Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Country Music News Round-Up- CMT Awards, Opry, Milsap, Hubbard and Lady A

There's lots of news happening around the world of country music this week, so in an effort to keep all of my loyal readers up to speed, here are some news bites and some links for more details.

- The glitzy rock concert that doubles up as a country music video awards show- also known as the CMT (Country Music Television) Music Awards are tonight. Taylor Swift and Shania Twain teamed up to film a Thelma and Louise themed video earlier this week that is supposed to open up the show.
Toby Keith will make his 10th consecutive appearance on the fan-voted CMT Music Awards on June 8 in Nashville. That gives him the distinction of being the only artist to perform on the show every year since it began in 2002. The Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan, who are past winners of the USA Today breakthrough artist award, have also been added to the lineup.  In addition, Sheryl Crow will sing with host Kid Rock. Big & Rich will give their first TV performance together in more than three years. It's their first performance together at the CMT Music Awards since 2005. After pursuing solo projects, Big Kenny and John Rich have reunited to record a new song, "Fake I.D.," for the soundtrack of the upcoming film, Footloose. Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland have been previously announced as performers.
- The Grand Ole Opry has teamed up with Time Life and PBS and will be running a new series of television shows featuring performances in days gone past all this summer.The compilation of tapings at the Ryman Auditorium in the includes Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Ray Price, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and many more.

- Hidden among's future upcoming country releases reveals some news on some of country biggest legends. First up, Ray Wylie Hubbard's most famous album release, Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies is finally going to be re-released on CD on 7/26. Mmmmm, twinkies...
Ray Wylie Hubbard has sort of a cult following by his country fans. He has issued albums sparsely over the last three decades. His most sought after album is Ray Wylie Hubbard & The Cowboy Twinkies. Originally issued on Warner Brothers Records in 1975, fans have been screamin' for it to be issued on CD, so now, finally, it is making its worldwide CD debut.
In addition, Guy Clark, Ronnie Milsap and Lady Antebellum each have listings for new releases- albeit some without much information attached to them. Clark has scheduled something called Songs & Stories for 8/16,Ronnie Milsap has new work called Country Again tagged for a 7/26 release, and Lady Antebellum has revealed the details behind their new album Own The Night for a September release.


  1. i did not approve the background vocals, the mix, mastering or the artwork on this record but it got out anyway. i have nothing to do with it being re-released now. it sucked then and it still sucks. if you have any shred of compassion at all in your heart for me or any musician who got screwed by some jerk in authority at a record label, then don't buy this mistake. if you really want one, email and she'll show you how to get one free. thanks, ray wylie hubbard

  2. Will do, Brother Ray. Or should I say, "won't do." Thanks for the heads up. I will, however be in touch with Mother Hubbard for a copy, if y'all don't mind. I want MAA & Brimstone to add West Texas Country Western Dance Band to our live sets. Always dug it, unappoved aspects notwithstanding. Hope all's well, Mark Allan Atwood