Blaine Larsen Joins New Treehouse Records; George Strait To Open Cedar Park Center

Brody Vercher | June 16th, 2009

  1. Rick
    June 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Hey Juli, how about a Sarah Jarosz vs. Rhonda Vincent new release shoot out? (lol)

    Thanks for the Hayes Carll mention, but wwhere’s JTE? (lol) At least there were no Todd Snider links today…

    I have the new Holly Williams album and it is at least a 3.5 star effort and worth hearing. I don’t know if this deluge of music videos will help sell the album, but the label knows Top 40 AirHead Country radio likely won’t be biting so they are getting creative.

    Whom exactly does the CMA define as “core country fans”? Considering they are big shills for the mainstream pop-rock crap that dominates radio these days I doubt I’m included in their soccer mom/tween girl dominated “core” audience.

  2. Paula_W
    June 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I dont really know where to post this so just pretend I’m Rick and this is a random tidbit. :-)

    From the Tennessean:

    Show staffers and crew have been sworn to secrecy about the opening segment, but country and pop queen Swift and host Bill Engvall were in plain sight Monday shooting a portion of it at the Sommet Center. On Sunday backstage at the CMA Music Festival, Swift confirmed reports that rapper T-Pain would play some part in her appearance on tonight’s show.

  3. Charles Murphy
    June 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Hell with a settlement. I wanna see these two..Count ‘em TWO…egomaniacal morons battle it out in court. I don’t think Jared Ashley has a case on hearsay and John Rich has enough power in Nashville to crush that idiot…BUT…that would expose John Rich for the controlling Nepoleanic idiot that he is.
    This is just a match made in heaven. Let the gloves come off and let’s all hear this crap in open court like it was supposed to be heard.

  4. Juli
    June 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Hey Juli, how about a Sarah Jarosz vs. Rhonda Vincent new release shoot out? (lol)

    Rick, both are solid releases, but if I had to pick only one, my money’s on Jarosz…Kenny Ingram’s departure from RV & The Rage is definitely felt on this new record, IMO. Aaron McDaris is certainly no slouch, but Ingram was really something else. I do dig the cover of “Stop the World (And Let Me Off)” and the closing track “When I Travel My Last Mile” is a great track, too.

  5. Leeann Ward
    June 16, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I agree with Juli. I actually like the Vincent album more than some of the other stuff I’ve heard, but the Jarosz album is very good, especially for a first effort.

  6. Leeann Ward
    June 16, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I meant to say “I’ve heard of hers.”

  7. Sam G.
    June 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    The CMA survey dovetails nicely with the last Malec Minute and resulting comments. If half the “core” country music fans don’t access the internet, that means their primary sources for country are radio and TV stations like CMT. The radio monopoly won’t allow fringe artists onto their playlists, and CMT would rather show Larry the Cable Guy movies than country music videos and concerts, so independent artists on small labels really don’t have a prayer of reaching the mainstream.

  8. Clemson Brad
    June 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Very happy to hear about Blaine. I have enjoyed both of his albums, ESPECIALLY his very underated second album. He has a nice country voice, and I hope he sticks to his more traditional sound.

  9. Leeann Ward
    June 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I agree that Blaine has a very good voice. It’s his song selection that keeps me from being a fan though. I hope his great, country voice will be put to better use now.

  10. Jim Malec
    June 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Haven’t read the article, but if 50% don’t have home internet access it’s kinda hard to blame declining sales on piracy, isn’t it?

  11. Razor X
    June 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Haven’t read the article, but if 50% don’t have home internet access it’s kinda hard to blame declining sales on piracy, isn’t it?

    Exactly what I was thinking. Also, these are the sort of fans that are probably still getting most of their music from the radio, so how difficult could it possibly be to market to them?

  12. Brady Vercher
    June 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I thought the same thing about piracy, but I haven’t read the report yet. Piracy and changing music consumption behavior have fueled theories about the decline of the industry, but this revelation (if accurate) seems to challenge them.

    It’d be interesting to see the ages of these consumers, if they have access to the internet anywhere aside from home, and what kind of country music they prefer.

    And I’m not sure how it actually poses a marketing challenge. It seems like something they would have figured out in the early 90s and before. It does seem to pose a challenge to actually getting a product to these consumers considering the dwindling floor space dedicated to music at retail locations.

    If anything, I’d think this information would pose more of a threat to independent artists who aren’t likely to be able to get their products in stores.

  13. Jim C
    June 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Ben Mallott’s record came out late last year. is it being re-issued on a big(ger) label?

    It’s not exactly country, btw, but I like it just fine.

  14. Chris N.
    June 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Nashville has been using internet piracy as a scapegoat for many years. I remember hearing anti-piracy tirades from artists whose work I would have been stunned to discover had ever been “stolen.”

  15. Jon
    June 16, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Juli: “Kenny Ingram’s departure from RV & The Rage is definitely felt on this new record…”

    Which is kind of odd, since his presence was barely felt on the last one (he appeared on 3 tracks out of 12, and played less banjo on the album than did Ron Stewart).

  16. Juli
    June 16, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Good Thing Going, while a decent enough contemporary bluegrass album, just hasn’t held up for me on repeated listenings, especially when compared to the vitality of Ragin’ Live, or even All American Bluegrass Girl (I don’t have the liner notes for this one, but if IIRC Charlie Cushman contributed a fair amount of banjo there). Of course, the comparative weakness of these last two studio albums can’t all be chalked up to Ingram’s absence, but I think he’s definitely missed (people probably said the same thing when Tom Adams/Michael Cleveland/Audie Blaylock/etc. left the band, but RV was still releasing high caliber bluegrass albums such as One Step Ahead around this time).

    Granted, I haven’t seen McDaris perform with The Rage live, nor have I seen Ingram play with Larry Stephenson, so perhaps this personnel change sounds better in person than on CD, but so far Destination Life just doesn’t hold its own among the rest of the Vincent discography. And as for those three of 12 tracks on Good Thing Going, well, a little Kenny Ingram is better than none.

    YMMV, as always.

  17. Chris D.
    June 16, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I’m definitely getting the Jarosz album, I’ll think about the new Rhonda album. Good Thing Going was great, but not excellent.

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