Imagine A World Where Alan Jackson Is A Nashville Clone
- The New York Times profiles Alan Jackson and considers his place in country music.
There’s no question that Mr. Jackson is a country kingpin, respected even by the impatient young singers who complain that the country industry relies too heavily on proven hit makers like him. But outside the world of country music, Mr. Jackson is often viewed less respectfully, not as an American original but as a Nashville clone.
Check out the picture of his home office. He’s got what looks like an air hockey table, a hand held GPS unit, a case full of model cars, and no trace of a computer on his desk. Aside from the washer and dryer it looks like the ultimate get-away-from-everything spot.
- Country Universe’s Leeann counts down her Top 25 favorite Alan Jackson songs. Excellent list.
- My favorite TV show, Friday Night Lights, might be getting the axe, but it won’t go down without a ruckus. Other fans have started several different movements in an effort to save the show. It’s worth saving on its musical choices alone; how many other TV programs have featured music from Willie & Waylon, James McMurtry, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Dale Watson, Loretta Lynn, Ernest Tubb, Randy Travis, Glen Campbell, Butch Hancock, Johnny Paycheck and Patsy Cline in their first two seasons?
- Chuck Yarborough has an article that touches on the beginning stages of George Strait’s career and the mercilessness of the media during the death of his daughter, Jennifer.
“She was 13 and came to him and said, ‘Daddy, can I go to Sonic?’ And he said, ‘Yes, but be careful,’ ” Finlay recalled. The boy driving was going a little too fast, and, when he came to a T-intersection in a place in San Marcos that had been the site of several previous accidents, he couldn’t make the turn.”
- Elizabeth Cook says she’s working on a “hip hoppy” song about an El Camino.
- After touring behind her Grammy nominated album, Tambourine, and being dropped by her label, Tift Merritt was left tired and disillusioned to the point she considered giving up music. In his review of her next album, Michael Franco says Another Country is a testament to what Merritt can do when she pushes all her pressures aside.
- Miranda Lambert reveals the “craziest” thing she’s ever done to a boyfriend. One night while she was talking to him on the phone he told her that he planned to stay in, but she grew suspicious when he mentioned he was ironing a shirt.
“There was this nasty bar that I knew he was going to,” Lambert recalled. “So I drove with my friends to see his car, and I put a picture of myself on his windshield so when he came out he knew I was there. And the next day I dressed up really cute and broke up with him.”
- Two Tennessean writers, Beverly Keel and Peter Cooper, weigh in on opposite sides in the “should country performers be paid for CMA Music Fest” debate. Keel argues that many other workers volunteer (it’s the Volunteer State, after all) to put on the festival and that either everyone should volunteer, or no one at all. Cooper thinks paying performers will only make the festival stronger by possibly drawing in other big name performers and keeping those it already has.
- Deborah Evans Price wrote an interesting article discussing the obstacles and accomplishments of the Country Music Association during its first ten years.
- Here’s a low quality version of Willie Nelson’s MTV premiere of “You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore.”
- Storme Warren misses the western element in country music and wonders whether or not it’s dead.
“I keep waiting for that song, that moment, that magical merging of the audio and the visual it creates in my mind to bring me back to a place I’ve never been- a lifestyle I’ve never lived.”
- Video evidence of Obama participating in the performance of “Boogie Back to Texas.”
- After watching three episodes of Gone Country, Twang Nation’s Baron Lane comes to the conclusion that it’s not as bad as he suspected it might be.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …