Country music's biggest indie success of 2009 will now gain a personal highlight with his Grand Ole Opry Debut. The Dixie Chicks's Martie and Emily have a name for their new duo while Ryan Bingham won a Golden Globe for "The Weary Kind."
Ryan Bingam, Jeff Bridges Win At Golden Globes
Ryan Bingham, who released his sophomore album last year, was awarded the Golden Globe along with co-writer T-Bone Burnett for the song “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart).” The Texan also sings a track called “I Don’t Know” on the film’s soundtrack. The film’s star, Jeff Bridges, won Best Male Actor in a Drama for his role as “Bad Blake” in the Crazy Heart film. Both the song and Bridges, which is centered on a country music maverick finding a second chance at life with a younger woman, are likely to be up for similar awards at the Oscars in March.
Colt Ford Opry Debut
Country artist Colt Ford, who rhythmically speaks his words, scored the highest honor any country music artist could hope for and that is a spot performing on the Grand Ole Opry. While untraditional in his approach, the artist has sold over 100,000 copies of his album Ride Through The Country without much radio or video exposure, prior to his recent single “Cold Beer.” That song, which features Jamey Johnson, is one of the songs Johnson will sing at the Ryman Auditorium on January 30, 2010. Colt Ford’s third release for the Average Joe’s Entertainment label will be released in late winter/early spring.
Tom T. Hall to headline “WRCS LIVE” Acoustic Songwriter Showcase in Nashville
Legendary artist, songwriter and storyteller Tom T. Hall will headline WCRS Live! with fellow singer-songwriters Wynn Varble and Easton Corbin at this year’s CRS 2010, to be held Feb. 24-26, 2010.
The annual WCRS Live! acoustic songwriter showcase, sponsored by BMI and Country Aircheck, takes place Thursday, Feb. 25, at 4:10 – 5:30 p.m. in the Nashville Convention Center during CRS 2010.
“Every part of BMI’s Country repertoire will be expertly represented by the Storyteller, Tom T. Hall; NSAI Songwriter of the Year, Wynn Varble; and new, red hot Mercury Nashville artist, Easton Corbin,” said Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville. “Tom T.’s songs are part of BMI’s cornerstone. Wynn is experiencing the hottest years of his career, and the future belongs to Easton Corbin. This is going to be a magical event.”
Dixie Chicks Minus Natalie Maines gain name and album release date
Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, the two founding members of the Dixie Chicks, will release a duo album this spring under the moniker Court Yard Hounds, which is a reference to the novel City of Thieves. Emily will be singing lead vocals for the project which is inspired, in part, by her divorce from country musician Charlie Robison. The album, for the most part, was recorded at Maguire's home studio in Austin, Texas. The duo will debut the album at South By Southwest in March with their record getting released by their Open Wide/Columbia imprint in May. Jakob Dylan guests on the track "See You In The Spring." The duo says that they're not breaking up the Dixie Chicks but that these songs were too personal to Emily for Natalie Maines to sing them.