Flooding Leads to Canceled Shows; Paul English May Have Suffered Stroke; Cody Canada Concussed by Flying Liquor Bottle

Brody Vercher | May 3rd, 2010

  1. Craig R.
    May 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

    No matter where you stand on the issue of gay rights, or gays for that matter, one must admire Chely Wright for coming out within the county music community. There are many people who will be disgusted by her action. But in the end, to be who you are, to be open and proud, is an act of courage. Now maybe she will put that life story into her music, and tell another truth about real life. That is the very foundation that country music is set upon.

    And by the way, Kenny Chesney told Playboy that he doubts a open,gay singer could exist in country music. I think country music is better than that, and that country music fans are better than that. Too bad Kenny doesn’t believe in the greatness of the music he sings or the people that buy that music.

  2. Paul W Dennis
    May 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    An artist’s sexual preferences really are no concern to this right-of-center libertarian. What matters is the music. I always have had my suspicians of some artists (the late Wilma Burgess comes to mind as do some others), but ultimately, either they could sing, or they couldn’t. If they could and I liked their music, I would purchased their music

  3. Stormy
    May 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I don’t think anyone will be refusing to play Chely Wright’s music because she is gay. For that to happen they would have to consider playing her music in the first place.

  4. Lewis
    May 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    What about k.d. lang and Kristen Hall? Weren’t they the first country singers to have come out before Chely?

    I always had my suspicions of Terri Clark being a lesbian. Seems like she might be the next country singer to come out. The same goes for Mary Chapin Carpenter though she’s married to a man now as I felt like years ago that she was bisexual. As for Wilma Burgess, I didn’t learn about her being a lesbian until years after her death and as far as I know she took her secret to her grave.

  5. PaulaW
    May 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    The haiku is cute. ;-)

    But on a serious note, it is really really bad in Nashville.

  6. all
    May 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    just a thought: it is unnecessary to discuss who we suspect may be lesbian. it doesn’t add anything to the conversation and don’t really know.

  7. David S
    May 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Lewis, I believe Terri has been married twice, if not three times… to men. It is highly doubtful she is lesbian. It is very offensive to speculate or question the sexuality of anyone. It is a private matter, and it can be very insulting for a straight individual to be questioned as to whether or not they are truly heterosexual. I encourage you to keep this in mind, Lewis.

  8. Lewis
    May 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    How about the actress Meredith Baxter? She was married three times to men and she announced last year that she was a lesbian.

  9. t.scott
    May 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    who cares

  10. Felipe
    May 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    It’s funny to me that I’ve always heard ‘Picket Fences’ from another perspective and now I’m guessing she actually wrote it in that same perspective…

  11. Thomas
    May 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    …apart from the fact that chely wright should avoid expressions like “tip of my tongue” in public statements – what’s the big deal?

  12. Noeller
    May 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Can’t help who yer lovin’, and good on CW for having the guts to come out. As was posted earlier, all that matters is music, and as Kenny Alphin has said many times: “LOVE EVERYONE!!”

    Sorry to hear about the water down south – here’s hoping nobody is seriously hurt and that there isn’t too much physical damage!! Prayers from the Great White North be with y’all!!

  13. Michelle
    May 3, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I don’t think it would hurt a female Country singers career at all. I’m not that sure about a male Country singer “coming out” though. I think a LOT of males would have a problem with it. I knew a man that was married for about thirty years and FINALLY tells his wife, “Oh, by the way, I’m gay.” That’s when I have a problem with it. No one should do anyone like that, to pretend they’re someone they aren’t, or while they’re fighting it. It would make it easier on everyone if they wouldn’t date or marry until they are ready to accept who they are. I’ve been played with, but I caught on real quick. I was simply there for an appearance. That’s just wrong! I’ve had many gay friends and I don’t have a problem with it, but you should never screw with someones life just because you’re not ready to accept who you are.

  14. highwayman3
    May 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    They keep refeirng Chely as the first big star and major country star to come out and bringing up that she won an ACM new female (as if its an honour then they basically just give it out to whoever applies) Is she even a star? She had a number 1 years ago but shes just a blimp on the radar. Also the question they are posing is how this will affect her career. I think it was safe to say she wasnt going to have a number 1 or be relevent again before being gay. It’s not going to affect anything. She will make C.D.’s and the same amount of people will notice and buy them.

    I also find it strange that people magazine would invest in this as a big publicity headline for their magazine when barely anyone outside of country music even knows who she is.

  15. Rick
    May 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Well at least now we know which category Chely’s “Single White Female” personal ad was in! (lol) It’s just disappointing in a general sense to straight guys when really good looking women announce they are lesbians! The homely ones not so much. Take kd lang for instance… Hey, maybe Chely and Shelby can hook up as a couple! If they toured together they’d attract an audience of curious onlookers for sure.

    Its nice to see Mike Stinson has kicked his career back into gear after relocating to Austin awhile back from here in Los Angeles. Hopefully he can find more success in Texas than here in LA, which shouldn’t be hard to do.

    Trailer’s dopplegangers are top notch as usual, but the Dwight Yoakam match is really harsh! Maybe Yoda could have been used instead? (lol)

    I think the flooding in Nashville proves the existence of a God with good taste in country music who just couldn’t take it any more!

  16. Rick
    May 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    PS – Is it just me or do any of the rest of you also find these country artist product endorsement deal announcements to elicit a big ole “Who Gives A Sh*t!” response? I stopped buying products because of celebrity tie ins back with my Torsten Hallman motocross gloves in 1969. This “image” obsessed, pop culture, airhead mentality of far too many Americans is just pathetic. It leads to such people making huge, stupid mistakes, like electing Odumbo and a Demoncrap congressional majority for example…

  17. Michelle
    May 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I think most females feel disappointed or bummed out when a really hot guy announces he’s gay. I don’t think most females can find it hot or fantasize about it, like a lot of males do when it’s the other way around. I know it’s not a fantasy of mine.

  18. merlefan49
    May 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    The Opryland hotel had to be evacuated the water is several feet high inside the photos are jaw dropping.The one news site lists the water at some places as 10 feet. Opry mills the shopping mall is also flooded inside as is the Grand Ole Opry house.

    The downtown area is also starting to flood.

    http://www.wkrn.com/

    http://www.wsmv.com/video/9624406/index.html

    that one as a live stream

  19. Stormy
    May 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Hey, maybe Chely and Shelby can hook up as a couple! If they toured together they’d attract an audience of curious onlookers for sure.

    T.A.T.U tried that. It didn’t work.

  20. Razor X
    May 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Also the question they are posing is how this will affect her career.

    Well, look at all the attention she is getting that she wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Her album sales will probably improve in the short run, and her book may sell reasonably well, and then everyone can go back to forgetting all about her.

  21. Chris N.
    May 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    “I think the flooding in Nashville proves the existence of a God with good taste in country music who just couldn’t take it any more!”

    A lot of people here are really suffering, so I’d really appreciate it if you’d try to keep your hateful mouth shut for one damn minute. I know it’s a challenge.

  22. Steve Harvey
    May 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I think the flooding in Nashville proves the existence of a God with good taste in country music who just couldn’t take it any more!
    Rick, that’s not cool. The floods have displaced thousands, killed 28 people (that we know about), damaged people’s houses and places of business. Nashville isn’t just a town that makes music you don’t like, it’s home to a lot of good people.

  23. Leeann Ward
    May 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Some things just aren’t funny, Mr. Robertson.

  24. merlefan49
    May 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    What’s sad is many of the people affected by the flood did not have flood insurance.

    The new symphony center lost their concert grand piano’s and the organ.

  25. Leeann Ward
    May 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I’ve always had a very soft spot for Nashville. I’ve honestly always wanted to live there ever since I was a kid. It’s my dream vacation to go there someday. If not for the heat and being so far away from family, I’d surely be a Nashville resident now. The flooding there is heartbreaking and worse than I had originally thought.

  26. Matt Bjorke
    May 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Flooding here is worse than anyone thought it would be and the national news could care less.

    The Opry is flooded: http://twitpic.com/1kt32d

    If you want to help you can donate 10$ to the Red Cross by Texting 90999. Money will go to the Red Cross of Middle Tennessee and the other states affected by the flooding.

  27. Stormy
    May 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    You can also donate to the Salvation Army
    http://www.salvationarmymemphis.org/

    If you have post Katrina Red Cross issues.

  28. idlewildsouth
    May 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    For anyone in the Nashville area, and off tomorrow, Crosspoint Community Church is doing some relief in Bellevue tomorrow, should anyone be so inclined to volunteer.

    http://withoutwax.tv/2010/05/03/day-1-of-nashville-flood-relief/

  29. K
    May 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    “I think the flooding in Nashville proves the existence of a God with good taste in country music who just couldn’t take it any more!”

    This is honestly one of the most ignorant and diserespectful comments I have ever read. These floods have killed people, displaced homes, and caused so much stress and hurt to thousands of people. Some of your comments are humorous, but the fact that you would dare cross such a line shows your true colors.

    You will go to any lengths to trash anything and anyone you don’t like, even at the expense of true tragedy, hurt, and pain by REAL people whom have famlies and loved ones, and actual lives outside of the music world.

    Maybe you never stopped to think that these artists are actually living, breathing beings sacrafice their time and energy for people, many of whom do what they do because they actually have a real PASSION for something in thier lives. They care about their art to the extent that they are away from thier famlies for days, and have to go to sleep knowing that thousands of people are judging their every move, focusing negative energy on people they don’t even personally know. Unless you make a living like that, don’t judge.

    What kind of person makes such ignorant, pathetic jabs towards people and situations they don’t even care about. If you don’t like current country music, leave. Don’t trash it and act give a hollier than thou additude, failing to think about the PEOPLE behind the music who sacrifice so much . Don’t trash the people who sacrafice everything to support thier famlies.

  30. Matt Bjorke
    May 3, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    FYI It should be text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make sure that your $10 goes to the right area (that REDCROSS phrase will get it to Tennessee and other states affected by the flooding.

  31. Jordan Stacey
    May 3, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Can’t use the txt from Canada apparently

  32. Steve Harvey
    May 4, 2010 at 1:36 am

    or Australia. But online worked for me.

  33. Sam G
    May 4, 2010 at 8:39 am

    My town went through pretty similar flooding last year, and it was amazing to see the damage, especially in areas that have never been flooded before. I hope things get better, quick.

    That Opry pic was as depressing a photo as I’ve seen in a long time.

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