Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood To Host CMA Awards A Second Time; Opry Revives Country Classics Series

Brody Vercher | August 26th, 2009

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  1. Rick
    August 26, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Kitty Wells Alert! Here’s a message sent out this week by the Heart of Texas label folks:

    “The Queen of Country Music, Kitty Wells will be celebrating her 90th birthday this coming Sunday (8/30/09) at the Texas Troubadour Theater in Nashville.

    David McCormick, owner of the Ernest Tubb Record Shops, is organizing the two hour tribute to the greatest female vocalist in the history of Country Music. The event will be broadcast over WSM radio and online at http://www.wsmonline.com from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM Central time on Sunday and will feature several special guests paying tribute to Kitty. The celebration is an invitation only event.”

    WooHoo!

  2. Drew
    August 26, 2009 at 11:06 am

    That’s the first time I’ve heard Carrie Underwood’s name in months. When is she going to put out a new single? And what’s the point of this delay?

  3. Stormy Lewis
    August 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I don’t know that I would count Elizabeth Cook out just yet.

  4. Cindy2
    August 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Love you Brody! Thanks

  5. Stewman
    August 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I wouldnt count out Elizabeth just yet, but singles like “It takes Balls” are so confining. If that is the image she wants to portray, I dont think it will help grow a bigger fan base, not that every artist needs to. but the point of the post was about how she didnt break.
    Im also done with ironic rock covers by bands like Cadillac Sky. A career short cut to get some immediate exposure

  6. Stormy Lewis
    August 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I believe she has a new album coming out late this year or early next year.

  7. Leeann Ward
    August 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    She’s had much better songs than that.

  8. Jon
    August 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “Im also done with ironic rock covers by bands like Cadillac Sky. A career short cut to get some immediate exposure.”

    I wonder who other bands “like” Cadillac Sky might be, and I’m guessing you didn’t bother to look or listen, Stewman, because like their version or not, it’s hard to come up with a more inappropriate term than “ironic.” And the “”career shortcut” comment is even sillier, if such a thing is possible. Sheesh.

  9. Stewman
    August 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Jon, you’re telling me that doing a song by one of the country’s most popular rock bands isn’t going to get you more immediate ink and publicity, and most importantly press outside of the bluegrass world?(or whatever category you will put them in) If that’s how CS wants to push their career good for them. But it IS a short cut. I think all covers as singles early in one’s career can be get a good way to get exposure, but at what cost.

  10. Kelly
    August 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Stewman – Cadillac Sky isnt a new act that is looking to get some cheap attention.I dont see how taking a cut from a rock band that has several more substantial hits that wouldve made for more obvious choices is ironic. Cadillac Sky bends genre boundaries and have always been pretty daring in my opinion, so it makes sense that they would be daring in this instance as well.

    I saw them open up for David Grisman in 2006 and there were almost as many “wow” moments in their set as there were in Grisman’s and they played for half the amount of time.

  11. Stewman
    August 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Kelly,
    This is a way to get attention. I didn’t say “cheap”, just attention. There were high hopes that they’d break big and they have not. You will now see this song/performance in a lot more places than you would have otherwise. That is fact.

  12. Jon
    August 26, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Stewman, Kelly’s exactly right, and It’s pretty obvious that you don’t have a clue as to who C-Sky are, how long they’ve been around, what their records are like or anything else about them. On the other hand, I have to say that I was wrong in my previous post; it’s the “ironic” part of your post that’s sillier. There’s about as much irony in that record as there is in the Country Gentlemen’s cover of “Fox On The Run.”

  13. nm
    August 26, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    OK, I’m not a Cadillac Sky fan and I haven’t heard the song. But if it’s a better (for their sound) song than something not yet recorded, why shouldn’t they record it?

    Me, I get all misty-eyed and nostalgic over the days when lots of folks within a genre recorded songs that had been hits for someone else, and a number of folks in all genres did boundary-busting covers. The days when, you know, if you heard a song you liked you added it to your repertoire. I love Bob Dylan, I really do. But some people (not him) took from his career the “lesson” that recording someone else’s songs is inferior to recording one’s own, and I think that’s a shame.

  14. nm
    August 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Well, Jon, the Country Gentlemen’s version of “Fox on the Run” may not be ironic, but I’d say there’s plenty of irony in the fact that its origins as a Manfred Mann British Invasion song have been forgotten.

  15. Jon
    August 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “Well, Jon, the Country Gentlemen’s version of “Fox on the Run” may not be ironic, but I’d say there’s plenty of irony in the fact that its origins as a Manfred Mann British Invasion song have been forgotten.”

    Well, yeah, I guess, but that’s a different story. In neither case is there anything ironic about the performance.

    And I totally agree with you on your previous point about the trend away from doing covers.

  16. Stewman
    August 26, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    You’re view is too insular about CS. They were one of the most hyped bands of 06-07. Im sure they do quite well in the bluegrass circle, but I believe this song, is in hopes for them to get more Lalapalooza, Bonnaroo gigs, and placate to a ripe audience (young alternative;rock crowds) that would buy into such a band.

  17. Jon
    August 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    “I believe this song, is in hopes for them to get more Lalapalooza, Bonnaroo gigs, and placate to a ripe audience (young alternative;rock crowds) that would buy into such a band.”

    What is the basis for this belief? I mean, other than a projection of what your own approach might be were you able to be in their shoes.

  18. merlefan49
    August 26, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Stewman,
    I was at a bluegrass festival in 07 and while Cadillac sky was on my friends and I went out for a walk they didn’t impress us.

  19. stewman
    August 26, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Jon the basis for my belief is that Disney never lets anything go out with out a detailed marketing plan.

  20. Jon
    August 26, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    “Jon the basis for my belief is that Disney never lets anything go out with out a detailed marketing plan.”

    Do you think that this detailed marketing plan included a decision not to feature this cut on the band’s website, but rather the title track of their new EP? Do you think that this detailed marketing plan included a decision not to make the EP or any of its individual cuts available on iTunes? What do you think Disney has to do with C-Sky, anyway? And most importantly, what makes you think that having a marketing plan tells you something about the intent of the artist making the recording for which the plan is created?

  21. stewman
    August 26, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Disney distributes all of Skaggs’ label via Lyric Street. And Trust me, knowing that system, they break it down to a very detailed level.
    They didnt put it on itunes because im sure slide 6 in the power point stated something to the effect “it will build buzz”.

  22. Jon
    August 26, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    That’s what I figured. Apparently it escaped your attention that C-Sky left Skaggs Family months ago, and that the new EP, on which this cut appears, is a self-release, as is the video. So the ccorrect answer to the question, what does DIsney have to do with it, is zero, zip, nada.

    But this amusing error aside, the question remains: what makes you think that having a marketing plan tells you something about the intent of the artist making the recording for which the plan is created? Because that was your point: C-Sky cut this particular song in order to blah blah blah, bogus Disney connection and all. Whereas in fact they simply liked the song.

    Trust me, you’re full of it on this one.

  23. Cindy2
    August 26, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I am a MAJOR c-sky fan–As Brody and Brady will tell you-I e-mailed the site referencing Brady concerning the video yesterday. (Also, we just saw them in Charlottesville and they rocked the joint. Got to talk to a few of them as well, they couldn’t be nicer.) When I saw the video mentioned today on today’s roundup, I got Brody confused with Brady in my earlier post–thinking I had something to do with it-but that’s OK, still love you both, just glad they got a mention.

    With respect to this thread–I have to say, I’ve seen them twice in the past few months-these aren’t guys to pander. They have a history of doing covers just to shake things up. Musically, they live on the “edge,” especially for bluegrass bands. By bringing in outside influences, they stay sharp and creative. I’ve heard them speak about their respect for traditional music, and it is still a feature in what they do. But they don’t live or listen to music in a vacuum; the occasional cover song provides a natural outlet. Quite honestly, if it gives them a wider audience, I say “congratulations”-couldn’t happen to a more talented group.

    I’ve also read that they are making their next album without benefit of a recording contract-that they are working first on music that makes them happy. That is a major leap of faith.

    If you doubt their sincerity that they did this song purely because they felt they related to it, maybe today’s tweet from them will put their motivations in a little better perspective:

    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in
    the Lord” I Corinthians 15:58

    Can I get an Amen?

  24. idlewildsouth
    August 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Maybe they recorded the song because they liked it. Maybe they liked the song a whole lot, and wanted their audience to hear it, so they covered it. I know for me, I’ll play a show, and even though I could fill my time with originals, I usually try to find a few covers. Of course, putting some covers in your show as a singer/songwriter is nothing new, but I typically try and find really obscure songs that perhaps my audience will not have heard.

    I think anyone that writes songs, is obviously a lover of songs. There’s something within me that makes me need to share what I feel are great songs with people. Ask any of my often annoyed friends. They’ll vouch. So, all of that to say, I think they recorded the song because they wanted to. And honestly, I think their version is a lot better at conveying the emotion that song says. There’s a lot more love and hope in theirs, versus the despair and sadness of the original.

  25. stewman
    August 27, 2009 at 6:22 am

    I wonder why they “split” from Skaggs Family

  26. Leeann Ward
    August 27, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Stewman,
    It’s interesting that you don’t seem naturally cynical as much as forcedly critical, as if you’re just looking for something to criticize artists about without really having the historical background to back up your claims. Not every artist is recklessly opportunistic, which is what it seems you’re suggesting about random artists who, apparently, rub you the wrong way.

  27. merlefan49
    August 27, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Maybe they were pushing bluegrass to much for Ricky Skaggs and were asked to leave? Just a thought.

  28. Leeann Ward
    August 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Pushing bluegrass too much for Ricky Skaggs?

  29. Stewman
    August 27, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Leann,
    Close, but I am naturally cynical. Not every artist is recklessly opportunistic, but in this business they do sell their souls for various reasons.
    The song titles are so forced as if they are shoehorning a title first, then writing the material second.
    This board constantly bashes the paint by numbers, country reference song.
    A song like “Born Lonesome” reeks of that kind of writing.

  30. merlefan49
    August 27, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Yea I know Ricky pushes it too. Which is the reason he isn’t a big favorite.

  31. Leeann Ward
    August 27, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I prefer Skaggs’ bluegrass to his country music.

  32. Jon
    August 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Geez, Stewman, you just go from one ignorant comment to the next. What are you, 12 years old?

  33. Stewman
    August 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    It’s opinion Jon, opinion. If I don’t like a song, its my opinion, just like every mainstream country song you dislike.
    If that’s how I feel about “Born Lonesome”, its just one voice of many.

  34. Matt B.
    August 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Disney does NOT distribute Skaggs Family Records anymore. The label is distributed by UMG’s indie distribution arm Fontana Distribution.

  35. Chris N.
    August 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    All opinions are valid, it’s just that Jon’s is the most valid.

  36. Jon
    August 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I don’t give a rip about people’s opinions, which is why I didn’t bother to comment on statements like Merlefan49’s about not finding C-Sky impressive. It’s even opinion that C-Sky’s recording of “I Will Follow You…” is “ironic,” though in my opinion that’s a remarkably imperceptive one. But Stewman slagged C-Sky for having chosen to record the song simply for venal reasons as part of a venal plan, and that’s something different than an opinion, especially when he attempted to buttress it by offering a rationale for his claim that turned out to be false in multiple respects – and he has yet to even acknowledge the error, choosing instead to compound it by a crack about artists like C-Sky “selling their souls.” Under the circumstances, I think the question of whether he’s in the throes of adolescence is a legitimate one.

  37. Stewman
    August 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Still think a song with hackneyed imagery and lazy rehashed wordplay is no different than how we reference the myriad of “modern country” songs on this site.

  38. Stewman
    August 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    C-sky did hitch their wagons to Disney (when they got a deal), and for sure learned a thing or two about marketing one’s self as all “cast members” (as they are lovingly referred to as) are taught to.
    That’s the truth in the Disney world.

  39. Chris N.
    August 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    When did we start calling them “C-Sky”?

  40. Jon
    August 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    “When did we start calling them “C-Sky”?”

    Ouch, that hurts – it’s been in currency for a couple of years now (Chet Flippo used in a January 2007 CMT column), and I used it myself twice in the Scene since the beginning of 2009. I wouldn’t have expected you to read every word therein, but I’m crushed to learn you haven’t memorized all my picks…

  41. Jon
    August 27, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Stewman, it’s clear that when you say “for sure” with respect to C-Sky, it’s a safe bet to figure that the opposite is the truth. What’d they do to you to earn such tenacious slagging?

  42. Chris N.
    August 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I’m so ashamed.

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