‘American Idol’ Targets Shania; Reba Announces New Album; Jamey Johnson Talks About ‘The Guitar Song’

Brody Vercher | August 13th, 2010

  1. Matt Bjorke
    August 13, 2010 at 11:34 am
  2. Matt Bjorke
    August 13, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Also the Secret Sisters single with “Big River” and “Wabash Cannonball” was produced by Jack White as a special 7 inch single (I’m staring at the vinyl single as I type this), not T-Bone Burnett.

  3. Ben Foster
    August 13, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I’d love to see Shania as the new judge on Idol. She did a great job mentoring – very upbeat and encouraging.

  4. Brody Vercher
    August 13, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I’d just like to clarify that I didn’t suggest the album or any of the songs were produced by Burnett, just “highly touted.”

  5. Matt Bjorke
    August 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    No problem, I guess I ‘read’ it wrong when I ‘skimmed’ the news. I did post a video at Roughstock of the Jamey EPK and shouted out to you for making me aware of it.

  6. Jon
    August 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Also in this week’s Scene, a fine piece by Jewly Hight on the debut release from Megan McCormick. It’s not what anyone would call a country music album, but it’s not that far off, either, and Megan’s got a strong country-ish background, having gone to ETSU’s country/bluegrass program; worked in Missy Raines’ band; recorded on several Daughters of Bluegrass albums; and appeared on 3 cuts on my record, too ;-). I’m guessing that some folks here would like her stuff pretty well.

  7. Stormy
    August 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Shania did a horrible job of mentoring–the only one who was any good was Harry Connick Jr. She was also really bad as a guest judge in the opening parts because she kept trying to get them to put through people who were pretty but couldn’t sing and didn’t get it when she made dirty jokes.

  8. Cardsgal
    August 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Stormy — I question your judgment. Shania was a phenomenal guest judge: She was articulate, thoughtful, nurturing but also no nonsense, firm and truthful with her critiques. I quit watching this show three seasons ago because I could not stand the inane mutterings of Paula and Randy. However, I would watch again if Shania were judge.

  9. Cardsgal
    August 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    P.S. I tuned in to AI specifically to watch Shania last year, and watched only the ep she was on…not because I’m a fan, but because I respect her talent and acumen.

  10. Stormy
    August 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    She told more than one person that it was okay that they didn’t sing well because that really wasn’t important.

  11. Jon
    August 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    She told more than one person that it was okay that they didn’t sing well because that really wasn’t important.

    Why do I suspect that this is more a statement of what you heard than of what she said?

  12. Noeller
    August 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Cool new vid to go with the cool (Funky!)new song from EC!!

    Love the JJ vid about his songs. Man, that’s going to be a stellar album(s)!!

  13. Illiana
    August 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Shania would make a fantastic new judge. I’d love to see her on the panel!

    Harry Connick, Jr. would be great, too, like someone else mentioned on here.

  14. Stormy
    August 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Jon: Because you don’t watch AI?

  15. Ian
    August 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Jamey’s new album could change country music. For better hopefully…

  16. Jon
    August 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    @Stormy. Sorry, wrong answer. The correct answer is, because you have a long track record of misunderstanding and/or misrepresenting statements, including some of your own. Thanks for playing, though.

  17. Troy
    August 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    If shania did AI hopefully when (if) she release new material it will have a cheryl cole/x factor effect to it.

  18. Stormy
    August 13, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    JOn: Okay, so what exactly did she say to the guy she told had a nice “bottom?”

  19. Troy
    August 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I think it matters who is she meant to replace. If its for Paula/Ellen spot out the four I think she would fit but only if she was to be the one to replace paula/ellen spot or kara’s if its simon spot it wouldn’t. There always has to be one nice judge that is an actual singer that where last season judging went wrong for me, one very critcal maganger. There only really needs to be one judge that focus on vocals in pitch or not otherwise they would all sound the same. She could bring the entertainment side of it like if the person really has “it” to make it or not. With all this being said I think AI only has a few season left in it. Move out the way for X factor!

  20. Troy
    August 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    “If its for Paula/Ellen spot out the four I think she would fit but only if she was to be the one to replace paula/ellen spot or kara’s if its simon spot it wouldn’t.”

    ah i forgot i had already typed part of it and started typing from the start again what it should say is it would work if she took paula/ellen or kara spot but it wouldn’t work if she meant to be the next simon.

  21. Jon
    August 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm


  22. Rick
    August 14, 2010 at 12:06 am

    So it appears no blogs announced the official release of The Wright’s new album “Red and Yellow, Blue and Green” this past Tuesday. Well here’s what a few folks have to say about it:

    “There aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to adequately convey why I love this latest offering by the Wrights — stoically haunting, mesmerizing, understated and authentic … come to mind. I love albums that present a new “favorite” with each listen. This morning it was “Teardrop Express.” Last week, the apocalyptic “We’ll All Drink Money.” The sound of Adam and Shannon singing together is a perfect universe in and of itself.” — Marshall Chapman author, songwriter, actor.
    “How about an album filled with gems? Here is one of those records…truly great…” –Raul Malo grammy winning recording artist.
    “I guess I could stop listening to Red, Yellow, Blue and Green if I wanted to…but I don’t want to. Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. Way to go. Thank you for making this music.” -Peter Cooper journalist, songwriter.
    “Now that’s what I call a good record!” -Paul Kennerly songwriter, record producer.

    You can listen to snippets of all the songs at The Wrights website to get a feel for this new effort. Just click on this link and the track snippets start playing in sequence in decent fidelity:


    I miss Keith Stegall’s high dollar production approach from their debut album, but for a no budget indie effort this album is alright. Definitely a huge step up from “In The Summertime” but the terminal mellowness of that album continues on unabated…

  23. AtlantaFan
    August 14, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Shania did an excellent job on AI. If she doesn’t become a full-time judge, I’d like to see AI use her in the same capacity that they did this year.

  24. AtlantaFan
    August 14, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I’ve got September 14th marked on my calendar. I want to be first in line to get Jamey Johnson’s new album.

  25. Nicolas
    August 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Shania Twain was alright as an AI judge just for the flirty moments with John Park alone. But I don’t know if I’d like her as a permanent judge.

    IDK if there’s anything they can do to rescue the show. Its pretty much on life support with someone standing next to it with a pair of opened scissors.

  26. ed
    August 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Looking forward also to Jamey Johnson’s latest. I’d like to hear him do alot more of Vern Gosdin.

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