ACM Honors and NSAI Awards; New Releases; Full Album Streams: Zac Brown Band and Rhonda Vincent

Brody Vercher | September 21st, 2010

  1. Rick
    September 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Hot Club of Cowtown Alert! (From an email they sent out today).
    “NEWSFLASH: We recorded a new record in London this past May, “What Makes Bob Holler!,” a collection of Western Swing standards–songs we love but have never recorded, very back-to-our-roots-ish. We licensed it worldwide to London-based Proper Record and it will be coming out in Europe and the UK on October 18th (North America and everyone else, look for it in the first quarter of 2011). We’re very excited.” Now that sounds like my kind of album!

    Katie Armiger’s vocal style seems to improve with every new single. Her pop approach isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but then again she is probably trying to go head to head with Taylor Swift.

    Susan Cowsill has grown up a bit since she was the little girl on the Cowsill’s hit songs of the late 1960’s like “Hair”! (lol) Susan had a gig scheduled at McCabe’s awhile back but had to cancel, so I hope she can make it back to LA sometime soon.

    I think its time for a Lucky Tomblin Band give away contest!

  2. yoli
    September 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Katie trying to go head to head with Taylor Swift, Katie wins hands down…Katie can sing

  3. Leeann Ward
    September 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I’m enjoying the Zac Brown album. The band is probably one of five current mainstream artists that I really enjoy.

  4. Michael A.
    September 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Soooooo… the new Rhonda Vincent album cover. Can’t wait to see the parody at farcethemusic.

  5. Noeller
    September 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    @Leanne — I’m looking forward to hearing the album (label has some copies for our station to give away coming soon…) and I find it interesting that I also peg “5” as the number of acts that I currently enjoy.

    Jamey Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Labert, Lee Ann Womack, and Eric Church are the 5 I generally reference, and I think the real key for me, is the respect for Country history and the better-than-most songwriting.

  6. Rick
    September 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Semi-Opry Alert: Tonight’s show is seriously lacking interesting performers apart from the always stellar Cherryholmes clan. In addition to the Opry Legends (zzzzzz….) other artists featured include Troy Olsen (summer’s over Troy, and so is your career), Chuck “Summer’s Eve” Wicks, and Restless (now Pointless) Heart. Grade C- (without the Cherryholmes’ crew this show would have ranked a “D”). Crikey!
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Fortunately the Thursday night Opry will feature Gene Watson and scores an automatic “A” at a minimum accordingly! (lol)

  7. Nicolas
    September 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    When I click the link to see Katie Armiger’s video, how come it comes up w/ album info for Rhonda Vincent?

  8. Brody Vercher
    September 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    That would be because I boogered up my links. Thanks for pointing it out, it’s fixed now.

  9. Leeann Ward
    September 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    There are some good songs on the Randy Houser album. It’s definitely an improvement over his debut. I’m really enjoying the Kasey Chambers album. It’s my favorite of this week’s batch.

  10. Leeann Ward
    September 22, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Noeller,
    Mine are Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson. I like songs from others here and there, of course, but those five are the only current mainstream artists that I consistently enjoy.

  11. Michael
    September 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

    My two favorite albums out right now are from Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson. These two consistently produce great songs and vocals.

  12. Bob
    September 22, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I’m listening to the new Zac album as I write and really enjoying it. Wish they included the lyrics. My last album purchase was a few weeks ago, a 2008 cd by Australian country singer Melinda Schneider called Hits & Rarities – 22 songs for $9 on an I-Tunes download. Saw her at the Bluebird just over 3 years ago. Great singer. She co-wrote a few songs with Elizabeth Cook including “Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman” and “Men in Trucks”.

  13. Elwood
    September 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I’m on my second go of listening to Zac Brown Band’s new album.

    I was very pleased to be welcomed to the album with the line “Spent the night with a friend of mine and a handle of good whiskey”. Any album that kick starts with a drinking song has balls. I like balls on an album. However, as the track continued, it waned into “don’t worry, relax, be happy”…
    ..as did the next track
    ….and the one after that

    After 11 minutes of “don’t worry, relax, be happy”, I started to visualize Zac lounging on a reclining beach chair in the studio, wrapped in a snuggie, mic in one hand and a lit joint in the other. The track “Cold Hearted” snapped me out of this image for a bit, but it quickly returned after the conclusion of “Whiskey’s Gone”, the fast-paced breakdown song that is a step down in energy from their previous album’s “Sic ‘Em on a Chicken” and “It’s Not OK”.

    I mean, I’m having fun with the album, but the perfectly polished production sanded all the rough edges down so I had nothing I could really grip on to. In fairness, I’m listening to Zac’s album right after playing The Black Album part of Jamey Johnson’s “The Guitar Song”- in my opinion, a hard act to follow. I’ll have to give this album another listen later on since a bunch of you seem to be enjoying it. What are you guys liking about the album? How would you compare it to “The Foundation”?

  14. Ryan
    September 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Hey, I just found this video from new country artist James Wesley, its called “Real” it’s a great song!! check it out … http://www.cmt.com/videos/james-wesley/576102/real.jhtml

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