George Jones, Charlie Louvin, & Ralph Stanley Hospitalized In the Past Week; Year End Lists; RIP Gary Claxton

Brody Vercher | January 10th, 2011

  1. Saving Country Music
    January 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    The more I study Hayes Carll, the more I wonder where he would be without Ray Wylie Hubbard.

  2. Jon
    January 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Congratulations, El!

  3. Leeann Ward
    January 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Glad to have you back, Brody.

    Good for Steve Martin for bringing the Dixie Chicks back together on record.

  4. Charles Murphy
    January 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    RE: Country Carpetbaggers….

    The sad thing is both the artists and Nashville want each other in this instance. The artists need somewhere they can squeeze a few more bucks out of a fledgiling or failed career in another genre and Nashville will welcome these people with open arms because Nashville has always wanted what they think is that hip factor to bring them into more of a pop or rock audience and world. Nashville and Music Row have never really been satisfied being just country and proud of it…They want to be legitimate in the eyes of those in the pop and rock world. Look at how Nashville welcomed Dann Huff into the fold when his rock career stifled…and he is, in large part, responsible for how lame/repedetive the songs and acts coming out of Music Row today. That just one example…you can trace the lameness to the lot that have come over from pop career gone soft.

  5. Jeremy Dylan
    January 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    New Buddy Miller music! Just in time for my birthday!

  6. Jon
    January 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Ever hear of Owen Bradley? Fred Rose? I just wish that people who yapped about keeping country country knew a little bit about its history – but of course, if they knew, then they wouldn’t be yapping, would they? And I think it’s pretty funny to see ol’ Bryan “Country” Curtis denouncing Jerry Lee Lewis as a carpetbagger (and misstating the facts of his career, to boot); I guess he’d probably denounce Conway Twitty, too, if he knew enough about country music to have heard of him, which he evidently doesn’t.

    As usual, what purports to be a piece about country turns out to be a piece about rock: “Well, [to understand what happened to country] first, you have to understand what happened to rock.” Well, no, you dumb*ss, you don’t; what you have to know first is something about country. What a putz.

  7. Lewis
    January 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Charles: That article pretty much sums how I feel about pop country artists invading country music. However, Jerry Lee Lewis might be an exception since his first two singles to chart “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” and “Great Balls of Fire” went to #1 on the country charts and #2 and #3 respectively on the Hot 100. And even before his late 1960’s comeback into country he recorded country songs like Crazy Arms among others. Charlie Rich was also a rocker but he didn’t initially start out in country music and his success started out on the pop charts only. And I could add Olivia Newton-John to the list since she flavored her music with country instrumentations like steel guitar and strings.

    The Eagles charted in country for the first time in 1975 with “Lyin’ Eyes” so I wouldn’t count them into the mix with Darius Rucker, Jewel, Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker as intruders since The Eagles first charted in the mid 1970’s.

    And I didn’t see Kelly Clarkson’s name appear in the article but I guess that she counts as an intruder along with the rest of them.

  8. Steve Harvey
    January 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    And I didn’t see Kelly Clarkson’s name appear in the article but I guess that she counts as an intruder along with the rest of them.
    Does she? She’s cut a duet (and toured) with Reba McEntire and a duet with Jason Aldean – anything more than that? She hasn’t attempted any rebranding of herself as a country artist, as far as I’m aware.
    Did Sonny Rollins become an intruder in to rock when he collaborated on The Rolling Stones album Tattoo You? Was Keith Richards an intruder in country when he cut a duet with George Jones? Was Bo Diddley an intruder into punk when he toured with The Clash?

  9. Jon
    January 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Good questions. The whole notion of an “intruder” or “carpetbagger” is a little troublesome in this context, ain’t it?

  10. Steve Harvey
    January 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I really don’t see what the problem with someone whose become famous in another genre putting out a country album. Is the problem the albums or the radio play? Were the same people bothered by The Beatles of the Stones cutting country songs 40 years ago? Or wasn’t it a problem because they weren’t trying to get them played by country radio?

  11. Stormy
    January 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    It wasn’t a problem because they weren’t making the same old music and calling it country. There hasn’t been a “country song” released by Jewel or Darius Rucker that would be out of place on Pieces of You or Cracked Rear View.

  12. Rick
    January 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    My favorite line from the “carpetbagger” opinion piece: “Country is now less a style of music than a refuge from other styles of music.” Top 40 country may not totally fit that description yet, thanks to the likes of Chris Young and Easton Corbin, but its heading there fast.
    PS – Just what in the hell is “The Daily Beast”? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that website before. Is it something for latte sipping NPR types?

    That “country music song flowchart” was pointed out last week on Farce The Music and I’m amazed at the amount of time, effort, and thought that went into creating that thing! Good job.

    Hayes Carll is a great live act, but I just didn’t listen to his last CD very much. Heck, I’d go see him again just to hear Bonnie Whitmore again!

    It is sad about Gary Claxton. I purchased Heybale’s studio quite awhile ago CD based upon the recommendation here at the 9513, and it has a couple of killer songs on there. Miss Leslie’s comments are right on the money.

    I need to petition Music Fog to have female artists comprise at least 50% of what they post to their website! (lol)

  13. Lewis
    January 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Steve: Give Clarkson and her people time in getting her switched over to country since she’s being pushed into getting there in any way possible. After all it didn’t take Darius, Jewel, Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker no time at all to be accepted by country radio, did they? And be really thankful that Bon Jovi’s little sojourn into country music didn’t last long and the only thing they got out of it was a #1 country hit.

  14. the pistolero
    January 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Is it something for latte sipping NPR types

    No, it’s for “conservatives” who swoon over Barack Obama and pretty much disavow everything small-government conservatism is all about. I trust you know all about two of its most notorious writers, Meghan McCain and Chris Buckley.

  15. Barry Mazor
    January 11, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Well, Rick, The Daily Beast is a massively financed general news/opinion website of a sort of Washington establishment “in the money” type that, for instance, now owns Newsweek, or what’s left of it. It’s run by Tina Brown, who edited the likes of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker before…

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