Craig Morgan Parts with BNA Records; Canadian Station Bans Carrie Underwood Music; New Artists Stump For ACM Votes

Brody Vercher | February 11th, 2011

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  1. numberonecountryfan
    February 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I hope Tracy Lawrence (not Trace) can get back to his hitmaking days of the 1990s with his next CD.

  2. reza
    February 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    grow up people it’s just bussiness.. stop blamming carrie.

  3. Brady Vercher
    February 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I smell an Opry curse! Montgomery Gentry got dropped, then Craig Morgan. And that was before reading the Carrie news. Has anyone seen Josh Turner recently?

    And that passage from the Ralph Stanley liners notes is pretty killer. I’d buy it just to read the rest.

  4. Matt B
    February 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Brady, that’s pretty funny (re: the opry curse). There’s some conjecture over on another message board about who will go next since a media site like allaccess or something wrote “At Least” one artist (Morgan) has left in the latest restructuring of the label.

  5. Thomas
    February 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    …you can’t say tracy lawrence isn’t allowing himself some leaway regarding his new project. title suggestion: all over the place but not there

  6. Saving Country Music
    February 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    All this Carrie Underwood stuff will just enrage and embolden her fan base even more. It proves to them that she doesn’t get a fair shake, instead of appeasing them with sympathy.

  7. CountryFan
    February 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Good riddance for Craig Morgan… ugh. The majority of his singles are why people make fun of Country Music.

  8. Kayla
    February 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Carrie’s fan base thinks it stupid to blame her for what happens in sports everyday but otherwise could care less. Also that is a pop radio station so they don’t even play carrie’s music to begin with as they stated today when they thanked Carrie and Mike for everything they have done for the people of ottawa. Also anybody who blames Carrie doesn’t understand that the Senators suck and they have to dump salary to rebuild their team and other teams wanted Fisher but he was traded to Nashville as a thanks for 11 years of service to the team and city. Carrie fans could really care less becasue anybody with half a brain would no she isn’t at fault.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Wish Craig well. This seems to be a trend. An artist has some hits with a smaller lable, goes to a big lable, and then the success dwindles. Just reference Little Big Town.

    Yes some of Craig’s songs are light-hearted. But some are very good. And I would sure take a light-hearted song from Mr. Good Guy Morgan that the crap from Sugarland, Rascall Flatts, and the other MTV-Wanna-Be’s.

  10. Noeller
    February 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    For what it’s worth, the whole thing with Carrie’s music being “banned” by a station up here is a gimmick. They are a “soft rock” station that never played her to begin with, so the whole thing is a joke…a “bit” as we say.

    Pretty funny, and it sure worked.

  11. Noeller
    February 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Ummm…sorry about the multiple posts. The site was being weird and it wasn’t showing up as “posted” :s Hit refresh a couple times and then it showed up. Weeeeeeeeeeeird.

  12. Matt B
    February 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm


    Little Big Town’s album sales are WAY, WAY better for capitol than Mr. Morgan’s were for Sony. They were pretty non-existant and on-par with much of his album sales output.

  13. kerwin
    February 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    uhm.. did Kiss Fm ever play other Underwood song aside from “Before He Cheats”? I thought it was a joke

  14. Omar
    February 12, 2011 at 1:28 am

    You know, even if it was a joke, it’s still pretty stupid and cruel to get Carrie in such a bad position like that. The radio station never played her music to begin with, so I’m really not sure how that was a “funny joke”, because now that station will lose some audience, as well as respect, and Carrie’s getting the last laugh. Good for her, because she doesn’t deserve this bad press.

    It’s the NHL, not Carrie. He just happened to be sent to Nashville. Big whoop! It’s not like the NHL takes bribes from hockey players’ wives.

  15. luckyoldsun
    February 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

    It created fodder for Internet news/sports/enterainment sites that constantly need to replenish their news sections with new items. It gave publicity to Carrie and to the radio station. And it caused sensitive, trusting souls like yourself to feel sorry for Carrie and maybe go out and buy something of hers to make her feel better.
    Oh, and it gave me a chuckle.
    Slunds like a win-win-win

  16. Rick
    February 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I love Chet Flippo’s comment:

    “But it speaks volumes that a song titled “F*** You” is actually regarded as a serious contender in two major all-genre categories (in both the song of the year and record of the year categories). How artistically bankrupt can popular American music become? I cannot envision a lower level than that ditty. What a great role model for aspiring young songwriters.”

    I have to agree with Chet on this subject. Now if that particular song had instead been titled: “F*** You Obama” by The Tea Party Boys, my opinion would have been vastly different! (lol) (Aw come on Brody, I’ve been behaving myself lately! lol)

    I dug out my “Who Gives a Sh*t Meter” for both of these Carrie Underwood controversies about her ACM snub and her hockey player husband’s move and Canadian reactions. The needle actually began spinning backwards! That’s a first…(lol)

  17. Steve Harvey
    February 13, 2011 at 1:40 am

    But it speaks volumes that a song titled “F*** You” is actually regarded as a serious contender in two major all-genre categories (in both the song of the year and record of the year categories). How artistically bankrupt can popular American music become? I cannot envision a lower level than that ditty. What a great role model for aspiring young songwriters.
    I’d be more concerned that Katy Perry is up for several awards, rather than a nice throw-back rhythm and blues song is nominated. It’s 2011, for the lord’s sake, I don’t think a curse word being used in a song is evidence of the artistic decline of pop music. It’s a good song with a great vocal and production that consists mainly of actual people playing real instruments. We should be encouraging recognition of songs like this.

  18. Barry Mazor
    February 13, 2011 at 8:35 am

    And I’d say that my friend Chet sometimes crosses over the fuzzy line between Outlaw and scolding ol’ fuddy duddy. I found Cee-Lo’s single absolutely catchy, well-constructed, and smart. (And the video’s very good, too, I’d say.)

    Maybe it DOES speak volumes that he had to go to that title and chorus to get attention these days for a perfectly catchy pop song–but then, in its toned down version “Forget You,” it’s just as good, and now people are hearing it–which maybe they wouldn’t have, without that phrase that oh-so offended Chet as a come-on.

    There’s that song “(In Country WE Don’t Say) The F Word,” which lots of you will have heard and which gets all cutesy and naughty about ALMOST saying it, unlike in, well–rock. . Well then lah-dee-dah. In pop they just did–also partly as as a joke, dang it–and one perfectly pitched to the actually fairly complicated and real emotion of the song.

    Cee-Lo Green is not claiming to have written a country song– which is more than I can say for a lot of pop artists!

  19. Rick
    February 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Its time for Rick’s disjointed capsule summary of the Dierks Bentley and Friends show at the Troubadour on 2/12/11!

    David Nail opened the show doing a solo acoustic set of his radio singles along with an obscure Hank Jr. song that is one of his favorites. (Sorry, I never caught the title). Verdict: David sure can sing up a storm and the primarily young female audience loved him!

    I wasn’t taking notes so here’s the jumble: Dierks came on stage with Sam Bush and the two of them sang a song they had written together after the Nashville flood titled something like “Silver Locket on a Golden Chain”. Good stuff. Then Dierks normal tour road band backed him up on a string of Dierks’ radio singles that really got the crowd going, fist pumping “man fans” and all.

    Garrett Hedlund from the “Country Strong” film was next up doing a duet with Dierks on a song he chose Kristofferson’s “The Pilgrim”. Also good stuff.

    Lady Antebellum came out on stage and performed “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “Need You Now” with Hillary Scott looking quite fetching as usual. Talk about a crowd pleaser!

    Next up was Zac Brown who did a mostly solo acoustic version of “Your Cheatin Heart” with Dierks providing occasional harmony vocals. The “Airhead Country” audience seemed a bit perplexed by this, but I sure enjoyed it! Zac then sang a song about cold weather in Colorado or some such (sorry, I’m not familiar with his music).

    Dierks was then joined on stage by The Travelin’ McCoury’s and sang some of the songs off of “Up On The Ridge”, which I truly enjoyed. On “Down In The Mine” the co-writers Jon Randall and his wife Jessi Alexander came on stage to sing harmony vocals. “Fiddlin’ Around” was a blast. Sadly “Draw Me A Map” was not part of the set list.

    Next Del McCoury and singer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys came on stage for a bit of old timey bluegrass. I didn’t catch the names of the songs but Del mentioned one of them was written in 1901! Dierks had an ear to ear grin during this segment obviously hoping his fans would respond to this music the way he does. Good luck Dierks!

    Miranda Lambert was the next guest on the docket. Miranda sang “Gunpowder & Lead” and then joined Dierks for a duet on Merle’s first radio hit “Silver Wings”. Really good stuff! Since Jamey Johnson wasn’t there Zac Brown filled Jamey’s slot on “Bad Angel” and no one, myself included seemed to mind.

    Blake Shelton followed Miranda and sang “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”. I think Blake sang another song as well but I was off waiting in line for the bathroom. Oh well…

    The last guest was a cute little gal with bright red hair Dierks had met at The Knitting Factory Club in Hollywood at his previous “Dierks & Friends” show. I never caught her name but her song’s chorus kept repeating something like “You Are A Statue”. This tiny gal had a great voice, and did I mention she was really cute, but the song wasn’t much. This show definitely wasn’t lacking in variety!

    For the final segment Sam Bush came back on stage with the normal Dierks road band to blister through “What Was I Thinking”. The final song was an extended “jam” version of “Crossroads” in the Cream style. Its not very often you hear that song with a mandolin taking lead! Crikey! (lol) A good time was had by all and that was that!

    I probably have the sequence wrong, but at least I covered the basics.

    PS – At one point Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall were standing right next to me in the audience. All the folks in my age bracket (and there weren’t many of us) stared at Elvis in recognition but most of Dierks’ younger fans didn’t seem to know who he was. That was nice for Elvis as I didn’t see even one person pester him. They left about mid show, but if Dierks had seen them would he have invited them on stage? We’ll never know…

    (Please forgive my typos. I’m too lazy to proof read this thing.)

  20. Carrie
    February 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm


    The cute little redhead was Hayley Williams of Paramore fame, who is also rather tight with Taylor Swift. They sang “The Only Exception” which was a huge radio hit for the now-defunct Paramore.

    I heard that Dierks sang some of his new music (Fastback? Maybe?) How did it sound?

    Thanks for the recap. Had some friends there and it sounded like quite the show. :)

  21. Jeremy Dylan
    February 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Costello proves himself to still be one of the coolest music lovers around. It’s a shame he didn’t get up for one of the songs.
    Him working through ‘Complicated Shadows’ or ‘Hidden Shame’ with the Traveling McCourys would’ve been a sight to see. Or a reprise of the version of ‘Friend of the Devil’ he played with Mr. Bush at MerleFest ’07.

    Not that it makes much difference to me, being on the other side of the world and all, but it might’ve made it’s way onto YouTube…

  22. Rick
    February 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Carrie, thanks for that info. I looked Hayley up and it definitely was her. Now, if she could just get some decent material to sing! (lol) And if I had a choice between seeing a Hayley or Taylor concert, Taylor would not even be in the running…

    Dierks did sing a couple of new songs that sounded a whole lot like his “pre-Up On The Ridge” older singles. Nothing spectacular, but very radio friendly. Between the foam earplugs I had in, crowd chatter, and my position way off to the side of the stage, I understood very little of what was said on stage. One exception: David Nail was introducing a song when Charles Kelley appeared up in the balcony and a lot of the gals in the audience made a big ruckus. David’s response was along the lines of “Charles Kelley always ef’s up my sh*t every chance he gets!” (lol)

    Jeremy, I’ll admit I was surprised to see Elvis and Diana wandering among the crowd. Like Obama’s recent “State of the Dis-Union” speech, it was truly a “WTF” moment! (lol) And Diana looks much prettier in person than in her photos by the way. I was going to ask Declan when he was planning on returning to guest on “A Prairie Home Companion” but restrained myself out of respect. I do wish he’d gone on stage to sing “The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes”! (lol)

  23. Jeremy Dylan
    February 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm


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