Nominees for the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards include site favorites like Brennen Leigh, Kelsey Waldon, Cale Tyson, and Whitey Morgan. Full list here. Sites like TMZ and Gawker are picking up on the Aldean blackface story. Aldean's preferred means of damage control seems to be seething silence. Farce the Music got a real (fake) exclusive: The track listing for Jason Aldean’s next album, including longtime fan favorites “Unaccidentally Racist” and “Some of My Best Friends.” Farce the … [Read more...]
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It’s official: Chris Stapleton’s Traveller shot to the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart after the CMA Awards (with 177,000 equivalent album units) and might stay there for another week, with current projections suggesting he could move about 100,000 more units in the next reporting period. Traveller had only sold 96,000 copies total as of last Tuesday. Farce the Music compiled a special edition of TwitterFAILs made up entirely of people not knowing who Chris Stapleton is. Discovered … [Read more...]
The name “Chris Stapleton” is on everyone’s lips this morning as he not only stole last night’s show with his Justin Timberlake collaboration (video here, for now) but also swept every category he was nominated in, from Album of the Year (where his chances seemed good) to New Artist and Male Vocalist (where his chances seemed virtually nonexistent). Lots of people are figuring out, or helping others figure out, who Stapleton is this morning. Lots of other people are gloating about how long they … [Read more...]
The Tennessean’s Cindy Watts has a Trisha Yearwood quiz for you. I scored 92% and hereby challenge you to do better. The Tennessean’s Nate Rau on the rise of Black River Entertainment, the unconventional label that launched Kelsea Ballerini. The Dallas Observer’s Amy McCarthy says that Aaron Watson’s growing popularity bodes well for the international appeal of Texas country. A New York Times theater critic reviewed “Songbird,” a honky-tonk take on Chekhov’s “The Seagull” that’s playing … [Read more...]
The debut album from Brothers Osborne, titled Pawn Shop, will be released in January. Hank Williams Jr.’s first album for Nash Icon, titled It’s About Time, will also be out in January. It includes two songs co-written by “Buy Me a Boat” singer Chris Janson and another co-written by Travis Meadows. Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20 will be out in February. Boom. Rhiannon Giddens on Mountain Stage. A Keith Urban exhibit will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum next … [Read more...]
In a poignant, heartrending blog post, Joey + Rory’s Rory Feek revealed that wife and duo partner Joey’s cancer is terminal. She has discontinued treatment and returned home to live the rest of her life. Kacey Musgraves talked John Prine for the My Favorite Album podcast. Musgraves also made history for selling out the Apollo Theater as a country act. Billboard’s review of that show says “her brand of rebellion comes sugar-coated” with “golden bass, light percussion, pretty and undistorted … [Read more...]
The Guardian’s Grady Smith on country music's embrace of slowed-down sex jams like Luke Bryan’s “Strip It Down” and Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down.” In a mainstream context heavy on male artists playing some variation of “a working class man who, after a long day of physical labor, goes home and drinks a lot of beer while conning young women into having sex with him in the bed of his pickup truck,” The Dallas Observer’s Amy McCarthy credits Chris Stapleton’s Traveller with modeling a quieter, … [Read more...]