Arrests and Assaults at Concerts; Behind the Scenes with Dale Ann Bradley; “Remind Me” Video

Juli Thanki | July 27th, 2011

  • Holly Gleason’s thoughts on Rascal Flatts: See, Rascal Flatts isn’t for everyone – especially not people who’re cool. The hipocracy ain’t buying. Even those who might, won’t — for fear of being sneered at. And then, there’s everyone else. There’s a whole lot of everyone else. Which is how they amassed the impressive list of facts’n’stats they proceeded to bludgeon Music Row with like a baby seal – realizing too late the lifeless carcass on the ground was the good will the industry should’ve had for the three men who do more charity work, engage on a real level when they meet their fans, had the biggest selling album a couple different years – only to wonder why they get no respect.
  • Need to stay up-to-date on the lyrics Taylor Swift writes on her arm for each show? You’re in luck.
  • Here’s the video for Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s duet “Remind Me.”

  1. Andrew
    July 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Jason Aldean is full of it, says Andrew.

  2. Barry M
    July 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Why the heck isn’t Aldean’s song country? Because somebody’s only accepted blues, swing and R&B into it as styles of black American -derived music into their country? Because it’s a, uh, Talking Song rap–which existed in country music, right down to the rhythmic rhyming, as early as “Chris Bouchillon’s “Talking Blues” in 1926!?

  3. Joe
    July 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Mr. Aldean: Once again, if you have to constantly defend it, it isn’t.

  4. Andrew
    July 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    @Barry If that’s the criteria, then just about anything can be called country.

  5. Barry M
    July 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Many things have been, Andrew. The music’s never stayed put in 80+ years. And each change was greeted with skepticism–until they got accepted..

  6. Joe
    July 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Barry M must work on “Tha Row.”

  7. Barry M
    July 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    No I do not, Joe. I’m the author of “Meeting Jimmie Rodgers,” and have been listening to and covering country music for over 40 years.

  8. Andrew
    July 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I won’t dispute that a lot of things have been, but at what point does the word country lose all meaning within the context of music?

  9. Barry M
    July 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I’d put it this way, Andrew: The genre and the word were commercial constructions from the outset.. (I happen to be working on a biography of Ralph Peer, the man who did as much as anybody to set it up in the first place, at the moment.) But it certainly has something to do with identifying the music the country audience accepts. The thing is, that’s never instantly clear; it takes time to know. Every new trend was new once, and some have stuck forever, or at least, a long time. We’ll see.
    What I was suggesting was this: as all the former Memphis musicians now working in Nashville will tell you, there’s never been a major trend in African-American pop music that wasn’t reflected in country sooner or later, so rap/hip-hop likely will too, in some way, somehow, some time. Aldean’s effort, like those from Big & Rich before, for instance, may be passing footnotes–or early signs. Again: we’ll see.

  10. J.R. Journey
    July 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Ah, disagreements about ‘what’s country’. It’s starting to feel like home around here, y’all.

  11. Ben Foster
    July 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I wouldn’t attempt to make a case either for or against “Dirt Road Anthem” being considered country music, but I don’t exactly consider it good or interesting country music. The rap wasn’t necessarily a turn-off for me, but I don’t think Jason Aldean is a great rapper.

  12. Rick
    July 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I had never heard of Dex Romweber prior to mentions on this blog, so I checked the link out of curiosity. When I saw the name Jack White as the source of Dex’s current notoriety, a big red flag started waving! I did go to Dex’s MySpace and listened to all of the songs there off his new album. I can honestly say that I didn’t really care for any of them until the last one on the player “Is It Too Late?”. Not a great song by any means, but far superior to the other meager offerings. I should know better than to listen to current music Jack White goes cuckoo for.

    I never watch ESPN, so sadly I’ll never get to hear Kenny Cheesey’s new contribution to the network. What a pity…(lol)

    Darn, I was hoping the person doing the assaulting at the Tim McGraw show was Faith Hill!

    I don’t pay attention to anything Jason Aldean sings or says about anything, and I’m sure not about to start now! Hey, where’s Jon W. when we really need him to help stir things up further? Hmm.

  13. Rick
    July 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Quick Note: Tonight’s Music City Roots show was a certified, bona-fide “Babe-A-Thon” that even Garth and Wayne would have totally dug! Female performers included Amanda Shires, Angela Easterling, Lera Lynn, Natasha Borzilova, and Tera Nevins. My vote for the most cute and cuddly female performer is Amanda Shires but Lera Lynn was a close second.

    Go Americana/Roots Chick Power!

  14. Barry M
    July 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Dex has been a considerable attraction in rockabilly circles for years.

  15. Jon
    July 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Tara Nevins, not Tera.

    And of course Aldean’s record is a country music record. He’s a country music artist.

  16. Chickette
    July 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    “And of course Aldean’s record is a country music record. He’s a country music artist.”

    He is?!? Since when??

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