Country Singer/Songwriters Are Hot Investments
- When someone starts talking about IPOs and investing my eyes gloss over, but if you have some money to blow, I mean invest, then country music is apparently a hot commodity. And by “some money,” I mean a minimum of $500,000.
Country singer/songwriters are the single hottest investment property you can find in 2008. A new artist that writes their own original material will literally make an investor three to four times their investment with original copyrights now paying over a million dollars for one hit record (ASCAP,BMI or SESAC) that stays in the charts an average of 21-23 weeks.
- Gretchen Wilson’s latest single, “You Don’t Have To Go Home,” released way back in September, is showing some surprising legs at radio. In the past seven days the song has jumped 53 spots on the MediaBase country chart, up to #54 from #107. The song’s spins have increased to 83 in the same period–up from 55. WBCT-Grand Rapids, and WIVK-Knoxville, are leading the charge, accounting for more than half of the song’s total audience. No word yet on why the renewed interest in an otherwise dead track.
- Michael McFadden, artistic producer of “Ring of Fire–The Music of Johnny Cash,” says that the show tries to present the full measure of Johnny Cash.
“The show is a celebration of Johnny Cash but no one can truly play Johnny Cash,” he said. “The singers theatricalize the numbers with their own styles.”
McFadden continued, “But people come to hear those great songs and the treat will be the audience will hear great artists perform the songs. Doing it this way gives us the freedom of having different voices, lots of harmonies, different arrangements that we can mix to make it very visual and exciting.
The 9513’s very own Matt C caught the show and wrote a review yesterday.
- Country Universe published the last two installments of “The Fifty Best Debut Singles of All-Time” and it features artists like Dolly Parton, Lefty Frizzell, Dwight Yoakum, and Deana Carter. You don’t want to miss the top spot, so check ‘em out: part four and five.
- After high school Adam Hood gave up playing music for a while to focus on raising his daughter, but he couldn’t stay gone. He played nearly 300 shows across the country last year. Read his Q&A with 210SA and then go check out some of his music on MySpace.
- Country Mike discovered a YouTube video of Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack covering the famous George Jones-Tammy Wynette duet “Golden Ring”. Funny thing is, Jackson calls her “Lou Ann” at the beginning of the video.
- The author of latherblather posted five videos from his fourth straight year at the Dale Watson Christmas show at the Continental Club in Austin, and he shares the following interaction between Watson and a random lady who wanted to sing:
Dale: What key do you want
Random Woman: I don’t know I am just going to sing
Dale: Ok start singing
Random Woman sings off mic
Dale plays a few notes on his guitar
Dale to band: B-flat guys
Song gets played
That should give you a bit of an idea how good these musicians are.
- If you weren’t able to attend MusicFest–the Mecca of Red Dirt music–in Steamboat, Colorado this year you can still catch some live performances on XM channel 12. Check out LoneStarMusic for the schedule.
- Toby Keith still remembers in detail the first time he heard himself on country radio, it’s a moment he shared with Shania Twain on a bus for their first tour.
- American Idol season 6 finalist Phil Stacey released his debut single to country radio today. “If You Didn’t Love Me” was co-written by Wendell Mobley, Jason Sellers and Rascal Flatts’s Gary LeVox.
- The Lost Highway lists the fifteen best country albums of 2007.
- Matraca Berg had her first hit at 18 with “Faking Love”, a co-write with Bobby Braddock that went No. 1 for T.G. Sheppard and Karen Brooks. Read her Q&A with Peter Cooper.
Does the best stuff get through?
No. I think there are unbelievable songs out there that will never see the light of day. There’s always a great one that slips through and has mass appeal, but it’s harder these days because of the corporate mentality of music right now. Every now and then a “Whiskey Lullaby” slips through, or a “Bless the Broken Road.”
- As the decade mark passes by Tom Roland remembers the grand duel that ensued between LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood over the song “How Do I Live”. It was the first time in history that two singers squared off in the same category with the same song at the Grammy Awards.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.
- Randy Pitts: Hear hear re: your review of Rob and Trey's album.