2/7/18 News Bits

SPBGMA bluegrass awards: 2018 Awards Winners and 2018 Midwest Regional Awards The songwriter winner, Donna Ulisse has a credit on this one: Rebekah Long – Fishing On the Cumberland    The female vocalist winner is Rhonda Vincent and the male vocalist winner is Russell Moore. He has a song on my Religious/Inspirational playlist.

The Grand Ole Opry added Chris Janson as a member. It’s nice that they’re rewarding the guy for showing up a lot, but Rhonda Vincent probably has more awards than Janson has  songs.

The Tumbleweed Festival lineup was announced yesterday. I have little interest in any camping festival in Kansas or anywhere else, but I might as well take a look at the names. Marty Stuart is always an outstanding choice. Cody Johnson seems to be the big story from the Texas scene so far in 2018. He went from what appears on paper to be a somewhat modest career going into 2018 to landing headline slots at all of the huge Texas rodeo events, and now he’s headlining this event. He’s drawing the bookings that I expected from Aaron Watson, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, and Cody Jinks.

Oh, and for those looking for a festival with more women, I posted a few days back about the Songs on the Bayou songwriter festival in Louisiana. Women like Brigitte London aren’t just among the performers there, but among the planners. I’ve seen several talented women perform as part of their Last Honky Tonk Series.

I try to give a few spins to obscure and/or international acts. Here’s one from Brazil: Bastardos Country Rock


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