Dr. Emmylou Harris; New Releases; Tom Russell Benefits from ‘Letterman’ Ratings Boost

Brody Vercher | October 6th, 2009

  1. Trailer
    October 6, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Some readers may like to know that Lucero’s 1372 Overton Park is also out today. And thanks for the link, as always!

  2. Jon
    October 6, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Nice Dale Ann profile, but while she’ll continue to spend plenty of time in Nashville, she’s actually moved back to Kentucky. I’d say she’s making her home there, but no one around here seems to know what that word means.

  3. Thomas
    October 6, 2009 at 11:30 am

    obvious patients for newly appointed musical dr. h.c. emmylou harris: tyler dean and justin byrd. strong medicine will be required, however.

  4. Jim Malec
    October 6, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    What does “Broadcast music songwriter” mean, exactly?

  5. stormy
    October 6, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Poor Conan O’Brian just cannot catch a break.

  6. Dan
    October 6, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I clicked on the Justin Byrd song, thinking it might be worth a listen. I will never make that mistake again. Now that is some seriously bad vocals.

  7. Jon
    October 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Justin Byrd, wow.

  8. Chris N.
    October 6, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I recommend that you guys listen to all of Justin Byrd’s oeuvre. I particularly enjoy “Pap Paw.”

  9. Kelly
    October 6, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    “I’d say she’s making her home there, but no one around here seems to know what that word means”

    That might be, but I think you have helped everyone around here understand what “helpless windbag” means…

  10. Leeann Ward
    October 6, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Stormy,
    Huh?

    Chris N,
    Hahaha.

  11. Jon
    October 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Hey, I’m not helpless!

  12. Lucas
    October 6, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “Something spiritual happened that night” – You know that sound Snoopy makes in the Christmas Specials or the Magic Pumpkin show when he gets clotheslined or choked by Lucy? I just made that sound… wy does everybody have to try make things sound deep?

    “That was cool” or “I was star-struck” would have sufficed. But no, oh no… it was spiritual dude, totally spiritual.

  13. idlewildsouth
    October 6, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks Trailer. I’d let the Lucero album slip my mind.

  14. Rick
    October 6, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Rick’s Random Tidbits: Alison Bonaguro made an interesting observation on a recent CMT blog entry about crowd reaction to Jamey Johnson in a concert she recently attended:

    “Those fans were singing along and hootin’ and hollerin’ like Waylon Jennings himself had sauntered onto the stage. It just proves to me that the “country is for soccer moms” image is a little warped. Either soccer moms are dusting off their dad’s old country albums from the ’70s and ’80s and really immersing themselves in that music, or artists like Johnson are expanding the fan base to include music lovers from all demographics.”

    WOW! That gal is one clueless soccer mom! Alison, its Top 40 mainstream pop-rock crap country (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, etc.) that’s for soccer moms as opposed to Jamey Johnson who appeals to fans of real country music! Jamey is recapturing the country music fans that soccer mom Top 40 country drove away from radio who are still out there longing for country music with substance. There is bound to be some overlap, but I would wager most soccer moms like “In Color” the best of any Jamey’s songs they’ve heard. Crikey…

  15. merlefan49
    October 7, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Jamey Johnson isn’t mainstream apparently she doesn’t realize that. I just hope he continues to make music that is off center from it.

  16. Jon
    October 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    In what respect is Jamey Johnson not mainstream? Hasn’t he had hits? Hasn’t he won awards? Isn’t he on a major label?

  17. Stewman
    October 7, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Im gonna go ahead and say it ….I agree with Jon. This guy wrote Honky Tonk Badonkaadonk, is on mainstream radio, CMT darling. That is mainstream.
    Which is completely different from good/excellent artist vs. lousy artist, which is where I think people are taking this discussion

  18. Kelly
    October 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Jamey Johnson is very much mainstream – and thats a great thing. He isnt “pop” and he doesnt share the sound of what many people refer to as “contemporary country”, but I see it as a great thing that he can do what he is currently doing and do it inside the slick confines of the mainstream establishment..

  19. Leeann Ward
    October 7, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Yup, it’s not inherently bad to be mainstream and Johnson is a good example of how mainstream can be done well.

  20. Hanford
    October 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Jamey Johnson sound from “That Lonesome Song” album is not mainstream. In Color the radio version has different production then the record he released. The album he just cut in Nashville with “My Way to You” on it is not his sound. He sold out again. He went back to letting shiny Nashville control him. Jamey Johnson is now corporate, from his “new” sound all the way to his website. It’s a shame…

  21. Emily
    October 7, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Wow… that Justin Byrd song was HORRIBLE. I hope he isn’t actually signed. I don’t know who in their right mind would even sign him. That is the worst music I’ve ever heard. I adore Taylor Swift, but if I were Taylor I would be creeped out by that song. He sounds like he is living in a fantasy land.

  22. Chris N.
    October 7, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Will Justin Byrd’s musical genius forever be misunderstood?

  23. Steve M.
    October 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    That Gourds download is a killer. Thanks for the link!

  24. Thomas
    October 8, 2009 at 7:39 am

    i wish, i could answer this one with a confident: “yes!”, chris n.

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