Gary Allan to Undergo Vocal Cord Surgery; Inaugural American Country Awards Nominees; Music City Roots Splits with WSM

Brody Vercher | October 18th, 2010

  • Gary Allan had to reschedule/cancel a couple of dates scheduled for December to undergo minor surgery to remove a polyp from a vocal cord.
  • Voting for the inaugural American Country Awards — the only country music awards determined soley by fans — opens today. Lady Antebellum and Easton Corbin lead the nominations with seven each.
  • Austin musicians Bradley Kyle Schroeder and Chase Monks — both members of the Bo Cox Bandwere killed in a head-on collision last Thursday. (via Galleywinter)
  • The Texas Music Matters song of the day is Elizabeth McQueen‘s “You’re To Blame.”
  • Jon Caramanica’s issues with the new Sugarland album don’t have anything to do with its classification as country music.

    As tweakers of Nashville orthodoxies, they’re goofy and fun, but clumsy. “Stuck Like Glue” opens with a bit of pseudo-beatboxing, though it’s notable more for being irksome than for being novel. “Find the Beat Again” sounds like a No Doubt homage. And there are blatant errors of judgment on this album, particularly the increased vocal presence of Mr. Bush, whose anguished scrape is a heavy anchor pulling down “Stand Up,” “Wide Open,” and the many songs on which he sings harmony at the chorus.

  • MusicRow has a full list of songwriters who were awarded the CMA’s Triple Play Award, which honors songwriters who have written three chart-topping hits in a 12 month period.
  • Country California: Quotable Country – 10/17/10 Edition
  • John Rich is part of the initial cast for this year’s Celebrity Apprentice.
  • String Theory Media’s Craig Havighurst took to his blog to relay the events that forced Music City Roots to leave WSM for Lightning 100, WRLT-FM, Nashville’s signature voice for independent music.

    But as the year went on and the time to renew the contract approached, things bogged down. Todd and John communicated with Steve Buchanan, senior vice president of media and entertainment for Gaylord Entertainment, the company that owns WSM, the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman. According to Todd and John, Buchanan expressed vague dissatisfaction with the MCR/WSM relationship, indicating that he wished Gaylord had more control, equity and revenue. But he would not be specific about what he wanted to see in a revised contract. According to Walker, Buchanan expressed concern that Music City Roots would grow and then drop WSM. He was assured that was not true, that Roots and WSM were intended to be inseparable, conjoined brands. “We expressed total willingness to put that in writing,” Walker says. “But Steve would never engage in any serious, point by point dialog. In fact, after we pursued him for weeks, accepting excuse after excuse for not meeting or putting something in writing, we finally got him on a conference call.” On that call, Buchanan said the only way forward was for Gaylord to own and control Music City Roots. He asked Todd and John to name a price, either for 100% equity or 50% with artistic control.

  • A benefit concert and auction to help Charlie Louvin with his medical costs will be held later this month in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Ed Bruce and the Wildwood Valley Boys are the only confirmed performers so far, with more to be announced soon. Then starting in November, Louvin plans to hit the road for a 50th anniversary Satan Is Real tour.
  • In his Billboard cover story, Tom Roland notes that Taylor Swift‘s new record wasn’t originally titled Speak Now:

    “At one point, the record was not called ‘Speak Now.’ It was called ‘Enchanted,’ ” Borchetta says. “We were at lunch, and she had played me a bunch of the new songs. I looked at her and I’m like, ‘Taylor, this record isn’t about fairy tales and high school anymore. That’s not where you’re at. I don’t think the record should be called “Enchanted.” ‘ ”

    Swift excused herself from the table at that point. By the time she came back, she had the “Speak Now” title, which comes closer to representing the evolution that the album represents in her career and in her still-young understanding of the world.

  • The Bluegrass Blog posted a sample of Bobby Osborne‘s “Bring Back Yesterday,” the first single from his upcoming 60th anniversary album on Rural Rhythm, Memories: Celebrating Bobby’s 60th Anniversary as a Professional Entertainer.
  • The ceremony for the next class of inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame won’t take place until next October, but when it does, it’ll include Connie Smith and Kathy Mattea.
  • Brad Paisley plans to release The Diary of a Player, a book detailing how he became who he is today, in May 2011.
  • There isn’t a bum paragraph in the latest installment of fake news from Country California: Taylor Swift Fart Recording Goes Quintuple Platinum.

    Some critics have been less kind, criticizing the use of AutoTune technology on the track and suggesting that there’s no way Swift would be able to toot so prettily in a live concert setting. Swift is expected to answer those criticisms during an October 24 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where she’ll chat up the chinny host and flatulate in rhythm to some of her favorite songs by Def Leppard and Taylor Dayne.

  • The success of Billy Currington‘s “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” was celebrated last Thursday with a No. 1 party — and beer. GAC’s Tom Roland has the recap.
  • Point of Grace took home entertainer of year honors during last Thursday’s Inspirational Country Music Awards ceremony, but mainstream stars Carrie Underwood and Craig Morgan, and sometimes bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs, were among the winners too.
  • Taylor Swift says it was important to her to make Speak Now available on vinyl.
  • With The Incredible Machine, Kristian Bush suggests that he and his Sugarland partner Jennifer Nettles are reinventing country music:

    “There’s a very long history of reinvention in country music, maybe more than any other genre,” Bush said. “Every time, country music survived. The genre not only needs it, but it’s part of its hall of fame. I get nervous, but I can’t wait to find out what people think. Add a dash of Blondie, Simple Minds, the Clash and Johnny Cash — this is what you’re going to come up with.”

  • Rhonda Vincent and the Rage give a lesson in what to do when power goes out during a performance.
  • If Carrie Underwood‘s performance at Bridgestone Arena last Wednesday proved anything, The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts says it’s that “she’s grown more as a performer in two short years than many artists do over the course of a career.”
  • Chet Flippo relayed a story about Solomon Burke playing “Down In the Valley” for 45 minutes at a KKK rally.
  • Peter Cooper recapped the recent Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame ceremony honoring Pat Alger, Steve Cropper, Paul Davis, and Stephen Foster. Awards were also passed out for achievements over the past year, which included a win for Taylor Swift, who collected her third songwriter/artist of the year award in the past four years
  • Miranda Lambert‘s Revolution has been certified platinum.
  • Here’s Darrell Scott performing “A Crooked Road,” the title track from his latest album, for Music Fog. He makes playing guitar look so effortless.

  1. Cutting the Treacle
    October 18, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Kristian Bush: “There’s a very long history of reinvention in country music, maybe more than any other genre. . . . Every time, country music survived. The genre not only needs it, but it’s part of its hall of fame. I get nervous, but I can’t wait to find out what people think. Add a dash of Blondie, Simple Minds, the Clash and Johnny Cash — this is what you’re going to come up with.”

    Me: “The Incredible Machine” is beginning to sound a little Chris Gaines-ish.

    And has any artist announced that any song or album will reinvent or revolutionize something and then actually done it with that song or album? I liked “SexyBack”, but sexy didn’t have to be brought back. It never went away.

  2. Stormy
    October 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Find the Beat Again” sounds like a No Doubt homage

    That’s a lot of my problem with Sugarland’s new album so far: Steffani did it.

    Treacle:
    Sexy would like to have its name taken off of that project.

  3. highwayman3
    October 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I’ll be sure to tune into the American Country Awards to see if Jewel wins female artist of the year.

  4. Ben
    October 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Wow, people don’t like it when Kristian doesn’t do any singing, and the don’t like it when he does. The poor man can’t win.

  5. Kelly
    October 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Sorry to hear the passing of the two Austin-based musicians. I’ve seen them play twice recently as a part of Ft. Worth band, the Will Callers. Both were excellent musicians and I was excited to be able to see them again this week. Terrible.

  6. Ellie
    October 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    What is happening to country music is that many of today’s artists have major influences from other genres, especially rock. Of course they can’t help but bring their influences into their current work. I give Kristian and Jennifer a lot of credit for taking risks .. I saw their “Incredible Machine” tour and I felt it was very artistic. We shouldn’t get so hung up on genres and just call it all music .. better yet, art.

  7. Ellie
    October 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    BTW, Sugarland is airing a live-streamed concert tonight from NYC on their VEVO channel at 9pm EST. Here’s the link .. http://www.youtube.com/sugarlandvevo .. enjoy!

  8. Lewis
    October 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Unfortunately the Country California article about Taylor Swift might be true and not just a joke. Taylor would just have use Auto-Tuning in her concerts or just simply mime her songs. It’s worked just fine for Britney Spears in her concerts.

  9. Troy
    October 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Really interesting article about Swift new album on yahoo incase anyone hasn’t seen it. http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/ourcountry/62996/taylor-swift-confronts-mayer-laments-lautner-in-new-album/;_ylt=AoV1K8ZZmD4QIiaPoOLjtUKLxyUv?page=3#comments

    For the article my current favorite line is from the song Mean

    “With that same big loud opinion, but no one’s listening/Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things/Drunk and talking all about how I… can’t… sing”

  10. Kyle
    October 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Sorry to hear Allan needs surgery… always hate to hear when health is keeping someone from doing something that they love and are gifted in.

    Kind of interesting to hear though. He always sings with such intensity and sounds like he’s really forcing every last drop of sound out of his vocal chords, and it must have caught up to him a little bit. I wonder if we’ll hear an ever-so-slightly more refined vocal quality from him going forward.

  11. WAYNOE
    October 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Kristian Bush overestimates himself on a regular basis. He is not reinventing anything. They are just a pop-country act and it would be just as popular without him. Sometimes his attitude makes me want to throw up.

  12. Mike Wimmer
    October 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Hopefully everything turns out fine for Gary Allan, seems like a relatively minor surgery, but you never know. He’s one of the best.

    Horrible news about the Bo Cox Band members. I wasnt overly familiar with them, even though I try to keep up with the Texas/Austin music scene, but damn that sucks.

    I think I would dislike Surgarland less if they didnt seem so arrogant. I cant say I’m a fan of their music, but I’m not a fan of Taylor Swifts music either, but at least she doesnt spout off about how much Country Music sucked before she came along.

  13. Razor X
    October 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Interesting that the Taylor Swift album will be released on vinyl, considering that many in the age demographic she’s marketing to don’t even know what vinyl records are.

  14. Kyle
    October 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    “Lyrically, the place where (steampunk) has its closest relation is imagery. Country music is traditionally based on the narrative. This album has a different approach…the way we’re telling the stories is by showing rather than telling. Images are clear. You observe them, rather than being told by a narrator.”

    Huh? Imagery is like Chapter 1 in Country Songwriting 101. That’s what makes them “steampunk”?

  15. Richard
    October 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    If there’s a fifth single from the (now-platinum) Revolution, I think it should either be Me and Your Cigarettes, Makin’ Plans, or Virginia Bluebell. The last two would probably work better, seing as they’re slow songs and both very beautiful in lyrics and Miranda’s performance.

  16. Mr. X
    October 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Troy: Here’s my favorite quote from the article:

    “There may be those who’ll accuse Swift of exploiting her own romantic travails in this and other songs.”

    What Taylor/Big Machine are doing, in my opinion, is the equivalent of 50 Cent creating “beefs” with other rappers so he can sell alot of cds. Controversy = cash.

  17. Stormy
    October 18, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Razor: But Taylor collects vinyl which proves she is all cool, and deep and into music and stuff.

  18. Mike Wimmer
    October 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Hasnt Vinyl come back to a certain extent. Yes, it’s still more popular with the older demographic than it is with the younger demographic, but I mean I’m sure there is SOME audience crossover.

    I’m not a fan of Taylor Swift, I cant stand her music, but I find her releasing her new album on Vinyl to be pretty harmless.

  19. Waynoe
    October 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    As a matter of fact, Sugarland would gag a maggot off a meatwagon.

  20. Troy
    October 18, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    @Mr. X “What Taylor/Big Machine are doing, in my opinion, is the equivalent of 50 Cent creating “beefs” with other rappers so he can sell alot of cds. Controversy = cash.”

    Well, no in this case its not like 50 cent where most of it started with this person disses me in a song. Her events had real affect on her life.
    Its not like she making up stuff like Eminem claim that he had relationship with Mariah Carey.

    Do you suggest that singers just don’t write about experinces that they have in their life? Just because it happend to be two famous doesn’t mean she trying to cause contravesy. Even if she left out the names we would still know who she is talking about in a Cry Me A River, Everytime way.

  21. ...
    October 19, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Taylor’s personal life is obviously going to have an effect on her music, but I think her honesty is a double edged sword, at least for me. On one hand, it’s kind of refreshing to not have to speculate about a song’s subject, but on the other, it’s ridiculously tacky and she tends to play the victim in these songs. Guy X broke her heart, so now she’s either going to cry or break his stuff. There’s no “hey, maybe I was wrong”, no talk about growth. Aside from a few noun substitutions (high school for college, gossip for bills), she writes the same song ad nauseum. I don’t think she should go from bubblegum fairytales to being some world weary troubadour, but she can find a middle ground instead of spinning her wheels for three albums.

  22. Mr. X
    October 19, 2010 at 7:39 am

    “Do you suggest that singers just don’t write about experinces that they have in their life? Just because it happend to be two famous doesn’t mean she trying to cause contravesy. Even if she left out the names we would still know who she is talking about in a Cry Me A River, Everytime way.”

    I prefer singers to write about life experiences. However, I don’t think TMZ or other media outlets would jump all over a song that you or I wrote and released because we don’t have celebrity status. All of Taylor’s relationships since she had been on the radio were with high-profile celebrities. You don’t see the same “buzz” when Alan Jackson or others not married to or previously involved romantically with a celebrity, release a cd.

    While she isn’t making this up, I feel she/Big Machine is utilizing her celebrity status and her high profile celebrity “relationships” to move units. The cd hasn’t even been realized yet and here is Yahoo publishing a story about the “true story” behind songs. A huge piece of the public enjoy tabloid fodder, and this cd appears to be tabloid fodder in musical form.

  23. Cutting the Treacle
    October 19, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Mr. X: “While she isn’t making this up, I feel she/Big Machine is utilizing her celebrity status and her high profile celebrity “relationships” to move units.”

    Me: I wonder how much longer that strategy will work. I can see wanting to buy “Teardrops on My Guitar” or “Fifteen” because those songs feel more accessible. But is there a sustained market for a singer to specialize in doomed relationships with a Jonas Brother? And what’s the shelf life anyway of songs about relationships that publicly went bust 6 months ago?

  24. Lewis
    October 19, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I hope that one of these days Taylor would write something that’s full of substance like many female artists have done like Dolly Parton did when she wrote “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” as a teenager herself, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and what songs Miranda Lambert has written herself. Writing songs about fairytales, princesses, and herself in general can get tired after a while and every song sounding the same each time ditto. It’s not very hard to do but she might need some help in doing so.

  25. Jennifer
    October 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Taylor Swift will be pretty much done within five years. Her writing skills are teen bubble gum pop and her singing skills are non-existant. The record companies can cover up her singing with auto-tune but they can do nothing for her horrid live performances.

  26. stormy
    October 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    While she isn’t making this up, I feel she/Big Machine is utilizing her celebrity status and her high profile celebrity “relationships” to move units.

    Well, its either that, or use the music.

  27. WAYNOE
    October 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Stormy,

    Funny but true.

  28. Troy
    October 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    @MR. X”However, I don’t think TMZ or other media outlets would jump all over a song that you or I wrote and released because we don’t have celebrity status. All of Taylor’s relationships since she had been on the radio were with high-profile celebrities. You don’t see the same “buzz” when Alan Jackson or others not married to or previously involved romantically with a celebrity, release a cd.”

    I missed when Shouldn’t Said No was about a celebrity. You seem to be blaming that because she been so successful she shouldn’t be allowed to write anymore. Of course TMZ is going to pay more attention to Taylor Swift over Alan Jackson. Her last album sold over 7 million comapred to Jacksons 200,000. She the biggest thing in music right now would you expect her not to get attention. It’s not like she didn’t include songs about people or have people names in them before she became famous. Teardrops was about a guy name Drew and Shouldn’t said no was about a guy name Sam. So to accuse her of trying to selling cds by inculding names is a bit ridculous.

    “The cd hasn’t even been realized yet and here is Yahoo publishing a story about the “true story” behind songs.”

    You’ve never seen a review for a song and what their about before it came out? Plenty of people hear albums before they come out from listening parties, album samplers, etc.

    @Jennifer “Taylor Swift will be pretty much done within five years. Her writing skills are teen bubble gum pop and her singing skills are non-existant”

    Again with the stupidest agrument she’ll be gone in five years. People have said the same thing about Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, The Beatles. And what happend to them they became some of the biggest selling singers of all time.

    “Her writing skills are teen bubble gum pop”

    Not that hers our but that doesn’t have anything to do with how long a carear with last. The biggest teen bubble gum pop writer from 90’s has recently had hits with California Gurls, Teenage Dreams, Dynamite, Raise Your Class, DJ Got US Fallin In Love, 3

    @…. ” she tends to play the victim in these songs. Guy X broke her heart, so now she’s either going to cry or break his stuff. There’s no “hey, maybe I was wrong”, no talk about growth”

    Isn’t Back To December almost exactly this? If you going to make comment at least have listen to some of the new material first.

    @Lewis”I hope that one of these days Taylor would write something that’s full of substance”

    Like she hasn’t already. Try to tell me the lyric “‘Cause when you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you You’re gonna believe them” has no substance to it. That has more substance than anything Lambert has wrote.

    @Stormy “Well, its either that, or use the music.”

    Seemed her music worked for her when she sold 5 million albums of Taylor Swift “before using her celebrity and her high profile celebrity relationships to move units.”

  29. Colt
    October 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Was the Taylor Swift spoof article the one about the farts or the one about vinyl?

  30. stormy
    October 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Troy:
    That would have been the career she started by name dropping Tim McGraw, right?

  31. Mr. X
    October 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Seriously Troy, do you work for Big Machine or something? It’s ok if you do.

    “It’s not like she didn’t include songs about people or have people names in them before she became famous. Teardrops was about a guy name Drew and Shouldn’t said no was about a guy name Sam. So to accuse her of trying to selling cds by inculding names is a bit ridculous.”

    “Drew” and “Sam” were not celebrities to begin with. If I remember correctly, they were people from her high school, correct? Now, fast forward to the time between the release of her debut album and the pre- and post-release of Fearless. What happened?

    —High profile “relationship” with flavor of the month, Joe Jonas

    —High profile Kanye West incident/controversy, resulting in more press, including a blurb from our president (for crying out loud) and increased talk show appearances for her

    —High profile “rumored relationship” with flavor of the month actor Taylor Lautner

    “You’ve never seen a review for a song and what their about before it came out? Plenty of people hear albums before they come out from listening parties, album samplers, etc.”

    How many song reviews/articles come out stating that a certain song is “reportedly targeting” another celebrity, in this case, John Mayer? This is 50 Cent publicity at its finest (double entendre there!)

  32. Mr. X
    October 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Stormy,

    I was going to bring that up as well but I figured I would leave it up to you. :)

  33. Troy
    October 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    @Stormy are you seriously saying that her saying Tim Mcgraw name in the song cause her to sell 5 millions albums? If it were that easy you would think more people would do it and have the same amount of success no?

    @Mr. X so she not allowed the date famous people?
    And launter wasn’t a rumored relationship they both came out and said they were dating. The point was its not like she never said names before and now that the people are famous she suddenly is using names to gain fame.

    “High profile Kanye West incident/controversy, resulting in more press, including a blurb from our president (for crying out loud) and increased talk show appearances for her”

    So it was her fault Kanye came up when she won the award and the our president said something.

    How many song reviews/articles come out stating that a certain song is “reportedly targeting” another celebrity, in this case, John Mayer? This is 50 Cent publicity at its finest (double entendre there!)

    Rihanna: Rated R, Mariah Carey: Memoirs of Imperfect Angel, Charmbracelet, Butterfly Eminem: Replase, The eminem show. Britney Spears : In the zone Justin Timberlake : Justified, Future Sex/Love Sounds, Cheryl Cole: 3 Words, Messy Little Rain Drops. shall i go on?

  34. Mr. X
    October 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    “Rihanna: Rated R, Mariah Carey: Memoirs of Imperfect Angel, Charmbracelet, Butterfly Eminem: Replase, The eminem show. Britney Spears : In the zone Justin Timberlake : Justified, Future Sex/Love Sounds, Cheryl Cole: 3 Words, Messy Little Rain Drops. shall i go on?”

    I rest my case. ;)

  35. Barry Mazor
    October 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Ernest Tubb’s first record was “The Passing of Jimmie Rodgers,” a major namecheck.

    It didn’t get him anywhere much. Apparently, people didn’t go for it.

  36. Jon
    October 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Taylor Swift will be pretty much done within five years.

    Can you please send me next week’s Powerball numbers?

  37. Troy
    October 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    @Mr. X what actually is your case? That famous people can’t date and then if they do they shouldn’t be able to write or sing about it? And if they do write or sing about it, its because they wanted to increase sales? You are making no sense here

  38. Jon
    October 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    His case is that he doesn’t like Taylor Swift.

  39. luckyoldsun
    October 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    That’s a great performance by Darrell Scott!

    I first learned of Darrell Scott–and I bought his first CD after hearing Travis Tritt’s and Patty Loveless’s recordings of “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” and “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” I just ordered his latest one. The guy’s a real talent.

  40. Barry Mazor
    October 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Darrell Scott is such a terrific singer (besides being such a powerful songwriter and in-demand instrumentalist) that his collection of vocal interpretations of other people’s songs, “Modern Hymns,” is well worth checking out, too.

  41. Leeann Ward
    October 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Yes, that’s a fantastic album.

  42. Jon
    October 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I was somewhat startled to find that Darrell’s a passable swing guitarist when I spen a couple of hours jamming with him, Aaron Till, David Grier and a few other folks last month.

  43. Nelson
    October 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Jon: Nobody cares and nobody’s impressed.

  44. Stormy
    October 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    You were surprised that Darrell Scott could play swing guitar? Why?

  45. Jon
    October 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Because I hadn’t heard him play swing before, d’oh.

    Nelson: bite me.

  46. luckyoldsun
    October 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Somebody should do a feature on country singers–current and historical–who really PLAY their guitars and ones that just fake it and use it as a prop. Obviously, the Hanks (that’s Snow and Thompson) and Willie and Darrell Scott, to name a few, were/are real players.

  47. Jon
    October 19, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Somebody should do a feature on country singers–current and historical–who really PLAY their guitars and ones that just fake it and use it as a prop.

    Boy, that would be a really intere….zzzzz.

    You’d probably be surprised at the number of country singers who can play enough to accompany themselves if and when they need to. Generally speaking, though, it’s pretty rare that they need to.

  48. Stormy
    October 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Jon: But he is a good guitar player and he is from Texas…….

  49. Nelson
    October 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Stormy: Jon was just seizing the opportunity to drop some names in a failed attempt to dazzle everyone with his connections.

  50. Stormy
    October 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Yeah, but that’s like me saying I met Helen Mirren and, did you know, she could play a cop?

  51. Jon
    October 20, 2010 at 6:59 am

    but that’s like me saying I met Helen Mirren and, did you know, she could play a cop?

    Well, no, it’s not.

    But he is a good guitar player and he is from Texas…….

    Now, that is like saying “But Helen Mirren’s a woman, and she’s from Hawaii….” Because, you know, there are lots of good guitar players who nevertheless don’t play swing, and he’s not from Texas.

  52. stormy
    October 20, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Well, Jon, I don’t think any of us who haven’t met Darrell are condecendingly astounded that he is a brilliant and multi-dimensional guitar player.

  53. Jon
    October 20, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I didn’t say “astounded,” Stormy, I said “somewhat startled”; I’m astounded that an aspiring writer such as yourself would fail to notice the difference. On the other hand, I’m not in the least startled to find that you would consider “multi-dimensional” to be a sufficiently detailed descriptor for any and all circumstances, or that you’d read any finer granularity as condescending.

  54. Paul W Dennis
    October 20, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I don’t think any artists’ musical abilities should astound anyone, although they certainly may be a surprise, since many don’t play their instruments on their recordings. In the last five years I saw Doug Stone and the late Hank Thompson in concert, both were really good with their instruments. Others use it as little more than a prop or to kick off a song in the correct key

    By the way guys, as pompous and overbearing as Jon comes off in his comments, he really is a talented songwriter who has written a bunch of songs recorded by some of the biggest names in bluegrass such as Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson. He plays acoustic bass and probably some other instruments. I assume he is pretty good, since the acts he’s worked with usually feature stellar musicians. I was checking through my CDs to see if he appeared on any of them – I’ve just started -so far not a trace, but since my ‘grass taste runs heavily to oldtimers such Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt, the Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse, Reno & Smiley and Mac Wiseman, he might not have recorded with them

  55. Barry Mazor
    October 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

    A recent, incomplete summary of who Jon (who’s also won Country Music Journalist of the Year), in fact is:

    A member of the Night Drivers since the beginning of 2003, Jon Weisberger is a quadruple bluegrass threat as bass player, songwriter, radio producer and journalist. He first drew attention as a member of Cincinnati-based Union Springs, which released three well-received CDs in the 1990s, following that with a stint in the Wildwood Valley Boys before moving to Nashville at the end of 2002.
    In addition to his regular gig as a Nightdriver, he has also appeared with artists ranging from Hazel Dickens, Jimmy Martin and Roland White to Tony Trischka, Harley Allen, Melonie Cannon, 3 Fox Drive and Canadian fiddler April Verch.
    As a bluegrass journalist, he has written features and reviews for multiple publications and liner notes for more than 80 albums, earning him the IBMA’s Print Media Person of the Year award in 2000 and Best Liner Notes in 2001. His “Losing Again,” recorded by the Chapmans, was among the most popular songs of 2001, and his songs have subsequently been recorded by Del McCoury, Blue Highway, Jim Van Cleve, Dwight McCall and others.

    Since 2006, Jon has produced Into The Blue, the most widely syndicated bluegrass radio show in North America, and Sirius satellite radio’s Hand-Picked with Del McCoury.

  56. stormy
    October 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

    All the more reason for him to not be condesendingly astounding by the deapth and breadth of other players’ skills.

  57. WAYNOE
    October 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Now that we all know Jon’s background, he is vertainly OVERQUSLIFIED if he ever wanted to be a music critic. He actually knows a few things about music rather than just how to write a sentence.

  58. WAYNOE
    October 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Naturally I have to misspell overqualified.

  59. Troy
    October 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    What is with all this petty stuff lately and people need to learn to say I instead of “I don’t think anyone”, or “nobody care” speak for yourself. smh

  60. sam (sam)
    October 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    The petty stuff is nothing new, and its not unique to this website. Pettiness seems to exist in many places.

    But it is a shame. I enjoy reading the many insightful comments on the website, but some of the petty disputes and gratuitious condescension detracts from the site.

    That said, I think the 9513’s comment section is better than many comparable sections on other sites. Although some commenters are borderline trolls or bullies,that problem exists all over the internet. At least on the9513 many commenters offer extremely interesting insight. This remains my favorite country music website.

  61. Troy
    October 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    yeah thats why its one of the blogs i do look at but lately it seems the pettiness has increased.

  62. Jon
    October 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    All the more reason for him to not be condesendingly astounding by the deapth and breadth of other players’ skills.

    Once again, “astounded” (or, in this case, the ungrammatical “astounding”) is your word, not mine. It’s going to be tough to make the transition from aspiring writer to actual writer if you play so fast and loose with grammar and attribution, never mind all the other shortcomings.

  63. Stormy
    October 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Its also kind of condecending to call a published writer an aspiring writer.

  64. Jon
    October 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    If you can’t be bothered to correctly quote someone, or to understand the difference between “astounded” and “somewhat startled,” then whether you’re “published” or not, you’re aspiring.

  65. Paul W Dennis
    October 21, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Barry – I wasn’t trying to serve as Jon’s press agent, although with his ego I doubt that he needs one

  66. Barry Mazor
    October 21, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Me neither.

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