Cindy Walker Willed Catalog to Hall of Fame; Tracy Lawrence Hospitalized

Brody Vercher | August 13th, 2009

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  1. J.R. Journey
    August 13, 2009 at 11:06 am

    “wild coyote” … killer FTM parody as usual.

    The new Toby Keith video looks like the South Park Spirit of Christmas short. At least he didn’t make a video like that for a quality song.

  2. Andrew Lacy
    August 13, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Apparently Toby is running out of video ideas and thought doing a Jib Jab cartoon seemed like his best option.

  3. Rick
    August 13, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Wow, a reviewer in Dallas, Fort Worth calling some of King George’s new songs “Doofus Ditties”! Some personal security measures might be justified here…(lol)

    I ‘d like the CMHOF to use some of those Cindy Walker song royalties to buy me a free ticket to the Los Angels “Guitar Pull” as I don’t have a spare $ 750 laying around these days.

    As far as great songs that should have been singles, I still nominate Amber Dotson’s “Good Ol’ Boys Kinda Girl” which is only available on her MySpace website. When I hear those opening bars I can’t help but smile and it elicits a stronger emotional response in me than any other song I’ve encountered in the last few months. Talk about a “fun” country song! Sheesh!
    (Its too bad “Good Ol’ Boys Kinda Girl” isn’t the first song on the media player there. Oh well.)

    Leeann, I’d recommend Vern Gosdin’s “Gospel Album” for the song “I’m Gonna be Moving” alone.

  4. Kelly
    August 13, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Wow, Dunn “hossed” Brooks, they didnt stand a chance.

  5. Trailer
    August 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Yay for the new Tim cover. It’s like Christmas at FTM when new covers come out!!

  6. Joe
    August 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    It’s very notable, I believe, that the Star-Telegram put Strait’s latest album in context for the review.

    “Shiftwork” wasn’t terribly remarkable from Strait’s perspective but, along with (the crappy) “River of Love,” it created a (rare) new story around Strait, that he was trying new things.

    And while the truth is that he can’t “approximate the faux folksiness of Brooks & Dunn or Brad Paisley’s down-home, boy-next-door goofiness” (not that he should have to), it is a bit troubling to consider that whatever changes are taking place in his music may be influenced by his outsized experiences this past year in an attempt to capitalize on them.

    A sad thing, because Strait has always been assumed (at least by me) to be above all that. The great thing about his career is its consistency. His fans aren’t allowed to divide themselves into camps who either (a) love the new stuff or (b) love the old stuff because, with minor exceptions, it’s all the same. And that’s a good thing.

    I’d say the same thing about Brooks & Dunn but the big difference between them and him is that there are writers out there who write songs singularly intended for Strait to sing them; and while B&D were consistent, again with (sometimes major) exceptions, they were never celebrated for it. In fact, their consistent sound was deemed a liability at times.

    So I guess what makes “River of Love” and the idea that he’s “forcing himself into” these new songs (at least according to the Star-Telegram) so disappointing is that it all seems calculated, and I don’t believe that’s the George Strait we want to hear from.

  7. Mayor Jobob
    August 13, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Hope Tracy gets well soon!

  8. corey
    August 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I love “The Guitar”

  9. idlewildsouth
    August 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    There should be a test to see if people are worthy of listening to Guy Clarks music.

  10. Steve Harvey
    August 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Guitar great and inventor of the guitar that bore his name, Les Paul, is dead at age 94. He continued playing right up until the end, and leaves a legacy that will last for as long as people love the sound of the electrified guitar.

  11. stormy
    August 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    There should be a test to see if people are worthy of listening to Guy Clarks music.

    We would all fail.

  12. idlewildsouth
    August 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    That is the only problem with my suggestion, Stormy.

  13. Kelly
    August 13, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    well, maybe the test should be to see if you can stay awake while listening to his new disc in its entirety…you’re a true fan, or drink on 27 red bulls if you can pull that off…

  14. Brody Vercher
    August 13, 2009 at 5:41 pm


  15. Kim
    August 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I’m so sad about Les Paul. He was in his 90’s though. Also: Taylor Swift wants to work with Jack White. No response from Jack yet on the possibility of that actually happening.

  16. Rick
    August 13, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I’d much rather hear that Taylor Swift would like to do a duet with Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard while they are still around. Well assuming she knows who they are that is….

  17. TexasVet
    August 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard would rather be waterboarded by Dick Cheney then do a duet with Taylor Swift.

  18. Razor X
    August 13, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard would rather be waterboarded by Dick Cheney then do a duet with Taylor Swift.

    You may be right about Haggard but Willie isn’t known for being discriminating about who he works with.

  19. sleepy
    August 13, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Actually Willie and Merle are going to be onstage singing with Taylor Swift at the VMAs for that new version of her song You Belong With Me; they’re going to mash it up with Willie’s “Whiskey River” and Merle and Rose Maddox’s “Dusty Memories”, after the VMAs are over they are planning on sitting down and writing a song together based on this story

  20. Razor X
    August 13, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Will they be standing under a waterfall whle they sing it?

  21. Brady Vercher
    August 13, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I’m pretty sure I read that they’re going to be standing on a castle wall and quoting Monty Python, but who knows, a waterfall would add to the surrealism.

  22. Steve Harvey
    August 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard would rather be waterboarded by Dick Cheney then do a duet with Taylor Swift.


  23. James S.
    August 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Wow, I sure hope Tracy makes a speedy recovery.

  24. idlewildsouth
    August 14, 2009 at 12:30 am

    All i’m saying is, I know Jack White met Ashley Monroe and Taylor Swift in the same exact instance, and he sought Ashley out to work with her.

    Yes Kelly, you are a hater. Based on the two songs i’ve heard from the album, it’s hardly going to be hard to stay awake for.

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