Jessica Simpson Is The Highest Charting Debut Solo Artist
- Jessica Simpson made history by becoming the highest charting debut solo artist in the history of Billboard’s country singles chart for her song “Come On Over.”
- John Bohannon says John Hiatt‘s formula becomes closer to perfect with each album and Same Old Man follows in that lineage.
His ability to relate to an audience through repetition and relation to a common cause is near unparalleled, and as he gets older not only does his understanding of his age become clear, but the way he looks at a younger generation becomes more focused.
- Check out “Silver Lining,” the new song Julie Roberts added to her MySpace. She co-wrote the song with Victoria Banks and Rachel Proctor–the same duo that helped Simpson pen “Come on Over.”
- Marty Stuart‘s Sparkle & Twang exhibit has extended to the Nashville International Airport where travelers will see more than 40 iconic Nashville images taken by Stuart.
- The Martin guitar celebrates its 175th anniversary this year and Michael Rubinkam shares the history of the company.
- Newcomer Emily West, who cites Patsy Cline as the reason she started singing, explains where she got the title to her debut single:
“‘Rocks In Your Shoes’, I got that title from my great grandfather,” said West. “Apparently, he used to put rocks in his shoes before he went to go plow the fields because it was for his tendons. He felt so guilty about getting drunk the night before. My mom told me the story and I left it. I ran with it.”
- The annual issue of Playgirl magazine hits shelves next month and features Craig Hand (MySpace) on the cover.
- Taylor Swift plans on signing autographs all day Saturday during the CMA Music Festival and donating all the profits from her merchandise sales that day to the American Red Cross.
- For the Record’s Industry Pro of the Week is JoJo Cerda, PD Clear Channel KTEX/McAllen-Harlingen-Brownsville, TX.
What is the most pressing problem radio faces today? There are too many to list — but the short list is: budget cuts that affect personalities, merchandising, promotions….in the other corner — iPods, digital downloads satellite radio (& others) are taking away from local radio listening…there are a lot more options of entertainment.
Sadly, he doesn’t list The 9513 as one of the websites he uses for prep purposes.
- NPR’s rock critic Ken Tucker on Ashton Shepherd‘s debut album: “Sounds So Good is a big ripe commercial recording for the commercial country industry of, oh, about 1983–that is when fiddles and a banjo and subject matter about working class life were still viable hit single ingredients.”
- Robert Sandall ponders Emmylou Harris‘ career, focusing on her relationship with Gram Parsons and her regrets from not doing more to help him.
- If you can’t make it out to Nashville for the CMA Music Festival, but you have XM Satellite radio, then tune in all this week for exclusive coverage. Here’s the broadcast schedule.
- Advertising Age takes a look at country music and the increasing trend in number of sponsors it’s been receiving, specifically for events like the CMA Music Festival where there’s a record 68 sponsors. Peter Kohan, who referred the article to me, left his own thoughtful comment on the piece that’s worth reading.
Most Country artists realize the corporate brands seeking to tie in with them do so because they share a common goal: filling a need in that fan’s/consumer’s life. The artist wants to be able to break out of the box with a campaign allowing them to get exposure outside of that narrow Country marketing/promotion “box” while still maintaining credibility. The brand seeks to play upon the incredible loyalty of the Country fan to the artist and the Country music lifestyle.
- Lonesome Music found what they claim is the perfect soundtrack for this summer’s barbecue in Deke Dickerson‘s King of the Whole Wide World, which they describe as country soul, rockabilly hotrod bluegrass surf. Check out the mp3s.
- After you listen to those, go check out Jason Eady‘s dark tale of cheating and redemption titled simply, “Redemption.” It feels almost like it could be the great-grandchild of Lefty Frizzell’s “Long Black Veil.” Definitely worth your time.
- Leeann Ward: Interesting! I just got an email from Amozon saying that they cancelled my preorder of Jamey Johnson's Christmas album due …
- luckyoldsun: Jim Z-- I get the feeling Barry was this close to calling you what Kinky Friedman called his guy from El …
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …