George Strait to Receive the Legend of Live Billboard Award; 52nd Annual Philly Folk Fest Begins; The Rise of Bro-Country

Juli Thanki | August 16th, 2013

  • Jewly Hight wrote the Nashville Scene’s new, engaging Reba cover story. It turns out that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum got more Reba “artifacts” than they’ve ever received from anyone else, including high school report cards, shell casings, and unopened bags of Reba Fritos. (Fingers crossed for a Reba-centric episode of Hoarders.)
  • Designated Hits cataloged the entrance music of every MLB player. There’s a lot of Jason Aldean, but a few surprises too: the Cards’ Matt Carpenter uses Turnpike Troubadours’ version of John Hartford’s “Long Hot Summer Days” and Ian Kennedy chose Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
  • Jody Rosen on “bro-country”: Country has always been pop’s most mature genre. If rock strives to “hold onto 16 as long as you can,” as Mellencamp once put it, country aims for the opposite. Young country singers have learned to project gravitas beyond their years, singing songs about home and hearth and other grown-up stuff. Bro-country breaks with that tradition… It’s easy to make fun of bro-country, but in at least one respect it’s cosmopolitan. Listen to Bryan, Aldean, and Owen, and you’ll hear a surprising sound: hip-hop…What’s noteworthy about these songs is their unself-consciousness, how easefully they integrate rap into country’s lingua franca. Compare bro-country’s hip-hop mash-ups with “Accidental Racist,” Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s painfully gauche racial-reconciliation duet. Bro-country doesn’t bother with politics; it’s less thoughtful and conscientious than Paisley but more modern.
  • Rolling Stone premiered a couple songs: Brett Eldredge’s acoustic version of “Mean to Me” and Foy Vance’s “You and I,” which features Bonnie Raitt.
  • Take a peek at nine photos from Life Unseen: Johnny Cash.
  • The Band Perry will kick off their We Are Pioneers World Tour in Sweden on November 8.
  • Looks like Kelly Clarkson is sporting Jane Austen’s ring—okay, a replica of it—in her new “Tie It Up” video.
  • There’s some neat music memorabilia at the Warren Hellman Museum in San Francisco.
  • George Strait will be honored with the Legend of Live Award at the Billboard Touring Awards this November in New York.
  • Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean column focuses on Tim Easton and his new record, Not Cool.
  1. Arlene
    August 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Speaking of the Warren Hellman Museum, on Wednesdays, the day it is open, the museum sometimes holds mini concerts which are recorded and made available on You Tube. See, e.g.,

    Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale:

    Steve Earle

  2. bob
    August 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the “Designated Hits”. Other than Dustin Ackley’s choice of CCR’s “Fortunate Son” and a few Zac Brown’s, there wasn’t much I found to like in their taste in music. But as a big baseball fan I found it interesting.

  3. Andrew
    August 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Todd Helton always goes with something country. This year he’s using “Springsteen” specifically for the “Do you think about 17″ line (his jersey number).

  4. Rick
    August 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Well Deacon must have survived that horrible car crash in the season finale of “Nashville” because Chip Esten is performing on tonight’s Opry! (lol) Other artists featured include Exile, Mark Wills (and yes, I do laugh at him!), Lonesome River Band, Brandy Clark, and Angie Hohnson, plus Opry Legends and Regulars.
    Grade: B

    I think I’ll head down to the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival in North San Diego County tomorrow for the day. Having Sierra Hull and Flatt Lonesome on the artist roster has made it just too difficult to resist! (lol)

    It’s nice to see that Jana Kramer has finally seen the light! Maybe she will now join in with the crowd posting comments at Saving Country Music and label Brantley a douchebag! (lol)

    Well if Reba doesn’t wind up on “Hoarders”, maybe will get to see storage lockers full of her stuff eventually torn into on “Storage Wars” instead!

  5. BRUCE
    August 16, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    So why is Brantley Gilbert a douchbag?

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