Dave Alvin Scores TV Gig; Randy Traywick’s (Travis) Publicity Photo; The Grascals Find Success with Cracker Barrel

Brody Vercher | February 18th, 2011

  1. Rick
    February 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Sunny Sweeney will featured on both the Friday and Saturday night Opry’s this weekend! Because of the recent release of the Waylon tribute album, I’m hoping “She’s a Good Hearted Woman” will be one of the songs she performs as her live version is far superior to the album track.
    Other Friday artists: Terri Clark, Steve Wariner, Vince Gill & Craig Morgan. Grade: B+
    Saturday’s Opry adds Andy Griggs to the mix.
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    I am a big fan of “Justified” on FX, and it has the best musical intro currently on the air. Talk about a TV show evoking a sleazy, ominous backwoods mood! Crikey! I wonder if Dave Alvin will be playing yet another wacked out scuzzball from the holler?

    Brody said: “My pal Kelly Dearmore…”. Guess I was wrong yesterday! (lol)

    Boy, when the word gets out that bluegrass groups can sell big volumes of CDs at Cracker Barrel, they will be lining up at the door! Has Cracker Barrel ever considered sending mobile food trucks to bluegrass festivals? Hmm…

  2. Kelly
    February 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks buddy!

  3. t.scott
    February 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Maybe the problem with tribute albums is the format.
    Aside from Merle Haggard’s Lefty and Jimmie Rodgers tributes,they have all left me wanting the original.Even Asleep At The Wheel does better when they just make music rather than concept albums.
    I think just deciding to do “a tribute album” requires a set of compromises that just covering a song doesn’t.
    Sat radio is playing both Sunny Sweeney and Jamie Johnsons contributions (to the Waylon tribute),and I like them,but I won’t be running out to buy the album.
    As a side note ,Jamie Johnson’s cover of Meat Loafs Two Out Of Three might be as good a cover song as I’ve heard recently.I think covers should add something different to a song,and the artist should make it THEIR song.

  4. Donald
    February 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Rick- can you imagine what would happen to the bluegrass marketplace if Cracker Barrel started stocking, promoting, and selling even more releases? Bluegrass musicians would get uppity and start expecting a living wage. We can’t have that.
    In the advance material for The Grascals project, it was mentioned that Cracker Barrel only does one bluegrass project annually and The Grascals had to ‘wait their turn.’ It also mentioned that Dailey & Vincent moved 40K of product through C.B. which, I understand, is almost unheard of in the bluegrass arena. If The Grascals have already moved more product of this album than of their previous Rounder albums, the model obviously has its commercial benefits. I wonder what lesson can be learned from it and applied by labels, artists, and management not affiliated with C.B.?

  5. Vicki
    February 19, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I saw Randy Houser perform “God’s Time” at the Opry. My gosh, the way he sang it with just simple guitar and the emotion in that man’s voice, …there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. They have that performance as one to choose from for ACM Top new performer going up against Eric Church and Easton Corbin. They all did great performances but if you voted just by that performance, Randy would definitely be the winner.

  6. Alison
    February 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the link to the article on Brett Detar. I read it and was inspired to check out his website. If you sign up for his e-mail list, you can download his entire album for free.

    I’ve been listening to it all day and am really enjoying it. Worth the time, for sure. He has an interesting voice for country, but not a bad one, and I love the music.

    I’m looking forward to more from him.

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