There are so many awards shows that it’s hard to take any of them seriously, but I need something to write about.
The annual Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards was October 16th. They very recently added a YouTube channel. They feature many international artists who are not well known in the US. This year’s winners were from such places as Iceland, Malaysia, and the Republic of Georgia. If you’re looking for something different, check out all of these folks.
Their entertainer of the year Peter Donegan is the son of skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan. You might recall that Lonnie Donegan covered “Puttin’ On The Style,” which was first recorded by Vernon Dalhart in 1925. The earliest known Beatles-related recording is a low-quality recording of a cover of this song from 1957 on the day that John Lennon met Paul McCartney.
The 52nd annual GMA Dove Awards announced this year’s winners a couple days ago. Although I don’t follow the modern religious music scene closely, I recognize that religious music has factored into country music since the very beginning. In many rural areas, the church was not just a weekly place of worship, but the primary community gathering place.
Several of the winners have connections to country music. The artist of the year, Forking and Country, made a song with Dolly Parton a couple years ago and performed on the 2019 CMA awards.
The Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year was “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Carrie Underwood and CeCe Winans. Props to my autocorrect for trying to change “thy” to “thigh.” Yea, verily, great is Carrie Underwood’s thigh faithfulness !
The Crabb Family won “Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.” I saw Jason Crabb play the Opry a few years ago. My overly aggressive autocorrect tried to change “Crabb” to “Crabby.”
The Nelons won “Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year.” No joke, my autocorrect tried to change “Nelons” to “Melons.” Arrgh !
Needtobreathe won a couple of categories. They’ve collaborated with Carrie Underwood and other country artists.
Grand Ole Opry members The Isaacs won “Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year.”
The Dove Awards even has a rap category. Yuck ! That does remind me of something, though. “Rappin’ For Jesus” was a very funny satire piece released in 2013, but a whole lot of modern reaction channels found it this year, so it has taken on new life. Seriously, search for “Rappin’ For Jesus” reactions on YouTube, and the number of results is staggering. Here is one just this week by Vibe Reactions.