie C. Riley’s recording of the song as the No.1 Best Debut Single of All-Time.
- Amber Waves of Twang’s Chip Frazier has mixed feelings of sadness, shock and disbelief after yesterday’s news that No Depression will cease to exist. Nick Purdy of sometimes competitor Paste Magazine writes his own eulogy/tribute and shares accounts of the relationships and interactions between the two publications’ staff. NineBullets.net posted a mp3 of the Uncle Tupelo song from which No Depression borrowed their name. And, ND’s own Grant Alden shares a few thoughts on what this means for him.
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