ACM New Artist of the Year Semi-Finalists Include Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge, Parmalee, More
The Academy of Country Music announced the eight semi-finalists for the fan-voted New Artist of the Year category at the upcoming 49th Academy of Country Music Awards. Who made the list this year?
‘Strawberry Wine’ Singer Deana Carter on Her New Album, Writing with Kacey Musgraves & Watching ‘Nashville’
“It was hugely important, writing with new artists and seeing their passion and drive, the freshness. It was so inspiring for me,” Carter said of working with Musgraves.
Kacey Musgraves shot her latest video, “Follow Your Arrow,” in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park. “It was probably some of the most fun I’ve ever had,” she told Radio.com.
Brandy Clark battled for two years to get her record out, but it’s now topping off a banner year for the singer/songwriter, who doesn’t mind bending the usually traditional genre’s rules a little bit.
“To me, country music has always been about real life, real things,” she said.
Kacey Musgraves delivered an impressive and well-paced set of easy swinging country tunes with a pop twist. With echoes of southern rock like the Allman Brothers in some of her band’s extended arrangements, the emerging Texan singer-songwriter introduced a flair for reggae with her song “Step Off.”
“I think it’s definitely time for those issues to be accepted in country music — I mean it’s 2013,” she said. “Regardless of your political beliefs, everybody should be able to love who they want to love and live how they want to live.”
ABC’s Nashville (in the midst of its second season) has garnered a lot of critical praise. One aspect of the show that has been applauded has been the song choices for the characters
Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Pete Seeger Join Willie Nelson, Neil Young, More During Farm Aid 2013
Along with Farm Aid board members Nelson, Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, the annual event also included such guests as Amos Lee, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Jack Johnson, and Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah.
Katy Perry is headlining a special “We Can Survive” charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl this October, benefitting the Young Survival Coalition, a group that supports and helps empower young women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.