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I don’t know about you, but I am glad the presidential, senate and congressional elections
are over. I got really tired of seeing adults arguing and fussing like children. I don’t care who you like or who you voted
for, it was a weak week with broken promises and, even worse, broken hearts.
But let’s put that behind us and talk
about some good country music! The CMA Awards came and went, too. CMA chief Steve
Moore and his team kept us informed with the goings on and who the organization’s membership voted to receive the trophies.
There are some hardworking girls and boys down there.
There are major changes underway in country music. First off,
from what I could see and hear, it appears that Miranda Lambert and
Blake Shelton have taken the lead of country music’s super-couple from
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Of course, Tim and Faith, like Shania Twain, are headed to the bright
lights of Vegas on the heels of Garth Brooks’ departure following a successful
engagement at the Wynn.
I have one more important point to make to everybody who asked how Blake scored the CMA’s entertainer
of the year award. Why, don’t you know that television is the vehicle to carry a singer into the stratosphere of superstardom.
That’s where the talented Blake scored. He’s not a songwriter and musician like Brad
Paisley, Keith Urban and others, but he’s a judge on NBC’s The Voice.
More fans can view Blake during one live show than they could for an entire season of touring.
Of course, Blake and
Miranda’s win for writing “Over You,” the anthem for Blake’s brother
who died in a car crash, gave them smiles, tears and mailbox money. It’s a great song, like Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High on
That Mountain,” the hit from the early ’90s inspired by his late brother. By the way, a dear friend pointed out to me how
great it was we got to hear Vince singing “Don’t Rush” with Kelly Clarkson
on the CMA show. Should we send thank-you notes to Kelly for sharing that wonderful gift? Vince still has the greatest male
voice in this hillbilly town.
I nominate Brad Paisley and Carrie
Underwood as the CMA hosts for as long as I live. They do a grand job, and they enjoy themselves. I don’t know anyone
dumb enough to criticize those two. They cook.
We must send congratulations to Eric
Church for his album of the year win for Chief. Anytime a North Carolina person wins, I get giddy and teary!
Little Big Town has piddled, made babies and worked their tails off for
13 years, but they strutted like heroes when they picked up their award for vocal group and another for single of the year
for “Pontoon.” I’m glad Little Big Town finally scored at the awards
Shawna and Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square are the
cutest things, and they sing like the choir special on Sunday morning. They are, deservingly so, the CMA’s vocal duo of the
year. Shoot, they even made history as the first married couple duo act to win the vocal duo prize in the 46-year history
of the CMA Awards. Fans, when you come to Music City and go down to Lower Broadway where all the honky-tonks have the doors
opened and music blaring, look on the right when you head toward the Cumberland River and search for the Wheel. That’s where
this duo slaved for a dozen or more years until they got their break.
Lady Antebellum Raise Awareness of Leukemia
Lady Antebellum have joined with the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Society for a new public service campaign to fundraise and raise awareness of the lifesaving cancer research
funded by the organization. All three members — Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood — have a strong connection
to the LLS mission, each with a family member diagnosed with cancer during the past two years.
Georgia Boys Keep
Picking the Hits
Jason Aldean, Luke
Bryan, young Thomas Rhett and the three Georgia Peach Pickers — Rhett
Akins, Ben Hayslip and Dallas Davidson — are all over the place. Honestly, you can hardly buy an album that doesn’t feature
one or two or more songs by these happening individuals.
Jason is setting the world on fire with tickets selling out
quickly for his stadium shows with Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Thomas
Rhett during his 2013 Night Train tour, including two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park. Get that boy a wheelbarrow to haul in
Big Rich’s Humanitarian Award
Hardworking duo Big
Rich will receive the 2013 CRS Humanitarian Award during the upcoming Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Their
charitable endeavors date back a decade and are too numerous to mention individually, but their efforts have included support
of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
and the Special Olympics. They’ve also staged concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the 173rd Airborne
Memorial Fund and have been actively involved in programs to help underprivileged children and their families in struggling
countries like Uganda, Sudan, Haiti and Kenya.
The award will be presented on Feb. 27.
Sammy Kershaw’s Bus
Sammy Kershaw, his band and crew were involved in a
recent traffic accident when their bus was struck by a passenger vehicle. Following a concert in Nocona, Texas, the bus was
impacted at a high rate of speed leaving the vehicle inoperable. The driver of the vehicle that struck the bus was taken to
the hospital. Kershaw and his entourage were badly shaken but sustained no serious injuries.
Dottie West Exhibit
Opens in Nashville
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a special spotlight exhibit last week dedicated
to the late Dottie West. Dottie West: Country Sunshine is set to
run until May 2, 2013. Dottie was only 58 when she died following an automobile accident while traveling to a Grand Ole Opry
appearance in 1991.
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