Jerry Audley – “Lucky Me, Lonely You”

Ben Cisneros | May 27th, 2008

Jerry Audley Songwriters: Ronnie Dunn, Terry Mcbride, Shawn Camp

This song is currently #1 on the Texas Music Chart

Jerry Audley’s “Lucky Me, Lonely you” is an enjoyable tune that reveals Audley’s sincerity as a country music singer. Unfortunately it’s also a deeply flawed number that annoyed me on several levels.

This is the song equivalent of Toby Keith’s I love this Bar and Grill restaurant, its style is its substance, and its notion of “country music” is most fully realized as a thematic framework for product lines.

To be fair, Audley didn’t write this one, it was a Brooks and Dunn album cut, so he might have felt that the precedent alone validated this as a worthwhile undertaking. But the fact that out of all the honky tonk songs that have been written, this boring song–with it’s theme of capitalizing on the vulnerability of suffering–seemed the right choice to Audley, raises questions about the scope of his ambition as a country artist.

Audley was obviously comfortable enough with keeping a genuine honky-tonk sound–and he did that well , except for the inclusion of the irritating counter-productive organ–but why go for a Brooks and Dunn cover? I promise that there are dozens of Faron Young, or Webb Pierce, or Wynn Stewart album cuts that would be no more alienating musically, but would have the advantage of being totally awesome. Essentially I feel that he owed us something more.

The lack of critical depth illustrated by Audley’s singling out of Brooks & Dunn’s catalog as a place to mine songs is matched by the song’s shallowness. The concept of the song is confused and offensive, it’s mood is “hey yall, let’s two step” and nothing more, and the performance is inviting, with just enough “shine” on it to be pleasantly engaging without being confrontational.

All things being said, this song is a slick and likable vehicle for Audley’s fine vocal performance, and I have a partisan appreciation for the fact that Audley chose to release something so honky-tonk, but “Lucky Me, Lonely You” does very little to affect me as a person, and it doesn’t say much for Audley’s significance as an artist.

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  1. S. Wakefield
    May 27, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I totally disagree with you, this song is one of those feel good songs that there just aren’t enough of these days, I can’t seem to sit still every time I hear it, this is what todays country music is missing! After seeing you give Gravedigger a thumbs up… and don’t get me wrong I LOVE Willie… maybe it’s the reviewer that gets the thumbs down this time.
    I give “Lucky Me Lonely You” a BIG Thumbs Up!
    It’s #1 4 weeks in a row on the Texas Music Chart… can all the listening public be wrong????

  2. Mike Parker
    May 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    This is about as middle of the road as a song can get. I didn’t hate it, but I wouldn’t buy it.

  3. Hollerin' Ben
    May 27, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Mr. Wakefield,

    this song is one of those feel good songs that there just aren’t enough of these days

    we are up to our ears in feel good songs these days

    I can’t seem to sit still every time I hear it, this is what todays country music is missing

    I enjoyed the honky-tonk vibe to this number, but I’ll disagree with you that danceable beats is what today’s country music is missing

    maybe it’s the reviewer that gets the thumbs down this time.

    that’s always a possibility

    can all the listening public be wrong????

    uh, yeah dude, where have you been the past 20 years?

  4. Kelly
    May 27, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I agree with Mike (for the second time today). I have heard this numerous times, and while i can recall the title being sung in the chorus, it isnt really memorable….

    Is it me or are the songs that have been hitting #1 on the Texas charts recently beginning to be the more slick, generic and upbeat numbers that many of us Texans like to claim that we dont bow down to?

  5. Thomas
    May 27, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    the only thing that makes this harmless, little number sound less enjoyable is reading the full review first.

    the substance of this, easy on the ears, project is worth about 3 – 5 lines – with six paragraphs there’s no way you can avoid shooting it out of the sky. ain’t you got anything more worthwhile lying around, warranting 6 paragraphs?

  6. The Rixter
    May 27, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Lucky Me, Lonely You is without a doubt one of the best C & W songs out there today. The proof is in the pudding …. the song has been number one for weeks now … that says everything that is needed to know here. I just pulled it off of Jerry’s Myspace … anyone that wants to here it and decide for themself should use this link: http://www.myspace.com/jerryaudleymusic – I’m sure they’ll all agree with me … his song is awesome!

  7. Hollerin' Ben
    May 27, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Kelly,

    I must say that since I decided to review all of the #1 singles on the TMC, that I have been disappointed with them. Ragweed’s “Cry Lonely” is the only Thumbs Up I’ve given to one of them so far.

    Thomas,

    ain’t you got anything more worthwhile lying around, warranting 6 paragraphs?

    nope. This is a #1 single at the most influential regional chart in the country and because of that it warrants a full length review. Songs tend not to cross my desk with a “worthwhile” or “not worthwhile” stamp, so I review everything as honestly and with as much insight as possible.

    The Rixter,
    The proof is in the pudding

  8. Rachel
    May 27, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    S. Wakefield: you obviously do not “totally disagree” with Hollerin’ Ben’s article since the only argument you put forth was that the song was a “feel good song” that does not allow you to stay still…

    Hollerin’ Ben is pointing out that this song is shallow–that it is insignificant in its scope because it does not touch on our humanity: not that it is musically unenjoyable. I can agree with the others who said this song was middle of the road and maybe not worth such attention.

    However, if we cannot hold the artist who is topping the Texas-music chart to our highest expectations and standards, when is it ever appropriate to give such attention to a song or an artist?

    I love what y’all do here at the 9513 because the way you talk about the songs and the artists makes country music important.

    The argument: “Relax, just enjoy the music, don’t make too much of it…etc” is a weak one and by a progressive dumbing down of our expectations, I believe it will end up killing country music.

  9. hairandtoenails
    May 27, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I have to second Rachel’s argument, especially her last two paragraphs.

    Country music is important (at least to me), and we should treat it that way. If we treat country music as though it didn’t matter, as though it was nothing more than Muzak or background noise, it may one day become just that.

    On a similar note: some of my friends think country music is for idiots. They are wrong. Websites like this, which treat the music thoughtfully, weaken that unfortunate stereotype.

    Of course, good songs need not be insightful or intellectual. Some of my favorite songs are silly novelty songs. But it is certainly fair to expect some songs to be thoughtful and coherent.

  10. Stephanie Anderson
    May 27, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Do I detect a little jealousy in this review, or maybe alot of Jealousy? You must be a wanna be artist or had a wanna be artist and never succeeded. I agree with the guy that said did you really need 6 paragraphs to review this artist? I loved the song,,,,,,, and thanks to the guy that gave us the link to hear this amazing song. I hope Jerry Audley does not read this. As an artist it is so difficult to hear criticism especially when its a arrogant opinion. Let me ask you, does half the public really know who wrote the song? I don’t ever recall the radio station saying that was Jerry Audley but the song was written buy Ronnie Dunn, correct me if Im wrong. To me Audley sold the song by his amazing vocals!!!!! GO JERRY AUDLEY.com!!!!!!

  11. Jeremy Potts
    May 27, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    I remember quite liking this in it’s STEERS AND STRIPES incarnation, although I would’ve thought ‘Last Thing I Do’ would’ve been a more obvious choice if you were going to cut any of the album tracks on that record as a single.

  12. hairandtoenails
    May 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Its a decent song, I suppose.

    Lyrically, its frustrating that the singer says “I just might be here to save the day,” and yet gives the girl he’s singing to no reason to believe he really is here to save the day.

    Its not clear if he’s here to save the day (quite a bold claim!) or just talk smooth, take advantage of a vulnerable woman, and try for a one-night stand.

    Still, it is catchy, its well sung, and its country!

  13. JONATHAN
    May 27, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    One of the more idiotic reviews I’ve read on this website. You really have a lot of time on your hands – particularly to be analyzing a feel-good number.

  14. Jeremy Potts
    May 27, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Is it clear that this is a cover of the Brooks and Dunn recording or is it just another cut of this song? By that I mean – is this comparable to Aretha Franklin’s version of ‘Bridge of Troubled Water’ or Willie Nelson’s version of ‘Blues Skies’?
    I wouldn’t be surprised if it is the former, as we are entering a generation of new artists whose musical reference points and developmental influences are the contemporary country stars of the 1990s (see Taylor Swift’s ‘Tim McGraw’ for example). These are people who grew up listening to Brooks and Dunn, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait, etc. (I know the last two aren’t contemporary in the musical sense, but still are in that generation of performers). I wouldn’t be surprised hear some new versions of ‘Don’t Take The Girl’ or ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’.

  15. Thomas
    May 28, 2008 at 3:07 am

    ben,
    equal treatment for every tmc #1 – sounds fair to me.

    nevertheless, your reply that you are more often than not disappointed with these #1 songs and consequently, the folks that make such songs #1 puts you on a very slippery surface, dude.

    reviewers are a little bit like politicians, who sometimes would love nothing better than a new people, because the old one just doesn’t seem to get it. classic case of: thinking problem, to put it mildly!

    why don’t you take a trip down to the gulf coast before you review the next tmc #1 and ask some of the old folks there, whether they’d consider peeing against a strong wind. most of them would just look at you in bewilderment, and tell you: “no way! – but if you really have to, chose your position wisely!”

    bearing that in mind, might spare you further disappointments with these often so undeserving songs that reach the top spot for reasons, the reviewer’s mind finds difficult to grasp.

    if you need a little reminder, before writing your next tmc #1 review, how about this one from a canadian road sign: “eat mousse, 5000 wolves can’t be wrong!”

  16. Kelly
    May 28, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Stephanie: Why does a reviewer who gives a negative review to a song have to be jealous at all? Are you suggesting that you like EVERYTHING you hear on the radio or a cd that you buy? I am a blogger (not a good enough writer to be a real critic :)) and I have chosen not to blog about stuff that I dont like, because i prefer to spend my time discussing what I do like. Having said that, there is a place for talented writers that look to dissect music whether they like it or not and then share their views with the folks that do enjoy reading their work. Movie critics do it, literary critics do it, food critics do it. Why is this so different. Whats great about this site is that us readers get to have our say as well, and you get to say your peace regarding your approval of the song. Why make it personal and assume the writer has an alterior motive other than simply not enjoying the song as much as you clearly do?

  17. Brady Vercher
    May 28, 2008 at 7:12 am

    A song about a guy hoping to get laid by a girl who’s vulnerable is a feel good number? I guess if we dress the words up in a catchy melody and sing it all happy like, no one will actually pay attention to the words or what they mean.

    Thomas, you complain about the six paragraph review and turn around and write a six paragraph rambling response that attempts to paint Ben negatively and compares him to a politician. Really? Where is your analysis of the song? A logical rebuttal based on the merits of the song would do more for your campaign than your smear tactics.

    Jeremy Potts, it’s basically a rehash of the Brooks & Dunn version, minus all the funky stuff B&D did at the beginning.

  18. Chris N.
    May 28, 2008 at 8:43 am

    “Do I detect a little jealousy in this review, or maybe alot of Jealousy? You must be a wanna be artist or had a wanna be artist and never succeeded.”

    Do I detect a little jealousy in this comment, or maybe a lot of jealousy? You must be a wannabe reviewer or had a wannabe reviewer and never succeeded.

  19. Dee
    May 28, 2008 at 10:23 am

    You can look at things from the gutter if you like but I don’t think that is what the words are saying at all. It seems clear to me that it is a love at first sight thing, and I for one still believe in it!!!
    So why not just get off of his back. From what I have read there were a lot of people that did not like Elvis either. I think Jerry is great and so do his other fans!!!!
    His biggest fan—–

  20. Thomas
    May 28, 2008 at 11:00 am

    brady,

    1. i did not complain but i felt it was too much about too little – now that i know that it’s standard procedure, i’ll never wonder again. still, i think the review misses the key point. jerry audley took a tune to the tmc #1 spot that B&D couldn’t even be bothered with – not a bad achievement in my book.

    2. i did not attempt to paint a negative picture of ben nor using smear tactics. but i firmly believe this song was never meant to be more than a little number that brings up a honky-tonk feeling, makes a few people tap with their toes or fingers and leads to some dancefloor activity.

    3. if i see a woman on her own in a crowded public place, i might feel lucky but that can still be quite a long way from getting lucky. could it be, that you read too much into this song’s lyrics? rosanne cash’s article that you guys refered to the other day might be interesting reading in this context.

  21. Brady Vercher
    May 28, 2008 at 11:42 am

    “Lucky Me, Lonely You” wouldn’t break the best five songs on the B&D album it came from and Audley’s rendition didn’t really veer from theirs, so I don’t know that it’s really that big of an achievement.

    You suggested that Ben might have some ulterior motive to think negatively of songs that reach #1 rather than reviewing them based on the music (slippery slope?) then hinted at a “thinking problem , to put it mildly!” Am I reading into that wrong, or does that somehow relate to the song and not the reviewer?

    I don’t think the interpretation I threw out there is a stretch at all. The honky-tonk music could easily suggest that the room is a bar or dance hall, and what kind of guy goes to those places looking for his true love? There has to be meaning in the words, otherwise it’s no different than listening to music in a language you don’t understand.

    And I’m not really seeing how Rosanne Cash’s article would apply to this song.

  22. Thomas
    May 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    brady,

    of course your interpretation is as valid as anybody else’s – eventually, only the 3 writers could give us the definitive view on how it was meant to be understood. slim chance to see that happening.

    i don’t know anything about ben’s motives, when it comes to reviewing #1 songs, nor would i have ever suggested that he was not giving it his best shot. fact is, however, that it’s statistically impossible (in the long run) that more “disappointing” songs reach the top spot than others.
    consequently, there must be some kind of flaw in the approach. 5000 wolves may not have impeccable taste but in no way they’re all wrong.

  23. Chris N.
    May 28, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Yeah, let’s go back to that. Wolves eat mousse?

  24. Hollerin' Ben
    May 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Thomas,

    I think you have an interesting point, and I liked your politician analogy, but I see if differently.

    First off, songs don’t reach #1 based on merit alone. Some would argue that merit isn’t a part of the process whatsoever. History is full of classic songs that never made #1, and #1’s that never became classics.

    Second, anytime we talk about disappointment, we need to talk about expectations. I had higher expectations from the Texas Music Chart than from, let’s say Billboard, because the Texas Music Chart is independent, regional, and isn’t as integrated with the Nashville big-money corporate country music machine.

    Furthermore, there is a sense right now that the Texas Music scene is more authentic, bold, and hard hitting than Nashville pop country is.

    The reason I’ve been disappointed is that I don’t think that the #1s have been excellent, and I assumed that the chart’s autonomy would provide it with the opportunity to take excellent material to the top.

    Don’t get me wrong though, as per my article “Red Dirt: The Power Of Infrastructure”, I think that the Texas Music Chart is a great thing, and despite being disappointed with the #1s, I have been incredibly impressed by the enterprise overall and I think that the DJ’s who make up the Texas Music Chart reporters are largely a dedicated and passionate bunch who do quite a bit to advance music that wouldn’t get a chance otherwise.

    To speak to the point that, like a politician who wishes for a new peolpe, I’m “peeing in the wind” by holding all country music to a standard while people have been conditioned to accept the bare minimum from the genre, all I can say to that is that (as silly as this is going to sound, but it’s your metaphor) leadership starts with high expectations. I think that mainstream country music once existed as an American artform, and I think that the first step to re-establishing country music as an artistically credible genre is to have healthy expectations and to refuse to embrace or laude bad-to-mediocre music simply because that’s what’s playing on country radio.

    At the end of the day, if I used my opportunity to write for the9513 as a chance to be an apologist for mediocre music on the basis of “that’s what the people like, so who am I to disagree” than I would be doing a disservice to myself, to the9513, and to country music.

  25. Karen Hagen
    May 28, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    I don’t just “disagree” with this “music Critic”.

    The Brooks & Dunn tune, “Lucky Me, Lonely You” was written in homage to classic country music and more specifically — and importantly — it represents the stylings of Buck Owens.

    Maybe Buck Owens isn’t country enough (or TEXAN-enough) for the Critic who wrote this piece concerning the Audley rendition, or maybe the writer just doesn’t have a grasp of country music. Obviously there are a great many patrons of this genre of music who disagree wholeheartedly with the writer of this critique.

    Those patrons, by the way, are actually buying the album “Audley Enough” for the very reasons the Critic extols as being less than prize-winning lyrics. Folks aren’t rushing out to buy this Critic’s thoughts!

    I can’t decide if this Critic is bashing Jerry Audley, the music, or if he or she once had a bad experience after a Brooks & Dunn concert that has left him or her forever disdainful of this award-winning duo.

    Granted, the Critic writes a tasty little diatribe, and we all like a little negative slant in the press, it sells newspapers gives our station managers an inkling that we might have a command of the language, it peaks our interest and gets attention. But, while I find the Critic’s musings easy-reading, I find the depth of his or her writing about Country Music to be superficial as one digests what is actually written.

    Again, perhaps this Critic doesn’t find Buck Owens as having any critical depth; but, I suggest that this Critic has only done the best he or she could do, given his or her limited musical knowledge — and let’s not forget that there’s the possibility that this all stems from a bad after-concert memory experienced by the Critic sometime in the 1990s. With that in mind, I believe we should all hold the Critic in our thoughts and prayers for happiness, and a renewed sense of why he or she thought to get into the writing business.

    In any event, Audley, that song and Brooks & Dunn will be experienced by more people and for more long-lasting years than this less-than-affable Critic will ever hope to influence.

    “Lucky Me, Lonely You” is classic Texan Country at its best. I wonder if the Critic is lucky, lonely, Country or even Texan? By the way, I am an Audley fan. Never met the man, but, living in the sticks in Chicago, I came to hear this particular tune and immediately identified a young entertainer who wasn’t afraid to commit to true country music and give country music fans what has been so painfully lacking on today’s air waves.

    Sorry to be sassy about the Critic. The only reason I’m even aware of his or her writing(s) is due to my love of classic Country Music. I find anyone who isn’t on board with promoting true Country — and in this case — true Texan Heart, just shouldn’t be armed with a pen (or keyboard)

  26. Leeann
    May 28, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    For the record, the “you just don’t have a grasp of country music” defense is just as lame and infuriating as the “Your just jealous of so and so’s success”, “I’d like to hear you write a top selling song”, “If you don’t like this song, you must not like country music” and “if you don’t like the song, just turn off your radio or change the station.”

  27. Mark
    May 28, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Modern country= true country.

  28. Mark
    May 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I agree with Leann comment 100 percent

  29. Karen Hagen
    May 28, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I’d like to hear successive comments that make literate sense … or even attempt logic.

    Audley is doing a great job of promoting Texan Country music — and if there aren’t any ball-bearing Texans out there that can help, step aside. Leeann — I meant ball-bearing, not ball busting.

  30. hotelmotel
    May 28, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Karen Hagen – you accuse the review of bashing. While I think the song is decent, I’d note that one could be far harsher on the lyrics than the review was. (I do think the song is well sung, though)

    The lyrics lack anything compelling. There is no narrative (what brought these people to this bar? Did they get together? Why or why not? What happened to them?).

    There is no detail (are the events happening at a bar? a bar mitzvah? where).

    No characters (why does the guy like this girl? What exactly does she need saving from, other than “loneliness”? How can he save her? We know nothing of the guy, either, other than he is “lucky” or perhaps hopes to get lucky.

    Nor is there humor, a joke, an insight about these sorts of situations.

    The lyrics go nowhere.

    Why settle for this kind of song? When Tom T Hall meets a girl at a bar in “Salute to a Switchblade” we get a great story, some humorous lines, some interesting imagery. Even a lesser song, such as “Third Rate Romance,” has some humorous lines, such as “she said you don’t look like my type/but I guess you’ll do.”

    There is too much great country music out there to accept mediocre lyrics.

  31. Leeann
    May 28, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    “I’d like to hear successive comments that make literate sense

  32. Karen Hagen
    May 28, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    This is where poetic heart takes over. I mean, you Texans are experts on poetry of the heart and the true meaning of making a woman melt.

    A song like this is exactly when The Poet is able to take over and the mind imagines the things that have ever happened.

    To my mind, there will always be a place in Texas I’ve never visited, but have always loved because there was a man who would have fought his way from Texas and his emotions to make his way to me.

    That’s what Texas is to me. Comprised of strong and wonderful men with imagination, uncompromising will and strength. DEFIANT in the face of defeat.

    It’s also comprised of strong and wonderful women — just like Leann — who are passionate.

    Texas, be strong. Texas please know your country music roots. It’s not in the 2000s, the 1990s, 80s, 70s — your roots and the roots of my own Texan wanna be heart is truly back at the Alamo. It’s truly by the side of those that will stand as brothers in DEFIANCE. Be united in this and then you can make a difference. This isn’t the Alamo, but, it is the strongest force coming from Texas right now. The united force of UNITY!

    Make a difference, Texas. And the difference in Texas is the Brotherhood that you share. That’s my take on how great Texas is.

    And don’t forget, without your Women, you’d be just a bunch of Guys waving your flags. Your Texas Ladies are exactly what it is all about.

    Hats off to Texas — and my heart will always belong to Texas.

    Now, boys and girls, get together. Be one voice of Texas. Shoot, if you don’t like Buck Jones, okay. But I HOPE you like Texas! Make your stand together. I am there with you in heart and soul.

  33. Chris N.
    May 28, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Dammit, what about all those wolves eating mousse?

  34. Karen Hagen
    May 28, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Too many lyrics that go no where, well, “hotelNOtell” we’ll let Brooks and Dunn know that to your incredible command of all things Country, they better turn in all of their CMA awards.

    Thank you for your zesty message. You have educamated a lot of us. Shuckey Darn. Sorry. I know you feel strongly about this. You might just be the type of Texan who could relate to what I’m saying otherwise.

    Jeepers.

  35. Mike Parker
    May 28, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Huh? What?

    Karen, are you saying that someone doesn’t like an inferior cover of a second-rate Brooks and Dunn tune that they are anti-Buck Owens, anti-Texan, AND anti-Buck Jones? Who is Buck Jones?

    Personally I love a ton of Texas music- but it’s no different from the real world. Some artists are great, some good, and some… well…

  36. Leeann
    May 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Mike, you’re better at inferring than I am, because I was even more confused by the rant.

  37. Karen Hagen
    May 28, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Ooooooh! Michael! Yes, I’m saying some things you might not understand, Sweetie!

    1. It ain’t an inferior cover.
    2. No B&D tune is second rate,
    3. Ain’t nobody never should be stupid enough to declare they are anti-Texan
    4. And you do not know WHO Buck Jones is?
    5. There is nothing more special than Texan Country.
    6. Does your Mommy know you are up this late, Sweetie?

    You just pick up your jammies from the floor and toddle off back to where you see your big ol’ nightlight and make sure you don’t stub your big toe! No, I don’t mean that Little Toe…the one you got attached to your ankle. You are special Mikey…I”m sure your therapist tells you so — and we are telling you that for free!

  38. Hollerin' Ben
    May 28, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Karen,

    This was a strange response.

    First off, hello, and like the article says my name is Ben, so you can drop the “he/she” pronoun, and f.y.i., I live in California, the land of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Gram Parsons. I have a pretty solid knowledge of classic country music and I tend to favor honky-tonk.

    My main critique of the Audley song wasn’t that he cut a honky-tonk number, it was that out of all the classic honky tonk numbers available to him – songs by incredible artists like Wynn Stewart, Faron Young, Webb Pierce, or even the great Buck himself – that he chose a lame Brooks and Dunn album cut.

    He didn’t need to choose some shallow, half-baked song that was a weak “homage” to classic honky-tonk numbers. He could have chosen an album-cut from the catalogue of an actual classic honky-tonk artist.

    So now you can rest easy Karen; I didn’t give this one a thumbs down because it was too country, I gave it a thumbs down because the writers of this one thought that having a honky-tonk sound was sufficient and that so long as it had a good two-steppin’ beat that it didn’t need to have compelling songwriting.

    But Buck’s music, along with the music of his contemporaries, taught me that although a strong shuffle is a good start (note: the good shuffle was nearly ruined by that damned organ in this song), that it takes a lot more to make a great country song, and I’ve yet to be convinced that “Lucky Me, Lonely You” offered anything more than a good performance of a shallow, boring song.

  39. Karen Hagen
    May 28, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Well, I don’t mean to be mean to Mike.

    Sorry about all that.

    He sounds like a good guy.

    And Leeann sounds like she’s working her way through all this.

    Isn’t it weird we’re all up in arms about this and there’s stuff happening in the world, in our year and in our daily lives that should make us aware that our prayers should be for those who need us?

    I mean I love JERRY AUDLEY. I love that he is committed to true counry (not modern — bite me Michael you need to speak to Leeann!) Jerry has presented an incredible presence for Texas.

    Don’t take it away.

    If you do, you take away from Texas.

    Good night.

  40. hairandtoenails
    May 28, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Sorry people! The post under the name “hotel” up above is mine. I didn’t mean to use two different screennames – I accidentally typed in a screenname I use at a different site. Sorry.

    Anyhow, Jerry Audley certainly has a good voice.

  41. Karen Hagen
    May 28, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Yes Audley has a poweful voice. I had such a wonderful message for “hollering Ben”. Lost it, however. It just doesn’t pay to tell someone that even though they think they are an expert…they are not. I still think Ben writes well, is extremely cute; however, he’s just a random writer really wrong!

  42. Leeann
    May 28, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Karen, I’m unsure as to why you keep invoking my name in your posts. I’m failing to see your purpose. Since I’m not from Texas, I’m neutral about Texas and am unsure of why you turned this thread into a rant about the state, great as it may be. Last I knew, the discussion was about the Texas charts and not Texas as a whole. I don’t think anyone was insulting Texas in any way.

  43. Leeann
    May 28, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Mark and Karen,

    Looking back at your comments that mention my name, I’m thinking that you misunderstood my comment that read:

    For the record, the “you just don’t have a grasp of country music” defense is just as lame and infuriating as the “Your just jealous of so and so’s success”, “I’d like to hear you write a top selling song”, “If you don’t like this song, you must not like country music” and “if you don’t like the song, just turn
    off your radio or change the station.”

    This was not in response to Ben’s review. It was, in fact, in response to Karen’s comment that suggested that Ben didn’t have a grasp on country music because he didn’t like this song. So, please note the quotes that I put around those ridiculous statements. I don’t agree with any of them and was saying that I thought they were frustrating and lame defenses.

  44. Thomas
    May 29, 2008 at 4:59 am

    ben,

    thanks, for taking the time to elaborate on the way you see things in this particular context. i see now where you’re coming from. by the way, did you realise that in your reply to karen hagen (9.06 pm) it took you 5 lines (second paragraph from the bottom) to review the song. that’s what i call going full circle.

  45. Karen Hagen
    May 29, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Still, it’s a catchy song, good singer — and this was an opportunity to exchange ideas. I’ve enjoyed everyone here.

    Have yourselves a great day!

  46. Jarheaddad
    May 29, 2008 at 6:34 am

    This is an easy argument to finish: Texas sucks!

    Shoot, if it wasn’t for a bunch of Louisiana boys Texicans wouldn’t even know what a fiddle is and still be playing all that Tex/Mex burrito music.

    Texicans had to come to see the Louisiana Hayride to get an understanding of what real country music is all about. And now they claim to be the greatest home to country music? Yeah right! They got a couple of old guys that can’t carry a tune in a bucket like Willie Nelson and they are experts!

    Hell, y’all couldn’t even hold The Alamo and it took some Tennessee clod hoppers to even hold it for a few days.

    Texas? Bleh! Bunch of Louisiana wanna’ be’s!

    Geaux Tigers! :-o

    BWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  47. Jeremy Potts
    May 29, 2008 at 6:49 am

    This has gotten a little bizarre, although nowhere near ‘Red Umbrella’ territory as of yet.

  48. Brady Vercher
    May 29, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Now this is funny. We have a couple of non-Texans arguing over the worthiness of the state. I don’t even know what to think of these comments anymore.

  49. Leeann
    May 29, 2008 at 7:02 am

    All I know about Texas is that you’re not supposed to mess with it. So, I’m not going to.:)

  50. C. Michael Peltier
    May 29, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I think some of you folks have as any more business being a critic then I do. You obviously don’t note what the fans like, and I think you have it good. Get paid, for not doing a job.

    Michael

  51. Razor X
    May 29, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Michael, a review isn’t supposed to be about what the fans like.

  52. Chris N.
    May 29, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Are the mousse-eating wolves in Texas?

  53. Brad
    May 29, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Don’t put too many eggs into the Texas Music Chart basket. It is filled with subpar music that is plugged by radio promoters just like Naxhville does. Not saying this tune is one or another.

    But, There are a number of songs and artists on there each week that I’ve never heard of, and I cover the Texas market exclusively. Each week the chart is split about 50/50 between authenticity and crap. You just gotta weed through it.

    What does having a number one on the Texas Chart even mean?!? You might want to weed through the chart and find some tunes that don’t seem as fabricated and dig for the grit.

  54. Brad
    May 29, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Addendum…very rarely do groundbreaking artists in our scene reach #1 on that chart. There have been times when artists like Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers Band have released “singles” that didn’t skyrocket to the top, despite them being on top of the zeitgeist of Texas at the time.

    Radio is not the beckoning call it once was. The Texas scene is driven by the live, show, word of mouth and the Internet.

    If you want to know what is really hip at the moment in Texas…check out the playlists of Mandatory FM, Radio New Braunfels, or Radio Free Texas.

  55. Kelly
    May 29, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Brad,

    I agree to a point on those stations being touchstones, but RFT falls victim to the same thing we were discussing last wek with fan voting for awards. If you are a high level sponsor of RFT, you and other fans of the same band can manipulate the playlist and give a false sense of what is hot at the time. The forums on galleywinter as well as an individual artist site have regular conversations about how many requests they have put in on a certain day or week for aspecific song or album. There are multiple ways you can tell what is hot in the texas scene, depending on what you mean by “hot”. Bingham has been getting a ton of national love, does that mean he is hotter than 1100 Springs who has also gotten great reviews, but in and around the state versus on a national level? I guess the answer is that they are both “hot” at this point, and that term is as subjective and broad as the term “Texas Music”…

  56. Brad
    May 29, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Let me clarify…Mandatory and Radio NB showcase what is “hot” and/or “cool” at the moment. RFT showcases what bands have their finger on the pulse and know how to manipulate playlists without the help of paying a radio plugger.

    And to add to your 11Hondo comment, I think Bingham, 1100, Hayes, Josh Grider, Bleu Edmondson, and the Gougers are music of the moment in Texas.

  57. Kelly
    May 29, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I would agree with your “hot list” 100%. I would even add Mark McKinney to that as he has been getting added onto some more stations with “Bonfire”…

  58. Chris N.
    May 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    How will the wolf survive on mousse?

  59. Mike Parker
    May 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Chris… it really depends on the type of mousse we’re talking about. If it’s the hair gel kind- the wolf will survive on good looks alone. If it’s the chocolate kind, he’s done for- I had a great uncle…er…childhood dog that went the same way. Not really. But chocolate is bad for dogs. I hear. Huh? What?

  60. Pete
    May 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I want some of that mousse. And whatever Karen Hagen is ingesting.

  61. Karen Hagen
    May 30, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    I am able to ingest most anything of value,Pete. If you are in want of some mousse, I’m sure that it will be an improvement. In fact, there is a hotline set up to find out if Mousse might help “Pete”.

    That said, I find I said something awful about probably a good person.

    Then again, I don’t know.It’s just really easy to take pot shots and great fun to think that we have no responsibility to one another.

    Just want to say, Pete…I hope if you find someone who can do your hair…you might find someone who might wanna do you.

    Now isn’t that just awful?? Let’s get nice and back on track.

    DIGEST THAT MOOSE-BRAIN. Again, I apologize, Pete. I know you are probably a great guy. It just seems we are reduced to this level of stuff. Now, let’s talk like our Mamas are listening and Christ Jesus is in the room!

  62. Karen Hagen
    May 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    AMEN.

  63. Pete
    June 2, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    I’m not that great a guy Karen, but I can always change my hair. You, on the other hand, appear to be a nutbar which you will likely remain for the rest of your life.

  64. Dee
    June 2, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    FYI—- We saw Audley perform live yesterday and were blown away. This guy puts on an awesome show, so much better than on the radio. If you have not seen him yet—–GO!!!!!

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