Charlie Louvin Autobiography In the Works; Ronnie Dunn’s New Single; Rodney Hayden Introduces Video Series

Brody Vercher | January 31st, 2011

  1. Kyle
    January 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    What is it with all these great country singers releasing bad, pseudo-poignant, 80’s power ballads? I mean, Ronnie and Steve Holy both have great pipes, but there are so many better songs out there they could have picked. IMHO, of course.

  2. Drew
    January 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Sounds like the worst of “Feel That Fire” (the heavier, rocky songs) is what his next album is going to be built around. That sucks… guess I’ll have to wait until he goes back to more traditional stuff.

  3. Rick
    January 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Dierks Bentley says about his forthcoming album:
    “It will complement the other side of my career, the more commercial, fun, rocking stuff.” I’m sure his record label and Top 40 AirHead Country Radio stations are both overjoyed to hear that bit of news! Whew…

    Saturday night’s “Show Dog/Universal” Opry segments were both a blast as segment host Trace Adkins was goofing around basically telling Toby what song he wanted them to play on the spot! (lol) The appearance by Ed Bruce was also a very touching “Opry moment” although there’s not much left of Ed’s voice these days. Carter’s Chord sounded fantastic and Toby’s obviously committed to continuing to support them because he believes in their talent. Its a good thing Toby earns enough for the label he can indulge himself that way.

    Oh darn, I was so expecting Todd Snider to say it was a combination of recreational drugs, alcohol, and freshly prepared roadkill meals…

    That Don Henley album sounds interesting. [Edited: for unnecessary political commentary.]

  4. J.R. Journey
    January 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    ‘Bleed Red’s power balladry isn’t the sound I expected Ronnie Dunn to hit the ground with as a solo artist, but I like it well enough. It reminds me a lot of ‘Believe’ and ‘It’s Getting Better All The Time'; a major turnaround from the Brooks & Dunn sound would have been a mistake anyway. Dunn should seriously invest in a sleeved shirt though.

  5. Corey Ebert
    January 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    One cool think to check out is that Dierks is live streaming the recording process from his website.

  6. ginger
    February 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Drew & Rick,
    Dierks’ 1st 3 albums were fun and rocking and commercial. Why would you make up your mind that you won’t like something before you even hear it? Doesn’t make sense.

  7. Jon
    February 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Why would you make up your mind that you won’t like something before you even hear it? Doesn’t make sense.

    And yet it happens all the time.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I even agree on that – don’t faint Jon.

  9. ginger
    February 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    “And yet it happens all the time” – that didn’t answer my question. Are you speaking in broad generalities about human nature b/c you don’t have a logical answer to a specific question?

  10. Jon
    February 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    @Ginger That wasn’t meant to be a rhetorical question? In any event, my answer was the best available one, both in terms of human nature – people frequently use past experiences as guides for the future (sometimes legitimately, sometimes not; the devil is in the details) – and in terms of this specific topic, as many posters here have been quite clear in their unfavorable reactions to “the more commercial, fun, rocking stuff” that Bentley has put out in the past.

    Personally, even I shared that reaction, which I don’t, the fact that Jon Randall Stewart is producing the new album would make me want to at least give the results an actual listen before dismissing them, but again, that’s not the way people always work. And as for looking for a logical explanation for that, well, good luck…

  11. WAYNOE
    February 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I always liked Randall but it seemed to some that he was too close in style to Vince Gill and that may be one of the reasons he couldn’t quite break through. Don’t know that I disagree with that assertion.

    His “Walking Among the Living” was enjoyable to me. “Baby Won’t You Come Home” was in my youtube replay for quite some time. I loved that song.

  12. WAYNOE
    February 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Wasn’t it great that Louvin was on Marty Stuart’s show in the last few days of his life?

  13. Barry Mazor
    February 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Charley taped that show back on December 3rd, but it’s still, yes, very sweet that it happened. Marty cares about moments like that, and history, and giving people their due, and it shows.

  14. Matt B
    February 3, 2011 at 12:43 am


    Jon Randall Stewart is a fine singer and an even better songwriter (“Whiskey Lullaby” comes to mind). I have 4 of his records (including the unreleased Asylum one) and he’s gotten progressively better. The last one (which you cite) is fantastic.

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