Kenny Chesney Debuts Video On MySpace

Brody Vercher | May 1st, 2009

  1. Kelly
    May 1, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Glad to see that Hickory Wind is giving Fauss some love. He may be from Texas, but people from all around need to give him a listen…

  2. Kelly
    May 1, 2009 at 10:16 am

    …also glad to see that the Phosphorescent/Willie disc is still getting talked about, cuz it will be in my top few at the end of the year, for sure…

  3. Brody Vercher
    May 1, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I hereby set forth a motion to exclude Kelly’s picks from The 9513 year-end list…

  4. Jon
    May 1, 2009 at 11:25 am

    As usual, Chet’s right on; key graf: “Country music is about a lot more than mainstream country radio. Look at all the varieties of country presented on the different stages at the Stagecoach festival in California: alt-county, Western swing, cowpunk, bluegrass, country rock and cowboy storytelling.” As Eddie Stubbs would say, any questions?

    Also as usual, a fine playlist from Craig Shelburne; as I mentioned a couple of days ago, the entire NewFound Road album is very strong, and so is Jeremy Garrett’s.

    Speaking of Jeremy, I went down to the Belcourt last night for the Infamous Stringdusters show, which was outstanding, and attracted an unusually high number of fellow musicians, who don’t usually go out much. Ran into Casey Driessen, out with his wife and brand new baby; Bryn Davies (currently a member of Darrell Scott’s bluegrass band); Cody Kilby (the unnamed lead guitarist with Kentucky Thunder mentioned in Ben’s Stagecoach piece); Jennifer Strickland (Alecia Nugent Band and writer of the most excellent “I Can Go Back Anytime” that’s currently topping Bluegrass Unlimited’s chart); hot singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind, who’s married to the ‘dusters’ bass player, Travis Book; Tyler Grant (Drew Emmitt Band, and recent winner of the Merlefest guitar competition) and too many more to remember. I’m hoping that maybe Pierce or some other 9513 Nashvillain was there for review purposes.

    And sorry, Razor X, but I thought the My Kind of Country piece on Whitley was inaccurate, myopic and lacking in insight; you coulda done better, dude.

  5. Kelly
    May 1, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Brody – Why the hatin’? You didnt like the “To Willie” album? Come on, dont be such a predictable Texan :-)

  6. Sam G
    May 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Jon: Look at all the varieties of country presented on the different stages at the Stagecoach festival in California: alt-county, Western swing, cowpunk, bluegrass, country rock and cowboy storytelling.” As Eddie Stubbs would say, any questions?

    Why is it that I’ve got to hunt and research and generally go out of my way to hear any of those genres? Why does the Nashville country establishment and Clear Channel country stations want to pretend that these genres don’t exist? Why does underground music have to be so damned underground when I can turn on my local country radio station and hear Rascal Flatts played a dozen times a day? Would the country music industry fall apart completely if radio stations threw in a little Dale Watson or the Legendary Shack*Shakers into their playlists?

    Honestly, I wouldn’t be so down on country music if it truly embraced its diversity.

  7. Lioness
    May 1, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Kenny looked like he is playing for his grandkids in his new video! Man, he looks old compared to the young people in this video! Chesney’s also underdressed compared to the others. Not so hot of a video or song…IMO!

  8. Kelly
    May 1, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    SamG – Imagine how deep people had to dig before the internet? We arent having to dig that deep when you can basically go down any decent blog’s blogroll and be introduced to a diverse group of excellent albums/artists on a daily basis.

    Who cares whats being played on the radio, when there are so many other ways to actually listen to the exact music you want to, thanks to the internet?

  9. Guy
    May 1, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Chesneyism: A disorder afflicting otherwise healthy people which perverts their judgement and taste until they like the music of Kenny Chesney; thereby believing he is actually talented and a “star”.

    Aggressive treatment for the disorder is indicated: including forcing the victims to listen to hours of recordings by quality male country singers; then having them compare those recordings to that of Kenny Chesney.

    Some respond to treatment, but the current success rate of agressive treatment is only about 25 percent. Sadly, the disorder is too advanced in many patients; and they continue to live with the mild dementia.

    “My friend Mario is a victim of Chesneyism. When a Kenny Chesney song plays, he gets all pumped up and wants to open a Bud Light. He’s hearing things that are not there … ”

  10. Karlie
    May 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I failed to heed your warning, Brody, and now I know what it would be like if Kenny were to guest star on The Hills.

  11. Brody Vercher
    May 1, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Kelly – No hate man, I’m just giving you a hard time.

  12. Rick
    May 1, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    What are they going to title that Bryan Adams / Jason Aldean episode of Crossroads, “Clone Wars”?

    Now I really wish I would have won a copy of Dale Watson’s new album! Hey PaulaW, do you want to trade some music? (lol)

    The country music genre choke point is mainstream country radio. Very few people percentage wise have satellite radio to listen to stations like XM-14 “Willie’s Place”, and cars aren’t yet equipped to get music off the internet via wireless feeds. Listening to terrestial radio while in vehicles and everywhere else is still convenient and free, so its the dominant country music distribution network. Anyone who wants to discover any music from artists and styles not featured on Top 40 stations will have to find them through word of mouth, blogs, MySpace sites, etc. I truly appreciate what all you blog operators that participate here do! Well, except for Kelly as he has such poor taste in country music…. (blame Brody for getting me in a “let’s bag on Kelly” mood…)

  13. Mike Wimmer
    May 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    The funniest thing about the Kenny Chesney video is you know he actually thinks those people are his audience. That a ton of good looking, party hardy, beautiful young people are eating up his music and not 40 year old ex-fratboys clamoring for their youth and soccer moms.

  14. stormy
    May 1, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Reba McEntire on her new album: “I think that my song selections are a little more hip,” she says. “I know they’re more uptempo. They’re funky, they’re sassy, they’ve got attitude.”

    Reba is secretly auditioning to play Norma Desmond on Broadway isn’t she?

  15. Brady Vercher
    May 1, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Chet Flippo’s article is incredibly lame and has way too many holes. I assumed the piece he’s referencing was in the print edition of Newsweek, but the article online says it’s a “Web Exclusive” (“Murder on Music Row“). Some of the key passages that Flippo quoted are slightly different than what appears in that article, so someone is doing some doctoring. And why did he choose to castigate the writer of the article again, after he already did it three weeks ago?

  16. Deb
    May 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks Guy, now I know whats wrong with me.

  17. Jim C.
    May 2, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I was gonna write something similar to what Brady wrote. at this point I think Flippo’s so entrenched in all things Nashville he can’t see out of his butt AND he’s repeating himself. While there have been many times in the past where what Nashville calls country music has threatened to jump the shark, as of now, it REALLY HAS. What does it say about the genre if all you have to point to as upholding what’s good about today’s music is Jamie Johnson? (and I’m not saying anything bad about JJ) I understand about subject matter of songs reflecting the times, but jeez the songs are insipid. you want to defend that go ahead, but don’t cry when someone points it out.

    I recently had my first and so far only exposure to Carrie Underwood via a video for a bombastic piece of, uh, a song that was right of the Celine Dion playbook. I kind of understood why it was popular, but no matter how much pedal steel you put on a piece of American Idol crap, it’s still crap. I can’t believe I’m saying this but at least Garth had roots that reflected country music’s past. Taylor Swift’s roots are apparently Def Leppard. How’s that country again?

    yeah, yeah, radio is the problem and the good stuff gets limited, if any, exposure. People like me have been fighting this fight for a loooong time and losing. I don’t cry about it, I just listen to what I like and try to give some exposure (in my own way) to things that I think are worthy. Thankfully there are places like this website to point out what’s happening, so I can make up my own mind on things. It’s unfortunate that Flippo’s stance is “shut up, it is TOO country music and I’ve got the soapbox to brag about it.” if he’s willing to have an honest debate about it, let’s have one. Just don’t tell us that someone pointing out that today’s country music sucks doesn’t know what what they’re talking about and defend it with a lot of blather.


  18. Razor X
    May 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    And why did he choose to castigate the writer of the article again, after he already did it three weeks ago?

    I was wondering the same thing.

  19. Jon
    May 5, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Sheesh. Chet devoted about 2 paragraphs to the original web version of the Newsweek piece in a column mostly devoted to something else, and then came back to it after a more condensed (and therefore even stupider) version ran in the print edition. And saying his piece is full of holes ain’t the same as showing that it is. Where’s the beef, Brady?

    Oh, and I like the way my old buddy Jim C. says he doesn’t cry about the fact that people who know something about country music and its history don’t see it the way he does in the middle of several grafs of crying about it. Jim, you’ve been saying that country music has REALLY jumped the shark at least as long as I’ve been reading your comments, now going on what, about 14 years?

  20. Brady Vercher
    May 5, 2009 at 9:58 am

    So he did choose to write in regards to a print version. That’s all well and good, but he had access to the web version and didn’t even mention it, which presents problems with his argument.

    It offered no insight and the rebuttals he did offer were pretty lame and didn’t even make a counter-point.

    Like Jim C. mentioned, Flippo can only offer up Jamey Johnson as someone making “genuine, baptized-in-the-blood” country music, but goes a little far when he says Johnson is coming close to living his music the way George Jones did. Johnson has released more music than That Lonesome Song and it was much less autobiographical and not nearly as good. Even then, Johnson has said the particulars of “High Cost of Living” aren’t true.

    The Newsweek article was narrow in its scope, but so to is what’s presented as country by radio and the multiple awards shows, but where they embrace the pop/rock leanings of the mainstream, the Newsweek author rejects them. They’re pretty much two sides of the same coin, so to rip one, you have to admit the failings of the other.

    It’s fairly obvious that the author is aware Rodney Atkins’ hit doesn’t represent the entirety of country music and that he’s misdirected his ire at the genre rather than the commercial entities (radio, major labels, big media, awards shows) that only present mainstream fluff as the sole definition of country music. But even then, he’s making the same judgment of country music as millions of people who purchase the music they discover through these outlets. Without a doubt, mainstream country is being pushed as the definition of country and the subsets that Flippo listed aren’t represented.

    And he goes on to say “perception truly becomes reality.” Give me a break. Ask the majority of the people buying Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts records about alt-county, Western swing, bluegrass, country rock, and cowboy songs and you’re likely to get blank stares.

    It’s disingenuous to claim that country music encompasses more than what radio plays and then offer up the argument that the other subsets got a little tent at a music festival.

    Then Flippo brings Southerner’s into the argument out of left field. It’s like he’s just making stuff up to rail against.

    His argument then boils down to “it’s Newsweek for crying out loud.” The author of that article mentioned the Bristol sessions, Ray Charles, the Urban Cowboy era, Outlaw music, the folk scare, bluegrass and Garth Brooks and all Flippo can say is that they lack perspective and country music grounding. Just because he says it doesn’t make it so.

    Today’s country, writes Newsweek, is a ‘strange, alien country-awards show that honors bubblegum pop stars like Taylor Swift, most of whose songs aren’t really country, even using the stretchiest definition.’

    Despite Flippo misrepresenting what was actually said in the web version with the prepended phrase, he doesn’t offer up a counterpoint, he just goes on to say that he appreciates Swift’s songwriting skills and career smarts and her audience appeal, but doesn’t say a single word about whether or not her music is country. Nice rebuttal. All the same things were probably said about Eminem at some point in time, but does that make him country?

    And as the author concedes that the spit and polish in contemporary country music isn’t the end of the world, he ends the piece with this sentence about George Jones, “In the so-called good old days, he might not have shown up at all.” I dunno if the “so-called” phrase wound up in the print version, but that line comes off as pretty facetious to me and not saying that a drunken George Jones is what country music should be all about.

    But if Flippo wants to call that a cliche, the cyclical argument is getting pretty cliche these days as well and doesn’t hold much water as country moves further and further from it’s roots with no hints of returning. Perhaps Flippo is the one that needs to try a little harder next time.

    But don’t take my word for any of this, I’m just a blogger and can’t compare to the experts.

  21. Jon
    May 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I don’t see why writing about the version that appeared in print – and almost certainly has been much more widely read than the web version – is a problem, Brady. And that piece didn’t show much more of a grasp of country music history than the condensed version; for instance, Tuttle’s dead wrong with respect to the folk revival and bluegrass, and that’s just a fact.

    And honestly, that seems to be the bulk of your complaint here – namely, that Flippo addressed one version of the piece and not the other, more obscure one. Which, no matter how you slice it, is not a “hole.”

    Neither is it a “hole” that Flippo doesn’t bother to address the pseudo-question of whether Taylor Swift “is country.” After all, Tuttle basically admits that it’s a pseudo-question in his piece, when he writes about the change he sees in country music and says, something about whether they’re good or bad depends on your point of view, but they’re bad. If ever there were a “don’t bother me with the facts, I’m going with my feelings” proposition, there it is. If you don’t think Swift’s a country artist, that’s your problem, not hers, and not country music’s. Why play at being King Canute?

    And as for whether Flippo’s central point is a cliche, who cares? This isn’t a creative piece, it’s a polemic, and what counts is whether his point is legitimate and based on country music history. Which, from what I know, it is. And arguing that country as a whole is “moving further from its roots” is lacking in several respects; first, and probably most importantly, it’s based on an incomplete grasp of how broad those roots are in the first place, and secondly, it doesn’t in and of itself explain why this period of pop influence should be any different from any past one. Indeed, I think Chet’s point is, at least in part in every one of these periods, those who lack a strong, historically based perspective are vulnerable to thinking along the lines Jim C. expresses – “no, no, this time it’s really different” (though as I pointed out, Jim’s been saying that for years) – and wind up being surprised by neo-traditional “corrections,” so to speak, where they’re even able to see them at all.

    Perspective is everything here, and Chet’s got it.

  22. Brady Vercher
    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    A problem Flippo had with Tuttle’s article is that he purposefully narrowed the scope of contemporary country music in order to make his point, but Flippo did the same thing by choosing to ignore the web version. There’s not a problem with that?

    I did take issue with that, but it wasn’t the bulk of my argument. Anyhow, I wasn’t planning on convincing you of anything. The argument is there for anyone to read and make up their own mind.

  23. Jon
    May 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    “A problem Flippo had with Tuttle’s article is that he purposefully narrowed the scope of contemporary country music in order to make his point, but Flippo did the same thing by choosing to ignore the web version.”

    Same thing? Boy, that seems a stretch to me. Tuttle narrowed the scope of country music present *and* past; Chet addressed a piece that appeared under Tuttle’s name in a major publication. That another version appeared in a less widely viewed venue is – especially since the essence is the same – ultimately a trivia item, not a matter of substance. From my perspective, the biggest difference is that the Cordle shout-out got dropped in the translation ;-).

  24. Jim C.
    May 6, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Oh great Weisberger’s here. Well, see ya ’round the ranch, I’m outta here. I need his nitpicking obnoxiousness like I need a fork in my eye.

  25. Kelly
    May 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Jim C – I knew one day, I would be able to say these words…I love you.

  26. Chris N.
    May 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I’d like to nominate this for the 9513’s coveted Most Pointless Argument Ever prize.

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