Chris Stapleton had an absolute monster week. I was wondering this morning what he plans to do in 2018, following three Grammy wins, then I saw an email that he put up three dozen tour dates with Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb. I have seen this combination before, and they are beyond awesome ! Jason Isbell also had a huge day, with a pair of Americana wins, and of course Dave Cobb is the producer for both Stapleton and Isbell and about a gazillion others. Little Big Town picked up an award for “Better Man.” The Lost Bayou Ramblers picked up a regional roots Grammy. If you like Cajun music, check this out: The Bathtub
Apparently, the Grammy awards wanted Lorde to be part of the Tom Petty tribute: TMZ article .
For religious music, country legend Reba McEntire landed a Grammy, and gospel legend CeCe Winans (I saw her at 2016 Americanafest) got two. The bluegrass Grammy was a rare tie, so awards were given to both Infamous Stringdusters (who have established a foothold in Americana, as well as bluegrass) and Rhonda Vincent (who sings classic country in addition to bluegrass, and would be my choice for next Opry member).
In other news:
I saw Teri Joyce yesterday afternoon, as part of the monthly “Last Honky Tonk Music Series” at Kent Black’s BBQ in San Marcos, which is my go-to local venue for Ameripolitan and other roots music. She said she is actively working on a new record, and that there will be a vinyl version. Here’s the title song from her 2009 album, which I now own: Kitchen Radio She’s very much classic country, and will attend the Ameripolitan Awards in Memphis in a couple weeks. One of the songs she sang for us is a solo write called “Bluebonnets For My Baby,” which Whitney Rose covered on an album last year. Teri Joyce is touring Sweden in March with the legendary Kay Adams, who won “Top New Female Vocalist” at the very first ACM Awards in 1965 (and Merle Haggard won top new male). Kay Adams was part of the Bakersfield Sound, and here’s one of her trucker songs: Little Pink Mack If you’re a classic country fan, then please check these ladies out.
Teri brought along guitar player Ben Jones, originally from London, who is half of a fast-rising Americana/folk duo in Austin called Beat Root Revival. I think the lady in that group is from Northern Ireland. Beat Root Revival He did a fine job playing guitar on classic country, even though his own group plays a different style.
Evi Tausen is a country traditionalist from the Faroe Islands, and here’s her duet with Stig Rossen from Denmark: Evi Tausen & Stig Rossen: “Our Sweet Love”
Chu Dat Frawg is an oddball bluegrass-ish group from Ohio. Here’s Wapperjawed from their new album Coddiwomple.
Sundust Road also has a new album with some different titles. Here’s Marmot on the Steel Guitar
Soul Katch Trio from Italy released a new album, including this cover of the classic Blue Moon of Kentucky
Liv Austen (originally from Norway, but based in London) lists her style on FB as “singer/songwriter, new country, pop.” Here’s her brand new one: Don’t Regret A Single One