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Brody Vercher | November 20th, 2009

  1. Cardsgal
    November 20, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Josh Kelley: “Country is where I’m going to live out the rest of my career.” I wonder if he’ll have more conviction about this than “country artist” Jessica Simpson did?

  2. Kim
    November 20, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Where did Paste magazine get its name?

  3. Brady Vercher
    November 20, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Another quote from Josh Kelley: “There’s gonna be a lot of upbeat songs on this album, because at the end of the day, people wanna shake it.”

    Oh boy, I can’t wait.

  4. Baron Lane
    November 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    How did Chesney miss out on that Jimmy Buffet Crossroads gig?

  5. Razor X
    November 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    “Country is where I’m going to live out the rest of my career.”

    Translation: “I couldn’t make it in the pop world.”

  6. Matt B.
    November 20, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Actually,

    I’ve long thought that Josh Kelley fit in the country world, at least since he’s been around in 2003/2004. He’s never been that ‘next John Mayer’ that Hollywood (Disney) tried to turn him into. He did have a good career going in ‘pop music’ and didn’t need to be ‘country.’ Cynically speaking, sure he is ‘crossing over’ but it’s not as if what he was doing was all that different from what is played on country radio these days. I’d actually say his “Backwoods” album can attest to that:

    http://www.amazon.com/BackWoods/dp/B002NPFRY4

  7. Razor X
    November 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    it’s not as if what he was doing was all that different from what is played on country radio these days …

    Now, there’s a perfect reason not to listen to his music.

  8. Trailer
    November 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I’m happy to welcome Josh into future farcings. I’ve never been a fan (mostly because he went to Ole Miss) and his climb onto the country bandwagon only provides more fodder!

  9. Stormy
    November 20, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Josh Kelly IS married to Katherine Heigel, so that should give him a lot of boozey, heartbreak material. Of course, it will likely not be award callibur.

  10. Michael Devers
    November 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    “A girl can get a lot of heat these days by going country.”

    ~ Jenna Maroney

  11. numberonecountryfan
    November 20, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Margaritaville followed by Toes: PRICELESS!

  12. Dan Milliken
    November 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    “Now, there’s a perfect reason not to listen to his music.”

    Ha!

    I mean, I’ll welcome anyone to country music who demonstrates an interest in actually recording something kinda like country music, even if their attempt isn’t a complete success quality-wise (‘sup, Ben Kweller). But the acts who “go country” with the same general sound just because it seems more market-friendly hurt my soul. I probably should be a hardened cynic by now, but I still get taken aback by the total crassness of it.

  13. Matt B.
    November 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I honestly don’t think Josh Kelley is being crass about it at all. I suspect it’s more inline with what Darius is doing actually.

  14. Kelly
    November 20, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    “A girl can get a lot of heat these days by going country.”

    “That’s a deal braker ladies…”

  15. Matt B.
    November 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Kelly is that a “30 Rock” reference?

  16. Kelly
    November 20, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    oh yeah…

  17. Razor X
    November 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I honestly don’t think Josh Kelley is being crass about it at all. I suspect it’s more inline with what Darius is doing actually.

    What bugs me about this is he isn’t saying that he’s always loved country music and that he’s always wanted to cut a country album. He’s switching to country because his brother talked him into it.

  18. Matt B.
    November 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Maybe his brother did talk him into it but what’s to say he hasn’t ‘always loved’ and ‘wanted’ to do a country record. Perhaps he thought that he couldn’t after being a pop/rock guy.

  19. Rick
    November 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I was trying to figure out why Madison Violet seemed familiar and remembered I had purchased a CD titled “Caravan” from two gals named “MadViolet” awhile back. Their music on the CD was all about as sleepy as the live track on Music Fog and I gave it away. Lisa MacIssac, the brunette singing harmony vocals, is quite the fiddle player in the Cape Breton, Nova Scotia tradition. Lisa also has an amazing resemblance to Brodie Jenkins of “The Jenkins” family band. I know! Lisa should join up with Kacey and Brodie as one of The Black Cherries! (lol)

    Mainstream country had become primarily a pop-rock oriented realm dominated currently by Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Rascal Flatts. It is not surprising that new (to country) artists like Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, and Gloriana do well in such an environment. Charles Kelley is a good match for the contemporary country scene and at least he is very talented. You can’t stop “progress”…

  20. Razor X
    November 20, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    You can’t stop “progress”…

    We can if we try hard enough.

  21. Jon
    November 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    “You can’t stop “progress”…

    We can if we try hard enough.

    Um, no. Not that I think “progress” is a good way to describe what happens with music (or any other art form), but whatever you want to call it, it’s inevitable. You might want to consult with the “moldy figs” who thought they could jazz restricted to Dixieland and swing, Razor – though you’ll probably have to hold a seance to do it.

  22. Razor X
    November 20, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Change may be inevitable but we aren’t required to support it and if enough people boycott it, it doesn’t last very long. Ask Jessica Simpson.

  23. Brian
    November 20, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Josh Kelley will be fine.

    At the very least it means Katherine Heigl may show up on country award shows regularly. I see no problem with that scenario

  24. Razor X
    November 20, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Maybe his brother did talk him into it but what’s to say he hasn’t ‘always loved’ and ‘wanted’ to do a country record.

    Then why didn’t he say so?

  25. Stormy
    November 20, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Jon: The problem is that the progressive country music is now being called Americana. And why is it that those poeple who defend playing Hootie and the Blowfish and calling it country as progress the same poeple who get their knickers twisted when someone like Wanda Jackson or Loretta Lynn does something honestly progressive by recording with Jack White.

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