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Brody Vercher | August 11th, 2009

  1. Nicolas
    August 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I can’t wait to buy Sara Evans’ new novel! =)

    Oooh a new Reba video! I love that song… guess I gotta go check that out

  2. J.R. Journey
    August 11, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I just said this over on the forum, but I think Ronnie Dunn is capable of making a better solo record than he made as a duo with Kix Brooks. Whether they’ll ever get into the Hall of Fame is a good question. Their sales and single numbers certainly merit it – and their contributions to the 90s country book, but with them splitting and disappearing from the public eye, it will likely be years and years before they get recognized.

    It’s also nice to see a live performance video from Reba again. This is her first since 1995’s ‘Till You Love Me’. The full CMT Invitation Only concert airs 8/21 @ 9:00 ET if anyone is interested.

  3. Dr. No
    August 11, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Isn’t one of criterion 20 or more years in the business? It’s like they planned on splitting up at the right time so they would be included.

    Also, Kix Brooks is on the CMA board and has served in some capacity with them for a while now; so, of course, they will be in the Hall.

  4. Chris N.
    August 11, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Second-round CMA Awards voting started today, so they’re now pretty much a lock to get at least one last Duo of the Year award.

  5. Joe
    August 11, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Sara Evans’ novel has a co-writer?!

    Kudos for admitting to it, I guess. In my experience, it is only the poorest quality of celebrity tomes — especially fiction — that require a co-writer.

  6. Leeann Ward
    August 11, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Sara Evans co-writing a novel is incredibly lame. It’s one thing to get help with an autobiography, but it’s a whole other thing to enlist help on a novel as a celebrity and then add “novelist” to one’s list of accomplishments. She’s really losing my respect very quickly.

  7. Rick
    August 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I think the Hot Club of Cowtown’s new “Wishful Thinking” CD was released in the US today (or was it last Tuesday? Hmm…I get so confused).

    Opry alert: Tonight’s Opry will feature Dailey & Vincent, Jason Michael Carroll, Keith Anderson, Sucky Covington, Love and Theft and the usual “Opry Legends”. This is a better line-up than the typical Friday or Saturday Night Opry’s! Sheesh!
    Link: http://www.opry.com/TicketsAndInformation/ThisWeek.aspx

    It will be interesting to see if Corb Lund’s association with a US label will increase his profile here. Corb should do fine in Americana radio land ’cause Top 40 country radio won’t pay him no mind.

  8. Nicolas
    August 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Whats so lame with her co-writing a novel? I think its a very creative idea that she had to write a fiction novel for her children…

    I still can’t wait to get it =)

  9. Sam G.
    August 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Brooks & Dunn should get into the Hall of Fame… after The Judds.

  10. Chris N.
    August 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Sara Evans’ book comes out 9/15.

  11. Lige
    August 11, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Leeann Ward

    “Sara Evans co-writing a novel is incredibly lame. It’s one thing to get help with an autobiography, but it’s a whole other thing to enlist help on a novel as a celebrity and then add “novelist” to one’s list of accomplishments.
    She’s really losing my respect very quickly.”

    Something tells me she’ll survive Leeann. Your opinion means nothing.

  12. Leeann Ward
    August 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Lige,
    I’m sure she will survive, but on what terms? I was a fan, so the opinion of people who are in my “former fan” position does matter. Otherwise, how much longer will she survive?

  13. Charles Murphy
    August 11, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    —On the Brooks & Dunn split…

    Yeah…this move has worked so well for Larry Stewart, Marty Rabon, Heidi Newfeld, Tim Rushlow & Richie McDonald.

    —On The Sara Evans book

    Since this is not an autobiography, shouldn’t the authors get equal billing?? This sounds, once again, like an over-indulgent attempt for Sara Evans to gain ground in her ever slipping fame. She HAD me on her first COUNTRY record, “Three Chords and the Truth.” The only thing that might get me back as a fan is her doing a full on spread in Hustler. Come on, Sara, show your real “talents”. ;-)

  14. highwayman3
    August 11, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I have no dobut that B&D will be in the hall of fame, not next year or anytime soon, but definately down the line. They have the stats and figures to deserve it.
    I can see them turning into the Judd’s and every few years at Fan Fair, or Stagcoach it will be, ‘Brooks & Dunn reunion after 10, 6, 3, years’ ect.

  15. Nicolas
    August 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    So Sara Evans writes a book in her spare time while recording her new album and we lose respect for her? Oh lord its no wonder Taylor Swift is on the top of the charts this week…

  16. Truersound
    August 11, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I Cannot express how excited I am for the new Corb Lund. I saw them preview the album in Nashville the day before they started recording. Mark my words….Only Long Rider I Know….that’s the song, up there with Roughest Neck Around

  17. Leeann Ward
    August 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Seriously. Writing a romance novel with somebody else isn’t exactly “writing a book.” It’s capitalizing on a name. If she were not a singer, she would not be writing a novel with another person and legitimately be able to say that she’s “written a book.” I’d have no problem if she had written it by herself, even if it turned out not to be as good. Novels are not typically jointly written.

    To me, after her recent very weak material and this, it just seems she’s trying too hard to reach for relevancy. I never like that in an artist.

    I can easily be won back over though, so maybe I’ll be able to become a fan again after this period of her life is over. I don’t even think Three Chords and the Truth was one of her best albums, by the way, so I’m not even demanding strict traditionalism, just quality work doesn’t seem to be reaching for the Taylor Swift market.

  18. Nicolas
    August 11, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    @LeeAnn Ward: So because novels aren’t typically jointly-written its automatically a bad idea? Sara Evans isn’t a writer, so she may have wanted help to make sure its perfect.

    And I don’t see the problem with an artist branching out a little… Trisha Yearwood has released a cook book, Reba’s done a sitcom, and Dolly Parton’s done Broadway. Oh the horror in having multiple talents!

  19. Leeann Ward
    August 11, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    “oh the horror in having multiple talents.”

    Is writing a novel really a talent when she needs a co-writer? You must know that having a co-writer for a novel is much different than being in a sitcom, on Broadway or even putting a cookbook together. Sara is borrowing someone else’s talent and applying her name to it, as you even indicate in your defense above. I have no problem with artists branching out; I just want it to be legitimate and not manufactured.

  20. Stormy
    August 11, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Generally speaking, yes, jointly written novels are bad.

  21. Nicolas
    August 11, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Sara Evans might have been able to do a nice job on her own, but it doesn’t take away anything for me seeing her have assistance from a professional.

    Plus, even if someone is capable of writing a great song… having a co-writer often helps make it even better. I think that logic could be applied to this as well

  22. Leeann Ward
    August 11, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Nicolas,
    I know what a big Sara Evans fan you are. So, I know I won’t convince you of my position on this one. I’ll just say that even if Vince did this, I wouldn’t get behind it, so it’s nothing personal against Sara.

  23. Joe
    August 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    At the risk of seeming too harsh, I believe it is the undying fans of country stars who contribute to these same stars feeling they can cut corners, or sacrifice their creative integrity, without any sort of evaluation from the public.

    Someone like Sara Evans should — and maybe would — appreciate honest feedback from her truest fans instead of this degree of unquestioned fandom that, I’m suggesting, inevitably leads to the sense of shock some stars feel when they’re finally caught having strayed a little too far from what actually made them stars to begin with.

  24. Noeller
    August 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Maybe I’m crazy…maybe I’m just from that era…whatever, but to me, Kix and Ronnie are BY FAR the greatest Group/Duo since Alabama. Their longevity, their catalogue of hits, their albums sold mark – all contribute to my statement.

    Love the Judds, no doubt, but what BnD accomplished far exceeds that.

    And to the poster who compared this to the Restless Heart, Little Texas and Shenandoah break-ups, that’s an absurd comparison. None of those groups accomplished anything even NEAR what BnD did. This is, quite simply, one of the biggest and most important groups in Country music history.

    Will they get into the hall?? God help us if they don’t.

  25. idlewildsouth
    August 11, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    “Sara Evans isn’t a writer, so she may have wanted help to make sure its perfect.”

    That’s exactly the point, Nicolas. If she’s not a writer, why is she writing a book, if not to find relevance. I’m not an astronaut, so I don’t fly to the moon in space ships. And by the way, considering Dolly’s Broadway show didn’t exactly blow anyone away, she’s kind of a poor example to use in defense of people branching out.

  26. Rick
    August 12, 2009 at 1:35 am

    I’m gonna take a wild guess that “Kerri” is a dedicated Sucky Covington Fangurl! (lol) Sucky was on tonight’s Opry and his vocal performance lived down to the name I use for this sonic wastrel. How Sucky has become so popular would be beyond comprehension were it not for his stint on American Idol…

  27. Nicolas
    August 12, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Yes, I’m a big Sara Evans fan… but that doesn’t mean I’m loving the idea because she’s doing it. I really don’t think its a bad idea. And like I said before, I intend to buy this novel when it comes out.

    Is that guy right about it actually coming out next month? Or was it really today?

  28. Stormy
    August 12, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Nicholas: All writers have someone to help them makes their books perfect–these people are called eidtors.

  29. Leeann Ward
    August 12, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Chris N.,
    You’re “that guy.”:)

  30. Razor X
    August 12, 2009 at 8:09 am

    “At the risk of seeming too harsh, I believe it is the undying fans of country stars who contribute to these same stars feeling they can cut corners, or sacrifice their creative integrity, without any sort of evaluation from the public.

    Someone like Sara Evans should — and maybe would — appreciate honest feedback from her truest fans instead of this degree of unquestioned fandom that, I’m suggesting, inevitably leads to the sense of shock some stars feel when they’re finally caught having strayed a little too far from what actually made them stars to begin with.”

    Nail, meet head. Excellent point, Joe. We don’t do our favorite artists any favors by blindly following whatever they do. How many times do we hear fans say that “so and so could sing the phone book.” Well, if you expect and demand so little from your favorite artists, eventually that’s what you’re going to get. A little constructive criticism from the fans is not a bad thing by any means.

  31. Nicolas
    August 12, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Sara Evans has never failed to deliver for me.

  32. Razor X
    August 12, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Sara Evans has never failed to deliver for me.

    That’s because you don’t set the bar very high.

  33. Kerri
    August 22, 2009 at 10:51 am

    So The 9513 took my second comment to Rick off? So it’s ok for him to post his “cute” rhyming names for a certain country artist but when I remind him of what his name RICK rhymes with, it’s not acceptable?????

    How Rick has become so popular here would be beyond comprehension if it wasn’t for his buddies who run this blog. He has no official business here other than to run his sarcastic mouth and then pouts when someone calls him on an opinion. Maybe since all of you here have your own agendas, you should CLOSE the comment section because when a fan comes back to leave a rebuttal, you knock them down time and time again.

  34. Nicolas
    August 22, 2009 at 11:22 am

    @Kerri: I totally agree

  35. Paul W Dennis
    August 22, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I think deleting profanity (or oblique profanity) is okay.

    Probably keeping political references to a minuimum would be a good thing since there are plentl of such sites, both left wingnut and right wingnut, out there on which to vent.

  36. Brady Vercher
    August 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Kerri, I removed your comment for being crude and pointless. And now that I noticed it, I removed your first one as well.

    Your speculation as to Rick’s popularity and affiliation with us is baseless. You have just as much “official” business here as he does, so feel free to participate, but please do it without resorting to calling other commenters names.

  37. Jon
    August 23, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Collaborations in fiction are rare but not unheard-of; see, for instance, the fabulous Martin Beck mysteries written by Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall. Assuming the nature of the Evans-Hauck collaboration is just that – making an assumption.

  38. Occasional Hope
    August 23, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Sure, there are genuine collaborations out there, but when it comes to books ‘written by’ celebrities, ghostwriting is the automatic assumption. At least Sara is being fairly up front by crediting her collaborator/ghostwriter on the front cover (as with Brooks & Dunn and their book which I would also assume to be mainly written by the ‘collaborator’, I’m afraid). Sara’s ‘collaborator’ Rachel Hauck has managed to write several previous books in similar vein all by herself – if you check on Amazon there are some extensive excerpts and the writing style is remarkably (or unremarkably, imho) similar to that of the book credited to her with Sara, which really does make one sceptical about the nature of Sara’s contribution.

  39. sam
    August 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I think it is a lot more reasonable to assume that Sara’s contributions to this book will be fairly small than it is to assume that she is an equal contributor.

    But it is an assumption nonetheless.

  40. Occasional Hope
    August 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I’ll concede that, but an assumption based on fairly strong circumstantial evidence.

  41. sam
    August 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I agree 100%, Occasional Hope

  42. Kerri
    August 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Dear Brady,

    I will stop posting the name that rhymes with his when you delete the posts where he uses a rhyming name for my favorite artist. Go LOOK UP Brady. What’s good for the goose is also good for the gander and I see that his original post is still on. So in regards to your response to me which is quoted below,
    ————————————————-
    “Your speculation as to Rick’s popularity and affiliation with us is baseless. You have just as much “official” business here as he does, so feel free to participate, but please do it without resorting to calling other commentor’s names.”
    ————————————————-
    why don’t you tell him to leave comments without resorting to calling other ARTISTS names. Again, I’ve never seen you “shoot down” Rick. So if this is such a great blog, then remove all of the posts where HE uses a derogatory name that rhymes.

  43. Brady Vercher
    August 28, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Kerri, there’s a difference between addressing a public personality in an immature manner and a participant in the comments on this site more crudely. I don’t know how I can make it more plain to you, but that’s the way it is.

  44. stewman
    August 29, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Looking back on B&D, the most surprising part is it took Ronnie Dunn 38 years old to hit. A guy with that kind of voice seemingly should have been a big star much earlier

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