The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences recently announced the nominations for the 37th Annual Grammy Awards which will be presented March 1. Mary Chapin Carpenter received one of the biggest nominations for a country artist when her "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" was nominated for Record of the Year. Lyle Lovett's I Love Everybody album was nominated for Best Pop Album. Willie Nelson received a nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.
Nominations for Country Album include Asleep At The Wheel's Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys; Mary Chapin Carpenter's Stones in the Road; Vince Gill's When Love Finds You; Reba McEntire's Read My Mind; and Trisha Yearwood's The Song Remembers When.
Female Country Vocal Performance nominations include "Shut Up and Kiss Me" by Mary Chapin Carpenter; "Is It Over Yet" by Ashland's Wynonna; "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye" by Louisville's own Patty Loveless; "Independence Day" by Martina McBride; and "She Thinks His Name Was John" by Reba McEntire.
Male Country Vocal Performance nominations include "Thinkin' Problem" by David Ball; "Your Love Amazes Me" by John Berry; "When Love Finds You" by Vince Gill; "I Swear" by Nicholasville's John Michael Montgomery; and "Pocket of a Clown" by Pikeville's Dwight Yoakam.
Congratulations and good luck to all the country artists!
Tim McGraw may not have been nominated for a Grammy, but Louisville doesn't like him any less. Tim's Not A Moment Too Soon album was one of the biggest local, as well as national, records of 1994, recently being certified quadruple-platinum, selling in excess of 4 million copies. WAMZ 97 FM counted down the top 97 songs of 1994 on New Year's Eve, and it is no surprise that Tim had four songs in this countdown. As if that's not enough, Tim occupied not only the number two spot with "Don't Take The Girl," but the "Indian Outlaw" set up camp in the number one spot. His most recent release, "Not A Moment Too Soon," was at number 77 and "Down On The Farm" was number 26.
It was not unexpected that popular artists such as Vince Gill, Joe Diffie, Reba McEntire, George Strait, and Alan Jackson were in the top 20 countdown, but it was a real surprise and treat that newcomers BlackHawk and Jesse Hunter were included in this list. It was also no surprise that Garth Brooks was in this list, but it is interesting that his only song in the top 20 was his rock cover of KISS' "Hard Luck Woman," which Garth did not intend for his country audience. The top 20 songs in WAMZ's Top 97 of 1994 are as follows:
20. "Hard To Say" - Sawyer Brown
19. "Livin' On Love" - Alan Jackson
18. "She Thinks His Name Was John" - Reba McEntire
17. "Long Legged Hannah" - Jesse Hunter
16. "Goodbye Says It All" - BlackHawk
15. "Gone Country" - Alan Jackson
14. "I'd Like To Have That One Back" - George Strait
13. "Be My Baby Tonight" - John Michael Montgomery
12. "The Big One" - George Strait
11. "Hard Luck Woman" - Garth Brooks
10. "Every Once In A While" - BlackHawk
9. "Third Rock From The Sun" - Joe Diffie
8. "Whenever You Come Around" - Vince Gill
7. "I Swear" - John Michael Montgomery
6. "Storm In The Heartland" - Billy Ray Cyrus
5. "Wherever She Is" - Ricky Van Shelton
4. "John Deere Green" - Joe Diffie
3. "National Working Woman's Holiday" - Sammy Kershaw
2. "Don't Take The Girl" - Tim McGraw
1. "Indian Outlaw" - Tim McGraw
The RROTE Awards, Roadrunner/Coyote's Video Music Awards, were presented Sunday night, Jan. 15. The Other Smothers Brothers led the country pack with three awards for their "Think Again" video. These awards include Best Overall Video, Best Storyline/Concept, and Best Performance. They plan to travel to Music City USA -- Nashville, Tenn. -- to meet with executives in the recording industry to review their future plans.
Other winners include Brian Allen's "Down At Miss Mabels" for Best Technical Achievement, Phillip Clarkson's "Doggie-Dog World" for Best Homegrown Video, Brent Maveric's "I Can't Put Your Memory To Bed" for Best Song, Charlie O'Bryan's "Kentucky Born & Raised" for Best True Country Video, and Dangerous Cowboys' "Wishy Washy Woman" for People's Choice.
There has been a definite slump in the release of new country albums during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, but that has finally changed. Be on the lookout for Clinton Gregory's self-titled CD and James House's new album titled Days Gone By. You Gotta Love That, Neal McCoy's follow-up release to his smash No Doubt About It is now available at your favorite record store. Sawyer Brown fans will want to pick up their new greatest hits album, Greatest Hits 1990-1995, which includes the smash hit "This Time." If you are a Hank Williams Jr. fan, then you'll definitely want to be on the lookout for Hog Wild.
The country concert slump has also finally broken. Randy Travis fans will be happy to know that Randy will make an appearance in Louisville for the first time in two years -- on Friday night, Feb. 10, at Freedom Hall -- to sing all your old favorites as well as your new favorites from his This Is Me album. Along with Randy will be the very talented Sammy Kershaw. This will be a dynamite show that you definitely won't want to miss.
You can find Diamond Rio with special guest George Ducas at the Palace Theatre on Thursday night, Feb. 23. Diamond Rio, the current CMA Vocal Group of the Year, will be sure to entertain you with their long string of hits and George Ducas will offer songs such as "Lipstick Promises" from his self-titled debut album.
It's not too soon to think about March concerts. Alabama fans will be thrilled to know that they will be performing at Freedom Hall on March 24. Keep your ears open for more upcoming details.
Q: Is the lead singer of The Mavericks, Raul Malo, the son of Roy Orbison? J. Gnadinger, Louisville
A: No! Although his sound and style are quite similar to those of the late Roy Orbison, singer/guitarist/song-writer Raul Malo was born Aug. 7, 1965, in Miami, Fla., to Raul Sr. and Norma Malo. Raul and the remainder of The Mavericks were the only guys in Miami with the taste and guts to see themselves as country stars. They have evolved into a genuine country band still driven to uncover what they call "the Grand Ole Opry connections" alive and kickin' in both rock and country. "They've long been incestuous lovers," Malo says. The Mavericks are currently working on a new album which MCA/Nashville says should be released sometime in September.
If you have a question you'd like answered about one of your favorite country artists, please send your question, along with your name, to: Cowboy Corner Country Quiz, Louisville Music News, 7505 Cambridge Drive, Crestwood, KY. 40014.
Well, that's it for now. Always remember: Keep your boots shined up and your hat on straight, 'cause country music is comin' your way.