Bruce Robison Picks A Couple Of Songs From Latest EP He Hopes Get Covered

Brody Vercher | August 3rd, 2007

  • It seems like I’m always linking to a John Goodspeed article. This time his article prefaces Bruce Robison’s appearance at John T. Floore’s Country Store tonight. When talking about songs that get cut from albums before they’re released, Robison says:

    “It hurts,” Robison said. “Believe me, I’m not crying. But it’s just one of the things about my job. You can only let it break your heart for a couple of days and then you move on.”

    New songs he hopes spring legs include “When It Rains” and “Lifeline” on his latest album, the seven-song EP “It Came From San Antonio.”

    Who are some mainstream artists you could see pulling either of those off? Read the whole article to get some humorous bits from Johnny Bush as well.

  • Raul Malo on his recently released album After Hours:

    “When we started making this record, the concept was to show more of an elegant side to country music,” Malo said before he played. “All of these beautiful old songs lend themselves to it. I love country music and have always wanted to make a record like this.”

  • Jon Young reviewed Bobby Bare’s 1973 album Lullabys, Legends and Lies. He says every song on the album comes from the pen of Shel Silverstein, the composer of Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue”, and rates it 3 1/2 stars.
  • After Billy Currington cited severe vocal problems as his reason for canceling at the Sandusky County Fair, board members were left scrambling to find a replacement headliner. Fortunately for them they got Sawyer Brown to fill in when the event takes place later this month.
  • New pressings of Tim Mcgraw’s album Let It Go will include the live performance of “If You’re Reading This” from the ACM Awards earlier this year.
  • Lonesome Music asked Ranger Doug a few questions:

    Q. What distinguishes Western music from Country and Western?
    A. Country music is often about feeling sorry for yourself, getting drunk, and hitting on your neighbor’s wife. Western music is about free life and fresh air and hitting on your neighbor’s sheep.

  • CMT has a rumor that Garth Brooks will be releasing a package that includes 2 CDs containing four new songs, thirty hits, and a DVD of thirty-three music videos. The package will supposedly be released through Big Machine Records, the same label that Trisha Yearwood recently signed with.
  • In other Garth news, Gary LeVox from Rascal Flatts says the group has often tried to follow the example set by Brooks.
  • Don Williams–Keith Urban of the 70s? Whoa.
  • Upon hearing that Dolly Parton would be releasing a mainstream country album, Stacy Chandler writes that she was “hoping we here in Americanaland would get to hold on to her a little longer. Boo.”
  1. Chris N.
    August 3, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    “In other Garth news, Gary LeVox from Rascal Flatts says the group has often tried to follow the example set by Brooks.”

    There’s a really obvious joke here that I don’t have the guts to make. Anyone?

  2. mfrank_
    August 4, 2007 at 10:15 am

    i shall refrain.

    as much as it hurts doing so.

  3. Kevin
    August 4, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    I don’t even understand what the Rascal Flatts guy is trying to say. Garth had remarkably few naysayers in his heyday, and the RF boys don’t stand a ghost of a chance at matching his sales stats, so it just seems like wishful thinking on their part. I don’t see any parallels between Garth and Rascal Flatts.

  4. Jim Malec
    August 5, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Gary’s statment is incredibly pompus. Garth is one of a handfull for the most important musical artists of all time.

  5. mfrank_
    August 5, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    call me a curmudgeon, but i don’t think garth brooks is important at…well, anything. good marketing, i suppose. i’ve just put a bullseye on my head–i know this. heresy!!

  6. Jim Malec
    August 5, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    MFRANK_ — you’re a curmudgeon!
    Seriously though–everyone has different tastes.
    There’s a reason I said “important” and not “best” (even though I think he’s the best).
    Garth had more of a musical impact on the genre (for better or worse) than anyone of our generation.
    In adittion to that, it’s difficult to deny that he changed the way almost everyone, from almost every perspective, thought/thinks about country music.
    When you look at the overall impact, including sales and influence, Garth has to be there with Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, Nirvana. Artists that didn’t just play music, but changed it.
    Whether or not we think he’s “as good” as those artists is irrelevent–although, IMO, if you go back and listen to ANY of his work, it’s hard to argue with his talent.

  7. Beth
    August 7, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Thanks for the link!

  8. Brady Vercher
    August 8, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    I’m still waiting for the obvious joke…

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