Hall Honorees Comment On Induction; Josh Thompson’s Polarizing Reception; Sarah Buxton Performs New Album Acoustically

Brody Vercher | February 24th, 2010

  1. Kelly
    February 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Was Paisley wearing one of his pretty t-shirts with the frilly patterns on it when he mocked the SoCal metrosexuals?

  2. t.scott
    February 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I am a big Waylon fan,but people seem to forget that he started out singing mostly folk and standard country fare.He didn’t become an “outlaw ” until the seventies.

    You know for a real outlaw I think the Killer is a pretty good example.

    But maybe you can’t define outlaw,but you know it when you see it.

  3. Cardsgal
    February 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Also, he wouldn’t be able to see any “tanning cream,” but rather people with faux tans. And yes, his remarks are totally pot/kettle. Am I the only one who finds this guy’s songs and sense of humor to be generic and way over-rated?

  4. Thomas
    February 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    …if you didn’t believe in the climate change up to now – the widespread use of tanning cream in los angels might make you think again.

  5. Nicolas
    February 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    @Kelly: “Was Paisley wearing one of his pretty t-shirts with the frilly patterns on it when he mocked the SoCal metrosexuals?”

    Nope, he was wearing a T-shirt with the Batman logo on the front… which goes along with him being childish, I suppose

  6. Rick
    February 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Brad’s comment was cutesy and innocuous, just like most of his music…

    I prefer faux outlaws on Top 40 AirHead country radio to all the pop-rock crap. Better a faux outlaw like Josh Thompson than no outlaws at all, although Jamey Johnson proves the real thing still exists and is mostly ignored by radio programmers.

    “Lipstick Promises” is a good song. On the other hand George’s last name always sounded a bit too similar to “Doofus” for my tastes…

    I really liked Will Kimbrough when he used to back and support Kim Richey at her concerts. Solo not so much.

    Sarah Buxton’s songwriting sessions sound like a lot of fun. I’d love to see Sarah and Emily West together in the same room although the silliness / zaniness meter might go off its scale! (lol)

  7. Saving Country Music
    February 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Kelly, those frilly patterns are called paisleys.

    Ken Tucker made a good point in the NPR piece on Josh Thompson:

    “Much like the hip-hop industry, authenticity — feigned or real — is important to impress upon the fans.”

    Just like white suburban kids make up one of the biggest demographics of hip-hop listeners because they like to live vicariously in a culture they have no real exposure to, this new “Outlaw” music is trying to do the same thing, with bawdy talk, and arrogance.

    What ever happened to trying to speak to people universally by reaching out to thinks inherent in the human condition?

  8. Jeff
    February 25, 2010 at 12:47 am

    What happened to traditional country music? Where are the Don Gibsons, Faron Youngs, Connie Smiths, and of course, where are the Tammy Wynettes and George Joneses of the next generation? All I see are pop-country crossover wannabes who are here today and gone in 6 months. They would be right at home on Top 40 radio or adult contemporary stations. They look raggedy and unkempt, like they don’t own a mirror or just don’t care what they look like. What happened to self-respect?

  9. Jon
    February 25, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Boy, did somebody miss Tucker’s point in re authenticity.

  10. merlefan49
    February 25, 2010 at 8:54 am

    @Jeff,

    To answer your question about “What happened to traditional country music”?Please check out
    Dale Watson
    Justin Trevino
    Miss Leslie and her Juke Jointers
    Arty Hill and the long gone daddy’s
    Roger Wallace
    Amber Digby
    Hayes Carll
    Billy Don Burns
    JB Beverly and the wayward difters.

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