Out On Nashville
In a recent interview with Geoff Boucher of
the LA TImes, Shania Twain says shes not too happy about the state of country
music. "As a listener, there's not a lot of country music today that I like,
she tells Boucher. And she describes the Nashville mind set as cookie cutter,
adding, "They discourage any kind of originality. If there was a young George Jones
out there, he might never get a chance."
This may sound a bit strange coming from the reigning queen of
country-pop, but she knows what she likes: "The classic country is what I prefer.
It's just beautiful songwriting." That there isnt a whole lot of classic
country evident in Shanias music doesnt seem contradictory to her.
"I grew up in freakin' Timmins, Ontario," she says. "I'm not a cowboy. We
had snowmobiles, not horses. I'm proof you don't have to be of the cowboy culture to enjoy
country music. People said, 'You have to decide what you are, either pop or country or
rock or R&B,' but I couldn't make up my mind. And in the end I didn't have to. I wound
up doing a little bit of everything. And it's wonderful." ***
George Jones won't do jail time
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP)
- Saying "I did wrong," country singer George
Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to a drunken driving charge for an
accident that nearly killed him in March. As a result, he will not
have to do jail time. Jones, who was indicted Monday, pleaded guilty
to charges of driving while impaired and violating the state's open
container law. A reckless driving charge will be dismissed in a year
if he completes alcohol counseling and is not arrested again. "I
don't remember much about the day of the accident, but I do know that
I was drinking and obviously my driving was impaired," Jones said at
news conference after the court hearing. "I did wrong that day and
take full responsibility for what happened."
Husband and wife Tim McGraw and Faith Hill walked away with the top honors at the 34th
annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Los Angeles, while Garth Brooks was named artist
of the decade and entertainer of the year.
Hill captured the most awards - five - including top female
vocalist, single record of the year and video of the year for her pop-country crossover
hit This Kiss, and vocal event of the year for Just To Hear You Say That
You Love Me, her duet with McGraw. She also won a Hat Award for producing This
Kiss. Its the second year in a row the couple won vocal event of the year
award. They took the honor last year with Its Your Love. McGraw also was
named top male vocalist.
It was also a big night for the Dixie Chicks, who won in all
three of the categories for which they were nominated - best album for Wide Open Spaces,
best new duo or group, and best duo or group. They beat seven-time winners Brooks and Dunn
for that honor.
Garth says hes overwhelmed with being named artist of
the decade. He follows in the footsteps of previous award winners Marty Robbins, for the
1960s, Loretta Lynn for the 70s, and Alabama for the 80s.
Other award winners:
- Song of the year - Steve Wariner, Holes In The Floor of Heaven.
- Top new female vocalist - Jo Dee Messina.
- Top new male vocalist - Mark Wills.
- Double Diamond Award - Shania Twain.
- Pioneer Award - Glen Campbell.
Gotta Go With Garth
The Academy of Country Music will name its
artist of the decade during its awards ceremony on CBS, and Tom Roland of Nashvilles
Tennessean newspaper says theres not a doubt in his mind that the award will
go to superstar Garth Brooks. And Steve Wariner agrees, saying Garth has opened up a
lot of doors for us artists....He knocked down some doors, in my opinion, and has really
taken country to places its never been before and exposed it to people that would
not normally be accepting of it. I dont know who else it would be.
Marty Robbins won the award in the 60s, Loretta Lynn
in 70s, and supergroup Alabama took the award home for the 80s.
But what about Vince, George, Alan, Trisha, Sania, Mary
Chapin, Reba, Clint, Brooks & Dunn
Roland says Brooks is certainly not the only artist who has
made a phenomenal impact on country music this decade. Vince Gill has set a record for
Country Music Association wins. Alan Jackson and George Strait have kept traditional
country music on the charts. Trisha Yearwood has led a creative pack of new country women,
and Shania Twain came along midway through the decade and rewrote the rules on what was
appropriate for country females. Still, Roland says, None of those acts has been an
ambassador for country music quite like Brooks. And adds Wariner, I really do
think that for good or bad, for however your viewpoint is on him, hes been good for
In On Vince
While recently driving
his car in Nashville, Vince Gill was rear-ended in a three-car collision. No one in the
accident was hurt, but while waiting for police to come sort things out, one of the other
drivers involved in the wreck recognized Vince and pitched him a song. Seems
like in Nashville you really do run into songwriters everywhere.
Meanwhile, Vince and Patty Loveless are adding their talents to a free acoustic tribute
to crime victims in honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Theyll perform
tomorrow night (April 29) at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
Leann's Movie Career
Previously we reported
that LeAnn Rimes might be popping up on the big screen in a movie called Under The
Mimosa. Apparently, LeAnn has really been hitting the audition trail lately, and from
the sound of it, we might be seeing her all over the place. We caught up with the teen
queen of country who told us about her budding acting career: I still go to
auditions like everyone. Its fun. I enjoy it. Its something new for me.
Yknow Ive always wanted to get into the acting thing, and Ive been
auditioning for a lot of films lately, and so well see what happens. I am very lucky
that I can be picky with what I do. I really want to play a part that has a lot of meaning
and something that will affect people when they go see the movie in a positive way.
According to Country Weekly, Under The Mimosa will be filmed in LeAnns
home state of Texas.