Country Music Hall of Fame Plans Exhibits for Johnny Cash and Gene Watson

Brody Vercher | September 23rd, 2008

  1. Jessica
    September 23, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    That is awesome about Darius. He is the only “pop goes country” acts that I’m rooting for.

    Definitely will be making a road trip to Nashville to see the exhibit.

    And non-country news….I can’t believe Metallica has yet been inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame.

  2. Stephen H.
    September 23, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Their first single was released in 1983, so they were not eligible until this year.

  3. Matt C.
    September 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    “This is my life’s goal,” Swift continues, “to have a song on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’

    I’m waiting for Jim or Ben to tell us all that’s not nearly as shallow as it seems.

  4. Brody Vercher
    September 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Definitely will be making a road trip to Nashville to see the exhibit.

    Me too, as soon as gas prices drop below three dollars again.

  5. Chris N.
    September 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    You will not be seeing that exhibit.

  6. leeann Ward
    September 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Actually, I’ve heard Taylor say those words in an interview and it was more tongue and cheek and less earnest than it seems in writing. I’m sure she’s excited though.

  7. Craig R.
    September 23, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    As a black male who has listened to country music since I was 3 or 4 I am very happy for Rucker. But I am very sad for country music. It makes me uncomfortable to see that there are not any people of color in country music. The influence of blacks and Hispanics on country music has been there since the genesis of country music. But if you were just being introduced to country today you would never know that, or even think that people of color live in the West or the South.

    I think the fault rest mainly with the record makers. If they tried to establish people of color who are country music singers- the way they do every young, hunky white male who they think will sell cds- then maybe one would really catch on and stay. It should embarass country music makers that Rucker is the third black male to hit number one on the charts.

    I have many friends, white and black, who are amazed, insulted, and nonplused by the fact that I support, endorse, and cheer for country music. But I think it is the best music this country has to offer. It is a real part of who I am as a man and a human being. But I am not blind or obtuse or in denial about the state of country music. From the poorly written songs to the pop sound to the ego and attitude I am concerned and confused about the future of something I love. And as a black American, who has invested in this music, I also want to see it grow. I want to see it reflect those Americans that are part of the story of country music, all of them.

    I would also be reassured that the country music listener is not the stereotype that my friends would like to limit them to be. Rucker’s number one hit is a start. But I am cautious still.

  8. Chris N.
    September 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Taylor was definitely using hyperbole in a facetious manner, as is apparent if you read the whole quote.

    Oh, why do I bother?

  9. Hollerin' Ben
    September 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    “I’m waiting for Jim or Ben to tell us all that’s not nearly as shallow as it seems.”


    Hey man, I risked my entire deep and enduring relationship with Taylor to comment negatively on her latest single!

  10. Stormy
    September 23, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    “This is my life’s goal,” Swift continues, “to have a song on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’

    I’m waiting for Jim or Ben to tell us all that’s not nearly as shallow as it seems.

    In the immortal words of Juno McGuff “Woah, dream big.”

    But seriously, aren’t songs on TV shows a form of product placement?

  11. Matt B.
    September 23, 2008 at 7:04 pm


    while one could argue that, they usually are chosen because they reflect the scene, just the way popular music may fit in a feature film.

  12. Rick
    September 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Craig, whenever I attend country concerts here in the Los Angeles area I always scan the audiences for the racial mix as LA is so diverse. At the big Stagecoach Festival this year I did see a smattering of black families and Latinos, but they constituted a tiny percentage of the crowd. Maybe if LA had a country radio station that played something besides current Top 40 crap it would expand the reach.

    As for current black country artists besides Darius, Rissi Palmer has made a few minor dents in the country charts and Rhonda Towns has a new single out titled “Slow Rain” with Dobie Gray as one of the co-writers.

    In the Latino realm (apart from Gabe Garcia) CURB has dabbled its toe in the market with Star De Azlan and Rick Trevino recorded a new album a couple of years ago that wasn’t released after the fine single “Overnight Success” went nowhere on the charts. If the demographic guru’s at Top 40 country radio aren’t actively targeting audience members of color, then its not going to be a priority with them as far as the artists they include in their limited playlists. The fact Darius is so well known and respected from “Hootie” made his skin color almost irrelevant, which would not be the case for an unknown new artist. Coffey did well on Nashville Star, so maybe there’s hope!

    As an aside: The Americana Realm in comparison embraces diversity in its artists. The Top add at Americana radio this week is Taj Mahal’s new album and B.B. King is number five…..

  13. Rick
    September 23, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Breaking News Alert!!!!! (From TMZ via the Hollywood Rag Celebrity Gossip Website)

    “Miley Cyrus Wants To Say GoodBye Disney – Hello Singing Career!

    Miley Cyrus is reportedly trying to get fired from TV show ‘Hannah Montana’ so she can focus on singing. The 15-year-old actress is said to be so desperate to leave the hit series that shot her to fame she has been arriving late on the set, stalling production and annoying cast and crew members, according to gossip website

    Her father Billy Ray Cyrus, who also appears in the programme, allegedly supports her antics as he thinks she will make more money from her singing career than the Disney show.

    Billy Ray has reportedly been boasting Miley will film just 12 more episodes before leaving the show. However, when furious Disney bosses learnt of his comments they are believed to have immediately called his agent and branded both him and Miley as “ingrates”.

    Disney also insisted Miley finishes all 24 episodes in the season as planned and also decided to add six more shows to the run.

    Miley’s close friend Emily Osment is reportedly so upset at her co-star’s behavior she is refusing to talk to her when they are not filming.

    Emily’s father is said to have accused Billy Ray and Miley of behaving unprofessionally, resulting in a heated argument between the two men.”

    Rick’s comments: Miley only has her so-called singing career because she is Hannah Montana! If she leaves the show she will likely be history in no time as her “tween” fan base will likely lose interest when they don’t see her on The Disney Channel on a daily basis.

    If this article is true and Billy Ray is really supporting Miley is this descision, then I guess foolishness runs in the Cyrus family gene pool…

  14. Razor X
    September 23, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I read something similar on Yahoo earlier. But isn’t the show in its final season anyway? Can’t she just suck it up and honor her contract?

    On the bright side, if she does get out of fulfilling her obligations, maybe Disney will cancel Billy Ray’s recording contract.

  15. Stormy
    September 23, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Or better yet, can’t she say goodbye to both and take up artic beet farming?

  16. Razor X
    September 23, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    “Or better yet, can’t she say goodbye to both and take up artic beet farming?”

    Works for me. And better yet, maybe she will take Taylor with her.

  17. Rainbow
    September 23, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    “Works for me. And better yet, maybe she will take Taylor with her.”
    And maybe Jessica too? Please?

  18. Matt B.
    September 24, 2008 at 12:23 am

    that’s much ado about nothing (the miley stuff)

  19. Brady Vercher
    October 10, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Jessica:Definitely will be making a road trip to Nashville to see the exhibit.
    Brody:Me too, as soon as gas prices drop below three dollars again.
    Chris N:You will not be seeing that exhibit.

    Check it out, $3 gas.

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