Gretchen Wilson and Sony Split; Mel McDaniel Leaves Hospital; Sugarland ‘Live’ On the Big Screen

Brody Vercher | July 29th, 2009

  1. Jon
    July 29, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I’m looking forward to hearing that Tammy Cochran album; she’s the real deal.

  2. Razor X
    July 29, 2009 at 10:49 am

    It was only a matter of time before Gretchen and Sony went their separate ways. She had an album that was scheduled to come out — did it get released? If not, I wonder if she will be allowed to take it elsewhere; the article didn’t say.

  3. Matt B.
    July 29, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Razor,

    I talked with her about 3 weeks ago (set up by Sony) and she was so proud of the album that I doubt she doesn’t take it somewhere, even if it’s just to self-release it.

  4. Nicolas
    July 29, 2009 at 11:05 am

    ^ No, “I Got Your Country” didn’t get released… and after three failed singles, I don’t think her next label would bother trying to sell it when they could make a new one

  5. Nicolas
    July 29, 2009 at 11:06 am

    *”I Got Your Country Right Here” rather

  6. Matt B.
    July 29, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Nicolas,

    Who says the ‘failed’ songs would be included?

  7. Nicolas
    July 29, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Well I guess they could replace the three singles with new songs if the new label wanted to

    But why should we expect label #2 wants to try and push out an album that failed to get released the first time? Its clear that radio isn’t buying it… if another label plans to grab hold of Gretchen, I’d expect changes

  8. Chris N.
    July 29, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Doubt if she owns the masters, which means it’ll probably sit in the can for the foreseeable future.

  9. Chris N.
    July 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I’d just like to note publicly that I really, really liked “Don’t Do Me No Good.” That one has really stuck with me.

  10. Nicolas
    July 29, 2009 at 11:53 am

    ^ Although it certainly didn’t do her any good when it came to reviving her career

  11. James S.
    July 29, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I hope David Lee Murphy can get another record deal. I’d like to hear his own music again, instead of just other artists singing his songs.

  12. Razor X
    July 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Doubt if she owns the masters, which means it’ll probably sit in the can for the foreseeable future.

    When an artist who is just about to release an album is dropped by the label, aren’t they sometimes allowed to take the album with them to their next label, even if they wouldn’t normally own the masters?

  13. Razor X
    July 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    But why should we expect label #2 wants to try and push out an album that failed to get released the first time? Its clear that radio isn’t buying it… if another label plans to grab hold of Gretchen, I’d expect changes …

    When an album doesn’t get released, it could be for a variety of reasons. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t any good. Different labels have different priorities and marketing strategies. It’s not uncommon for an album that was passed on by one label to find success at another.

  14. Chris N.
    July 29, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    They’d probably have to buy the masters back.

  15. Nicolas
    July 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    @Razor X: Gretchen’s past 3 singles haven’t sold at radio, and I’m sure most of the album’s material would do just the same. Plus, a new record label probably wouldn’t like the look of the album having had 3 failed singles even if the fourth was a success. If she releases a new album, she has a clean slate… like what they’re doing for Jo Dee Messina (Unmistakable is out, another new album is in).

  16. Zach
    July 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Chris is right. She’ll likely have to buy the masters.

    In Jim’s Gloriana interview, they mentioned that they used their pop songs like “Wild At Heart” to lead listeners to their more “country” tracks. I didn’t really believe it when I read it, and, after listening, I can confirm my beliefs that Taylor Swift is more country than Gloriana. The album is, for the most part, heavily overproduced.

  17. idlewildsouth
    July 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Im not the least bit surprised they parted ways. As far as wether or not she’ll take the album elsewhere, and if she would be given the masters…ask Ashley Monroe. Considering we’re talking about Joe Galante here, the same as with Ashley, I’d say Sony will sit on the masters until she gets interest again.

    I wonder if theres a way to buy tickets for that sucker with Kix Brooks in advance. If so, I sure cant find out how or where.

  18. Jordan Stacey
    July 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve always thought Gretchen could’ve had a longer lasting career if she had just put more effort in picking good songs. I doubt another Major label will touch her, if anything it’ll be a independant who picks her up.

  19. Rick
    July 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Gretchen is so darn independent I foresee her staring her own boutique label where she can keep most of the money. If Sony were to offer her the masters of her new album at a reasonable price, I’m sure she’d jump at the chance. I don’t see why they just don’t do a digital only release as it doesn’t cost the label anything (well compared to a CD release anyway).

    I’d go to that songwriter’s night just to see Leslie Satcher as I really like some of the songs she’s written, like “Eight Crazy Hours In the Story of Love” as recorded by Shelly Fairchild. I even like Leslie’s voice on her duet with Glen Campbell on “When I Stop Dreaming” on the Louvin Brothers tribute “Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’”. Go Leslie!

    I bought a Tammy Cochran album and it absolutely bored me to tears. She has a nice voice and decent style but the music left absolutely no impression on me. I’ve had a similar reaction to Anita Cochran as well. Guess I should shy away from country artists with the last name Cochran (including Stephen)…(lol)

  20. Brady Vercher
    July 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    The AP already has an article about Gretchen starting a new label (Redneck Records) and her next release (I Got Your Country Right Here).

  21. Rick
    July 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Brady, I swear to you I had no knowledge about that article or Gretchen starting her own label. It just seems like the logical thing to do given her circumstances…

  22. Razor X
    July 29, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    It just seems like the logical thing to do given her circumstances…

    Absolutely. She’s managed to rack up decent sales for most of her albums, even without radio airplay, so she’ll probably do just fine as an indie artist. It will be interesting to see what directions she goes in without the major label constraints. She’s not one of my favorites, but I’m curious to see what she’s going to do on her own.

  23. Dan Milliken
    July 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I’m disappointed to hear her next album is southern rock-leaning. I’m sure her hardcore fans will love it and all, but I really like the traditional-ishism of her first album.

  24. Dan Milliken
    July 29, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Still, I’m glad she feels good about the break. It was getting kind of sad to see her struggle to remain relevant on Sony, and now she can do anything.

  25. Matt B.
    July 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    So I read the tea leaves right. I inferred that she’d either start her own label or get a new label and buy the record to release it.

  26. Stewman
    July 30, 2009 at 10:04 am

    She milked (and rightfully so) the redneck thing a little too long. Would be nice to see her do a 180 and do some other things. She’s probably too wrapped in with the “Here for the party” type stuff. Tough to walk away from that money and crowd adulation.

  27. KS
    July 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Gretchen was riding high a few years ago. Since then all of the redneck women went broke and can’t afford albums. They are no longer here for the party as it ended a few years ago. Now they are working 2 jobs at the local drive thrus and Wal-Marts serving Taylor Swift’s fans and their parents.

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