August 2, 2022 Early August Update

The Academy of Western Artists awards will be October 13. Here’s the list of nominees.

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will have its 52nd annual induction October 30. This year’s inductees are Shania Twain, Hillary Lindsey, Steve Wariner, Gary Nicholson, and David Malloy.

Marty Stuart posted a recap video today of his annual late night jam at the Ryman Auditorium in June, which I enjoyed attending: Marty Stuart’s 19th Late Night Jam .

Here’s a bit of history from The Tractors: “It was on this day in 1994 The Tractors released their debut album “The Tractors.” It sold over 2 million copies and received two Grammy nominations, won CMT Video of the Year for the hit single “Baby Likes to Rock It” and remains the top-selling record of all time recorded in Oklahoma! It was also the fastest-selling country group debut in music history.”

Here’s a video from 1995 of Vince Gill and The Tractors at the ACM Awards . Steve Ripley of The Tractors is credited for the naming “red dirt” music in the 1970s.

Last week, I saw the Eurofest Trio at Krause’s in New Braunfels, Texas. The group specializes in music from central and eastern Europe, but it’s worth noting that the leader of the group plays autoharp and won a national yodeling championship in 1976. I think Patsy Montana was one of the judges? Members of the group used to be in a group called The Sauerkrauts. It’s not “country music” as such, but there’s one guy yodeling and playing autoharp, one guy playing accordion, and one guy playing bass fiddle (though they often have a tuba player, instead). When’s the last time you heard an autoharp at a country concert? Yodeling?

I also saw Del Castillo last week at San Marcos Summer In The Park, a free concert series. Most of their music is in Spanish and I guess I’d call it Latin Rock. This band has been around since 2000, and they once did a collaboration with Willie Nelson. What stands out the most about this band is the rapid fire guitar picking by two very skilled players trading leads.

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