Barefooted Performer Pat Green Likens Playing On Stage To Working In His Den

Brody Vercher | June 14th, 2007

  • Last week Linda from Still Is Still Moving had her blog name checked by Willie Nelson on Bill Mack’s XM Radio show. The excitement doesn’t stop there, she called in this week and actually got to talk to Willie!

    Linda: Hello, Willie, this is Linda, from Colorado. I’m the person who has the website.

    Willie: Oh, my goodness I am sure glad to talk to you. I have been checking the still is still, I been checking it every day. Thank you for all, you know, you’re pretty much on top of everything.

    Earlier in the week Linda had emailed someone asking if she could get a press pass to one of Willie’s shows, unfortunately they had to decline. But, to show that he had been reading, Willie said he wanted to make sure she got to the show. Read the transcript on Still Is Still Moving.

  • Linda isn’t the only one with some exciting news these days, Kevin scored a telephone interview with Pam Tillis that he transcribed on Country Universe.
  • Despite being on the Flip Flop Summer Tour with Kenny Chesney, Pat Green still hits the stage sans shoes. Green says, “It’s just more comfortable to me.”
  • And the hype for the new Bon Jovi “country” album begins. Listeners can expect an album along the lines of Sugarland, Big & Rich, and Keith Urban. According to the article on USA Today, the band wrote some songs with more of a traditional country sound, but decided against releasing those because they didn’t want to seem like they were pandering to an audience. The album won’t be too much different from what Bon Jovi has been doing for their entire careers. Guitarist Richie Sambora on some of the differences:

    The title track, for instance, sports subtle touches of fiddle and pedal steel, as might be heard on an Urban record, while Whole Lot of Leavin’ begins with an acoustic guitar pattern and that steady four-on-the-floor rhythm that Waylon Jennings used to favor. But those are minor variations.

  • Joining Jewel during her free three-hour acoustic show a couple of nights ago were John Rich and Kix Brooks. Apparently there was also “hilarious stories about Crisco and armpit sweat,” but we don’t get any details in the article.
  • How does Dollywood strike you? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is seeking opinions on what you thought of the theme park if you’ve been, and whether you would go if you haven’t ever been.

    You’re never more than a few steps, or a few minutes, from live country, bluegrass, gospel and pop, on a half-dozen stages more than 40 times a day.

    It sounds like it could be quite appealing. All the praise in the comment section doesn’t hurt, either.

  • John Goodspeed delivers this gem from the mouth of Marty Stuart:

    “The thing I took away from Cash was about being absolutely fearless creatively, about taking your eye off any kind of box office or chart numbers,” Stuart said. “It’s about what fills up your heart, do it, have fun doing it, be serious about it and it’s going to find an audience and its mark.”

  • In her review of some Dolly Parton reissues, Margaret Moser from The Austin Chronicle writes “under the cake-frosting hair and gobs of make-up, Dolly Parton’s as real as they come.” Coat of Many Colors received three stars, My Tennessee Mountain Home took two stars, and Jolene got three and a half.
  • Little Dog Records sent out an email informing the F.O.L.D (Friends of Little Dog) that the new Moot Davis album will be released in August under the name of Already Moved On. This one should be pretty exciting.
  1. Linda Banks
    June 14, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Yeah, how cool was that, Brody! I’m still flying high. I’ve tried to get through to Bill Mack’s show to talk to Willie in the past, with no luck. Yesterday was my lucky day! I feel a little embarrassed that Willie has read all my complaining about not having my drawn to win a ticket to the Choteau, MT show, and then that goofy letter to the promotors trying to score a ticket. But hey, when Willie said to e-mail him, I don’t feel so bad now! I can’t believe it.

    I’m so glad I took that week off, even though there was no Texas picnic planned, and I hadn’t really planned on going to the George, Washington show. But now, with that sweet invitation, I am bound for Choteau and George, Washington. I don’t know how I am going to get there, but I am there.

    Wasn’t I bold to ask if I could meet him? But hey, it never hurts to ask. I’m excited!

    So, I guess the moral of the story is, the next time someone tells you to stop wasting time on your blog, just think of me and all the good things that came out of the hours I sit in front of my computer!

    Thanks, Brody, for sharing my excitement, and letting me gush…..

  2. Matt C.
    June 14, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    What a strange comment by Bon Jovi. Recording traditional country songs for a country album is pandering? What is pushing a rock album on a country audience? Exploitation?

  3. Brody Vercher
    June 15, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Linda – I’d be excited and gushing, too. You gotta let us know how the concert goes. Make sure the review is good though, Willie’s reading ;)

    Matt – Good point, I didn’t think of that before. I’m sure the reason he didn’t go the traditional route was to avoid alienating his current fan base. By adding a few predominantly country instruments and calling his album country, when it’s really the same thing he’s always been doing, he gains a whole new audience on top of the one he already has.

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