- 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 were listening to Stapleton before all these new fans showed up, a hipster impulse I won’t indulge.
- February 2008. Oh, sorry. I thought someone asked when Amazon says I bought the first Steeldrivers album.
- Like something from a dream, here’s the front page of today’s Tennessean.
- There’s also the fact of a new Eric Church album in the world. It fell from the sky just yesterday and the title track has already been played on live TV. It’s good.
- Finally, in a sure sign of the apocalypse, Reginald Spears tweets were read by Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw on Jimmy Kimmel’s show. I knew Reggie way back when.
- Relive last night with CMA Awards live blogs from Country Universe, Saving Country Music, and Windmills at MJ’s Big Blog.
- ‘70s country hitmaker Tommy Overstreet passed away.
- Joey + Rory are requesting that all the praying folks among us join them in a worldwide vigil tonight at 8pm CST. Here’s Rory: “But please, one thing I ask… don’t just pray that Joey is healed. Yes, pray for a miracle. But also pray for peace in her heart, and ours, if God chooses not to let this cup pass from her sweet lips. His will, not ours.”
- A year after taking a principled stand (that Taylor Swift had just shown him) by withdrawing his music from the service, Jason Aldean has returned to Spotify. Because he doesn’t actually know what a principle is, other than a guy who runs a high school.
- Wynonna and the Big Noise (did she blow a tire?) will release a new album in February.
- A Tammy Wynette hologram will play a full show in Nashville next year. The show is expected to be twice as real as any performance Florida Georgia Line has ever given. (By the way, Rolling Stone Country’s Adam Gold called their stagewear last night “hobro chic.”)
- The late Dixie Hall will be honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s ninth annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on November 18.
- The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica calls Chris Janson’s full-length debut “post-bro” without really bothering to explain how that makes any sense.
Tomorrow’s album releases:
- Tim McGraw – Damn Country Music
- Old Dominion – Meat and Candy
- Hunter Hayes – The 21 Project
- Josh Abbott Band – Front Row Seat
- Glen Campbell – Complete Capitol Christmas Recordings
Smile! It’s Chris Stapleton Day again!
Sadly overlooked in the greatness of the Timberlake – Stapleton performance: The greatness of this reaction shot: pic.twitter.com/wZ3kiT4Ypl
— Country Universe (@CountryUniverse) November 5, 2015