Deana Carter to Release New Album; Zac Brown Calls Out Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night”; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | September 16th, 2013

  • Zac Brown made a bunch of Luke Bryan fans upset late last week when he called Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” “the worst song” he’d ever heard. He also said, “I see it being commercially successful, in what is called country music these days, but I also feel like that the people deserve something better than that. Country fans and country listeners deserve to have something better than that, a song that really has something to say, something that makes you feel something. Good music makes you feel something. When songs make me wanna throw up, it makes me ashamed to even be in the same genre as those songs.”  If you want to cringe and laugh simultaneously, search Twitter for fans coming to Bryan’s rescue.
  • This morning Good Morning America is premiering Kenny Rogers’ new video for his duet with Dolly Parton, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”
  • Deana Carter will release her first album in over six years in November. On Facebook, you can listen to several songs that will be on Southern Way of Life and vote on which one should be Carter’s new single.
  • Julie Roberts released the cover and track listing of her forthcoming album, Good Wine and Bad Decisions (out October 29). Vince Gill and Buddy Miller guest-star on the project.
  • George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama are among the artists who’ve been added to the sizable lineup of performers at the George Jones tribute concert in Nashville on November 22.
  • Watch the trailer for Jason Aldean’s upcoming concert DVD, Night Train to Georgia, here.
  • This week’s Quotable Country from the esteemed C.M. Wilcox has been posted over at Country California.
  • The comic strip Nancy included a Lee Brice cameo last week.
  • LeAnn Rimes ended up in an Irish hospital late last week. She was placed on vocal rest and had to cancel her Dublin concert.
  • Florida Georgia Line dream of recording with rapper Lil Wayne.
  • Coming up with deeper lyrics was Sheryl Crow’s biggest challenge with her debut country album: “There’s none of that in country songwriting where you leave anything up to the imagination. Like any kind of [experimental alternative artist] Beck song, we all love it, but sometimes you have no idea what it’s about. The country format does not operate on that.” 
  • A section of Kentucky’s US 42 was dedicated in honor of Kenny Price.
  • Kris Kristofferson has been inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott“Keep Your Dirty Lights On”

New Country Rehab“Empty Room Blues”

The Wood Brothers“Keep Me Around”

Robby Armstrong“Birthday Happy”

Darius Rucker“Radio”

Luke Bryan“That’s My Kind of Night”

Sarah Jarosz“Build Me Up from Bones”

Eli Young Band“Drunk Last Night”

Jason Hastie“She Ain’t Pretty”

Autumn Hill“Fire”

Livy Jeanne“Any Other Way”

Kendall Beard“Drinkin’”

Dean Brody“Bounty”

Ashleigh Dallas“Me”

Bart Crow Band“Loving You’s a Crime”

The Time Jumpers and Mandy Barnett“Walking the Floor Over You” (Live) 

Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum“Rhiannon”

Deana Carter “You and Tequila” (live at the Opry)

Have Gun, Will Travel “Standing at the End of the World”

  1. TX Music Jim
    September 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Zac Brown is 100% right about my kind of night ! Good for him for speaking out. He spoke out but did it in a classy way. Go Zac !

  2. SamB
    September 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I’m supposed to be seeing LeAnn Rimes on Wednesday – she performed her Birmingham gig on Saturday night, albeit a reportedly abbreviated set, so fingers firmly crossed!

  3. Kelly D.
    September 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Looking at the past 3-4 years of Kevin Fowler’s output makes me cringe. There’s some gold in his back catalog but one has to dig deeper and deeper to find it these days.

  4. nm
    September 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I flat-out adore Gary Allan. But I don’t quite see where anyone who rocks as hard as he does on much of his music has any standing to complain about the lack of country purity.

    However, I kind of like his idea that country music is about the work week and pop is about what happens on the weekends. I’m gonna file that away next to my idea that rock is about meeting this cool new guy and country is about figuring out whether or not to stay married to him.

  5. Leeann Ward
    September 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I kind of thought the same thing regarding Gary Allen’s remarks at this point.

  6. Bruce
    September 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    For me personally, I couldn’t agree with Zac Brown more. Way to go!

  7. Bruce
    September 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    There seems to be as many hall of fames as awards shows anymore. Whew, can’t keep up with them.

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