Country Music Accounts For A Fourth Of Radio’s Top 100 Songs

Brody Vercher | July 9th, 2007

  • CMT has a new blog up where multiple authors are posting, one of which is Sunny Sweeney. She’s already written about two of my favorite Texas guys in Adam Hood and Jason Boland and the Stragglers. She said people kept asking her if she only listens to old country, and she did until recently when she heard Hood:

    This Adam Hood guy hit me like a brick. His voice is seriously sexy and he’s a hell of a songwriter. He has a song called “Varnado” about a little town that he has to go to and leave his girl. It is catchy, catchy, catchy, catchy. Don’t be surprised if you start hearing me singing it at my shows.

    In the other entry Sweeney claims that The Bourbon Legend from Jason Boland and the Stragglers is her new favorite CD. I think she has good taste and this is going to be an interesting blog to keep track of.

  • Check out Craig Shelburne’s list of 10 Indie CDs You Might Have Missed.
  • If you’ve been following the news roundups lately, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been linking to Still Is Still Moving quite a bit as she details her encounters with Willie Nelson. Up until now Willie mentioned on a radio station that he reads her blog, she got to call in and talk to him, and now she finally got to sit on his tour bus and meet him.
  • The Tennessean has an article about the events leading up to Porter Wagoner’s Wagonmaster album and about the album itself, but you get a better sense of the kind of man that Wagoner is from one of the comments that a reader left:

    When I was a very young child, I was at the lake and got an enormous splinter in my foot on the boat dock. I was screaming in pain and a man walked up and took the splinter out of my foot. I didn’t know who he was at the time, but after he left, my parents told me it was Porter Wagner. I’ve never forgotten that day and I’ve been a fan ever since. If Mr. Wagner reads this and remembers that day, THANK YOU. I still frequent that lake and that dock (Sligo).

  • If you’re a big fan of country music, you might want to check out RolandNote.com. CMT has a good write up describing what RolandNote is.
  • If you’ve never heard the name Ricky Traywick, don’t feel too bad, because I hadn’t either until now. Take Country Back pulled an old article about Ricky and reposted it with song samples at the bottom.

    “My dad was always a big country music fan, so we grew up listening to a lot of the old stuff. Hank Williams and Patsy Cline were probably his favorites.” Ricky recalls. But listening to music wasn’t the only influence he and his brother had. “Actually, my dad took us to guitar lessons together. Afterwards, we would go home and “jam” in the den, learning from each other. We would take turns playing lead and rhythm, always trying to out play each other.”

    His brother is Randy Travis.

  • So far in 2007, country music has accounted for 24% of radio’s Top 100 songs. Unfortunately, country hasn’t faired as well against other genres when it comes to sales.
  • Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood headlined a show for Live Earth on Saturday near the White House. Do you think Garth will ever completely come out of retirement?
  • Like Bruce Robison, Marcus Hummon is a little known artist who’s work is mined by those in the spotlight, including: Tim McGraw, Doug Stone, and Rascal Flatts. The Lost Highway has a great article on the singer/songwriter.
  • The soundtrack to a new indie film sports a number of Texas artists. The film, Coyote Funeral, is about two brothers making their way across Texas on foot. “Whether or not Casey and Dustin make it to El Paso will depend less on braving the elements than surviving each other.” Sounds like it could be interesting.
  1. Matt
    July 9, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for the shout out!

  2. Kevin
    July 10, 2007 at 4:35 am

    Trisha Yearwood’s public appearances are way too few and far between these days. Good to see her again.

  3. Linda
    July 10, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Yeah, Brody, how cool is that that I got to go on Willie’s bus and meet him! It was so much fun. When I walked on the bus (after stepping aside for David Letterman, who had been on the bus talking to Willie), he just looked up and smiled with that sweet Willie Nelson twinkle in his eye, and grabbed my hand and pulled me down beside him. Then he was talking to those Montana ranchers about Farm Aid, the 2007 Farm Bill, etc., and I could just sit there and relax and watch him in profile. Then they left and we got to talk abit. He said he goes to my site every morning to see where he’s been the night before! I knew it was time for him to go on stage for all those fans chanting his name, and I went back out. Then he came on stage, and looked down and saw me and gave me the sweetest smile of recognition.

    Well, now I guess I can stop blogging about Willie, huh? I got to meet the man. :)

    I will post more pictures from earlier picnics. Lots of nudity in the ’70′s! Times have changed, although there is still one or two women who will flash him at the shows. That’s usually because Poodie is off stage encouraging the ladies to do that. :)

  4. Chris N.
    July 10, 2007 at 10:58 am

    Tell us what we really want to know: did you blaze one up with him?

  5. Brody Vercher
    July 10, 2007 at 11:07 am

    You can’t stop blogging about Willie lest he may forget where he was the night before!

  6. Linda
    July 10, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    I know, I know, everyone asks me that! No, didn’t get to burn one with him this time, but I hope there’s a next time! The bus smelled great, though. :)

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