John Rich Flying Solo On New Album

Brody Vercher | January 25th, 2008

  1. Kelly
    January 25, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I love Rascal Flatts/Bathroom Humor!!!!

  2. Josh Preister
    January 25, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I think it’s a travesty that Vince Gill is not slated to perform. Here is a man who has won 18 Grammys and is nominated for All Genre Album of the Year. You know the Foo Fighters and Kayne West will perform.

    I’m really hoping for a repeat of last year’s country music victory when the Dixie Chicks swept. Vince & Taylor have a great chance at showing the world that we are more than a credible genre. Could’ve been country music’s biggest night last year if people would get off their high horse and let the Chicks back in our lives.

  3. Peter Kohan
    January 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Brody – I happen to find Kinky Friedman completely inoffensive. More likely I’ll find the targets of his satire much more offensive than his lyrics or statements. It’s just too bad he’s not your current governor.

    RE: Vince Gill – NARAS usually names the performers in stages, so I think it’s premature to rule out a Vince performance on the Grammy broadcast. After all – I’d think that given the writer’s strike they’d include more, not less music. Also, it’s not been determined if Amy Winehouse will even be able to enter the country much less perform at the Grammys. In that case NARAS had better let all of the other nominees for Album of the Year get a performing slot. Otherwise they’ll be lessening the stature of their most prestigious award of the night.

  4. Brody Vercher
    January 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Peter – I don’t find him particularly offensive either, but I can see how some people might.

  5. Tyler
    January 25, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Me and Trump love Omarosa she is so great. I am very sad that Jennie got out this week

  6. gaby
    January 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm


    I read earlier this week that Vince Gill turned down a performance slot, because they only offered him 90 seconds. I am trying for the life of me to remember the article, but it was talking about his major category nomination and how only offering him 90 seconds was a major snub (which I happen to agree).

  7. Brady Vercher
    January 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Gaby, I found the article you mentioned on The Tennessean. It sucks that they wouldn’t give him more than 90 seconds. It also says that he’s the only artist not performing that was nominated in the general album category.

  8. Peter Kohan
    January 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Gaby – If you’re right, that’s a scandal. There’s no reason Vince deserves less of a star treatment than other veteran artists who produced a career record later in their career, or less of a treatment than any other nominee in the Big 3 categories (Album, Song, Record).

  9. gaby
    January 26, 2008 at 1:49 am

    thanks Brady for the actual article, I know its awful that that even had the gal to ask him to cut down a performance to a minute and a half, he is the only country nominee with a major category award since Carrie Underwood didn’t write “Before He Cheats”

    In other news though, it appears that a tribute may be in order with Carrie Underwood’s performance slot, I am only supposing since the add that the Grammies are using is one of Tammy Wynette and Carrie Underwood together…This is pure speculation though because of the tributes she did last year

  10. gaby
    January 26, 2008 at 1:52 am

    ^wow sorry about the spelling error above….”gall” not “gal”

  11. Matt C
    January 26, 2008 at 2:36 am

    I don’t imagine that Underwood will be allowed to perform her own music, though at least a Wynette tribute would be country, and Carrie does a killer “Stand By Your Man.” Here’s a very possible travesty: Taylor Swift performs original music while Carrie pays tribute to whatever non-country artist the Grammys feel like saluting this year and Vince Gill doesn’t perform. If that’s 2008 after what happened in 2007, I think that it’s fair to call NARAS despicable.

    I love the Kingston Trio and “M.T.A.” is among their best, but it’d be a stretch to call them country.

  12. Kevin
    January 26, 2008 at 6:27 am

    My understanding is that this Grammy shows will be very heavy on the historical element because it’s the fiftieth show.

    It’s never bothered me that country artists only get a handful of slots on the Grammys, since it’s only one field out of dozens and country music is the only genre to even get one 3-hour network awards show to itself every year, let alone two.

  13. Peter Kohan
    January 26, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Yes, but Vince, while also being up for Country Album of the Year, is also a nominee in the Album of the Year category, the Grammy’s PREMIER CATEGORY, the one they wait until the end of the broadcast to award (just like the Oscars do with Best Picture). I’ve never seen them short an Album of the Year nominee before.

    If the show is too heavy on history, then it just emphasizes that the show is more focused on the past than on the present and future of music – just my own opinion.

    There’s a writer’s strike – how about just adding a few more numbers in between the major televised awards and not compromise the musical element of the show?

  14. Brody Vercher
    January 26, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I love the Kingston Trio and “M.T.A.” is among their best, but it’d be a stretch to call them country.

    I figured it was probably a stretch so I threw in the first Grammy thing to justify it, but it was an interesting story nonetheless. And the feature was by Original American Country.

  15. Lynn
    January 26, 2008 at 10:31 am

    I also believe they are going to do a past/present thing at the Grammys this year. For example, I heard that Beyonce and Tina Turner are performing together. Given that it is the 50th, that is no surprise.

    I’m also baffled why the country music industry was miffed last year. Other artists didn’t sing their songs as well. I recall Christina Aguilera sang James Brown. Why is it considered such a huge insult? It’s not like Carrie Underwood and RF need MORE exposure. I think my local radio station ONLY plays those two artists. The country music industry seems overly sensitive to anything they perceive as criticism.

    I don’t know if the timing thing is meant as an insult to Vince. I would only consider it one if other artists (and not those performing as a group where you get 3 in 1 like John Mayer, Corinne Bailey Ray and John Legend) got MORE time. I know the Dixie Chicks shortened their song last year. It’s common. Heck, Ringo Starr walked off Regis this week when they asked him to shorten his song. I don’t think they meant to insult a Beatle. They have a show to produce and they are trying to fit in as many people as possible.

  16. Lynn
    January 26, 2008 at 10:36 am

    On a different note. With all this talk about Miranda Lambert (who I love), I recall seeing that, as of December maybe, she had only sold around 250,000 copies of her album. With all this recent press and her making nearly all of the year-end critics’ lists, how are her sales? I don’t have access to those numbers. Does anyone know? I’m curious to see if she’s gotten a bump. Those sales are pretty bad for someone who sold over a million of her last album, aren’t they?

  17. Peter Kohan
    January 26, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Lynn – You are correct. They have a show to produce. But if you emphasize the big three general categories in the broadcast – album, record, song – then the first artists who ought to be locked down with a prime performing slot are the artists represented in those categories.

    And I think the Grammys are kidding themselves if they think a whole show devoted to a past/present theme is going to be of interest to their viewing audience. It’s different acknowledging a performing art versus film, for example. If the Oscars want to celebrate a major awards anniversary, then they could just do a gathering of living award winners up on the stage all at once. With music it is more realistic to need to play certain music and take more time out of the broadcast for those tributes. But I think we can all do with less concentration on the past and more concentration on music being created now. This industry needs to promote its stars and help boost industry sales. The best way to do that is to allow them to perform their own material.

  18. Matt C
    January 26, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Kevin: That’s because country is the only identifiable genre with a fan base large enough to support a network show. However, consider the VH1 Awards, MTV Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards etc. and you have plenty of national television exposure for the “Top 40″ genre with little to no recognition of country music. It’s disingenious to act like the CMAs and the ACMs are the only non-Grammy awards shows that have a large audience. Country is certainly at no media advantage coming into the Grammy awards, and even if it was, why does that justify slighting the genre?

  19. Peter Kohan
    January 26, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Let’s not forget the Soul Train Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, and VH-1 Hip-Hop Honors, among other music-related awards programming.

  20. Leeann
    January 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I’m disheartened about this news regarding Vince. Then again, I’m very biased, since he’s, by far, my favorite artist.

  21. Krista
    January 31, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Scared my sleeping Chihuahua laughing at the Bathroom/Rascal Flatts comment!!

  22. Lynn
    January 31, 2008 at 10:01 am

    How did the UK like Rascal Flatts? One of my favorite quotes from a review:

    “LeVox’s spiky blond hair and large frame meant he looked more like a stand-up comedian than a rock star and he had some funny lines. “The more you drink the better we sound,” he admitted.” lol.

  23. rascal flatts lover
    February 8, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    i went to there concert in september! it was amazing! watch the video!

  24. ccf
    February 9, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Geez they sound out of tune weren’t the pitch/auto tuners board working ? :D

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