Brad Paisley Pulls An Urban; Releases Single From Previous Album
- Brad Paisley joins Keith Urban by dipping into a previous album for his next single. “Waitin’ On A Woman,” from his Time Well Wasted album, was released to radio yesterday and Andy Griffith will appear in the video that’s due out later this year.
- EW’s Popwatch Blog looks at what Nashville Star did right during the two-hour premiere and breaks down the performances by each contestant.
- Billy Ray Cyrus wishes Nashville Star existed when he was starting out instead of having to wait 12-15 years for things to materialize.
But it didn’t exist. So this is a great opportunity for these young people, and I’m glad I get to be in the middle of it. My thought on it is that I’ve been to the fair and I’ve seen the bear and I know the ups and the down and the highs and the lows. And if I can be any help to them at all, I’ll sure try and do that.
- At 6.6 million viewers Nashville Star was NBC’s lowest-rated reality premiere in three years. (via ggcolumn, which has more NS related links)
- Whitney Duncan‘s “When I Said I Would” is the iTunes free single of the week. (link opens iTunes)
- Sean Ross says artists like Darius Rucker and Jewel jumping ship from Top 40 radio to the country format is a big bundle of irony. (via For the Record)
In the early ’90s, much of Country’s appeal was being the only place to hear new, acoustic-flavored music in the ’70s Classic Hits/Classic Rock tradition – most notably, Garth Brooks’ ability to channel James Taylor on records and Kiss onstage. But by the mid-’90s, the Top 40/Modern AC side suddenly had its own acoustic ’70s-influenced hitmakers, particularly Hootie and Jewel. In other words, Country, instead of just adapting Classic Rock to its own ends, is now adopting the artists who took the Classic Hits sound back from Country.
- Jessica Simpson blames her flubbing of Dolly Parton’s “Nine to Five” at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006 on her heartbreak from splitting with Nick Lachey, but she’s regained her confidence with her new album–musical confidence at least. She still gets jealous when boyfriend Tony Romo talks to Carrie Underwood.
- Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood expanded her fall tour with a plethora of new dates and added special guests Little Big Town.
- PopMatters’ Heather West says “all fans of traditional music and students of feminism, southern culture and labor movements, should read and revel in Working Girl Blues,” a book about the life and music of Hazel Dickens.
- On the subject of great women, Roseanne Cash drops in at No. 20 on Country Universe’s 100 Greatest Women.
She had her big breakthrough in 1981, with the classic album Seven Year Ache. The title cut was a million-seller, and was one of three number one hits from the set, followed by “My Baby Thinks He’s a Train” and “Blue Moon With Heartache.” She dubbed the sound of her new record “punktry”, and it brought a new wave attitude while also embracing the country genre’s traditional past.
- Check out Sarah Buxton‘s MySpace blog. She posted five new songs with the stories behind each one. She’s auditioning the songs for her new record and wants your feedback.
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