Eric Church Sounds Off in Rolling Stone; Free Music From Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | May 1st, 2012

  • Miranda Lambert fired back on Twitter: Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban. Your welcome for the tour in 2010.
  • And then Church released a statement: “The comment I made to Rolling Stone was part of a larger commentary on these types of reality television shows and the perception they create, not the artists involved with the shows themselves…The shows make it appear that artists can shortcut their way to success…I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish. This piece was never intended to tear down any individual, and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue. I am grateful for all of the artists and fans that have supported me along my journey and certainly did not mean for my comments to undermine their talent and achievements.”
  • Gaylord Entertainment and water-heater manufacturer A.O. Smith, which has a plant on the Cumberland River, sued the Army Corps of Engineers and National Weather Service over the Nashville floods. Here’s an excerpt of a joint statement from the two companies: “It is a simple fact that we incurred millions of dollars in damages because the Corps released so much water into the Cumberland River that it rose above the 100-year flood plain…We have a fiduciary responsibility to our shareholders to seek remuneration for the losses we sustained as a result of this negligence, and also to ensure that both parties make significant process improvements to prevent a man-made disaster from occurring in any future flood event.”
  • Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival will return to Charleston, South Carolina, in late October. General ticket sales open on Saturday.
  • Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires are offering a free download of a March concert in Tuscaloosa.
  • Another free download: Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine’s May Trail Mix, which features cuts from Paul Thorn, Chelle Rose, The Brothers Comatose, and others.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum should own the Opry, argues Saving Country Music’s Triggerman.
  • Kenny Rogers and Sam Bush have been added to the Bonnaroo lineup of performers.
  • The Roys are hosting seven episodes of Bluegrass Mountains, which will air on New Zealand, UK, and Australian TV.
  • This week’s album releases:

Callaghan Life in Full Colour

Carrie Underwood Blown Away

Chelle Rose Ghost of Browder Holler

Todd Snider Time as We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker

Mel McDaniel Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On: His Original Capitol Hits

Eddie Rabbitt 13 Original #1 Hits

Two Man Gentlemen Band Two at a Time

Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

Ben Sollee Live From the Grocery on Home

And a book: Gregg AllmanMy Cross to Bear



  1. Jon
    May 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

    The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum should own the Opry, argues Saving Country Music’s Triggerman.


  2. luckyoldsun
    May 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    “The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum should own the Opry, argues Saving Country Music’s Triggerman.”

    Not so fast! I hear The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum will face a bidding war for the Opry with the American Museum of Natural History–and it could get nasty.

  3. Dana M
    May 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I like how Eric Church left Blake Shelton out of his apology. :)

  4. Mike Wimmer
    May 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Dierks Bentley said a similar thing a couple years ago about the reality shows. He basically said that while he doesnt blame anyone for going on the shows, get your break anyway you can, that he does think it has hurt some artists in the sense they dont get the chance to learn and grow as singers, writers and performers as much as you would by “coming up through the ranks”. I think it was a very valid point and a good one, the reason it didnt create such a stir is because he put it tactfully and didnt smear anyone.

    Eric, for as much as I like some of his songs, has shown tact isnt one of his strong suits. Not that I think he minds any of this, I think he likes having an image as a guy who “is an outsider in Nashville” and that has probably helped his career more than anything.

    In the end it really doesnt matter, it’s a bunch of whiny millionaires complaing amongst each about a genre none of them are really helping. Just keep cranking out generic songs about how hot the chick in your truck is that frat boys can crank up in their dad’s truck. No wonder I dont listen to mainstream Country music…it’s all one big joke.

  5. Paul W Dennis
    May 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Kenny Roberts was a great performer and perhaps the greatest of the country yodelers (some would pick Elton Britt or Roy Rogers, but he certainly was up there with them)


  6. Rick
    May 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Hey, its nice to see the Roy’s are appreciated somewhere! Crikey mate!

    This Eric Church deal is so much ado about nothing. So some feathers got a bit ruffled. Sheesh.

    What, Gaylord couldn’t sue God so they settled on the Army Corp. of Engineers instead? They are wasting their time and money and will not get any financial relief. Hopefully they’ve learned their lesson so when it happens next time they won’t suffer as much flood damage.

    As much as I find the “Opry Legend” performers on the Friday and Saturday night Oprys boring and repetitive, they are a logistical necessity. Using a standard core group of older artists that are almost always available just makes sense, and since the audience is mostly tourists it works out fine. Unfortunately the radio shows have been reduced to the level of a bad Branson shows by these planning decisions, so I wind up listening to the newer artists featured and tuning out the Legends…

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