5/21/18 Billboard Music Awards

The Boot article about the country winners and nominees.

No matter what kind of country music you favor, it is insulting that the three hour, major network show largely excluded country music.

Billboard awards are based on numerical formulas, rather than votes, so it’s curious to see who made numbers.

Chris Stapleton won three awards, including Country Artist and for the third straight year, Country Album. It’s an amazing accomplishment for one artist to take top album in a genre for three consecutive years (Traveller in 2015 and 2016, and From A Room Volume 1 for 2017), and that’s mostly without a lot of radio support. How does Billboard justify not even televising best country artist or album? Chris Stapleton has toenail clippings with more musical talent than the crap they did show. Congratulations to all winners, anyway.

Also, I’ll mention that I found a couple more new album releases in recent days:

Austin Lee- Debut EP from artist playing at the Tumbleweed Outlaw Country Festival.

Tony Corrales- Traditional country that would fit well on Texas radio.


5/20/18 Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss

We saw these greats at Alabama’s Oak Mountain Amphitheater last night.

Alison is the most awarded singer in Grammy history, and she released one of the best country albums of 2017, yet most of the articles last year about the lack of women on country radio strangely made little mention of her. The CMA, ACM, and most recently the Americana Awards ignored her last album, too. Alison put on a fine show, as always. She was backed by members of the Cox Family and Union Station.

Willie is Willie. He’s 85, and his sister is a couple of years older, but they still put on one of the best shows going. There’s not a whole lot to say that hasn’t been said about this living legend. See him whenever you get the chance!

5/19/18 Satellite Radio Free Preview

I’ve enjoyed listening to the Sirius XM free preview the last couple of days. I don’t subscribe, because the tree cover knocks out the signal a lot where we live.

We listened to the Outlaw Country station for a good while. There’s a surprising amount of classic rock. I’ve nothing against that music, but there are all sorts of country acts making music today that hardly get played anywhere who could use the spins. It’s still a very enjoyable station.

I saw on Dwight Yoakam’s page that he is previewing a couple of new songs on his station that will officially be out on the 25th. I don’t get his station on my free preview, but I look forward to hearing the new music.

5/18/18 New Music Friday

I’m on the road with just my cell phone, so I won’t try posting direct links, but here’s some to check out:

Jason Boland – Here’s one for the Red Dirt fans.

Outlaws & Armadillos – Compilation released in connection with the new exhibit by that name at the CMHOF.

Trent Harmon – First full length album from American Idol winner.

Americana fans might also check out Kelly Willis, John Calvin Abney, Dead Tongues, and White Ghost Shivers.

5/14/18 Ryman Hospitality

The parent company of the Grand Ole Opry has been shelling out the dough lately. The Opry House itself and its parking lot are in the middle of $12 million in improvements. The Opry City Stage opened in New York a few months ago, and articles at the time suggested that it could be the first of many locations across the country and beyond. The Blake Shelton-affiliated “Ole Red” is another concept they’re rolling out in grand fashion. Three locations have been announced, with the Nashville location opening for CMA week.

The Grand Ole Opry is doing a remote show at Bonnaroo next month, a rare off-site show. The Opry shows for CMA week look strong. Ashley McBryde is doing a free CMA week kickoff show at the Opry Plaza that Tuesday, and Carrie Underwood is the Tuesday night Opry headliner (and I have a ticket) . Blake Shelton and many more have been announced for a special show that Thursday. Brad Paisley is doing an event at the Wildhorse Saloon, another Ryman property. I will attend Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium.

Given the increasing number of venues under the Ryman umbrella, I wonder if Opry members will be allowed to fulfill their Opry dates by appearing at these other Ryman properties?

I don’t understand the whole “Opry member” thing, anyway. Sunny Sweeney and Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent aren’t members, but have performed more shows on the Opry stage than many of the people who are members.


5/13/18 Swimming Upstream

Rolling Stone article: “A War Is Brewing Between Billboard and YouTube Over Music Charts – “YouTube’s moves are already closely watched by the music business – the platform’s user base is eight times larger than Spotify and Apple Music combined, and around 46 percent of all music streamed around the globe is done so through YouTube by latest global reports… YouTube is also gearing up to launch, on top of its free video-streaming platform, a paid subscription music service.”

Music Business Wordwide: YouTube launches expanded music charts in 44 countries. “Billboard first introduced YouTube numbers into its singles chart three years ago but recently changed the rules amidst concerns that acts were unfairly hitting No.1. That conversation started after a video featuring a clip of the chorus of Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ played on repeat helped propel it to the top of the chart.”

One of YouTube’s challenges, unlike the audio-only music streaming services, is moderating wide-ranging video content. Some high-profile companies ceased advertising on YouTube when their ads appeared on questionable sites. Wall Street Journal article: Cisco Scrubs Blog Post About YouTube Ads as It Figures Out Messaging

Of course, all the music streaming services have issues to address, like how to make sure that the numbers are tracked accurately. Music Business Worldwide article: TIDAL accused of deliberately faking Kanye West and Beyoncé streaming numbers.


5/12/18 Assorted Awards

ACM Special Award Honorees

Americana Awards Nominations Announcement, May 15th

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame 2018 inductees

Arkansas Country Music Association Awards Nominees

AIMP Awards (Association of Independent Music Publishers – Nashville)

Nashville Universe Awards

2018 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction

Ameripolitan Music Awards  nominations for next year’s awards.

In unrelated news, Stetson Walker is a new artist for the Texas country fans to check out: Say Hello to Goodbye.