Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Backpedaling up on the ridge

Sometimes it's great to be wrong.

Remember a few months ago when I wrote about Dierks Bentley's latest album, Up on the Ridge? And remember how I talked about the risk he was taking by producing a bluegrass-inspired album that stood in stark contrast to the mainstream market, which, in my estimation, "is a market that sometimes seems to reward conformity over innovation, and an industry that too often uses valuable prime-time network TV slots not to showcase the best of what country music has to offer, but to market a select number of carefully groomed country artists, promoting them as potential crossover artists to the lucrative pop-dominated airwaves."

You may not have realized it at the time, but my subtext there was "I'm talking to YOU, CMAs."

Um, yeah.

About that.

This morning, this year's CMA award nominations were announced. Dierks Bentley is nominated for three awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year - for Up on the Ridge, that not-so-mainstream, outside-the-box, bluegrass-inspired album that I thought would be under-appreciated by the likes of the CMA.

I'm positively FEASTING on my words.

There's a message in these nominations, I think - a message about being who you are and doing what you love and not worrying about how other people will react to it. It's the same philosophy that underscores my parenting with my not-so-mainstream, outside-the box, bluegrass-inspired son. I'll say it again: the boy chooses his heroes well.

So, congratulations to Dierks on the most well-deserved nominations of this year's bunch. Up on the Ridge gets better every time I hear it. Bud and I will be tuning in on November 10, and we'll be hoping for continued good judgment from the members of the Country Music Association.

I would love to be even more wrong.


jess said...

Hooray! And yeah, the metaphor's pretty damned fitting.

Maddy said...

Looks like he's backed a winner in more ways than one!

kristina said...

Mom(-NOS) knows best!

Rachel Rambach said... you're a coffee addict, country music fan, and an awesome mom? A woman after my own heart. I'm Rachel, a music therapist and blogger ( in IL -- so glad I stumbled upon your blog today. Can't wait to read more!

Fairlington Blade said...

Hey. Jane Lynch and Modern Family won emmies. And even though I am devoted to The Amazing Race and have watched very little Top Chef (no cable), that was a welcome change.

So… you never know.


Ronna said...

I am thrilled the CMA finally took notice! Dierks is the best and I agree, let's hope they keep going with their good judgement come November 10th!

Angie said...

I just found your blog and have been going through the archives... and read your ULTIMATE post about when Bud met Dierks and the band! I have to say, I may have cried a little. I'm just blown away by the way the guys interacted with Bud; and I'm so impressed that you were able to give Bud that amazing opportunity, and to help him get through it so beautifully. Hopefully, Dierks will be amply rewarded this award season, for both his musical talent and outstanding character!

MOM-NOS said...

And speaking of awards, have you seen this?