Hot Club of Cowtown to Release Bob Wills Tribute; Snoop Dogg Weighs In On Willie

Brody Vercher | December 8th, 2010

  1. Fizz
    December 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yeah, Snoop, you potheads gotta stick together, right?

  2. Jon
    December 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Spin’s list of “The 40 Best Albums of 2010″ includes Jamey Johnson’s The Guitar Song at No. 5.

    Of course it does.

  3. Kelly
    December 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Jon – Just curious: What’s your issue with Johnson being on Spin’s list?

  4. Jon
    December 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I don’t have an issue with it, Kelly; I indicated that I found it predictable. Didn’t you? It’s exactly the kind of project presented in exactly the kind of way that would appeal to rock folks who don’t really like country music but think they know what it should be. And that’s not in any respect a criticism of Johnson or his album; it’s just an observation.

  5. Noeller
    December 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    He’s a contrarian ——— who has to take the opposite stance of the majority here. Because…y’know….that’s “hip”. :s

    Great to see JJ getting the love for what was a truly spectacular album, and, next to Dierks “UOTR”, the best thing I’ve listened to all year.

    [Edited: No names, please.]

  6. stormy
    December 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    It funny how its predictable that quality albums will be deemed good.

  7. Kelly
    December 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Jon – Fair enough, I must’ve mistakenly sensed some sort of “issue” in your statement. That said, I do find it predictable in the sense that every year there are 1-2 country albums that transcend the realm of their own genre’s year-end lists, and this album, to me, deserves to be that album this year.

    As for your thoughts on certain Rock critics and their views on country music, it seems to me they are nailing it on the head when they choose this album (the Swift album has also been on non-country lists) to be their definition of the best that country music had to offer this year, regardless of what they typically listen to. Such a distinction speaks to the power of the album, in my mind.

  8. Noeller
    December 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    @Stormy — Exactly. He makes it sound wrong for a publication to point out that quality albums are, in actuality, QUALITY ALBUMS.

    Put ‘em in whatever order you want, but the 3 best quasi-mainstream Country albums of the year were Revolution, Guitar Song, and Up On The Ridge.

  9. Matt Bjorke
    December 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    “Revolution” came out in 2009.

  10. Troy
    December 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    “Put ‘em in whatever order you want, but the 3 best quasi-mainstream Country albums of the year were Revolution, Guitar Song, and Up On The Ridge”

    My reaction in reading this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_S5cXbXe-4

    but seriously no they aren’t.

  11. Jon
    December 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Kelly, which rock publications have put Speak Now on their best-of lists?

    @Stormy So, if Kelly names a couple of those publications, will you tell us that it’s predictable that they would deem a quality album – in this case, Speak Now – good?

    @Noeller Same question.

  12. Noeller
    December 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I can’t quite follow your question — are you trying to bait me because of my distaste for Taylor? ‘Cause I don’t have a huge problem with Speak Now. It’s, sadly, one of the best things I’ve listened to from the past couple months, along with Dean Brody’s Trail In Life.

  13. Jon
    December 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    @Noeller If a rock publication puts Speak Now in its 10 best albums of the year list, will you tell us that the publication is simply pointing out that quality albums are, in actuality, QUALITY ALBUMS?

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that you can’t follow what is a pretty simple question, since you apparently couldn’t follow the original comment, which explicitly said that it was not about Johnson’s album, but rather about the predictability of a rock publication choosing *that* album – as opposed to, say Up On The Ridge (to use one that you’ve also stated clearly is a QUALITY ALBUM) – to recommend to its readers. Note that the only other country-related album on Spin’s list is the Robert Plant one; again, no knock on the album, but an utterly predictable choice, as it’s easy to sell to the Spin audience in every respect.

  14. Jon
    December 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    On a completely different note, a bit of news: frequent IBMA Dobro Player of the Year Rob Ickes of Blue Highway has been named one of this year’s United States Artists Fellowship recipients, which comes with an unrestricted grant of $50,000. Deets here: http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/news/usa/pr_fellows_2010. Way to go, Rob!

  15. stormy
    December 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Jon: Speak Now being determined as good is obviously a fluke.

  16. Troy
    December 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    @Stormy was it a fluke about Fearless too?

    This where the real problem is with people like Stormy who try to present the idea as a fact when it isn’t by using werid like obviously.

  17. Jon
    December 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    @Stormy

    Then either it’s not funny how its predictable that quality albums will be deemed good, or else it’s funny how its not predictable that quality albums will be deemed good. Either way, your original statement appears to have been in error.

  18. stormy
    December 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Or both. There are always going to be the Slumdog Millionaires. There are always going to be the Crashes. And there are always going to be the Shawshank Redemptions.

    Jamey Johnson is a Slumdog Millionaire.
    Taylor Swift is a Crash.

  19. Jon
    December 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    @Stormy. In other words, the appearance of an album on such a list tells you nothing at all. Makes your original comment just that much more baffling. (P.S. Is there some reason that you appear to be incapable of talking about country music on its own terms?)

  20. Chris N.
    December 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    What if I think ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was last year’s ‘Crash’?

  21. Kelly
    December 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Jon – Just by clicking on the link provided above, I was able to see that Rolling Stone has it in their annual list. Not sure why that’s so shocking, but since you asked, there you go, chief.

  22. Rick
    December 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Its nice to see Elizabeth Cook and Jamey Johnson make that leftist toilet paper substitute known as Rolling Stone. Not that it really adds anything to their credibility as artists, but it might interest trendy hipster types in their music.

    I’d be a lot more interested in that new Hot Club of Cowtown album of old Bob Wills tunes if Gurf Morlix had been producing it as he did on “Ghost Train”. Recording an album over a two day period is a bit of a rush job and could have bargain basement sound quality as a result. I’ll have to listen to samples before considering a purchase.

    I looked at That Nashville Sound’s song list and was saddened to see Sunny Sweeney’s “From A Table Away” at a lowly # 59. That was enough for me to disregard the validity of the rest of the list as being grounded in sound musical taste. Well, that and the fact I haven’t ever heard over 90% of the songs listed and don’t care to…

  23. Stormy
    December 8, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Jon: Why do you seem shocked when good music get rewarded?

  24. Troy
    December 8, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    He doesn’t when its good thats why he was shocked the Jamey got rewarded.

  25. Vicki
    December 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    At least Rolling Stone agrees with me…”The Guitar Song” is better than “Speak Now”

  26. Jon
    December 9, 2010 at 7:19 am

    @Kelly Jon – Just by clicking on the link provided above, I was able to see that Rolling Stone has it in their annual list.

    D’oh, now I have to *facepalm* myself.

    So does that speak to the power of Speak Now in your mind?

    @Stormy How do you manage to see “it’s predictable that…” and read it as “I’m shocked that…?”

  27. stormy
    December 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Jon: Sorry, I should have said why do you feel a rush of snark coming on when a good album gets rewarded.

  28. AtlantaFan
    December 9, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Ashton Shepherd’s new song, Look It Up – Love it. I was smiling and toe tapping through the whole song.

  29. Jon
    December 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

    @Stormy

    ” It’s exactly the kind of project presented in exactly the kind of way that would appeal to rock folks who don’t really like country music but think they know what it should be.”

    Exactly which part of that don’t you understand?

  30. Kelly
    December 9, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Jon – It does. I’m not much of a fan of what I’ve personally from the record, but there’s little argument that Speak Now is an album that transcends simple boundaries in its overall statement, similar to the Johnson album.

  31. stormy
    December 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Jon: The part where you presume that the people who voted for his album don’t like country.

  32. Jon
    December 9, 2010 at 9:00 am

    @Kelly there’s little argument that Speak Now is an album that transcends simple boundaries in its overall statement

    You skipped over the discussion of The9513’s review, didn’t you? ;-) But although I think there’s a degree of circularity involved, point taken.

    @Stormy If the folks who made up Spin’s best of 2010 list liked country music, there’d be more than one or maybe two country albums on the list. QED.

  33. stormy
    December 9, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Jon: Or, perhaps, this has just not been a particularly spectacular year for country.

  34. Jon
    December 9, 2010 at 9:40 am

    @Stormy You can’t come up with a list of 10 country albums that you consider to be good this year?

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