Brad Paisley and Keith Urban Win Early ACM Awards

Brody Vercher | April 1st, 2009

  1. Josh
    April 1, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Any reason for early awards ceremony given to BP?? Me thinkst thou industry had allowed King BP to accept on an early release statement of “you da bomb”. Any opposers???

  2. CMW
    April 1, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Country California, where every day is April Fool’s Day

    Oh, I like that!

    Will there be any ACM Awards left to give out by Sunday?

  3. Razor X
    April 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Will there be any ACM Awards left to give out by Sunday?

    Does it really matter?

  4. Brody Vercher
    April 1, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    @Josh – I’d assume it’s a way for the ACM Awards to stay in the spotlight leading up to the show, but that’s just a guess.

  5. SW
    April 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Stoked for the new Dale Watson!!

  6. Linda
    April 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I have gotten a dozen phone calls and a bunch of e-mails bout the fake Colorado tour, so I think I better take that one off, before I get in trouble with Mark Rothbaum’s office. Once they start calling him, then I’ll get a call from them. That’s an in my dream tour. But the Wuii game would be fun, and the movie!

  7. Vicki
    April 1, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Since Carrie was brought up in this newsbite, I just drove back from Kansas after visiting my daughter and SIL, which means I traveled Missouri, Illinois, Indiana but getting back to Kentucky. I would scan constantly for country radio stations for the long drive. Everytime, I heard “I Told You So”, it was not the Carrie version but the Carrie and Randy Travis version with the DJ saying this duet was racing up the charts. Thought I’d share that for it’s surprised me each time.

  8. Rick
    April 1, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I’m glad Broken Bow has moved Megan Mullins over to their new imprint so she will in no way be associated with Jason Aldean. They should also move Randy Owen over there so if the Stoney Creek imprint runs into financial trouble Randy Owen can just buy it outright. Megan’s two previous singles were “Ain’t What It Used To Be”, with its great music video, and the barely heard “Cryin’ Days” (no video). Megan’s new songs on her MySpace are a bit too lightweight of pop-country for my tastes, but she is going for airplay on Top 40 country radio so I get it. Her vocals on the Randy Owen duet “Holding Everything” are much more my speed.

    The live performance stage presence of Chuck Mead is on full display in BR5-49’s excellent live album “Coast To Coast”. Their version of Charlie Daniels’ “The Ballad of the Uneasy Rider” set to the music of “Hot Rod Lincoln” is worth the admission price.

    I’m shocked James McMurtry would be a frequent guest on an NPR sponsored program!…(lol)

  9. Kelly
    April 1, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    It’s either a tip of the cap to ol Dale Watson or it’s an April Fools joke, but either way, I dig the “Ameripolitan” tag on the logo at the top of the page!

  10. Brady Vercher
    April 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I was wondering if anyone would notice, Kelly.

  11. Brady Vercher
    April 1, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Even though I was there, that Chuck Mead video is good stuff. Can’t wait for that release in May.

    The Dale Watson album is definitely good stuff as well. I like Watson’s voice in the trucker context more than Aaron Tippin’s and there are some great originals on it rather than a collection of covers.

  12. Steve Harvey
    April 1, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    ‘Ameripolitan’ sounds like the name of a new patriotic raspberry, vanilla and blueberry flavour at Ben & Jerrys..

  13. Brody Vercher
    April 2, 2009 at 11:22 am

    We’re back to “boring” country music today, but we might have to revisit Ameripolitan for the Dale Watson trucker album release.

  14. Kelly
    April 2, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Hey Brody, Country Music isnt boring!! There are so many forms of it and it’s exciting how any act can play just about any type of music and call themselves a type of country music!!

  15. Jon
    April 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Boy, it really bothers you that country music is broader than you wish it were, eh, Kelly?

  16. Hollerin' Ben
    April 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    It really bothers me that there are so many apologists for bad, nashville, corporate “country” music who only feel comfortable making value judgments on people who treat country music as if it actually matters and not on the music itself.

  17. Matt B
    April 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I was sent the MP3 from Dale and can’t wait to hear the rest of the album either.

  18. Matt B
    April 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm


    That Randy Owen CD was one of last year’s WORST albums. In fact the only ‘good’ thing about that album was Megan Mullins’ duet.

  19. Kelly
    April 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Jon, I am bothered by bad music as I see it, regardless of its genre or lame sub-genre. If you were to see my Ipod, you would see that I have a great appreciation for many artists who inhabit various points under the “Country Umbrella”. Isnt there another commenter that you can pester?

  20. Kelly
    April 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Matt B – The whole thing is awesome. classic DW singing about what he knows best: the road and kolaches.

  21. Jon
    April 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Kelly, if the issue is that you’re bothered by bad music as you see it, why frame your comments not in those terms but in terms of what is and ain’t country? I couldn’t care less about what you think rocks or sucks; it’s those comments and notions that I disagree with, like here, where you set up a dandy little straw man to complain about.

    Ben, if you think that agreeing with some not very informed and not very well expressed notion of what country music is is the only criterion for evaluating whether country music matters to someone, you’re wrong. It’s exactly because country music matters to me that I don’t like to see a cramped, crippled version of it served up as the whole thing, regardless of who does it. Equating the whole of country music with only the parts you like. Treating only the parts of country music that you happen to like as the whole thing is a bad idea.

  22. Chris N.
    April 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I’m sensing a lot of sexual tension here.

  23. Stormy
    April 2, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Jon: Its not a matter of merely good or bad. It is also a matter of country or not country.

  24. Matt B
    April 2, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Stormy, I think that’s his point. That stuff people consider country may not be considered good or country by another person. it’s all relative.

  25. Stormy
    April 2, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Matt: Here is the thing. I don’t like Lady GaGa, and she is not country. I do like Bruce Springsteen, but no matter how many times CMT plays him, he’s not country.

  26. Matt B
    April 3, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Who considers Lady GaGa country?

  27. Jon
    April 3, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Who’s Lady GaGa?

    The point isn’t that it’s all relative, it’s that a good deal of it is; that’s why I called the “any act can play just about any kind of music and call it a type of country” line a straw man. These arguments don’t arise over Beyonce or Karlheinz Stockhausen or Li’l Wayne or Mei Han’s Red Chamber. They arise over artists who work in the country music context (from where their material originates to where it’s recorded to who it’s recorded for to where it’s performed to where it’s aired to who writes about it and where), and who are widely considered to be country, but whose music violates someone’s personal sense of what the boundaries of country music ought to be. (More often than not, it’s also music that the person in question doesn’t like; folks generally seem to be a little more flexible when it comes to music that they do like.) And I just think that the history of country music, with its broad range of sounds and styles and its constant incorporation of new ones, says that if you’re going to argue against that contextual consensus, you ought to bring something with more meat than you get in “well, I guess you think you can call anything country” or “it doesn’t sound country to me.”

  28. Kelly
    April 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    “if the issue is that you’re bothered by bad music as you see it, why frame your comments not in those terms but in terms of what is and ain’t country? I couldn’t care less about what you think rocks or sucks; it’s those comments and notions that I disagree with, like here, where you set up a dandy little straw man to complain about.”

    Jon, let it go, man. I know you would love for all of us to bow down and lap up every random comment that you bully others with, but it aint happenin’ here brotha. I think you and I probably have a similar taste in music as to what we appreciate, but you are more worried about what I term the music that I dont like to bother seeing that…I’m pretty close to not even bothering to read any of your future comments, since you dont seem to care about what mine truly entail…

  29. Stormy
    April 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    No one considers Lady GaGa country–that’s the point. If I don’t have to debate that Lady GaGa is not country, why should I have to debate that Bruce Springsteen is not country?

  30. Jon
    April 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    “Country radio could use a Bruce Springsteen song every once and awhile, sung by him, to enrich that stew of the whole picture.” Emmylou Harris in Rolling Stone, 1998

    Not saying I agree with her, but if you feel the need to debate someone, Stormy, she’d be a good place to start…

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