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Juli Thanki | November 11th, 2011

  • The Triggerman of Saving Country Music points out a couple flubs he noticed on the CMA broadcast.
  • Chris Isaak was interviewed by Chris Mateer about new album Beyond the Sun. An excerpt in which Isaak talks about recording at Sun Studios: The room itself is very small. As a piece of architecture, it is not notable. If there wasn’t anything in there, and you didn’t know that it was Sun Studios, and I walked you in there and said “Do you want to rent this place?” You would probably say something like “Can’t we find anything nicer?”
  • Chet Flippo is full of praise for the CMA Awards’ salute to Glen Campbell.
  • Ronnie Dunn performed a surprise show the night before the CMA Awards.
  • Vince Gill will host America’s Opry Weekend Thanksgiving Special, slated to air November 23-27.
  • Don’t forget that Sammy Shelor and the Lonesome River Band, joined by Steve Martin are going to grass out on tonight’s Letterman.
  1. Rick
    November 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Laura Bell Bundy’s outfit would be about right for a circus trapeze artist, but at the CMA’s its just plain tacky. Now if she were about to be in a big dance number on stage, that would be a different story…

    Still waiting for an Engine 145 review of the debut album by The Damn Quails. I can’t trust the opinions of people who actually like most of the music coming out of the Texas Red Dirt scene! That reminds me, just what is Kelly Dearmore up to these days? (lol)

    If I were that Christian what’s his name with the funny hats, I’d be sweating bullets if Jennifer Nettlesome decided she wanted to take a break! And especially after she did that duet with someone else on the CMA Awards Show! Christian, its time to bone up on that Bush’s Baked Beans secret family recipe!

    Opry Alert! A nice bit of bluegrass hits the Opry stage this weekend. Tonight’s Opry includes Dale Ann Bradley, and the Saturday Opry will feature the Clair Lynch Band. I hope this is the start of a long-term trend! (lol) Other Friday performers include Holly Williams, Love & Theft (they are still around?), and Guy Penrod(?). Grade: B-
    Saturday’s Opry will feature Charley Pride, Holly Williams, Bradley Gaskin, Love & Theft for a B+ grade thanks to Charley!
    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    PS – Last night I saw a fun classic country covers mostly band from central California named “Brokedown In Bakersfield” that put on a fine show at LA’s The Mint. Fronted by the husband and wife duet team of Tim and Nicki Bluhm, they covered such artists as Merle (a lot), Buck, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and a bunch more. The crowd included all ages (above the 21 minimum that is) with most in their 20’s and 30’s digging those true country classics from before they were born. Nicki made a comment from the stage that she was glad to see there were still people in Los Angeles that liked real country music! (lol) I sure hope they all come back this way soon and don’t break down in front of Buck’s Crystal Palace on the drive down highway 99…

  2. timeo
    November 14, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Speaking of flubs at the CMA, there was one more that I noticed: no actual country music.

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