A Hug From Taylor Swift; Lady Antebellum Goes Double Platinum; Wynonna Partners with Cracker Barrel

Brody Vercher | April 27th, 2010

  1. Matt C.
    April 27, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Man, Kenny, that’s deep, dude.

  2. Rick
    April 27, 2010 at 11:08 am

    The Steep Canyon Rangers are acting as Steve Martin’s “backing” road band as they were winning BMA awards long before they ever hooked up with Steve. Its nice that Steve’s celebrity factor is likely drawing a lot of people to experience live bluegrass music for the first (and hopefully not the last) time. Good on ya, Steve.

    Trailer’s album covers are a hoot as usual. My favorite is the re-touched MCC cover.

    From the above quote about Sugarland’s new album: “but they believe the Machine will connect with a lot of pop fans as they try to find new ways to play with Jennifer’s voice.” Wow, so this means Jennifer didn’t find “new ways to play with her voice” back in her Jennifer Nettles Band and Soul Miner’s Daughter days in the years before Sugarland? I would love to see Jenny and Krissy jump the shark completely to the pop radio realm and take Taylor Swift along with them.

    Wow, that Kenny Chesney advice to Chris Young is just so dang profound! It makes the messages inside fortune cookies seem like college level material in comparison…

  3. Rick
    April 27, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Oops, I meant IBMA Awards! (Trying to avoid correction by Jon here.)

  4. Steve M.
    April 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

    That story about Auburn shows why they don’t win championships. Students at the University of Alabama would have aimed much higher then Taylor Swift.

  5. Matt C.
    April 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Or a lot higher than a hug…

  6. Noeller
    April 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I think I can officially say that I want nothing to do with the new Sugarland project. They have forsaken me, so I have no time for them. You wanna go pop?? Good riddance, thanks.

  7. Shannon
    April 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Not happy about Sugarland going pop! Won’t buy it! Won’t listen to it!

  8. Stormy
    April 27, 2010 at 11:39 am

    as they try to find new ways to play with Jennifer’s voice

    Anyone else want to bet we hear some Kayne West level vocodering?

  9. Jonathan
    April 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    This Sugarland news has me VERY nervous. Jennifer is one of the best country singers around and I just hope she doesn’t close the door on the career they’ve built so far.

    Of course, I hated “All I Want To Do” when I first heard it at the ACM Awards two years ago and learned to love it.

    I have faith they’ll find a way to make this work but why mess with a great thing?

    Still looking forward to going to their concert in a few weeks, though. The tour looks like it is going to be amazing.

  10. Drew
    April 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Ugh, get lost Sugarland. All this “cutesy” crap they’ve been playing with the last few years is so aggravating. Meanwhile their greatest success was with a stripped down song that avid country fans applauded, in “Stay”.

  11. Cardsgal
    April 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I certainly wouldn’t call Chesney’s chit-chat with Chris Young “advice.” Advice would be more along the lines of: “You need to appeal to the masses, man, the lowest common denominator. I mean, I’ve made my live show a tropical party. It appeals to anyone who likes to hang out in the sun, drink and party. People don’t have to like country music at all to want to come to my show.”

  12. Janice
    April 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Kenny Chesney’s “advice” reminds me of my father’s advice to me about 15 years ago… “Now, if you want to make some money, you get one of these websites and you get a lot of people coming to it.” If I had listened to him, I know I would be rich today.

  13. M.C.
    April 27, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Sugarland wasn’t quoted as saying they were making a pop record. All the article says is that thw writer, in his own interpretation of something they said, believes the duo may think the album could possibly appeal to pop fans as well as country fans. But don’t let that stop any of you from slamming them before you’ve heard a note.

  14. Leeann Ward
    April 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I have no idea what Sugarland is saying half the time, but I can’t say that I’m not intrigued by what their new album will sound like.

  15. Razor X
    April 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I have no idea what Sugarland is saying half the time, but I can’t say that I’m not intrigued by what their new album will sound like.

    I can.

  16. Brian
    April 27, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I think some people are missing that the story about Kenny’s advice was something he said tongue firmly in cheek.

  17. Nicolas
    April 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I think Sugarland’s last album was quite a letdown, so I was hoping they’d return to the greatness of their first two records… I’m really unsure about this upcoming record, although I do prefer up-tempos to ballads.

  18. K
    April 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Lately, I feel like Jenifer and Kristian are trying to give people the IDEA that their new material and albums will be something we’ve never seen or heard before, but it’s not worrying. They’ve had some great songs (mostly older material like “Settlin,” “Stay” “Down In Mississipi” and “Want To), but for the most part their matrial has not matched up to the sense of buzz they allude to.

    That Kenny remark is one of the stupidest things I’ve read in a long time- never have been able to stand the guy.

    I’m not Swift fan, but what she did for the college guys is pretty darn cool. Good for her.

  19. K
    April 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm


  20. Cardsgal
    April 28, 2010 at 9:59 am

    @Brian: Yes, I’m sure that’s the case, as when I think of Chesney, I think “sharp wit.”

  21. WAYNOE
    April 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

    The statement, “…as they try to find new ways to play with Jennifer’s voice.” shows why this laughable duo is no duo at all. They are one of the inside jokes in Nashville.

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