Ryan Bingham Wins Two Americana Awards

Film makers want very much for the general public to buy in to the magic of movies. You can count Ryan Bingham among those who believe in celluloid’s power. After sharing a Golden Globe and an Oscar Award for Best Song with T Bone Burnett for writing the “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart),” Ryan took home two trophies — Song and Artist of the Year — Thursday during the ninth annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards in Nashville. The Americana nods only add to the lists in which Ryan finds himself. The Song of the Year Oscar put him in the company of such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Henry Mancini and Irving Berlin — all of whom have won the Film Academy’s Best Song prize at least once. Ryan’s new album, Junky Star, made its chart debut this week, landing at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums list. And the Americana Artist of the Year trophy put him on yet another list among such previous winners as Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Neil Young and Jim Lauderdale, who hosted Thursday’s show. Read More

Miranda Lambert Sets CMA Nominations Record

“The truth,” Miranda Lambert sang in “White Liar,” “comes out a little at a time.” For the first time in history, the Country Music Association rolled out its nominations in a two-day process, and when it was all said and done, the truth is that Miranda had set a new all-time mark. She joined Dierks Bentley to read the finalists in the last five categories Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and discovered she’d amassed nine nominations in all — more than any other female in history. Read More

Watch Dierks Bentley & Jerrod Niemann Tonight on Top 20

Two guys who have a lot to celebrate — Dierks Bentley and Jerrod Niemann — will share their excitement this weekend with host Nan Kelley on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Dierks announced this week that he and his wife, Cassidy, are expecting their second child in December. It’s a big moment in his home life, even as Dierks’ professional life continues to unfold. His album Up On The Ridge ranks No. 7 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and he’ll make two late-night television appearances next week to support it. He’s set to perform “Fallin’ For You” on “The Late Show With David Letterman” Tuesday and “Draw Me A Map” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday. Read More

Dierks Bentley Caught in the Middle

One of the news stories that’s likely to stay in the headlines through much of the summer is an Arizona law that has the state cracking down on illegal immigration. The federal government has sued the state over the issue, which has Arizona native Dierks Bentley feeling like many Americans feel about a lot of topics: caught in the middle. The Arizona law would require everyone to carry proof that they’re in the U.S. legally. It’s a controversial piece of legislation on a subject that gets people at both ends of the spectrum fired up. Dierks tries to stay away from politics, and this issue demonstrates why. He’s known native Mexicans who were excellent, dedicated workers that contributed to his home state’s economy. But he also recognizes they cost taxpayers money when they make use of government programs. Read More

Dierks Bentley’s “Ridge” Work Goes Public

Paying homage to his musical roots in a manner that’s atypical for a mainstream star, Dierks Bentley’s Up On The Ridge album hits the marketplace on Tuesday just as the title track reaches the Top 25 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Dierks already toured to give a preview of the project, appropriately ending the jaunt at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, where the bluegrass genre coalesced during the 1940s in the first Grand Ole Opry appearance of a Bill Monroe band that included Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. The Ryman is less than a mile from the Station Inn, a bluegrass club in Nashville that Dierks frequently attended before he ever got a recording contract. His experiences there gave him some background in the bluegrass genre that offset some of the hard-rock sounds he gravitated to as a kid, and On The Ridge pays homage to his education. Read More