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2012 CMA Nominations

They’re out!  What are your thoughts on this year’s CMA nominations?  Discuss in the comments section.

Entertainer of the Year 

Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big & Rich
Love and Theft
Sugarland
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year

Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

Album of the Year (Awarded to artist and producer)

Luke Bryan, Tailgates and Tanlines - Produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright

Eric Church, Chief - Produced by Jay Joyce

Miranda Lambert, Four the Record - Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf

Dierks Bentley, Home - Produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart

Lady Antebellum, Own the Night  - Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year (Awarded to songwriters)

Eli Young Band, “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” – Will Hoge and Eric Paslay

Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You” – Dave Barnes

Dierks Bentley, “Home” – Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers

Miranda Lambert, “Over You” – Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

Eric Church, “Springsteen” – Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell

Single of the Year (Awarded to artist and producer)

Jason Aldean, “Dirt Road Anthem” – Produced by Michael Knox

Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You” – Produced by Scott Hendricks

Dierks Bentley, “Home” – Produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten

Little Big Town, “Pontoon” – Produced by Jay Joyce

Eric Church, “Springsteen” – Produced by Jay Joyce

Musical Event of the Year

“Dixie Highway,” Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band

“Feel Like a Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” Willie Nelson featuring Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson

“Safe and Sound,” Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars

“Stuck on You,” Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to artist and director)

Eric Church, “Springsteen” – Directed by Peter Zavadil

Kenny Chesney, “Come Over” – Directed by Shaun Silva

Miranda Lambert, “Over You” – Directed by Trey Fanjoy

Little Big Town, “Pontoon” – Directed by Declan Whitebloom

Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup” – Directed by Michael Salomon

Musician of the Year

Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Mac McAnally

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in News and Events

 

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Love and Theft – “Angel Eyes”

It certainly has been an eventful past couple of years for Love and Theft.  They score a Top 10 hit on the Lyric Street label with their 2009 release “Runaway,” release their debut album World Wide Open… and then the label folds, they lose their record deal, and Brian Bandas leaves leaves the group.  Fast-forward to 2011, and Love and Theft resurfaces in duo form on RCA with the new single “Angel Eyes.”

This is a familair combination:  Catchy melody meets fluffy, insubtantial lyrics.  Yes, it’s basically another factory-assembled radio hit.  On the positive side, the production is surprisingly light and tasteful, which fits well with the infectious melody.  It’s hardly the sound I would expect from the act behind “Runaway,” and it almost even feels like country music – almost.  In a contemporary 21st-century context, that is.

I would normally give credit for production staying out of the way of the lyrics, but in this case, there really isn’t anything worth staying out of the way of.  These lyrics are so rehashed it ain’t funny – a one-dimensional character sketch of a rebel girl just like all the other nameless, faceless rebel girls in contemporary country songs.  Conveniently, they also found places to insert clever little shout-outs to bonfires, tailgates, and “Sunday mornin’.”  Wink-wink, country radio.

The catchy factor may carry the song a short way, but in the long run, a lack of creativity sinks the song such that the melody and production can’t save it.

LOVE AND THEFT’S SCORE5
(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Single Reviews

 

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