CMT Music Awards Recaps & Videos; First Day of CMA Fest Cut Short; Willie & Merle Top Americana Chart

Brody Vercher | June 10th, 2010

  1. Stormy
    June 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Hey, the CMT awards also had The Situation from Jersey Shore. I hate MTV for creating a situation where I know who these people are.

  2. Saving Country Music
    June 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    The CMT Awards were last night?

  3. t.scott
    June 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    regarding the Hag at the top of the charts.”Love’s Always Pretty” may be the best song out now, and deserves mainstream radio play.

  4. Vicki
    June 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Last night the popular people won (also most were the same as ACM winners”-Miranda, Lady A, Brooks and Dunn, Luke Bryan, and Carrie. The only exception was male video, where Keith won. CMT was off all night, sound was horrible, you could tell people could not hear themselves. They’d go to commercial sometimes in mid statement. When Miranda was singing it was not her best but Blake was frowning for he knew it wasn’t her fault. Carrie’s mic was not on (which wasn’t too bad considering the song choice) at the beginning, but when it did work,many there said she had to scream to be heard for the mic was not working right. Toby stopped singing to get back with his band who were lagging behind. The Jersey crew with Paula Deen was awful and you just wanted it to stop for her. But all was not lost for there were some great performances: Zak Brown Band was awesome! So was the guitar playing of Keith Urban, and Jamey Johnson although that’s quite a change for him in song. Lady A sang their “yeah, yeah, yeah” song well, but what a loser of a song. First bad song out of them. Otherwise, the whole show was forced “joy” and unprofessional. Well, again, the CMT awards are a joke anyway.

  5. Jess
    June 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    You know an award show sucks when you have people from Jersey Shore presenting an award, but that wasn’t the only thing that sucked about the CMT Music Awards last night. It was just like the ACM’s – Carrie Underwood winning awards that she didn’t deserve, Taylor Swift getting completely snubbed and not winning anything (when she deserved to win EVERYTHING she was nominated for), and, as much as I love Paula Deen, that little “comedy skit” anouncement thing with her and The Situation and that girl (who’s name escapes me at the moment) was just plain stupid! And Taylor Swift deserved Video of the Year. “You Belong With Me” is much better and much more country than “Cowboy Casanova”! And the video is much better! “Fan voted” my butt – it was rigged, just like the ACM’s!

    On a lighter note, I’m glad Miranda Lambert’s finally getting some recognition.

  6. Stormy
    June 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Isn’t it weird how much better the sound was at awards shows back when people could actually sing?

  7. Michelle
    June 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I’m happy for Blake to have won a CMT award for once. I agree with Vicki about the CMT awards. I can’t wait to see Blake in concert, Friday.

  8. Michelle
    June 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I’m glad Miranda is, FINALLY, getting some recognition for a change, too.

  9. granna
    June 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Jess…you must be Taylor obsessed. Do you really really think she sings good live??? If so, it doesn’t take much to please you. I for one enjoyed a show that did not have her jumping around slinging that mope of hers. I think some of fans have moved on to other annoying acts like hers.

  10. highwayman3
    June 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    The best thing to come out of the CMT Awards for me personally is Taylor Swift not winning. It gives me hope that her mass popularity is fading and her fans are growing up and moving on and we can slowly get the talent and integrity back in country music.

  11. lanibug
    June 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I have liked the song Jamey did since I saw him perform it here at the Ohio State Fair back in August – something about the way it is very tongue in cheek.

  12. WAYNOE
    June 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    All is better when not-so-Swift doesn’t win.

  13. Vicki
    June 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I have said it before: Laura Bell Bundy is more than just a broadway dancer. The girl can sing. I hope she does either “When it all Goes South” or “Cigarette” at the next televised performance.

  14. SW
    June 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    The one take away from the CMT awards: the only time Little Big Town is allowed to share the stage with Jamey Johnson is to sing background vocals.

  15. WAYNOE
    June 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm


    Your post is, well, funny and correct at the same time. No wonder Swift lip-syncs.

  16. Jon
    June 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Not covered here was yesterday’s preview of Marty Stuart’s new album, Ghost Train, which is coming out on Sugar Hill in August. It’s great, and one of the best things about it is the appearance of Ralph Mooney, who was at the preview. Very good stuff.

  17. Rick
    June 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    So are Jim Malec and Juli Thanki gonna jump ship over to “American Noise” and abandon The 9513, or do double duty at both? Hmm…

    I recently got an email from Country Weekly that they have resumed mail delivered subscriptions for $ 1.99 an issue. If I still cared about the artists and music they cover I might be interested! Let me check if I am…Nope!

    I try to avoid almost everything CMT has anything to do with. Well, with the exception of Katie Cook that is.

    It says a lot about the state of Top 40 mainstream country music these days that Willie and Merle have been relegated to the backstreet Americana realm.

  18. Michelle
    June 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I’m happy Shania’s divorce is officially final. She’s still one of the prettiest women I’ve ever seen. Mutt’s a real doofus. Mutts make really good pets, but I wouldn’t have married one. Mutt? That’s a good name for him.

  19. WAYNOE
    June 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm


    Kudos for mentioning Marty Stuart’s new album. It is strange to me why sites like this do not mention him. His last few albums have been critically acclaimed and well worth purchasing. Soul’s Chapel was amazing.

    Hope he gets a little recognition for this album; though it may be left up to you and me to give it rather than the “experts”.

  20. K
    June 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    So thankful I opted out of watching the CMT Awards last night. I figured Kid Rock would make country music look trashy and horrific, and it sounds as if he surpassed my expectations (but not in a good way).

    The winners were confusing as well. So Carrie gets enough votes over country-pop princess Taylor, who has enough international fans to win by a landslide, but Miranda beat Carrie, who easily could’ve beat her? Keith Urban “suddenly” wins out of nowhere, when Brad has easily taken this award from him numerous times? Some of the winners seemed a bit fishy to me, and I’m glad that the artists who didn’t win didn’t have to be associated with something put together in such poor taste. From what I heard, none of the country artists looked like they were even enjoying the show.

  21. Jim Malec
    June 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks for the shout out!

  22. Brody Vercher
    June 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    We don’t mention Marty Stuart? Tuesday’s news roundup included a bullet on Stuart and even mentioned him in the headline. I also linked to an announcement about his new album way back on May 12th. Feel free to peruse the archives, all nine pages, if you’d like to see more.

    If that doesn’t ease your mind (after all, why should you let facts get in the way?), you’ll be glad to know that I do have a link or two in the queue for the next roundup.

  23. Noeller
    June 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Not sure anyone in Canada saw the awards last night (Game 6 of Stanley Cup playoffs last night), but I caught some of the vids online this morning. KMFR looked great during the opening performance of “Cowboy”, but what was REALLY neat, was how the people he asked to join him on that song, are the ones CONTINUALLY cited as being “talented” on this site. Jamey Johnson, Zac Brown, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Randy Houser, Trace Adkins, and Hank Jr all came out to support him onstage. You think that’s a coincidence?? Kid Rock is the real deal folks – LOVES country music and respects the hell outta it’s history.

    The new JJ song kicks ass – really looking forward to the new album(s).

  24. richard
    June 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    It was a great awards show just like the ACM’S mainly because I enjoy Taylor Swift not winning anything! But congrats to all the winners!

  25. Zach
    June 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    thought the CMT Awards were an embarrassment, and I’m not even one of the cynics who says that about every awards show. I generally enjoy them. This, however, was a complete mess.

  26. Vicki
    June 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Kid Rock may be the real deal but he’s not for TV. Smoking on TV and drinking and being suggestive with Sheryl Crow was just not my cup of tea. No I didn’t have any TS little kiddies in the house watching but my Christian values sure made me pray for patience while he was promoting trash. Notice he was the host but rarely hosted? Usually there was some voice doing the announcements. I’m still trying to figure out if I liked or didn’t like LeAnn Rimes dance number and her changing of John Anderson’s “Swingin”. I kinda think it was more tongue in cheek with her more personal like.

  27. Julia C H
    June 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    CMT Awards were about as pleasant as bamboo via the fingernails.

  28. Ian
    June 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Kid Rock is a has been rap / rocker who couldn’t make it in those genres so he tried “country” and look where it got him. I really liked the Macon song by Jamey Johnson last night. Looking forward to The Guitar Song in September

  29. joel
    June 10, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    whoever thinks that Taylor Swift sings better than Carrie Underwood is a complete retard. If you like Taylor Swift then please feel free to check out acts like juggling, and fart jokes, because it’s obvious that your so easily amused. Ask any musician: who is a better singer? 90% will answer, Carrie! Carrie deserves to win everything she gets. Taylor only got famous because she wrote a song about Tim Mcgraw. Well then I shall write a song about Martina Mcbride. See you in Nashville!

  30. WAYNOE
    June 11, 2010 at 8:41 am


    Glad to hear you have future references to him.


    Kid Rock didn’t make it in rap/rock? Although Brody didn’t tell you about facts getting in the way as he did me, I think you need to do some research.

  31. Kelly
    June 11, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Waynoe – You forgot to thank Brody for revealing yet another example of your extreme ignorance as it pertains to the content and quality of this site. Pages of archives mentioning Stuart were available to you before you made the asinine attempt to undermine “the experts”.

    Keep trying, one of these days you might provide a comment that isnt so damn unintentionally hilarious.

  32. sam (sam)
    June 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Kelly – Waynoe doesn’t need Brody or anyone else to reveal his extreme ignorance regarding this site (or many of the other topics Waynoe opines on). Waynoe is excellent at revealing his ignorance and his bullying attitude himself.

  33. WAYNOE
    June 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Kelly & Sam,

    You are not even a blip on the radar screen nor worthy of acknowledgment and reply.


    I did enjoy your review of the Compadres album by Stuart. I thought I had previously replied to that. I did read it when you originally posted it however.

    Did you review Soul’s Chapel, Badlands, and Live at the Ryman? These are his Superlatone releases.

  34. Tawney
    June 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I liked the performances on the CMT awards show. I did not like Kid Rock. I agree with the negative comments. He showed a bad example of country music. Did you see Tim McGraw in the audience. He did not look real excited about the show. I love Tim and his music. Bet he thought CMT could have done better then Kid Rock.

  35. WAYNOE
    June 11, 2010 at 10:16 am


    While I watched online and may have missed a few things, it seemed to me that there were not as many shots of the audience. Did you notice that or did I just happen to miss them?

  36. Mike M.
    June 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I can’t say I pay too much attention to CMT, but I did catch a segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night that showed the Jersey Shore folks presenting an award. Apparently the CMT awards production staff cut away long enough from their “routine” to show a disgruntled/embarassed Carrie Underwood watching the proceedings. I also read where Brad Paisley had a similar reaction during Kid Rock’s opening performance. Couple these with Adkins’ comments, and I think you can safely say that a lot of country music stars weren’t too infatuated with Viacom/CMT’s production of this award show.

  37. Noeller
    June 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Kid Rock is a huge success in the Rap/Rock world and is one of the most respected artists in that realm. He is also highly respected in the Country world, which is why he’s constantly seen with the TALENTED Nashville artists, like ZBB and JJ.

    I absolutely LOVED the smoking and drinking, and it was nice to see that “edge” back in Country music. We need to get away from the soccer mom “family values” that really made Country music stale, and get back to the harder edge that made guys like Cash, Kristofferson, Willie, and Merle so awesome back in the day.

    Outlaw, baby…outlaw.

  38. Tawney
    June 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I think country music is popular now because of it’s image. I do agree it is getting away from the traditional roots. But, I do think we do not need the image that Kid Rock was on the awards show. I would like to see more of the Clay Walker, Mark Chestnut, Patti Loveless types. We don’t need to go back as far as the outlaws.

  39. Stormy
    June 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    The problem is that Merle, Kris and Waylon weren’t posers.

  40. Jon
    June 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    It says a lot about the state of Top 40 mainstream country music these days that Willie and Merle have been relegated to the backstreet Americana realm.

    About as much as it said when artists like Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells and Flatt & Scruggs dropped out of airplay in the 60s. It’s not like they weren’t making records, but the programmers preferred younger, prettier and more modern artists, like Willie and Merle…

  41. Noeller
    June 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    @Stormy – I ask honestly, but are you saying that KR is a poseur?? ‘Cause that couldn’t be further from the truth. I know that a lot of the “old folks” around here like to think that you can’t be two things at once, but Kid Rock is VERY country, and I would certainly suggest that he’s FAR more country than most of those in the current Top 40. Again, I reference the fact that his associates are the most respected people in Country right now – JJ, ZBB, and others.

  42. Stormy
    June 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Yeah Kid Rock is country. Or selling crappy re-writes of Skynard as country. And five years ago he was trying to do the white boy rap thing until he got spanked by Eminem. What ever sells this week. He’s as real as his ex-wife’s bust line.

  43. Noeller
    June 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    -All Summer Long was ONE song. How many times, on this website, do we need to have the “Don’t Judge An Artist By His Singles” conversation?

    -He was never in competition with Eminem. Two very very different artists.

    Go back and actually listen to a KMFR album – you’re gonna find Country, Southern Rock, Hip hop…little bit of everything.

    What’s funny about all this is I’m not really a KMFR fanboi by any means, but I damn sure respect the guy for being one of the brilliant minds in music today.

    I’m currently sitting here watching/listening to CMT’s online Crossroads with Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson, and I keep thinking: “Kid Rock would really fit in with these guys…” There could be a whole new Outlaw movement that KMFR would totally be a part of.

  44. Coorsman
    June 12, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I won’t pretend to be impartial when it comes to Kid Rock. I’ve been a huge fan for 10 years now. People say he’s only turned to country these last 5 or so years. To this day I don’t get how the guy’s 2nd big hit song where he proclaims “I wanna be a Cowboy” didn’t beg the question “does this guy have some country blood in him?”, but for some reason it never did. I guess it was because his first hit song was “Batwitdaba”, pretty much the polar opposite of a traditional country song. I mean that was an acoustic guitar he was picking while sitting on the hood of an eighteen-wheeler in the video. That, and the obvious “I wanna be a cowboy” lyrics were a dead give away for me, that this guy might be a country guy. Ok, he’s still cursing a bit in the song, so maybe only a hybrid country guy. Hahaha, he’s like a musical version of a Ford Fusion. And what’s wrong with that? People seem to love these hybrid cars these days!!! In 2008 he was asked to perform at the MTV VMA’s, and then the CMA’s within 10 weeks of each other, and get this … to perform the same song at both!!! I don’t think we’ll ever see that done again.

    Noeller is right in saying that he seems to have the respect of some of the most respected talents in country music and is no poseur. Look at who he’s collaborated with as evidence of that. Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Run DMC, Aerosmith, Nickelback, Hank WIlliams Jr, to name a few. Do you really think all those people did a song with him because he was fun to party/drink with?

    In September Kid Rock will release Born Free, where again he will collaborate with a bunch of very respected artists across many genres, and generations. I think this is the final list … Lil Wayne, T.I. (perhaps the hip hoppers still respect the guy ???), Bob Seger, Lenny Kravitz, James Hetfield, Bon Jovi, Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Merle Haggard, and GEORGE STRAIT all in one album. Name one other artist who has the “Street Cred” to pull all of that off!!! It can’t be done.

    I suspect the country purists won’t like some of those offerings (namely the hip hop ones, and I’m sure it will fuel their ongoing argument that “Kid Rock is not Country”), and that’s fine, but I’m sure some of those songs will be hitting the country charts. Can’t wait for the George Strait one for sure!!!

    Do you think Seger, Merle, and Strait just come out and make songs with Poseurs? It would appear they seem to believe the Kid’s got something to offer. I think I concur …

  45. Noeller
    June 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Great post, Coorsman – GREAT post. Do the country purists on here honestly believe that George Strait would risk his stellar reputation by doing something completely off the charts with a poseur??

    At some point, you gotta let go of your preconceived notions and go “Wait a minute…what if, just for one second, things aren’t as I thought they were…”

  46. Jon G.
    June 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Kid Rock just isn’t “my thing.” I haven’t really listened to a lot of his material, but so far, some songs (“Picture”) I like, others (the rest I’ve heard) I don’t.

    It’s obvious that he is influenced by several different types of music, including country. He’s not a country artist by any stretch of the imagination (and neither are a lot of people who are labeled as such), but aspects of country are definitely there.

    And really, George Strait isn’t risking anything. This one move will not effect his career negatively at all. He has simply built up too much of a reputation over time; few artists have been so consistently popular and acclaimed. If anything, Strait’s collaboration with Kid Rock only has the potential to widen his audience, and the same goes for Kid Rock’s. Honestly, though, it probably won’t change my view. I mean, I still won’t like most of what I’ve heard so far. I’m not a huge fan of Kenny Chesney, and “Shiftwork” did nothing to change that. So I guess my opinion on all of this is one big “meh” and a shrug.

  47. Coorsman
    June 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Now that I ponder that Cowboy song further … I bet he could have cleaned it up (for the explicit stuff in it), and released it to Country radio at the same time back then and it would have charted on the Country Charts (especially in 1999… yeesh!!!). It’s really is just another Outlaw Country type of song. That I’m sure was never his label’s intention back then though.

    I suspect his work with Bon Jovi might be a different story. By the sound of it, this is going to be an All Summer long type “mash up” of WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE and COWBOY.

  48. granna
    June 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

    K….as you made a comment that it was fishy about Keith urban winning because boring Brad had beat him before. Well Keith won CMT video of the year for 2 yrs in a row and then he didn’t do many videos and that’s when Brad won, but he won last year with the help of Keith. I know you dislike Keith, but I don’t appreciate you suggesting it was rigged that Keith won. Brad was not even nominated in the Male Category. You should throw a dig at the ones that beat him out in the category he was nominated in. It’s fan voted so the one with the most fans won…get it. Lay off Keith! Radio supports Brad, but the fans love Keith!

  49. Sheep
    June 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Way to go Miranda on your Female Video win! Finally she gets some recognition…

  50. Trish
    June 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Taylor Swift has basically been shut out of the last two country music awards shows and for good reason – She is a terrible singer and is living off teen pop fans. Country music is sick of her and ready for her to finish her move to the pop world. Further evidence is that both of taylor Swift’s last two singles failed to reach the top of the country charts.

    Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert are by far the two most talented female country singers today and they are both getting rewarded with #1 singles and awards.

  51. John
    June 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    1) Kid Rock was terrible but he will probably be back again to host the awards show next year because the ratings came out and they were huge for CMT and way better than last year.

    2) Jess, I hope you are under 18 with your love of Taylor Swift! It is ridiculous to say she deserves any award over a great vocalist like Carrie Underwood. Listen to country fans who have spoken big time in the last two awards shows and they are sick and tired of Taylor Swift.

    3) The EOTY category at he ACM’s and all the categories at the CNT’s were fan voted. Carrie Underwood won every one of her awards against Taylor Swift. The fans have spoken time and again in that they prefer Carrie over Taylor. Thank God talent wins over head shaking and stupid teen lyrics!

  52. Jennifer
    June 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Taylor Swift is horrible!

    I am a 22 year old female and if there is a single fan of Taylor Swift over the age of 18 they have absolutely no taste in music and should grow up.

    Congratulations to real talented artists that truly deserve to win like Brad, Carrie, Miranda, and Lady A.

  53. K
    June 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm


    Maybe “fishy” wasn’t the right wording, but I just found it a bit odd that so many artists that don’t usually make a peep at awards shows were able to win over so many artists that were frontrunners for so long in many categories.

    I’m not trying to suggest anything was “rigged-” but I am still scratching my head in confusion. That’s the difference here.

    How did Miranda beat Carrie and Taylor for female video, when both clearly have more voting fans? How could Keith win over Brad when he has easily won more fan-voted awards the past several years? How did Lady Antelbellum win over Rascal Flatts, concidentally after they started being the “it group” of country music, and also beat them out at the CMA’s and ACM’s? I have a hard time believing so many fans would have a change of heart in so many artists after just one night.

    For the record, I don’t dislike Keith at all. Although I don’t care for a lot of his music, I think he is extremely talented, humble, and appears to be one of the only artists left who isn’t in it for the money. I also have been pretty vocal about my dislike for certain artists in the past- I wouldn’t hide it if that was the case with Keith.

  54. Fizz
    June 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    It’s Viacom, after all. Same company that ruined MTV, a channel I haven’t watched regularly, of my own free will, since about ’92. And they’re doing the same with VH1. So … what’d you expect? If an awards show is big enough to be televised, than it’s probably a joke.

    As for Kid Rock, he WAS hugely successful in the rap-rock world, with Devil Without A Cause selling several million copies. He jumped off that bandwagon just in time, though, and onto the wannabe country one. Yes, he’s a poseur, and always has been, but he’s also been very effective at his posing. Just be glad it wasn’t Bret Michaels.

    As for the smoking and drinking, so what? What’d you want, Rodney Atkins up there singing another puke-worthy song about his kiddoes?

  55. Vicki
    June 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    K: There are a lot of fans who like Miranda and Carrie equally. Remember, this show came right after the heels of the ACMs. So a lot of the winners at the ACM’s are the winners here. Also, remember the awards for the ACMS (with the exception of a couple) are not fan voter. As for the CMT awards, remember the fan votes for Female Vocalist came before the show only. The Video of the year votes came before the show and all during the show. Carrie fans are quite determined- I saw where one had 4 computers voting at once.

  56. kelly
    June 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I’m so glad taylor swift hasn’t won anything thing since that terrible vocal performance with stevie nicks at the grammy’s. i’m so happy taylor swift winning awards she doesn’t deserve is over with. her popularity is dropping. it’s time for great singers to be awarded. taylor’s fans are growing up. the media is making her to be a great vocalist, but it’s great to see great country win instead of that mediamade nobody. and i agree with jennifer, john, & trish, you three said it great. taylor swift is heading for a big fall. anyone that has graduated high school and is a taylor swift a has a very boring pathetic life. it’s hilarious they say she’s a great role model for little girls but at the CMA awards she was dancing with a stripper pole. and at the brooks & dunn concert she ruined one of their songs and at the end she was trying to be in every camera shot and acting like it was all about her! she’s all in it for the publicity! what taylor didn’t that the audience watch was full grown adults and not her 15 year old fans. i’m the pop is finally fading.

  57. Trish
    June 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    My friend is a big Miranda fan and she had multiple computers working on votes so that is common among everyone.

    I agree with a lot of the negative Kid Rock comments on his performance but it is true that CMT did monster ratings this year. I’m not sure how much of that is due to Kid Rock but it will definitely have him back next year. He made CMT a lot of money!

    Was anyone disgusted that Martina McBride is singing backup at the beginning of show for Kid Rock? I know Martina hasn’t had much success in the last several years with horrible album sales, low concert attendance, and years since she had a #1 single but she is still a respected artist. She shouldn’t be lowering herself to doing that rap garbage to try and stay relevant!

    Lastly, tired of hearing all the Waylan and Willie Nelson comments. The reason they aren’t around anymore is because people stopped buying their albums. It is not just age as Reba and George Strait are nearing their mid 50’s and are both still successful It is just a fact that people have no interest in Willie or Waylan and it has been that way for many years!

  58. kelly
    June 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    taylor swift is nashville’s cash cow, but as they say, new calves are born everyday.

  59. Trish
    June 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I don’t always agree with Stormy but he hit the nail right on the head with the Kid Rock comments. Kid Rock was an Eminem wannabe several years ago and once his star faded away he started latching onto country music to save his career. Has anyone listened to him sing live lately? He was the worst singer I heard on the show all night.

    His only chance of not being the worst was if Taylor Swift would have sung but thankfully we were all spared that nightmare!

  60. Paul W Dennis
    June 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Willie’s records still sell. Since Waylon passed away in 2002 he hasn’t gotten around to issuing much new product. The various reissues released by BMG seem to have done okay, however

  61. Fizz
    June 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Got to thinking more about this last night, and it occurred to me: why’re y’all dog-piling on Kid Rock for being a poseur, not being country enough, etc? That would describe easily half the people on that show.

    Lots of hate for Taylor Swift. To tell the truth, I pretty much ignore her. Gene Simmons once said, and I believe he called it right, that when your audience depends on teenage girls, your career automatically won’t last long. And see? Teenybopper sensations of 20, 10 and even 5 years ago now can’t get arrested, let alone sell records.

    As for Willie and Waylon, I don’t think it’s so much the music of those two particular gents that people crave. Lord knows Willie has put out as much crap as he has classics, if not more, but give him credit for still being prolific (if not exactly at the peak of his creativity). What people want is just some of the edge, the element of danger, that Willie and Waylon personified in their outlaw days. Nashville would rather have stupid songs about tractors than anything like “Lonesome, Ornery And Mean.” And as for Waylon himself, his decline in popularity is largely his own doing. He snorted his career.

  62. Coorsman
    June 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Oyy!!! He’s terrible!!! The ratings are way up and millions of people have watched his performance on since … but it’s was really really terrible.

    Martina shouldn’t be lowering herself to doing that rap garbage to try and stay relevant Trish? You probably won’t like this news then …

    I think it’s great. Strait’s doing the same thing.

    But what I wanna know is how did that poseur get all these people to watch his show when he hosted, log in and watch his videos on, and get all those highly respected artists to sing with him, and get all those songs in the Billboard Top 100. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur. He’s a poseur.

    Perhaps it’s time to lay off the Kool-aid …

  63. Fizz
    June 16, 2010 at 7:21 am

    That one’s easy: apart from discriminating folks such as ourselves, today’s country music fans are some of the most easily-led people in the world.

  64. Paul W Dennis
    June 16, 2010 at 7:54 am

    “That one’s easy: apart from discriminating folks such as ourselves, today’s country music fans are some of the most easily-led people in the world.”

    Strange – I didn’t think they were the ones who voted for Obama

  65. Coorsman
    June 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    That was a rhetorical question. The bottom line is regardless of what the fans think anyone who has the respect of their peers is not a poseur. Period.

  66. Fizz
    June 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Paul W. Dennis (not to be confused with Paul G. Dennis, or Paul R. Dennis): that joke landed with a big wet SPLAT!

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