Iconic Kristofferson; Dierks Bentley Tops Charts; Joe Ely Shares Sign Collection

Brody Vercher | June 30th, 2009

  1. luiz
    June 30, 2009 at 11:03 am

    “welcome to the future” from Brad Paisley , song of the year IMO

  2. JD
    June 30, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Can’t wait for Alan Jackson’s next ode to the “common man”

    And today’s Levon Helm himself, pales to the original.

  3. Jon
    June 30, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Speaking of Kristofferson, I just heard Ra version of “Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends” with a vocal by Ronnie Bowman that will appear on a forthcoming CD by Adam Steffey (Dan Tyminski Band) – it’s amazing! Just might be the best ever rendition of any Kristofferson song by anyone.

  4. Leeann Ward
    June 30, 2009 at 11:23 am

    It’s not popular to say this around here (or around Kevin, for that matter), but I really like the new Paisley album. I think it might even surpass Time Well Wasted for me. I’ll at lease end up liking it as much. I was nervous after 5th Gear and the stuff from Play, but I’m back in the Paisly camp now. I still don’t like “Then” though.

  5. Leeann Ward
    June 30, 2009 at 11:24 am

    PS. the Tucker album was disappointing for me. I had been looking forward to it, especially with Pete Anderson at the helm.

  6. Zach
    June 30, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Brad’s best album, I think.

  7. Brady Vercher
    June 30, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Leeann, I don’t think there’s any collective bias against Paisley around here. We actually put 5th Gear on our best of ’07 list.

  8. Chris D.
    June 30, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I really like Brad’s album so far too! “Everybody’s Here” is my favorite so far.

    Funny enough, Kassidy Osborne got married at the exact same place I want to get married!

  9. Leeann Ward
    June 30, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Sorry, Brady. I don’t agree with 5th Gear being one of the best of 2007, but I think I was left with the taste from Ben’s bitter hollerin’ about Play, which was loud enough to shake the rafters, that made me kind of fear expressing warmth for Paisley.:)

  10. Andrew Lacy
    June 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Great album from Paisley. It’s nice that he finally realized he doesn’t have to remind us he’s one of the best guitar players on the planet on every single track.

  11. Rick
    June 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I’m surprised Kassidy Osborn chose San Diego over Salt Lake City for her LDS temple wedding. Then again you can’t beat the setting of the San Diego temple (which is right next to the freeway) for that California vibe and the ocean view! (lol)

    I’d prefer Stoney Creek concentrate on getting an album out from Megan Mullins rather than get sidetracked with Ash Bowers! Sheesh.

    I find Brad Paisley’s singing voice about as interesting as used dishwater….

  12. Matt B.
    June 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I actually quite like the new Paisley record.

  13. nm
    June 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    And I quite like the new Tucker album.

  14. Clemson Brad
    June 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks the new Paisley album is simply okay after one listen? Maybe I need to give it another chance after hearing everyone’s positive reviews on it..

    “Welcome to the Future” seems a tad too forced to me…and is probably one of my least favorite cuts.

    You know what it is? I enjoyed Paisley’s first two albums so much…absolutely classics IMO….that everything else from him has just sounded average to me.

  15. Leeann Ward
    June 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I thought Brad’s first two albums were somewhat weak. Maybe it’s because I like the more muscular production that he applied after those two. I didn’t really pay a lot of attention to him until Mud on the Tires and didn’t become a fan until <Time Well Wasted. I like “Welcome to the Future” a lot, but I’m guessing it’ll be sonically polarizing. I definitely didn’t get forced from it though.

  16. Jim Malec
    June 30, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    “Welcome To The Future” is almost 6 minutes long. Have fun editing that for radio.

  17. Paula_W
    June 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    The Jackson house seems a little over-priced to me.

  18. Brody Vercher
    June 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I forgot to mention in the roundup that today is the last day to enter for the Keith Urban/KC Masterpiece/Kingsford giveaway.

  19. Clemson Brad
    June 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I think from “Who Needs Pictures” to “Mud on the Tires”, Brad had a very different sound then his next three albums. I can see how people prefer one or the other…I think what I enjoyed most in the first three albums is Brad’s song’s subject matter….lot of heartbreak love songs, great up-beat numbers, and his “novelty” songs like “I’m Gonna Miss Her” were well-written and relatable….(MUCH unlike “Online”, which is the worst song Brad has ever done IMO)

    On this new album, I feel like many of the songs start off like…

    “When I was 6 years old…”

    Theres only so many songs like that that you can place on an album…

  20. Leeann Ward
    June 30, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Never liked “I’m gonna Miss Her.”

  21. Nicolas
    June 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Jim Malec: ““Welcome To The Future” is almost 6 minutes long. Have fun editing that for radio.”

    The first single, “Then”, was almost as long, and they made a radio edit for it

  22. Chris J
    June 30, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Everybody’s here is my favorite but for some reason “Welcome to the future” may be one of his worst songs in my opinion but f I also hate “Online” and “Mud on the Tires”

  23. Leeann Ward
    June 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Nicolas,
    It’s probably easier to edit a generic love song like “Then”.

    As long as radio doesn’t cut off the third verse of “Welcome to the Future”…

  24. Brady Vercher
    June 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    At this point, I’m with Clemson Brad on the Paisley album. I put it on in the background, but nothing stood out and there really doesn’t seem to be anything special about “Welcome to the Future”–it’s mostly reverse nostalgia. So far, the album sounds like light-weight easy listening country music that’s easy to digest but it leaves me wanting something more. Maybe that’ll change after another listen or two.

    Speaking of Kristofferson, I just heard Ra version of “Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends” with a vocal by Ronnie Bowman that will appear on a forthcoming CD by Adam Steffey (Dan Tyminski Band) – it’s amazing! Just might be the best ever rendition of any Kristofferson song by anyone.

    Sounds interesting, can’t wait to hear it!

  25. Leeann Ward
    June 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I might not like “Welcome to the Future” nearly as much without the third verse…but I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff, I’ll be the first to admit. While I think this album is very good and will probably rank among my favorite Paisley albums, I agree that it’s not particularly ground breaking, over all, in content. I just like a whole lot better than 5th gear and am glad I can hold onto liking him, since he’s one of the very few mainstream artists I have left to enjoy.

  26. Brady Vercher
    June 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I’m not sure what stuff you mean, Leeann ;) You might like Tommy Cash’s “Six White Horses” if you haven’t heard it before.

  27. Lee S.
    June 30, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I have only listened to about 3/4 of the new Paisley album so far (My drive to work needs to be longer), but so far I like it fairly well. I really enjoy how the Welcome to the Future motif keeps returning from song to song, but I can’t tell if it will either wear out its welcome by the end of the record or be the glue that binds it into a comprehensive package. Jury’s out, here.

  28. Rick
    June 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Wow, all this discussion about Brad Paisley’s new album and how it compares to his previous albums is about as scintillating as Brad’s music! YAWN…would someone please wake me up when this has run its course.(lol)

  29. Leeann Ward
    June 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Sorry, Rick, we should be talking about how deep Jypsi’s or Bomshel’s music is.

  30. Rick
    June 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Ha!, a RickSmack from Leeann Ward no less! You’ve definitely livened up my day! (lol) Thanks Leeann!

    PS – Here’s what Hazel Smith had to say about Jypsi recently: “Amber Dawn, part of the real cute family group known as Jypsi, is sometimes blonde. Give this wonderful group an ear and thank me for turning you on to them. I think these kids are stars.” Unfortunately for Hazel and myself AirHead Top 40 country radio and its listeners disagree with us….

    Rick’s Random Tidbits: Here’s the Mediabase “Most Added Songs” list for the current week:
    Craig Morgan/Bonfire (14 Station Adds)
    Gary Allan/Today (14)
    Jason Michael Carroll/Hurry Home (14)
    Montgomery Gentry/Long Line Of Losers (14)
    Sarah Buxton/Outside My Window (13)

    I must say I’m surprised and delighted to see Sarah Buxton’s new single doing so well in spite of that droning guitar intro! Go Sarah!

    Other tidbits (from AllAboutCountry.com):
    The first single release from the new “Republic Nashville” label will NOT be from Sunny Sweeney but rather “That Thang” from a duo called “Fast Ryde”. That is so, like totally awesome dude…

    Katie Armiger, who has yet to score a hit (or even close to a hit) on Top 40 country radio, will be headlining her own tour! Primary sponsorship comes from the “Simon Property Group”. Now that’s country!

    Aaron Tippin has launched a line of nutritional supplements! Aaron’s wife Thea was quoted as saying: “Thea tells AAC, “Our primary motivation is to promote healthy changes to enhance your life, and your lifestyle, make it a family affair, and have fun at it.”. I guess she forgot to mention profits and cash flow…
    Jim Malec especially can check out the details at:
    Link: http://www.tippinnutrition.com/
    (lol)

  31. Rick
    June 30, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Late Opry Alert! Ashley Monroe and the Cherryholmes will be on the second half of tonight’s Grand Ole Opry, which is all that is still left to air as I post this! Better late than never…

  32. Rick
    June 30, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    One last “tidbit” (I promise): From Music City TV-

    The Chris Isaak tour comes to Nashville on July 22nd! You might know him from his hit songs like Somebody’s Cryin’ and Wicked Game. (Or maybe his self titled cable TV show from a few years back.)
    Chris’ latest tour is supporting his newest album “Mr. Lucky”, his first studio album in seven years.

    He plays at the Ryman Auditorium July 22, at 7:30 p.m. The opening act: The Wrights.”

    Rick’s Comment: It’s great to see Adam and Shannon Wright booked as the opening act for this performance! In fact its great to see The Wright’s booked anywhere at any time these days. When touring Australia a few years ago Chris asked Catherine Britt to open his tour down under, so he has great taste in opening acts! (lol)

  33. Lucas
    June 30, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Alan Jackson’s place is a little small the way it is, why scale down? ;)

  34. Jon
    June 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I’d like to see Jypsi do well, though I’d bet my reasons are closer to Hazel’s than to Rick’s (and BTW, Hazel’s not only forgotten more about country music than many folks around here know, she’s forgotten more about country music than many folks around here think they know).

    Adam and Shannon Wright opened for The Greencards at 3rd & Lindsley a few weeks ago. They sounded good, though the song selection revealed some underlying construction similarities in a lot of their material that I hadn’t noticed before. It would be nice if they could afford to regularly carry a band.

  35. Lucas
    June 30, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    I actually like Taylor’s “American Girl” cover. It’s not live though… unless I’m REALLY missing something here. I think that might just be a mistake in the write-up on here. I wouldn’t say it’s as gritty as the Rhapsody site says – I grit the heck out of the thing when I sing it… take that as you will. Ha. I wish it was produced better though, the phasered background vocal is a little over done. The riff isn’t anywhere near as cool as the original, I blame that on the producer… that’s a riff that could be taken over the top. I would have loved to hear a yelled 1, 2, 3, 4 somewhere in there.

    Country Universe’s question is interesting… those who suggest George Strait are laughable… that would imply George’s road may one day come to an end. That’s plain unrealistic.

    If that was anybody but Ricky Skaggs talking about his camera and creativity I would say something like “give me a break”. But to be honest… if you can play as well as Ricky Skaggs you could tell me that listening to Elmo tell jokes will make you a better player… and I’d full-heartedly believe it.

  36. Lucas
    June 30, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Jypsi has talent, and a serious image problem. I don’t know if that’s really their style or the label’s choice. Somebody needs to go over appearance with them. They don’t look country, tehy don’t look modern, they look _______. Fill in the blank.

    Taking a look at Jypsi.net I’d also say they need to take down the Don Imus testimonial… bad choice these days. But head on over there anyway, can take a listen to some of their music. Sounds good. Radio potential for the songs other than “I Don’t Love You Like That” I’d probably give a low chance.

  37. Rick
    July 1, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Lucas, Jypsi’s first two (and probably only) radio singles were “Love is a Drug” and “I Don’t Love You Like That” (which made it into the 40′s on the charts I seem to recall). I like both songs but don’t consider them representative of Jypsi’s typical style such as “I Do What I Want” and “Shame On Me”, which are two of my favorite Jypsi songs.

    I got to see them live at the Stagecoach Festival in 2007 but they were on the main stage and the sound was horrible. Just a week or two before Stagecoach the Arista label had announced the CD release of Jypsi’s debut album had been delayed “indefinitely”. Lillie Mae and Amber Dawn came over to the bluegrass tent to see Sam Bush and I asked Lillie Mae what she thought about the delay and she was unaware of it! Their debut album has been available as a download since early 2007 and no CD will likely ever be released. That’s a shame…

    As for The Wrights, I love their “Down This Road” debut album, really like their self-titled EP, and don’t care for their covers album “In The Summertime”. This is not what I would call a favorable trend….

  38. Leeann Ward
    July 1, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I enjoy the Wrights, but agree that some improvements could be made. I liked the covers album a lot when I first heard it, but think that it’s even a little too sparse for me after awhile.

    Jon, what does your criptic comment regarding Hazel Smith mean?

  39. Kelly
    July 1, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Jon – the list of people who have forgotten more than I know about country music is about as long as the list of people you annoy with your daily “holier than thou” routine.

    I couldnt care less about Hazel Smith’s level of knowledge since she has clearly decided to not employ even a modicum of this alleged treasure-trove. If you can read that dreck of hers and feel more well-informed about Country music, than all of your rantings aimed at Jim the other day about deep interviews with probing questions about an artists musical philosophy rings as hollow as most of your other comments here.

  40. Stormy
    July 1, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Hazel’s not only forgotten more about country music than many folks around here know, she’s forgotten more about country music than many folks around here think they know).

    Maybe if she remembered some of it her article wouldn’t be so vapid and butt-kissy.

  41. Lucas
    July 1, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Oh come on. Hazel’s a nice lady that has a good heart and likes to see anybody with a dream make it. That’s a given. I personally look forward to Hazel’s upbeat attitude. Reading Hazel tear somebody apart would be like watching the Andy Griffith Show and hearing them start cussing up a storm.

    @Rick
    It really is a shame. Jypsi could go somewhere if the label wanted them to. You really have to surpass the top 40 and break into that top 20 to 25 to start building a strong following. It’s upsetting the label didn’t/won’t push them a little more.

    Does anybody know if Jypsi ever did a serious radio tour?

  42. Jon
    July 1, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Why am I not surprised that some folks despise vapid and “butt-kissy” but love vapid and snarky, which is a more than fair description of a regular “mailbag” feature on a certain blog? But from an objective point of view, that part’s pretty much a wash, which leaves a knowledge of, feel for and experience with country music, and Hazel’s a pretty clear winner there. I mean, you do know her story, don’t you? You do know who coined the “outlaw” descriptor, don’t you? Hazel’s got her style, but there’s meat there if you know where to look and how to read and keep a little context in mind. If you don’t like doing the work, don’t read her.

    Jypsi: that’s more their style than the label’s, though it’s not really theirs – or, at least, wasn’t for a long time.

  43. Razor X
    July 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Hazel’s got her style, but there’s meat there if you know where to look and how to read and keep a little context in mind. If you don’t like doing the work, don’t read her.

    Why is it the reader’s responsibility to “do the work”? Isn’t that the writer’s job?

  44. tobysooner
    July 1, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I can’t say how “serious” their radio tour was but they did come through Tulsa.
    Looks can be deceiving. Very talented group that deserves more radio airplay.

  45. Stormy
    July 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    The only meat in that article was hotdogs–full of cheese and possibly containing pig lips.
    Hazel has written some good stuff, but the shilling she does for CMT is not that stuff.

  46. Jon
    July 1, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    “Why is it the reader’s responsibility to “do the work”? Isn’t that the writer’s job?”

    Communication is a process that requires both a sender and receiver. I guess you might think it’s the writer’s job to do all the thinking for you, if you don’t want to have to ever think about what you’re reading. And if I knew that the odds were overwhelming that I wasn’t going to like reading something – like, for instance, the odds were with respect to Stormy’s reaction to Hazel’s column – I’d pass on reading it.

  47. Razor X
    July 1, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I guess you might think it’s the writer’s job to do all the thinking for you, if you don’t want to have to ever think about what you’re reading.

    If the intent is to be thought-provoking, then the writer needs to present the reader with something that is worth thinking about. Presenting a laundry list of singers who happen to be blonde doesn’t quite rise to the occasion, in my book.

  48. Razor X
    July 1, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    The only meat in that article was hotdogs–full of cheese and possibly containing pig lips.

    I would have said baloney, but otherwise I agree with you.

  49. Leeann Ward
    July 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I seem to remember you harping on Jim for not doing all the thinking for us in the Gloriana interview, Jon. But I’m sure you’ll find a way to rationalize that hypocrisy with an attack on how I have a reading comprehension defficiency or something.

  50. Jon
    July 2, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Dude, it’s a column called “Hot Dish”. How thought-provoking do you expect it to be, and why hold it to a different standard than The9513′s “mailbag?”

    “I seem to remember you harping on Jim for not doing all the thinking for us in the Gloriana interview, Jon.”

    I think you remember wrong, LeeAnn. Jim called the Gloriana interview one of the more revealing he’s done, but there wasn’t very much revealed, and most of it has been revealed in other interviews (e.g., Roughstock, Today’s Country, Hollywood Teen Zine), because the questions were pretty much the same. I took issue with Brady’s comment that there wasn’t much to ask about; I thought Jim could have gotten more out of them by asking more about their music, and missed opportunities to do so on subjects of interest to The9513′s readers. For instance, you and a couple of other folks took note of the fact that where the group had claimed to be influenced by “traditional” country artists, they didn’t name any, whereas they came up with specific names of influences on the “modern” side. Jim could have followed up by asking for examples of “traditional” influences, but didn’t. Similarly, they told him (and other interviewers) that they sound very different from Little Big Town because their harmonies are different. Well, how do they think they’re different? We didn’t find out anything about that, because Jim (and other interviewers) didn’t ask. That’s not a matter of Jim not doing all the thinking for us; it’s a matter of him not having given us much to think about.

    On another subject, I failed to notice until just now that Brandon Rickman’s album is listed among the new releases. It’s excellent – he’s both a fine singer and fine songwriter. “What I Know Now” alone is worth the price of the album.

  51. Stormy
    July 2, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Jon: You should hold Hot Dish to a different standard than the Mail Bag because the Mail Mab is intentional comedy. Hot Dish is unintentional comedy.

  52. Jon
    July 2, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Thanks for underlining my point, Stormy.

  53. Razor X
    July 2, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Dude, it’s a column called “Hot Dish”. How thought-provoking do you expect it to be, and why hold it to a different standard than The9513’s “mailbag?”

    You’re the one who said that there was meat in said Hot Dish. Now you’re saying that we shouldn’t expect much from it. You can’t have it both ways. Which is it??

    That’s not a matter of Jim not doing all the thinking for us; it’s a matter of him not having given us much to think about.

    So it’s OK for Hazel — but not for Jim — to not give us much to think about?

  54. Jim Malec
    July 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

    He’s still going on about one damn interview? Seriously?
    Seems like I’ve given you all Plenty to think about.

  55. Stormy
    July 2, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Jon: At this point you are just Tucker Carlson asking Jon Stewart why his show did not ask John Kerry hard hitting questions.

  56. Jon
    July 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Razor X: “You’re the one who said that there was meat in said Hot Dish. Now you’re saying that we shouldn’t expect much from it. You can’t have it both ways.”

    Only if you take an all-or-nothing approach. Do you expect the same degree of thoughtfulness from the “mailbag” that you do from a Malec Minute? Does that mean that the less thoughtful one has no value?

    “So it’s OK for Hazel — but not for Jim — to not give us much to think about?”

    See above.

    Stormy, you’re the mistress of inappropriate analogies.

    Jim: Blame LeeAnn.

  57. Razor X
    July 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Only if you take an all-or-nothing approach. Do you expect the same degree of thoughtfulness from the “mailbag” that you do from a Malec Minute? Does that mean that the less thoughtful one has no value?

    Nice deflection. This whole discussion started with you saying that Hazel’s article WAS thoughtful but we just weren’t looking hard enough to recognize whatever it was we were supposed to be thinking about. Now you’re conceding that it’s not so thoughtful after all and trying to divert attention from your back-pedaling.

  58. Stormy
    July 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    They were written with similar levels of thoughtfulness, just thoughtfulness with attention to different details. You don’t present an essay like The Malec Minute the same way you present a comedy bit. It takes thoughtfulness to compare Jamey Johnson with Jesus. It does not take thoughtfulness to dismiss Sunny Sweeny as “a cute girl” since one of those three words isn’t even correct.

  59. Chris N.
    July 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Jon’s like a dinner guest that keeps telling you what you should have cooked instead.

  60. Jon
    July 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Razor X: “Nice deflection. This whole discussion started with you saying that Hazel’s article WAS thoughtful…”

    Uh, let me think about that. Nope, you’re wrong. That’s not what I said, and that’s not how this whole discussion started.

    Stormy, thanks for underlining my point.

    Chris, I reckon you’re right, if you’re unable to distinguish between inviting people over for dinner and writing for publication.

  61. Chris N.
    July 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Now that I think of it, Jon’s more like a dinner guest who says unnecessarily dickish things.

  62. Kelly
    July 2, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Jon – this “whole thing started” by YOU, once again, deciding to showcase your unbelievable capability to be condescending. YOU decided to protect the integrity of Smith’s idiotic columns by making claims on the amount of country music knowledge of people that you dont, and likely wont ever, know as it compares to the amount of knowledge that you claim Smith has forgotten. How pointless could that claim be? It had NOTHING to do with the thoughts that had been expressed previous to your childish rant. The article was crap, regardless of whether it was intended as a fluff-peice or not.

    You should be able to successfully tell the difference between a comment, by me or anyone else, aimed at her columns and those aimed at the lady herself, but you dont want to do that, as it would force you to eat the very words that YOU chose to type in the first place.

  63. Stormy
    July 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Jon: Your welcome. I am glad we agree that Hot Dish was not written with nearly the same thought as The Mailbag. .

  64. Jon
    July 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Well, not nearly the same *kind* of thought, Stormy.

  65. Stormy
    July 3, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Not nearly the same AMMOUNT of thinking.

  66. Jon
    July 3, 2009 at 6:51 am

    “Not nearly the same AMMOUNT of thinking.”

  67. Jon
    July 3, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Whew.

  68. Sara
    July 8, 2009 at 8:50 am

    In The Summertime by The Wrights was my favorite record by them so far!! They got a lot of great press on it. It was several of “best of” lists. I hope they continue down this path. Less is more in my opinion.

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