Garth Brooks Is Officially Unretired; Opry Planning Wednesday Night Show; Sunny Sweeney’s New Demo

Brody Vercher | December 14th, 2009

  1. Rick
    December 14, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Well I’d have to say that I prefer Occasional Hope’s singles list over Kevin Coyne’s. I haven’t heard most cuts on either list but Hope picked some of my favorite songs off of the Holly Williams and Patty Loveless (M.S. II) albums while Kevin picked among my least favorite songs. Also, Hope included a Joey + Rory song and that scored big brownie points!

    Ralph Stanley has been a big name in the bluegrass realm for sooooo long its not surprising his audience would contain a lot of senior citizens. Ralph’s been building a fan base for decades and his voice isn’t what it used to be. I see this as neither surprising nor anything to be concerned about as it relates to the overall bluegrass scene.

    Sunny Sweeney’s label needs to offer some new music from her for sale! Its been a couple of years since “Heartbreakers Hall of Fame” first came out and its like the Big Machine/Republic Nashville label has kept her inside a cage since then! I wish Sunny had just stayed away from the big Nashville label machine and kept doing her awesome “thang” in Texas…

    I totally agree with Junior Brown’s sentiments about mainstream country music these days!!! Isn’t that a surprise?…(lol)

  2. Matt B.
    December 14, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I like Junior Brown but I don’t know if I’d call what is played on mainstream radio as “some really bad heavy metal that couldn’t make it.” Now if he’d had said “southern rock,” I’d certainly have seen his point but clearly he hasn’t listened to much Heavy Metal to know what it really sounds like.

  3. Jon
    December 14, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Making a generalization about the bluegrass audience based on who turned out to one (1) particular Ralph show is a bad idea.

    And how about that Shad Cobb – Cowan’s fiddler. One of the best!

  4. Mayor JoBob
    December 14, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I think Junior’s right. What I hear lately seems to be influenced more by AC/DC than Hank. Craig Morgan even names them in his “Redneck Yacht Club” rehash “Bonfire”.

  5. TexasVet
    December 14, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Congratulation to Miss Reba who has a #1 on Mediabase and hopefully also #1 on the Jan 2 Billboard update…I don’t believe they have one next week.

    I believe this will be the first #1 single by a solo female artist not named Carrie/Taylor since “Jesus Take the Wheel” hit number one during the Spring of 2006.

  6. Noeller
    December 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Country music has always been about recording/writing songs which are based around your influences. The thing about our current slate of Country artists, is that they were influenced heavily by 70s/80s Rock, and with some, Pop. Sadly (??) it’s today’s rock which claims Classic Country as their biggest influence. I recall Merle Haggard complaining awhile back in a publication about how he didn’t get any respect from today’s generation of Country acts, and felt respected more by the Rock world than the Country one.

    Just some food for thought.

  7. Steve Harvey
    December 14, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I recall Merle Haggard complaining awhile back in a publication about how he didn’t get any respect from today’s generation of Country acts, and felt respected more by the Rock world than the Country one.
    It’s a curious situation. A lot of rock acts respect people like Haggard, Cash, Nelson, etc. but wouldn’t be caught dead at a Jason Aldean concert. I remember hearing Mick Jagger rave about Dwight Yoakam in an interview a few years ago. Elvis Costello has professed his love for George Jones. When indie-rocker Ben Kweller made a country record, he seemed to take influence from Hank Sr and Buck Owens rather than Rascall Flats and Kenny Chesney.

  8. KathyP
    December 14, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    On Sunny Sweeney’s my space page, is this song: “you don’t know your husband like I do.” If that isn’t Tiger Wood’s through and through, I don’t know what is. Did she write all that music on her page? Damn fine.

  9. Noeller
    December 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    But again, Steve – I think the point isn’t whether today’s rock acts are influenced by TODAY’S Country acts, because certainly today’s country isn’t based on today’s rock, for the most part. A good example is Jimmy Wayne’s cover of “Sara Smile”. Such an odd thing, on the surface, but again – that’s where Jimmy’s influences lie, and not with Waylon, Willie, et. al.

  10. stormy
    December 14, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Matt: I think Junior Brown is looking at 80’s hair metal.

  11. Rick
    December 14, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Attention: Jamey Johnson / Early Opry Alert! Tomorrow night’s Opry will feature Jamey Johnson, Terri Clark, Darryl Worley, Chris Young, and best of all Jimmy Wayne singing “Sara Smile”! (lol) Maybe Jimmie Dickens will not be feeling well and Jamey can do the entire last half hour rather than Jimmie doing his overly long routine of stale jokes and crappy novelty songs that weren’t that good even when new. Oh well…

    Opry Schedule:

  12. Razor X
    December 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I really hate when I visit musicians’ MySpace pages and they have three different genres listed under the name; i.e “country/rock/acoustic pop” or something in that vein. I just looked at Sunny Sweeney’s page and she has:

    Country / Country / Country

    My kind of gal.

  13. Rick
    December 14, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Joey + Rory News Alert from

    “In addition to these philanthropic projects, Joey & Rory have also been busy adding the finishing touches and tweaks to their sophomore album due out next April. As Martin described their upcoming new music, fans can expect a sound that’s “very acoustic” and “a little bluegrassy.” However, she says not much has changed from their first album, save more time devoted to songwriting and Feek being featured more as a vocalist.

    “Of the entire record,” she said, “that’s what I’m most excited about — for people to hear how wonderful of a singer my husband is.”


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