CMA Fest Announces Performers; Shaver & Nelson Release “Wacko From Waco” Duet; Gretchen Wilson’s Favorite Grammy Winners

Brody Vercher | February 9th, 2011

  1. Jon
    February 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Nice piece on Allerton & Alton, but my mind’s not made up about that “only”; it’s certainly open to debate.

    And while I love Buddy and Brandi, George Shuffler isn’t the only person who’s eminently qualified to go into the IBMA’s Hall of Fame and who deserves to go in while still living. I just don’t see the compelling need to draw a line in the sand around one particular name

  2. Barry Mazor
    February 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

    While Wanda Jackson and Big Al Downing were not a “duo,” he was her regular band leader and sang country and R&B, as she did, same shows, all over the country–many of them with audiences fairly stunned to see the white woman and black man on the same stage, let alone traveling together, times still being what they were..

  3. Jon
    February 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Bill Monroe and Arnold Shultz might qualify, too…

  4. Lewis
    February 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Guess someone has forgotten that there has been a black and white country duo to chart and that is Malchak & Rucker (Tim Malchak and Dwight Rucker) who charted 5 singles between 1984 and 1986. The article acts like that Allerton and Alton were the only ones when it’s truly not so either. And there might be a few more here in country music but probably didn’t want to go national with it for various reasons.

    And I would guess that Earl Thomas Conley and Anita Porter and Alabama and Lionel Richie would qualify for this.

  5. Noeller
    February 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Interesting that Justin Moore’s recorded that “If Heaven…”, which Rhett Akins did a great job of about 5 years ago. It’s a really great song, I reckon.

    As for the comment about Alabama switching the Waylon lyrics, I don’t think they were using the word “We” to describe the industry in general. I think they were saying “We” as in the band…that Alabama made the change, even if the industry as a whole didn’t. That’s just my take, though.

  6. numberonecountryfan
    February 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    For Lewis: Don’t forget Ray Charles and Willie Nelson on Seven Spanish Angels.

  7. Kyle
    February 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Can’t really argue with Roseanne, but I sure would like to see the rest of that list.

  8. Donald
    February 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Didn’t a book come out last year about The List? Seeing the title, I assumed (yes…) that it looked at the entire list, not just the select few songs released on the album of 2009.

  9. Matt B
    February 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Donald, her memoir came out last year.

  10. Donald
    February 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Jon, you wrote >>>I just don’t see the compelling need to draw a line in the sand around one particular name<<< Could you expand on this a bit? If many deserve induction, recognition,- and you know who I advocate for- what is wrong with the band drawing attentin to GS in this way? Seems like a rather neat idea to me, a way for dvocacy to be done when one isn't a member of the selection committee? Or are you suggesting that such advocacy has no purpose?

  11. Donald
    February 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    This is the book I was thinking of: Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, “The List”, and the Spirit of Southern Music. I understand now that it only covers the songs on the album.

  12. luckyoldsun
    February 9, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Isn’t the CMA Music Festival the old Fanfair?

    When will they change the name back?
    I say, give it two more years.

  13. Jon
    February 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Donald, I think that putting “Will You Miss Me” into their show is a fine way for the DBL to highlight their appreciation for George and to encourage others to join them; but the implication is that they’re going to be angry if anyone else – like, for instance, your favorite – is inducted instead, and I just can’t see the wisdom in that.

  14. luckyoldsun
    February 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I was a Billy Joe Shaver fan since “Tramp On Your Street” and have bought more than a dozen of his CD’s.

    I was really offended by his shooting of that man (who was unarmed!) in Texas and by his complete lack of contrition over it. When I’ve seen Shaver talk about it, he seems to have a screw loose. I’d buy a Michael Vick remake of the old Charlie Walker song “I Wouldn’t Take Her to a Dog Fight” before I’d buy the “Wacko From Waco” celebrating his own insanity.

  15. Tommy Shortt
    March 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Billy joe shaver is my Favorite songwritter I have all of His CD’s Too and I even sing His songs! I have’nt heard His New single! yet Wacko from waco. But I Know it will be a nother well written song by Him

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