With the CMA Awards set to air tomorrow, this is a good time to remind yourself that there is, after all, quite a bit of good, solid country music to be heard out there, far removed from the spectacle of celebrity presenters and splashy genre-busting duets (Natasha Bedingfield, Lionel Richie, and Kenny Loggins on a country show… finally) that inevitably accompanies a major-network industry showcase airing in primetime.
Here are a couple programs to help shore up your defenses.
First up, Miranda Lambert (with an appearance by the Pistol Annies) and Jeff Bridges on Austin City Limits. This is the full episode: http://video.pbs.org/video/2164600406#
Second, we have Kenny Vaughan’s V album release party at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville, featuring Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives with special guest Chris Scruggs. All seven songs were recorded in wonderful HD and posted to Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/channels/kennyvaughan. Here’s “Country Music Got a Hold on Me.” Check out the rest at the link above.
If you didn’t see Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Kenny Vaughan, and the rest of the gang take over Music City Roots on September 7, you’ll probably want to watch that as well. It’s three hours well spent, which is probably more than can be said for certain other shows… airing tomorrow night… on ABC. Cough.