Robert Plant & Buddy Miller Win Big at 2011 AMA Awards

Robert Plant’s Band of Joy picked up album of the year honors, and Buddy Miller earned an Artist of the Year nod, during the Americana Music Association’s 10th Annual Honors and Awards tonight at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The event celebrated a year of the best in roots music. It opened with a moving tribute [...] Read More

Vince Gill Collaborations Abound With Clapton Fest

Vince Gill made his way to Chicago this weekend to take part in Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, and he was surrounded by some pretty impressive players. John Mayer, B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top were all there, and Vince’s set found blended him with some very respected fellow musicians. Acoustic bluesman (and new Nashvillian) Keb’ Mo’ joined Vince along with Earl Klugh, a jazz guitarist who recorded with Chet Atkins; and Albert Lee, who appeared on Brad Paisley’s Grammy-winning “Cluster Pluck.” Vince also got an on-stage visit from former Elvis Presley sideman James Burton, whose collaboration on “Mystery Train” was one of the highlights of the day, according to The Chicago Tribune. As if that weren’t enough, Sheryl Crow popped out to join Vince on a version of Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally,” Premier Guitar reported. Read More

Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum Lead GAC’s Flood Relief Effort

The stars came out in a big way, as did a number of companies and the American people when GAC presented Music City Keep On Playin’ — A Benefit For Flood Relief. Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley were among the artists who delivered nearly 20 songs during Sunday’s three-hour live special from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The event raised more than $1.5 million on first airing, with more expected to come in during future telecasts. Music City Keep On Playin’ was the first national fundraiser organized to aid victims of a devastating flood that engulfed much of Nashville two weeks ago. In a scant 48 hours, the city took in over 13 inches of rain, more than the Middle Tennessee ground could absorb. The Cumberland River swelled over its banks, damaging some of the city’s landmarks, including the Grand Ole Opry House, LP Field, Bridgestone Arena and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Read More

Sheryl Crow Added To GAC’s Flood Relief Benefit Concert

Sheryl Crow has just been added to the incredible list of performers for GAC’s Music City Keep on Playin’ – A Benefit for Flood Relief, a live concert and telethon to aid middle Tennesseans affected by the recent flood disaster. The concert and telethon will be aired live and commercial-free from Nashville’s [...] Read More

Music City Keep On Playin’ Benefit Adds Artists & Third Hour

Keith Urban, Martina McBride and Keb’ Mo’ have been added to the list of performers for Music City Keep on Playin’ – A Benefit for Flood Relief, the first national live concert and telethon to aid middle Tennesseans affected by the recent flood disaster. The concert and telethon will be aired live and commercial-free from [...] Read More