John Rich Announces Get Rich Talent Search

Brody Vercher | March 24th, 2008

  1. Kelly
    March 24, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I guess if one wants to do well in John Rich’s talent contest, he must be latin, have long hair and sing a song that is the polar opposite of country.

  2. Baron Lane
    March 24, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Will the idiocy ever end around the Dixie Chicks? Wake up people, they were right!

  3. Matt C.
    March 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Baron, why is recording an answer song to “Not Ready to Make Nice” an act of idiocy? “Not Ready to Make Nice” was an answer song to the controversy/boycott that was itself an answer to the comments the Chicks made overseas. Seems to me that if answering “Not Ready to Make Nice” is idiotic, than “Not Ready to Make Nice” itself must be idiotic.

  4. Kelly
    March 24, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    The idiocy with both “repsonses” is that they come WAY after the “issue” they are responding to. The Chix song came out years after the uproar she caused and now the marine’s “answer” is a year and almost 2 full years after the Chix released the song he is taking issue with. I am now 32 years old, maybe I should write a song blasting my 8th grade girlfriend’s decision to not kiss me on the school bus. At least the Chix song was good and was a part of an excellent album.

  5. Chris N.
    March 24, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Is it really “writing” an “answer song” if you just take the original song and change a few of the words?

  6. Craig R.
    March 24, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    What are these guys in the military fighting for: The Bill of Rights( freedom of speech) or are they fighting for male superiority. If a male county singer had said what the Dixie Chicks said would this crap still have a life. And Toby Keith’s band should be ashamed of themselves. Boys pretending to be men( as should Keith who allowed his band this opportunity). I support the troops but I don’t support their immature reactions. Is this the reason they are over there?
    Meanwhile if John Rich discovers another Wilson great- but I could live another life without another Jason Aldean or Cowboy Troy!

  7. Peter
    March 24, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    the whole thing remnds me of this:

  8. Matt B.
    March 24, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Craig R. Rich didn’t discover or promote Jason Aldean. Aldean just recorded his songs.

  9. Baron Lane
    March 24, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Matt, I’m not going to go through all the indignities the Chicks and their families had to go through with by speaking out against the war early on (for the details on that rent Shut Up and Sing.) The threat to them was their livelihood (and with death threats against them, their lives) and dealing with the backlash of an entire industry they made tons of money for turning their backs on them.

    These soldiers are leveling a personal statement against the Chicks. And the Chicks leveled a political statement toward a duped nation and a gutless industry unwilling to hear an unpopular truth. What the soliers are doing amounts to a Rovian Swiftboat tactic.

    And ANY soldier that still thinks their war is worth fighting either has lots of Halliburton stock or is a raving fool. I know many soldiers and they;re ALL pissed out how the forces have been abused during all this.

  10. Corey
    March 24, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Baron, I respect your view of the war and I think it is definitely agreeable that we did not approach this situation in the right manner. Also, it should be stated that the attacks and threats against the Dixie Chicks were completely unnecessary and wrong. However, they chose to put themselves in the situation for people to respond to their views. If some soldiers have a problem with their statments and want to make their opinion known, don’t they have the same right as the dixie chicks? Also, liberating a country from a horrible dictator who killed thousands of his own people was the right thing to do. Now keeping Al-Queada out of the region is the necessary thing to do. As for the soldiers you know, I completely respect them and admire them for fighting for my country, they too are entitled to their opinion, but I would disagree that their sentiments are the majority. ALL the soldiers I know see the work that they are doing as helping the people and making their lives more free while protecting us here at home.

  11. Paul W Dennis
    March 24, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Only time will tell if GW was correct in his assessment of the threat. Since I’m 56 , I may not live long enough for his presidency to receive an objective assessment form history.

    It should be noted that Harry S Truman’s popularity as he left office was lower than that of Bush, and there was considerable corruption in his administration, although Harry himself was not part of the corruption

  12. Tony Nowobielski
    March 24, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    >>Montgomery eventually entered an Alford plea to a drunken-driving charge. That means he did not admit guilt but acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.>>

    Like his music a lot. Making someone lose their job because you got caught is pretty low-end.

    Why is this form of defense even available?

    Unlikely I will find a JMM release at the local WM/Target. If I do, I won’t buy it.

  13. Matt C.
    March 24, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Wait, you’re comparing this song to a death threat? I think we can agree that death threats against the Chicks were not a legitimate response to their comments, but it just seems like you don’t want to hear any criticism of the Dixie Chicks. The song was a medium that the Chicks used themselves, and this song doesn’t sound any more confrontational to me than “Not Ready to Make Nice.” It’s a personal attack only to the extent that the subject is personal (I mean, it’s rather difficult to depersonalize a controversy that is itself about the comments of one person. It’s not like the singer is calling Natalie Maines a fat pig, which would be a personal attack). I daresay that the comments you made in defense of your original statement are much more offensive – and personal – than either this song or “Not Ready to Make Nice” could ever be construed to be.

  14. Rick
    March 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I completely understand where Natalie was coming from. If either Hillary or Barak become president I will feel ashamed of my entire country, and not just my home state of California for helping put them in the White House. Natalie trashed the Ditzy Twits with her big mouth and I only feel sorry for Emily and Martie having to go down the tubes with her for guilt by association…..

    I’m grateful to the arrogant personage of John Rich for helping Gretchen Wilson get a recording deal and encouraging Sarah Buxton to stay at it until she got one too. John is truly a legend in his own mind and had to build a mansion big enough to contain his sizeable ego. Its too bad he couldn’t work his magic for Shannon Brown as “Corn Fed” was just not a very good album….

    Hey, its great to see the Yahoo yodeler himself Wylie Gustafson mentioned anywhere these days! He always puts on a great live show whenever he comes back here to his old stomping grounds in Los Angeles.

  15. Lynn
    March 24, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Ugh, I was hoping that video wouldn’t be posted. Haven’t we beat the Dixie Chicks to death yet? My heart goes out to them because they DO support the military. My biggest problem with the marine’s video is that it IS a personal attack. Did you watch the video?!?!? It attacks Natalie’s mother (a lovely woman) for how she raised her daughter and essentially condones the death threats. It would have been great to see that marine sing a song supporting his fellow marines and their efforts without attacking the Chicks personally. Now that’s a song that everyone could appreciate and it would have been a worthwhile – and frankly cool – use of the song. I’m appalled the military wants to continue to divide the public on an issue that isn’t divisive – we all support the troops, regardless of our support for the war. One is a political issue; the other is a human issue.

    John Rich, John Rich, John Rich…the redneck Ryan Seacrest…

  16. Lynn
    March 24, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Rick – I wouldn’t feel sorry for Martie and Emily. As they’ve said many times, any one of them could have said it, and musical freedom and personal integrity are fantastic rewards for sticking up for yourself. btw, isn’t it hypocritical to condemn Natalie for the type of comment you just made yourself?

  17. Matt B.
    March 24, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    So Rick,

    Yo say you’d be ashamed to be from the USA if Barack or Hillary are voted in? I’d be more ashamed of voting in McCain. Mainly because he’s OLDER than Reagan was by 3 years (at time of inaugaration) and is already showing signs of ‘senior moments.’ Still, how any of that points to the Dixie Chicks song I don’t know. Oh, and by the way, the other two “Dixie twits” agree with Natalie.

  18. mikeky
    March 25, 2008 at 7:50 am

    i wonder if those military guys know that whatever royalties come of their song, half of it will go to the writers of ‘not ready to make nice’. that is, natalie maines and whoever she co-wrote it with. the great irony, i suppose. basically: “i disagree with your song. here’s half my money.” :) HAHA.

  19. Kelly
    March 25, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Well MikeKY, I hope you know that means that the royalties will be helping the terrorists win gosh-darnit!!!

  20. Chris N.
    March 25, 2008 at 8:34 am

    For the record, “Not Ready to Make Nice” was written by Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison and Dan Wilson.

  21. Baron Lane
    March 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Matt, you missed the point. “Not Ready to End the Fight” is not the same as a death threat (though I haven;t actually heard the song) I was illustrating the context that “Not Ready to Make Nice” was written in.

    My statement was offensive? Really? More unoffensive than a war we were lied in to? Cut benefits on third duty soldiers? Soldiers that are coming back partially deaf and with stress disorder? 4000 American dead and many more thousands Iraqi dead? Really, my statement was offensive? Not to mention the associated goodies of the war, wiretapping, torture, Cheney stating as matter of fact that he doesn’t care what the American people think about the war…Matt, I would suggest you look up offensive.

  22. Baron Lane
    March 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    >>John Rich, John Rich, John Rich

  23. Tony Nowobielski
    March 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I wasn’t aware this was such a hot topic (as I am the only JJM poster so far).

    Her comments were her speaking her mind. The level of condemnation their way is crazy. If you think she’s a a-hole, don’t buy her records, go to her shows, etc.

    If you are more upset by this that the 4000+ body count, not sure what to say-I guess my interpretation of freedom differs.

  24. Matt C
    March 25, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Baron, you’re the one that isn’t addressing points. I asked you why the song was idiotic and you offered a very subjective interpretation of the context in which “Not Ready to Make Nice” was written that said nothing about why “Not Ready to Stop the Fight” is idiotic. You said that soldiers who still think the war is worth fighting are either acting out of economic self-interest or are “raving fools” and when I called that offensive you spouted off about Dick Cheney. Really, it’s more than a bit disingenous to call American soldiers who are committed to the Iraq conflict “raving fools” and then act indignant that they’re not being paid enough. And, to return to my original post, if you haven’t even listened to the song, it’s not appropriate to call it idiotic.

  25. roger
    March 25, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    haven’t heard the song you are talking of….but if willie or merle speaks against war he does not get banned from the radio for it….they just get banned because they are old….man that’s sad, huh?

  26. Rob W.
    March 25, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    First off let me start this off by saying that John Rich is fueling the fire that is country “pop” radio…nuff said I will not go into detail but I could!

    Second…Matt C. Do you really listen to all of the songs you review or do you just listen to it once and then decide to trash it!? I’m just curious, the reason I ask is because you recently reviewed the Joe Nichols single “It ain’t no crime” During the review you made claims that some can’t make a carrer on doing “gimick/funny” songs, then what would you call Brad Paisley’s career? Do not get me wrong I love Brad Paisley’s music, but he’s just either too serious or too humorus there is no medium with him. Now also you mentioned that he’s “succeding in country music without even trying” the reason he’s not trying is because he knows that it’s not gonna make a damn bit of difference and it’s because of country music radio (possibly you) that keep many artists from showing us there true “selves” Because radio is too busy playing some prom queen with a power trip’s “new” single(Taylor Swift), or some blonde who won a kareokee contest!(Carrie Underwood), or three boy band wannabe’s (Rascal Flat’s) who can’t sing live at all and have ZERO talent! When they day comes that country radio decides that all the above mentioned and some that aren’t mentioned artist’s music is just plain crap then maybe the real artist’s such as Joe Nichols,Chris Cagle,Gary Alan,etc. will then finnally get the respect that they deserve for not selling out to TRASHVILLE!

  27. Matt C
    March 25, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Rob: As I’ve stated many times in response to criticism of my reviews, I listen to every song/album several times before writing a review. Furthermore, I certainly don’t “trash” every song that I review. With regard to the Nichols review, you’re making a lot of assumptions about my appraisal of Brad Paisley’s career and I don’t understand how it is that I am keeping artists from showing their true “selves.” Paisley’s most recent singles (with the possible exception of “Letter to Me”) have been “gimmicky” like you describe but if we’re talking substance I’ll take his catalog over Nichols’ anyday. “When I Get Where I’m Going” and “Whiskey Lullaby” are two recent examples of songs that are much more weighty than anything in the Nichols’ catalog. See early Paisley (“We Danced,” “Two People Fell in Love,” “He Didn’t Have to Be,” “Who Needs Pictures”) for other examples of superb work.

  28. Jim Malec
    March 26, 2008 at 4:34 am

    First of all, this is a country music blog. We need to keep political discussion in the context of the music in question.

    In response to Rob:

    – Taylor Swift may not be writing songs that you can relate to, but that doesn’t mean she’s a hack–the girl is a very, very good songwriter. I think most of us who have spent time in writing rooms and at writers nights would attest to the fact that she is a true talent who is only going to get better. And remember, she’s writing about the things that matter to her and which are vivid in her frame of reference. Over and over I hear people talk about artists who don’t put the music first–well here is a young lady being completely open and treating the music with a great deal of respect, but is still the subject of slings and arrows because she doesn’t fit a few people’s narrow idea of what “country music” is.

    – Whether or not you’d to admit it, there is a vetting process associated with American Idol–albeit not the kind we’re accustomed to (playing for years in Honky Tonks). I am inclined to think that people who refer to AI as a “Karaoke Contest” have no idea about how difficult it is to be a performer. I have nothing but admiration for the kids who are able to step out there every week, on live television, and face 30 million people, singing a song they’ve had a week to rehearse with a house band. You think that’s karaoke? Give me a break. karaoke is when you sit around a pub, drunk, belting out “I Did It My Way” to your also drunk mother-in-law. Ameerican Idol, for all of its faults (and it has many) is a multi-faceted expierience that requires a great deal of skill and tenacity. I may agree with you about the quality of Underwood’s music, but there is no doubt in my mind that she has earned her place. And trust me, the sales will not come forever–she’s going to need to, at some point, step up her game.

    – Saying that the boys of Rascal Flatts have “zero talent” is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard (and I gave their last record 1 and 1/2 stars). They are quite talented in many ways. You or I may not like the music they make, but that is not a question of talent, and it’s ignorant to reduce your opinion of them to what amounts to blurting out the first thing that pops into your head.

  29. Chris N.
    March 26, 2008 at 8:53 am

    But blurting out the first thing that pops into your head is what comment threads are for!

  30. Leeann
    March 26, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Yeah it is, Chris!:)

  31. Baron Lane
    March 26, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    In respect to my partners in twang I’m going to drop this down a notch and keep if music focused. First off I watched the video all the way through. First off, the man cannot song, second you respond by using the exact same melody to tell you side? Just goes to show that lack of imagination doesn’t just stop short if the dongs ideology.

    Matt – Please read my posts before you call me out. I never said the song was idiotic. I said the idiocy was “around the Dixie Chicks.” More specifically, that Americans (The Chicks) spoke out against war and were so viciously vilified for the one of the rights we are supposedly fighting for. Yes, I view that as actions carried out by idiots.

    And I think it’s hardly “disingenous” to say that a soldier that still sees the quagmire in Iraq and Afghanistan as a fight for right, freedom and against Al Qaeda is self-delusional. And yes, I view them as a “raving fool. He’s also in the minority even within the armed services. Yes I can think someone is self-delusional and still think they should be treated fairly. One of the ways I support the troops is believing the brave men and women should not be put in harms way for lies and military contracts no matter how ill-informed their opinions.

    I just sang that last bit out loud in order for it to qualify as a music oriented post. ;)

  32. Eric
    March 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Why do liberals hate the U.S.?

  33. Chris N.
    March 26, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Zing! Wow, I’ve never heard that one. Gotta write that down.

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