John Rich Updates His Mug Shot While Chesney Considers Banning Cameras

Brady Vercher | May 29th, 2009

  • John Rich turned himself in to the Metro Davidson Country Criminal Justice Center in Nashville yesterday afternoon. TMZ has the scoop.
  • Nashville Hype weighed in on the NO Camera Policy that was considered for Kenny Chesney‘s shows. Apparently, they quickly backed away from the idea, but not before ruffling a few feathers.

    How long will it be before every major label artist begins banning cameras at their concerts? What do you think: is a smart move to prevent shows from being recorded or incredibly short-sighted?

  • Geoffrey Himes has a fantastic feature article for Paste that, among other things, draws parallels between Buddy and Julie Miller and Johnny and June Carter Cash. It was June’s death in 2003 that prompted Julie Miller to write the song “June,” which appeared on the couple’s most recent album.

    “After I told Julie the news, I didn’t see her for the next hour,” Buddy recalls. “When she reemerged she had that song on a cassette. For her, things often just come that fast. She showed me the guitar part, and we recorded it right there in our home studio. She wrote it just to send to John, not for anything but to comfort his heart, like songs can do. That night it felt like Nashville had become a different place, and that song paints a picture of that feeling.”

    The Millers always meant to go back and rework the tune, but they never could match the feeling of when the song was first written and recorded. So “June” ended up on the new Buddy & Julie Miller album, Written in Chalk, just as it went down that night in 2003.

    There’s really too much good stuff to quote, so you’ll have to check it out yourself.

  • Rodney Atkins and company celebrated his fifth No. 1 single, “It’s America,” this past Tuesday at BMI headquarters. He had already wrapped up recording on the album before the song came in, and speaking of it, he said:

    “When the song came in,” Atkins recalled, “I really felt it was too important to wait for another album. … It wasn’t a political song. … It just reminded me of the simple things, [such as] the sense of community. I love that about the song.”

    He also said his next single, “15 Minutes,” will be timeless. In other news, I heard Zac Brown call “Chicken Fried” a “great American song” the other day on the radio. Anyone want some pee-can pie?

  • For this week’s Nashville Skyline, CMT republished Chet Flippo’s article from July 24, 2003, and it’s interesting to read his thoughts on Sugarland‘s debut showcase in Nashville. They were a seven-piece band playing “churning, driving roadhouse, slightly pop-ish country.”
  • Dailey & Vincent recently finished filming a video for “On the Other Side” and it should be out in a few weeks. Additionally, they’ll be returning as hosts of the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree tomorrow night (May 30).
  • Miss Leslie and Hayes Carll were nominated for a few Houston Press Music Awards. Some of the other bands have pretty wild names.
  • A user on YouTube has most of the performances from the George Strait ACM Artist of the Decade concert.
  • And Leeann Ward published her thoughts on the tribute over at Country Universe.
  • My Kind of Country wants to know what “I’m Country” songs you think get the message across without pandering?
  • That Nashville Sound dug up a video of the Covington brothers singing a duet of “Seven Spanish Angels” at an USO event.
  • And if that weren’t strange enough, here’s a shirtless picture of Jimmy Wayne looking country in his John Deere cap–if you’re into that sorta thing.
  • Steve Martin was able to place his latest release, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, at No. 106 on the Billboard 200 this week. Behold the power of American Idol.
  1. Karlie
    May 29, 2009 at 10:25 am

    The first time I ran into a no cameras policy was at a Bob Dylan concert that Merle Haggard opened. I was there for Haggard (with third row seats), so Dylan’s policy really bummed me out. House of Blues in Myrtle Beach had the same policy for the Willie Nelson/Jamey Johnson show I went to as well, but that didn’t stop everyone from just taking pictures with their cameras.

    From a PR standpoint, I think it’s crazy. With Facebook and MySpace, everyone can be a “published photography.” I can see how that may irk an artist who wants control over where his or her images appear, but basically it’s free, third-party publicity that directly hits their target audience, as well as all of their friends. Unless the images are being sold to make money, I don’t get it.

  2. Mike Parker
    May 29, 2009 at 11:12 am

    It’s not pictures they’re trying to prevent, it’s bootleg concert audio and videos. It’s a bad, bad idea to try to enforce something like that. Not only do you have to search the crowd (of which 99% have either a camera or a phone that takes audio/video/photos), but then you have to make them trot all the way back across the stadium parking lot to put the item in their car. Nothing like having all the fans angry at the start of a show.

    Besides, if the product is good, the bootleg stuff will serve as a marketing tool. If it’s bad, well, the people have a right to know. my 2 cents.

  3. Rick
    May 29, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Opry Alert! Sunny Sweeney will be on tonight’s Opry along with Rebecca Lynn Howard and The Quebe Sisters (whom Matry Stuart and Connie Smith want to adopt! lol). The final segment of Saturday night’s Opry shows will feature Vince Gill, Amy Grant, John McEuen, Tim O’Brien, and Steve Martin! I’ll definitely be tuning in for that segment…

    Its nice to see Miss Leslie nominated for a Houston Press Music Award. I’d love to see her win to increase her public profile in the Lone Star State.

  4. Brady Vercher
    May 29, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I realize pictures aren’t what they’re trying to restrict (it’s probably not totally clear in the blurb), but that’s what they’re effectively doing and I think it’s pretty absurd to go to those lengths to prevent recordings.

    I’ve attended quite a few shows that didn’t allow cameras, but they’ve been in intimate venues where flashes would be distracting to participants and performers alike.

    Aside from particular songs that we may derive deeply personal meaning from, music has always been a social endeavor and a means of personal expression. In today’s age, that means sharing photos, audio, videos, and discussing the songs we hear on the radio and elsewhere. And to limit that social aspect and fight your customers seems counter intuitive business wise. Instead, they should be finding ways of promoting and monetizing such behavior. Labels are used to having absolute control over all the variables and now that they don’t, they’re not quite sure what to do.

    On another note, I was pleased to find out we have a tag for Bucky Covington’s mustache.

  5. Tristan
    May 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Oh joy, more crazy John Rich news. Well, it’s been a while, I guess he just can’t go too long without having to have some attention. =P

    I think banning cameras from concerts is a bad idea. True, people pay good money to go to a concert, and then the concert the next day will end up on youtube, but what about the people that couldn’t have gone, or the people who just like to watch their favorite artists sing no matter where it is.

    I don’t really like many “I’m Country” sounding songs. Luke Bryan’s “Country Man” was a favorite in that crowd, but not many more. Funny, though, how we always have to have a single on radio talking about a Country boy or girl (EG: Rissi Palmer’s “Country Girl”, Luke Bryan’s “Country Man”, Alan Jackson’s “Country Boy, and more recently Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country”. I just wonder who will sing the next one.)

    Poor Steve Martin. I liked the song “Pretty Flowers” on American Idol Wednesday, and I thought his album should’ve placed higher than that. =/

    Oh, and Rodney’s “15 Minutes” is far from timeless, actually, I was bored with it after my first listen.

  6. Mike Parker
    May 29, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    For “I’m Country” songs, I’d go with “Country Boy Can Survive,” “Born Country,” and “If That Ain’t Country” off the top of my head. Songs that are only about trying to convince people that an artist is country usually totally backfire for me.

  7. Brady Vercher
    May 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    “Country Boy Can Survive” is way up there for me, but I don’t think anything will ever top “Good Ole Boys Like Me.”

  8. Mike Parker
    May 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    That’s a good one too. Slipped my mind.

  9. TimeO
    May 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Gosh, I’ve been going to concerts since 1984 or so, and cameras have been banned at almost any indoor show I’ve been to. Not that everybody (or, even, anybody) adheres to the ban. I did have a friend who was briefly in a major country band, and he said camera flashes really were a problem for the musicians on stage. I think there are also crowd control issues when every body decides they’re entitled to run to the front and take a photo.

  10. Mike K
    May 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    How about “Faulkner Street” by Hayes Carll for an “I’m Country” tune. Never really says country, but it doesn’t have to.

  11. Nicolas
    May 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Sara Evans didn’t let me take pictures of her, but I was too excited to care and I don’t think its a big deal — taking pictures takes away from my concentration on the performance

  12. JD
    May 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    This is somewhat off topic but can anyone tell me why they released Strait’s next single from the new recordings made a few weeks ago as opposed to a fourth single off Troubadour? Just seems like their choice is a much weaker cut than a few of the other options out there… must be more at play here than song quality…

  13. Rick
    May 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    JD, that one’s easy to answer! George’s label obviously wants to generate consumer interest in George’s next release to boost sales potential. The label must feel Troudadour has pretty much received all the market boost its going to get from Top 40 radio airplay at this point.

  14. Craig R.
    May 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I want to make a comment about Rodney Atkins. I may be a lone wolf here but I think that “It’s America” is a pandering, silly, simple-minded song that insults any American’s basic sense of self. The fact that it became a number one hit kinda scares me. I tend to think very highly of country music listeners. I would think they would see right through a song like that. If you really love America you want a song that has something real, and honest to say about this fine country. Not a song that ask nothing of the listener but to agree to a bunch of cliches. I am starting to believe that Atkins is not very smart, as well as a poor singer.

  15. Rick
    May 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Austin Alert! Don’t forget that The Belleville Outfit will be at Momo’s on Saturday night and will be “burning it down” with their “bucket of hot swing” according to Jim Caligiuri of the Austin Chronicle. A concert review here at The 9513 of that event sure would be appreciated!

  16. Matt. B
    May 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    The ‘banning’ of photos is pretty crazy. Hell, there are rumbles that labels and managers wanted the photo lines from the CMA Music Festival removed so that fans couldn’t even take a PICTURE up close of their artist. The funny thing is that those camera lines are constantly moving and fans cannot stop for but a second to try and snap a photo of their favorite artist. The fan likely isn’t going to get a good shot of the artist anyway. So it’s stupid to alienate those fans.

    If I were an artist or manager, I’d try to monetize my shows by offering fans the ability to buy a DVD/CD recording of the show that they went to. They wouldn’t get it right away (in order to give royalties where they belong) but that might curb a fan from recording on their flip camera or camera phone, etc.

  17. J.R. Journey
    May 29, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I agree with everybody about banning photos – and even recordings really. Brady’s first comment sums up pretty much how I feel about it too. I remember when I saw Patty Loveless in Ashland, KY back in 2005 and every time I got close to her to take her picture, she would see me with my camera and run to the other side of the stage – she did it to everybody trying to photograph her. I’ll never understand why Patty did that and it turned me off to her for a little bit even.

  18. idlewildsouth
    May 29, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    This whole idea of music being treated as a performer to audience scenario is pretty new, and thats kind of what frustrates me about the camera banning. I wish we hadn’t gotten to the point of performers being on a level above us lowly spectators. The main problem here is that we treat these performers like having a musical talent is better than being an exceptional welder or horse trainer. I suppose I have rambled, and I do apologize for that. All that to say, banning cameras is stupid.

    Id have to say “Good Ole Boys Like Me” is my pick for best “Im Country” song.

  19. Jessica
    May 30, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Ironically, I saw Kenny’s bus going up I65 this morning as I was heading home from Nashville last night from seeing the Jamey Johnson/Randy Houser show. I read that article when they said the “no camera policy” and then I saw they changed it.

    I’ve taken my camera with me to pretty much every concert I’ve been to. 9 times out of 10 I didn’t have to use a flash, but I know others that are distracting. Last night there were a couple that CONSTANTLY were running back and forth with their cameras as they had media credentials to take photos. However, they did it for the ENTIRE time and blocking several people. Yet when a fan from the back wants to come up by the stage and squat down to have a memory of the show, security was all up on them.

    I’ve been to one venue that with most performers, the first 3 songs anyone, including those in the balcony, are allowed to come down by the stage and take photos. Then you go back to your seat.

    So what about those photos…well they have really been a personal history book of things that happened in my past. I love looking back at my concert photos and can place a memory associated with that photo. I don’t plan on selling them as they are personal mementos of a show that I spent my hard earn money to buy a ticket, parking, gas, etc.

    As far as videos, I could have seen this being a problem when folks had VHS, but honestly folks, how many videos do you see on Ebay for sale? I know several artists do the mp3 package of certain concert dates. Youtube has some good gems and why wouldn’t an artist want FREE publicity of a fan uploading their shows? It may help others if they are on the fence of going to see a show. I know there are a couple of folks that I’ve watch live performances online before I made a decision on whether or not to buy a ticket to the show.

  20. Rick
    May 30, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Rick’s Random Tidbits: The music video for Megan Mullins’ current single “Long Past Gone” debuts on GAC on Monday. The song itself is okay and I hope the video elevates my interest level a bit as its no “Ain’t What It Used To Be”.

  21. Jim C.
    May 30, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I’ve always been a fan of Dale Watson’s “Country My Ass”. but that’s probably not what you guys are talking about…
    and I’ll try to give a report on the Belleville Outfit show tonight. Just for Rick!

  22. Rick
    May 30, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Jim C., that’s awesome! An interview with Phoebe Hunt would also be greatly appreciated! (OK, now I’m going too far! lol) Have a great time, and yell out a request for “Caroline” if you can!

  23. Jim C.
    May 31, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Rick you horndog.
    It was one of the best shows I’ve seen this year. they played for nearly two hours and covered lots of territory, not only swing, but country rock, gypsy and blues. they’re such great players and really come together as a band, the interplay between them was smooth and impressive. Kind of surprised they didn’t do “Caroline” but there were lots of other high points, so nobody seemed to care.

  24. Noeller
    May 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    IdleWildSouth – thank you SO much for that post. IMO, one of the biggest problems with the world today, is that people have elevated Actors/Musicians/ETC. to this whole other stratosphere, and “Celebrity” has become an industry unto itself. It’s causing egos to escalate to never-before-seen levels, and giving inferiority complexes to fans.

    I know that the internet has a lot to do with it, but I’ve been preaching for awhile, that our society is in big trouble when Musicians are being treated with higher regard than Doctors, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Soldiers – all of whom are literally changing the world.

    Once we get back to treating “Celebrities” like the normal, average people they are, then maybe things will get back to normal.

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