John Rich Will Debut Rally Anthem For Presidential Candidate Today

Brody Vercher | August 1st, 2008

  1. Rick
    August 1, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Those retouched album covers at Photocrap are a real hoot! The Emily West cover is by far my favorite and all the album titles prove the person doing them has good taste in country music! (lol)

    I’m not sure any candidate would want an endorsement from John Rich, but McCain needs all the publicity he can get these days…

    The “Dressing Kellie Pickler” page is perfectly targeted at the new core of airhead country fans, young girls. The “Jamey Johnson at the pool table” coloring website was at least geared towards adults and a whole lotta fun.

  2. Chris N.
    August 1, 2008 at 11:04 am

    I dunno, I found something to enjoy about the “Dressing Kellie Pickler” page.

  3. Baron Lane
    August 1, 2008 at 11:05 am

    John Rich is such a douche. I won’t be shocked when the song does for McCain’s campaign what his mistaking Iraq bordering Pakistan did for his International policy savvy.

  4. Thomas
    August 1, 2008 at 11:25 am

    …don’t want to think about a kellie pickler page going to the opposite direction.

  5. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Actually, I’m seeing Kellie Pickler in her underwear appealing more to teenage boys. Ew. Now I don’t want to think about that anymore.

    Poor John McCain, his campaign just can’t catch a break.

  6. Chris N.
    August 1, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I wonder if McCain considers John Rich a (gasp) CELEBRITY.

  7. leeann
    August 1, 2008 at 11:45 am

    If I were McCain I’d both reject and denounce John Rich right away.

  8. leeann
    August 1, 2008 at 11:45 am

    And the song sucks anyway.

  9. Lucas
    August 1, 2008 at 11:51 am

    You forgot some news… Adam Gregory is now part of Big Machine.

  10. Brady Vercher
    August 1, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Lucas, check out the last bullet in yesterday’s news.

  11. Matt B.
    August 1, 2008 at 11:54 am


    They had that story yesterday.

  12. Lucas
    August 1, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Oh, ok. In that case… JMC looks more like a Hanson brother than Fabio, but I’m just sayin’…

  13. Matt B.
    August 1, 2008 at 11:57 am


    I expected to hate the song but looked passed my personal preferences on politics and listened to it. For pure campaign purposes the song works. And I kind of liked it (sad but true). That being said, I hardly think I’ll be “Rockin’ it on my ipod”

  14. leeann
    August 1, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Fair enough, Matt B, but it just didn’t work for me. I didn’t even consider politics when I listened to it and I still didn’t like it. I actually thought it was rather bland. I listened to it, but I can’t even remember the melody anymore. Furthermore, the lyrics are kind of dumb: “We’re all just raisin’ McCain/You can get on the Train or get out of the way/We’re all just raisin’ McCain.” And what’s an American guitar anyway?

  15. Kelly
    August 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I guess the republicans finally figured out that they shouldnt use “born in the usa” anymore, huh?

    I bet the Pickler dress-up doll knows how to spell better than the real-life version.

  16. Matt B.
    August 1, 2008 at 12:19 pm


    He was predictably playing towards what the conservative base wants to hear.

    Fortunately for us this song will go away if McCain doesn’t get elected.

  17. Matt B.
    August 1, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Katie Armiger’s single is also free at iTunes this week.

  18. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Leeann: An American guitar is the opposite of what you’re playing when you’re smokin into Texas with the hammer down and a rockin little combo.

  19. leeann
    August 1, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Well, apparently, it’s what’s being played on Rich’s McCain song…according to Rich.

  20. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Kelly: C’mon. Born in the USA is so patrotic. It has USA right in the title.

  21. Kelly
    August 1, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Exactly!! I was also born in the USA, so people will think I am extra patriotic…just like using “this land is your land” by Woodie Guthrie :-)

  22. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Yeah, but I was MORE born in the USA.

  23. Baron Lane
    August 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I wonder if the “American guitar” was actually a Mexican or Japanese manufactured Telecaster. That makes me smile…

  24. leeann
    August 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I wondered that myself.:) I mean, it didn’t sound any more American than other guitars that I’ve heard. But what do I know about American guitars?

  25. Matt B.
    August 1, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    It probably was an American Flag “American guitar” that was made in China

  26. Chris N.
    August 1, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I was born country in the USA.

  27. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Caught a news tidbit for you Jim: Carrie Rodriguez will be releasing She Ain’t Me on August 5:

  28. Kelly
    August 1, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I got a copy and its fantastic!

  29. Kelly
    August 1, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Chris, you may have been born country in the usa, but “this is my country” in “the free world”…

  30. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Kelly: Yeah well, “this land is your land/it ain’t my land!”

  31. Drew
    August 1, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Well done John RICH! Thank God, finally getting some Hollywood types supporting our American hero.

  32. Hollerin' Ben
    August 1, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    “we don’t know the meaning of contrived…seriously, what does it mean”

    that person must have ream Jim’s profile of them. That was the funniest part of it, “are you guys going to be pigeonholed as a novelty act” “what does novelty mean?”


  33. Matt B.
    August 1, 2008 at 1:27 pm


    Since when is John Rich a ‘Hollywood type?’

  34. Hollerin' Ben
    August 1, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    do you think McCain could get all of the former members of Lonestar to endorse him? That’d win this one for him for sure!

  35. Kelly
    August 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Perhaps McCain could have Perfect Stranger tell Obama that he has the “right to remian silent”…thank you, thank you very much, i’ll be here all week, try the veal…..

  36. Hollerin' Ben
    August 1, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    haha, take that Perfect Stranger!

  37. Chris N.
    August 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I’ll be “Amazed” if he wins.


  38. Peter
    August 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Isn’t the red, white and blue acoustic guitar that Buck Owens used to play an “American-brand” guitar?

  39. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Hey guys, maybe if he doesn’t win John Rich will leave country.

  40. Kelly
    August 1, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Perhaps John McCain is so arrogant, he think’s he’s “already there”….

  41. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Here’s a laugh for the day.

  42. Chris N.
    August 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I’m more of a dog person:

  43. Rick
    August 1, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Speaking of Carrie Rodriguez, I’m seeing her perform tomorrow night at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in the People’s Republic of Santa Monica. Her husband will be performing with her and his name is Javier Vercher, so is he related to the Brady & Brody founders of The 9513? Hmmm….

    The Obama campaign song by Ludacris was far more honest and catchy and should not have been dissed by the Obama folks….

    BIG News! Miley has been kicking Sugarland’s tush at the cash registers! Read all about it:

    Sugarland’s sales have been fantastic though and its nice someone, anyone has displaced Taylor Swift from the # 1 country slot for at least a little while. Becuase “All I Want To Do-Ooo-Ooo-Ooo-Ooo-Ooo” has a huge airhead country appeal factor rating, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of young girls bought both CDs while shopping with Mom at Target…

  44. LeeAnn S.
    August 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I’m just really John Rich-ed out and have been for awhile.

    Thanks for the Stringdusters update.

  45. Trailer
    August 1, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the plug folks. Biggest hit day in ‘crap history!

  46. Lynn
    August 1, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Rick, I’m not surprised that Miley won that race. I went to my local music store yesterday and Miley’s CD was sitting at number one and Sugarland’s CD was nowhere to be found in the store…and it wasn’t because it was sold out. I know my area’s not big on country music, but that was a surprise.

    Speaking of feeling jacked by my local music store – the prices were crazy. I just wanted some new stuff. Is there a Netflix for music?

    I wonder if John R. knows that John McCain is cool with civil unions…? ;)

    Quote to sum up the week at 9513: “I was born country in the USA” ~ Chris N.

  47. Rick
    August 1, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Trailer, at first I thought you were referring to Miley Cyrus’ sales figures for “Breakout”! (lol)

    The revised captions on those album titles are a scream precisely because they are so informed. They say the best humor is rooted in the truth, and I think you’ve nailed it on those album covers. In spite of how shallow most (not all) mainstream country music is these days the artists themselves and their dedicated fans seem to take it far too seriously as if its really significant somehow. Intelligent humor used to be a mainstay of country music with artists like Roger Miller and Bobby Bare. Now we get Brad Paisley singing cute and trite little ditties that seem thematically repetitive. Thank you for returning some quality humor to the realm of mainstream country music!

  48. Rick
    August 1, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Lynn, I was writing my previous post when you posted yours, so I didn’t mean to ignore you.

    As for Miley vs. Sugarland, I was really surprised this week when last Sunday’s “Best Buy” advertisement did not list Miley’s album at all while Sugarland’s album was featured. Maybe they were sold out of Miley! Miley’s tween and younger fan base from Hannah Montana will buy her CDs just because she’s Miley without consideration to the quality of the music. At least the Sugarland purchasers got something worth listening to….

    For moderate CD prices ebay,, and the independent sellers at are good places to comparison shop online, but watch out for the shipping prices! I’m surrounded by retailers like Best Buy, Circuit City, Target, and F.Y.E. and they often offer new releases for bargain prices the first few days of release. Only having to pay $ 7 to $ 10 for a newly released CD from a nearby outlet is always fun!

  49. Paul W Dennis
    August 2, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Don’t get wound up about any celebrity endorsements. Ultimately show business endorsements are of very little importance in swaying elections results. Most American’s live in the “real” world and quite aware that the “real” world is a place rarely visited by most high profile persons in the entertainment business.

    Barbara Streisand, Tom Selleck, Tim McGraw, John Rich and the Dixie Chicks can endorse whomever they wish, it simply won’t make any difference to the final election results. The American people are too smart for that – they will look at the candidates, consider how the candidates positions square with their own beliefs, and vote accordingly.

    Want proof ? Go back over the historical record and you’ll find that the great majority of entertainment celebrities endorse Democrats yet the actual election results are a mixed bag of Democratic and Republican victories

  50. Peter Kohan
    August 2, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    John McCain may be a winner, but he’s a “winner at a losing game.” If he wins, he might be President, but as far as running the country it’s gonna be “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”

  51. mikeky
    August 4, 2008 at 11:23 am

    just for fun, go to that kellie pickler dress page and put ALL the clothes on her. THEN you can slowly (or quickly, depending on your fantasy) remove the clothes piece by piece. it’s awesome.

    have kleenex nearby.

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