2011 Americana Music Award Nominees Announced

Elizabeth Cook on the stove

Here’s the announced list for Americana Music Association Honors and Nominees: The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, October 13 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  My comments follow each category…

Band of Joy, Robert Plant
Welder, Elizabeth Cook
Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle
Blessed, Lucinda Williams

Buddy Miller
Elizabeth Cook
Hayes Carll
Robert Plant

The Civil Wars
Mumford And Sons
The Secret Sisters
Jessica Lea Mayfield

The Avett Brothers
The Civil Wars
Mumford And Sons
Robert Plant and the Band Of Joy

Decemberists with Gillian Welch- “Down By The Water”
Elizabeth Cook – “El Camino”
Hayes Carll – “Kmag Yoyo”
Justin Townes Earle – “Harlem River Blues”

Buddy Miller
Gurf Morlix
Kenny Vaughan
Sarah Jarosz
Will Kimbrough

Roots Rock: The Elms, Buddy Miller, The Gaslight Anthem, U2

elmsNEW MUSIC NEWS: One of the very best bands anywhere, our own Seymour, Indiana natives The Elms are trying something that will either be way cool, or a train wreck. Or maybe both. They are webcasting the recording of their new album at TheElms.net. I watched for 30 minutes Friday night, as they worked on double-tracking some lead vocals. I must say, as a music-head, it was fascinating in a short dosage like that. In the past few days, I find myself returning to see what is happening. A bit addicting. They also do a nice blog and have a twitter account.
So see for yourself just how tedious recording an album is. Right, studio vets?

Buddy Miller, one of Nashville’s most prolific singers, songwriters, guitarists, recording artists and producers suffered a heart attack in Baltimore, Md., last week. He was on tour with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin. Miller, 56, was taken to John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and he underwent a triple-bypass heart surgery. The surgery was successful, and Miller will likely be recovering in Baltimore for several weeks. Called “the best country singer” alive by Steve Earle, Miller is married to Nashville singer-songwriter Julie Miller, and the pair have a duo album coming out on New West Records on Tuesday.

REPLACEMENTS ANYONE?: Though fans still want a reunion, the chance for the Replacements to get together and play live is probably not happening, according to former bassist Tommy Stinson. Stinson tells Billboard Magazine that the best material has now been cleared from the Replacements vault withthe new Rhino releases.

“It’s not on the table,” he says of that project. “I don’t think we’ve got the quality takes. I think the best live record we could make is to gather up all the bootlegs, put them together and make it on our own. Those would actually make more sense. You know what? I just don’t know if we have it in us,” he told Billboard Magazine. “We’ve played together and we have things to offer each other. But I think ultimately it’s like, why would we do it? The question comes up every time. Why would we do it? Well, they’ll pay us really great. Is that the reason to go do it or not? I don’t know. I think Paul probably struggles with it more than I, because I haven’t played those songs in 20 years,” he continues. “He has. To me, it sounds more of a fun idea to get up and play those songs again. Not for the money, but hey, it would be fun. Let’s go do it. I don’t think he’s got in him, to be honest with you.”


Out this Tuesday:
Justin Townes Earle – Midnight at the Movies
U2 – No Line On The Horizon

In a related U2 note, the boys played a rooftop gig, high (really high) atop the BBC building on Friday. Man, they are flogging the new record, aren’t they? The Dublin lads are performing on “Late Show with David Letterman” every night this week…
Watch the BBC video here:

BAND I DIG: Gaslight Anthem will be opening for headliner Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band on The Hard Rock Calling 2009 Festival. The Boss’ and the E Street Band will perform their first-ever UK festival appearance outside of the United States, at Hard Rock Calling 2009 in Hyde Park, London on June 28th.

Word on E Street right now is that the suits are hammering out the particulars of Max Weinberg’s availability withtheband, in light of his move to LA with Conan O’Brien.
According to Rolling Stone:
When Max himself spoke to Rolling Stone earlier this year, he described NBC’s extreme patience over his frequent absences, hitting the road with the increasingly busy Springsteen. “It’s a hell of a problem to have in this economy,” he said, explaining that a well known NBC sitcom star’s attorney asked why Weinberg was allowed sabbaticals when his client couldn’t take one to film a movie. “The NBC lawyer thought for a second, then said, ‘The next time Bruce Springsteen asks your client to play drums, she can do that.’ In the legal department it’s known as the Weinberg-Springsteen Rule.”