Gary Allan On Oprah And Shania Twain Releases Shania Starlight Perfume

Brody Vercher | May 24th, 2007

  • This is Texas Music delivers a couple of new album reviews starting with Robbie Fulks, Guy Forsyth, and Rodney Hayden. He’s got some more gems here.
  • Jason Michael Carroll had to learn the hard way that he shouldn’t change his image to please other people after he cut off his hair and went the whole starched jeans/cowboy hat route.
  • After hearing Charlie Robison sing “My Hometown” for the first time, Brad from Galleywinter describes the feeling:

    It hit me. It moved me. All of a sudden I felt the power of music coursing through my veins. The strength of identifiable lyrics grabbed the pit of my soul and shook it violently. It snapped me out of the utopian idyllic world that being a college student/know-it-all creates. Charlie Robison had experienced the exact same phenomenon I was currently undergoing.

    I can relate somewhat to his experience on that particular song, but not to the same degree. Brady and I used to listen to “My Hometown” on our 17 mile drive to high school in the mornings. That was back when we were still sportin’ our Crown Vic, man that car was awesome in its prime. But, “Pancho & Lefty” is to me what “My Hometown” is to Brad, if that makes sense.

  • Shania Starlight by Stetson is the second perfume released by Shania Twain. The press release on her website describes it as “the allure of the red carpet, bottled.” Check out the full press release for some of the cheesiest copy you’ve ever read.
  • If weed is your thing, The Austin Chronicle has a feature titled “The Pot 10!” with a list of ten pot songs from several different genres. I’m surprised “What Would Willie Do” from Bruce Robison didn’t make the Country/Folk list.
  • Since dropping out of school at the age of 15 Gretchen Wilson has felt like she was “missing something — that there was stuff other people know that I don’t. And I want to know it, even if I don’t need it.” She has been studying for her GED and hopes to take her test by the end of the summer.
  • Craig Shelburne gives a little background into the history of Gruene, TX and Gruene Hall, the place George Strait started out and still calls “one of the highlights of his career.”

    Although he may be the Gruene Hall’s biggest success story, the stage has also nurtured promising talent such as the Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen, Hal Ketchum and Lyle Lovett, and the bar continues to draw local legends like Asleep at the Wheel and Jerry Jeff Walker. Black-and-white 8×10 photos from past performers adorn the crowded walls in the front bar. A chalkboard above the bar announces the future shows from artists like Jason Boland, the Derailers, Elana James, Reckless Kelly, Charlie Robison or Kelly Willis.

  • Everybody tune in to Oprah today to see Gary Allan and listen to him discuss the signs of depression.
  • PopMatters dubs both Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Pam Tillis’s Rhinestoned a 6/10 rating.
    • Miranda Lambert

      The statement she makes with “Gunpowder and Lead” isn’t close to the one Martina McBride made with “Independence Day”. Where Martina told a tragic story and told it well, Lambert is all about celebrating her own rebel-country-grrl strength and glamourising her own violence. And just as her story pales in comparison with Martina’s, so her spirit of look-at-me jubilation can’t establish even a distant relationship with the Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl”.

    • Pam Tillis

      The album is split about 50/50 between happy tunes and sad songs. Tillis expresses the same point no matter what path she takes to get there: it’s important to take chances on other human beings. The impulse to connect matters even more than hooking up with another, because this inner feeling reveals the true essence of who one really is. One cannot be oneself by being alone.

  • In closing his recount of Johnny Bush’s autobiography and Kashmere Gardens Mud album, Edd Hurt shares with us one of Bush’s requests: “I would love, before I hang it up, to play the Grand Ole Opry. The only time I played it was back in the ’60s. It was on a Friday night. I would love to play the Grand Ole Opry, one [more] time.”

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  1. Chris N.
    May 24, 2007 at 8:31 am

    “Where Martina told a tragic story and told it well, Lambert is all about celebrating her own rebel-country-grrl strength and glamourising her own violence.”

    I think this is way off the point. “Independence Day” is about what happened before and after an act of revenge, while “Gunpowder & Lead” is about the defining moment of the act itself. It’s about how the woman in “Independence Day” felt the moment she struck the match.

  2. Kevin
    May 24, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    I agree with you, Chris. Lambert’s performance is more unnerving because she dared to sing about domestic abuse from the first person. “Independence Day” tells it from the point of view of the daughter left behind and “Goodbye Earl” uses a narrator, but Lambert actually speaks in the voice of the woman plotting the revenge. I don’t think it glamourizes the violence at all. The key element of “Gunpowder & Lead” is that the law has alreayd failed her; she’s prepping herself for another confrontation after he posts bail. She’s not going to go down without a fight this time, after he “shook her like a rag doll” the last round. It’s a stunning song from a sociological perspective.

  3. rose yvon
    September 5, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    where is the free sample of shania starlight perfume that advertises on tv? some of us cannot afford a perfume and a free sample is the closest thing we’ll ever get
    thanks

  4. Jim Malec
    September 5, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    The problem with Lambert’s song is that it’s hard to find a narrative arc aside from the act of revenge itself. In a literary sense (and song are literature), “Independence Day,” is talking about far more than just revenge…the issue at play there is how social injustice is a problem that has far reaching effects on a community and on the people involved. The song isn’t about the fact that the house burns down, the song is about how the abuse manifests itself.

    With “Gunpowder and Lead,” we have a case where the narrator is angry, pissed off, and maybe scared, but there’s no sensitivity to the way the idea is delivered. It’s a a very raw approach, and the problem with that is that there are a million great writers who can tell a story the way the story actually is. To do so takes very little skill.

    Great songwriters (and writers) look beyond the obvious to the hidden and subtle emotions.

    “Independence Day,” in my opinion, is FAR more “unnerving,” than Lambert’s song, because of the way the topic resonates. I could have been one of those people who saw the abuse but never said anything. I could have been that child.

    But “Gunpowder and Lead,” focuses solely on the action–it glorifies the action, and it is very self-centered. And that’s its downfall.

    Writing the truth is easy. Finding the parts of the truth that other have overlooked is the part that makes you great.

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