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Brody Vercher | January 6th, 2009

  1. Rick
    January 6, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Yessterday there was a blurb about the NPR Time Jumpers show over at Country Standard Time where they referred to them as a “bluegrass band”. Tsk, tsk.

    Wow, that Cledus T. Judd album will be about as welcome around my house as a flaming sack of dog poop on the front porch.

  2. Brody Vercher
    January 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

    And probably not as funny.

  3. Kelly
    January 6, 2009 at 11:49 am

    oh, Cletus T. Judd albums were supposed to be funny?? wow, I just thought they were merely masterfully performed covers with slight tweaks applied to the lyrics…

  4. Sam G.
    January 6, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Cledus T. Judd, the poor man’s Larry The Cable Guy, if such a thing were even possible.

    The blurb at the end of Judd’s interview mentions that Taylor Swift will be performing on Saturday Night Live. Either her manager secretly hates her, or he/she is deaf and can’t hear how badly she sounds when singing live.

  5. Juli
    January 6, 2009 at 11:59 am

    It is my most fervent hope that the Swift SNL appearance will lead to an Ashlee Simpson-esque lip synching/impromptu jig performance.

  6. Mike K
    January 6, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I got the chance to see the Time Jumpers at the Station Inn when I visited Nashville last year and they did not disappoint. Some of the best vocals you will hear in a great venue along with unparalleled musicianship. My favorite part of the show was when they let Ranger Doug yodel. If you aren’t around Nashville you should pick up their Time Jumpin’ CD as it is a close approximation of the shows they put on at the SI.

    One other Station Inn note: Beer is sold as either import or domestic with imports being 4 bucks and domestic being 3. However, the Shiners I bought were 4 bucks?!?!

    I guess Texas really is its own country!!

  7. Rick
    January 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Off topic: Amy Dalley has mailed off her debut “It’s Time” CD to all those who pre-ordered and I got mine yesterday. It contains a couple of Amy’s CURB label radio singles but most of the songs were not. Amy re-recorded “Men Don’t Change” but without the steel guitar it just doesn’t sound quite the same, although it is still thoroughly enjoyable. Amy tends to rock out on a couple of songs more than I care for, but her guitarist husband Jack Sizemore likes to rock so its not surprising. The live cuts make me really want to catch Amy in concert if I get the chance. I’ll admit I’m a big Amy Dalley fan and in my biased opinion it rates a 3.5 stars out of 5 on the Country Weekly scale. Thumbs Up!

  8. ryan
    January 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks for the mention! Wish you all were up here with us!

  9. Hollerin' Ben
    January 6, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Me too Ryan, It looks awesome.

    Yeah T. Swift on SNL, really unfortunate. Why would they expose her like that? It doesn’t make any sense, unless they think that she is actually rad live, which would be kind of sad, but would explain why they haven’t taken steps to make her better.

  10. Chris D.
    January 6, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I saw the Womack performance, it was good. I liked the sparse arrangements, but they seemed a little too sparse. Also CMT is releasing their unplugged special on her sometime this week…

  11. Kelly
    January 6, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Mike: That is the case many times even here in Texas! It’s so worth it though! I’ll be at the Station Inn for a gig next week, I wonder if the Shiner is just as good in ol’ Music City.

  12. Gloria
    January 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Speaking of Cletus T. Judd….What happened to his job?? He was on the morning show at WUBL out of Atlanta, but he’s gone! Does anyone know?

  13. Gloria
    January 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Oh yeah, sure glad to see Atlanta, Ga on Keith Urban’s tour list! He’s an awesome entertainer! He performed in Atlanta 2 nights last year and it was the absolute BEST concerts I’ve ever seen.

  14. Vicki
    January 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Taylor Swift is queen with pre-teens and teens. We know she can’t sing, but look at pop rock today? A lot of that is noise, so Taylor must be refreshing or perhaps their musical eardrums are so warped they actually think she’s in tune. But more, if you are a parent of a teen who likes Taylor above some of the really bad influences in pop today, they are probably thanking God every night for Taylor and they don’t mind at all that she can’t sing.

  15. northtexas
    January 6, 2009 at 6:23 pm


    I am not a Taylor fan and fortunately here in Texas I can find country stations that don’t play her music but as a grandfather, I’d much rather see teens & tweens idolize her instead of someone like Amy Winehouse!

  16. Matt B.
    January 6, 2009 at 6:24 pm


    Cledus left the station to get back to his “recording” career.

  17. Brody Vercher
    January 6, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    The article above says he was fired the week before Thanksgiving, so it sounds like he didn’t really have a choice in the matter.

  18. Vicki
    January 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    NorthTexas, So absolutely true! Here in Ky, you can’t find stations that don’t play Taylor. I know the most popular one has one DJ who is a Mom and talks about Taylor and how much her daughter just loves her. It’s usually on my way to work, and I flip to the other station.

  19. Stormy
    January 6, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Northtexas: We are having this discussion on another board too:

    If you have girls idolize someone who is a talentless cypher instead of someone who is talented, but flawed, aren’t you just teaching them that thoughtless conformity is more important than developing a skill or talent?

  20. Lori
    January 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Forgive the interjection, cause I read this blog, but have posted only once, but is not responsible behavior a draw? No, I am not particularly enamored of Taylor Swift’s vocal abilities, nor in general her music, but she seems to be a terrific kid and a good role model for her age group. Well, for that matter ,if she is as integral as she appears, for any age group. I remember the first time I heard Amy Winehouse. I was blown away by her voice. But, I would not for the world want my nieces hangin’ with her or emulating her. She is tragic to understate it. Taylor Swift on the other hand…… Young ones listen to the radio and buy, buy, buy. Me? I am grateful for ITunes. And, if I don’t like what I hear on the radio, I stick my IPod in.
    Talentless cypher? Does she not write her own stuff? I know ya’ll bemoan the constant radio play. But, truth to tell, this blog is an example of another way of getting recognized. I am new to this genre (used to listen only to political talk and sports talk radio-I do not watch commercial television as a rule-mostly football-Git er dun Ravens!- and college basketball and movies). Started to get interested after having to watch Can You Duet. Then started checking out some of the music blogs. This is the best one I have found. I check out the postings here regularly. In fact, have listened to and purchased various tunes due to some of the reviews I have read here. For instance, I have Aston Shepherd’s compilation on my IPOD and cannot get over how interesting her voice is. Her phrasing is choice. Thank you.
    Taylor Swift does not get a lot of play on the radio station that I listen to. But, I have to admit, it will be interesting to see what she does as she matures.

  21. Lori
    January 6, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Sorry, Ashton Shepherd.

  22. Jessica
    January 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Speaking of Saturday night…you can watch Dierks Bentley on the Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV. Unfortunately on Monday they are taping two shows…one with John Rich and the other with Gretchen Wilson. Those two shows will be on tv in February.

  23. northtexas
    January 6, 2009 at 11:44 pm


    It’s very difficult for me to be a devil’s advocate for Taylor Swift but why not substitute Britney Spears for Amy Winehouse then your talented, but flawed argument changes to just plain flawed. And since I don’t believe that Swift is talentless (can write, can’t sing), we end up with cypher vs flawed. By the way, a cypher in this context is either a “a quantity of no importance” or “a person of no influence”…I don’t see where either applies to TS.

  24. Gloria
    January 7, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Thanks guys for the answer!! Guess I should have read the whole article. Not surprised he was fired! He was not that good of a DJ…IMO. He is funny at times, but not a whole morning show worth!

  25. Kelly
    January 7, 2009 at 8:54 am


    I see what you are saying, but we need to be careful of what we consider “flawed”, as there are certainly many levels of how “flawed” one can be. I am still a relatively new parent. I love sports, and was personally really bummed when all the bad news on Roger Clemens came out (I idolized him growing up). I almost fear the day that I have to explain to my son why its not such a great idea to “look up” to sports and music figures when someone he likes screws up in the public eye. I dont really want my son idolizing someone simply for “talent”, especially if they are trainwrecks in the areas outside of their realm of expertise. Even I would feel much better about them looking up to Swift, as it is safe (or so it seems). Remember, with kids, talent and taste are different than with adults. I cant believe I used to rock out to Milli Vanilli, but you couldnt tell me that they werent truly talented when I was in the 8th grade. It may be a bit unrealistic for you to suggest that kids should put more emphasis on “talent” rather than whats “cool”, or “safe”…

  26. Leeann Ward
    January 7, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Yeah, the article seemed to say that he was fired from the station.

  27. Katie
    January 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I think Keith is trying to jump on the Kenny Chesney band wagon, and get the ETOY awards Kenny has.

  28. Margie
    January 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Katie…I don’t think Keith wants Kenny’s EOTY awards. He wants his own and already has one. But hey, that’s what it’s all about..don’t you think? Keith isn’t the only artist on that bandwagon that you say is Kenny’s. Everybody wants recognition for their hard work. You may not think so, but Keith is a very talented artist and deserves to be awarded his efforts. Keith and Kenny are 2 different kinds of artist. I believe if Keith had been a good ole boy from Tennessee and not from Australia, he would have had far more recognition than he has had. Keith has way more talents than Kenny could only hope to have…in my opinion. Kenny is the party harty host and Keith is all about the music. Oh yeah, only one of those artist will be with Keith at each concert. Kenny brings all of Music Row with him for one show…that’s why he fills stadiums.

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