Kix Brooks Bucks Trend and Loses the ‘Stache; Alan Jackson Celebrates 34 Number Ones with New Release

Brody Vercher | November 23rd, 2010

  1. Jason
    November 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I dont know whats funnier about that Adam Gold piece: His snarky comments, or the commenters’ snarkier comment….

  2. Jon
    November 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Whether it was their idea or Gold’s, the mystery there is why American Songwriter would publish something so utterly pointless.

  3. stormy
    November 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Kix Brooks sans ‘stache.


  4. the pistolero
    November 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    the mystery there is why American Songwriter would publish something so utterly pointless.

    But…but…he’s an Authorized Critic! His writing something pointless about a piece of music is unpossible!

  5. Barry Mazor
    November 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Mr. Pistolero, NOBODY’s ever suggested that all editor-approved published critics are good, or that everything published even by better ones is. Nobody.

  6. Cutting the Treacle
    November 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Stormy: “NOOOOOO! WHY GOD WHY!!!”

    me: agreed. growing a moustache can make you look like a child molester. the reverse appears to be the case here.

  7. Karlie
    November 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Looks like American Songwriter took the Alan Jackson article down? Can’t find it through the link or by searching.

  8. Leeann Ward
    November 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    It was a poor excuse for an article. I’m glad it’s gone. Not only was it randomly insulting, but the things that he tried to pass off as facts weren’t even correct.

  9. Razor X
    November 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Yes, it was a poor excuse for an article. He obviously doesn’t like country music and I don’t think his comments were anywhere near witty enough to qualify as “snarky.”

  10. Rick
    November 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature the always beguiling Elizabeth Cook (who should sing “El Camino” but probably won’t), James Otto, Eric Church (hopefully acoustic), and Dailey & Vincent (and sadly the Opry Legends per usual). Grade: B+

    As for important things happening today, all I can say is “GO Bristol”! (lol)

  11. Leeann Ward
    November 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    When I think about it, the article shouldn’t have been taken down. Gold should be accountable to his readership for what has already been read and commented on. It just shouldn’t have been published in the first place.

  12. Jon
    November 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    He obviously doesn’t like country music

    No, he obviously doesn’t like Alan Jackson, which is not the same thing.

  13. Noeller
    November 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    @Jon — it is to me.

  14. Jon
    November 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Well, I’m sorry, but that’s just silly; country music is way too big to let a taste for any single artist to be a litmus test for liking the genre.

  15. Rick
    November 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Jon W. said: “Well, I’m sorry, but that’s just silly; country music is way too big to let a taste for any single artist to be a litmus test for liking the genre.” You best ought not be talkin’ trash like that Jon. Them thar is fightin’ words! (lol)

    I wish The Secret Sisters would have instead been discovered by someone that actually knew how to produce a great sounding album! At least Jack White was only able to totally botch up the two songs on the sisters’ single, the album in comparison sounds just plain flat like the west Texas plains and about as lifeless as an armadillo after being squashed by a semi truck full of Lone Star beer…

  16. luckyoldsun
    November 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I wish I had a chance to read the article.

    I always liked Alan Jackson a lot, through his first four or five albums or so. I think “Here In the Real World,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” “Chatahoochie” etc. were fabulous.

    His more recent material tends to be banal. In the 2000’s, he’s told us that he’s a country boy; he doesn’t know Iraq from Iran; his father was a small-town southern man who seems to have completely missed all the social upheaval that the occurred there during his prime years; he likes to eat meat and potatoes and bologna, all he remembers from the ’70s are “Rocky” movies and “The Six Million Dollar Man,” and his interests are limited to buying 1960’s cars on the Internet. I’m not suggesting that every artist has to be Merle Haggard or Kris Kristofferson, but a lot of Jackson’s recent material is stupefying. I haven’t heard “Freight Train”–It’s the first studio CD of his that I have not bought. I suppose when I see it on-line for less than $3 I might order it, just to give it a listen.

  17. Rick
    November 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I’d say keep your money Sun. Most of the album varies between banal, stupefying, or just plain forgettable. It even sounds thin and cheesy, as if it were recorded on a low buck digital recorder from years ago. Alan should actually quit while he’s still ahead, or take a nice long break to recharge his creative batteries.

    Either way pretty soon Top 40 airhead country radio will quit playing his new singles entirely. He will always be able to draw decent sized audiences to his live shows whether he’s on the radio or not. Its time he followed the Jimmy Buffet marketing process and nicknamed his long time fans “Redneck Heads”! (lol)

  18. Razor X
    November 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I haven’t heard “Freight Train”–It’s the first studio CD of his that I have not bought.

    You picked the wrong time to stop buying his albums. Freight Train is one of his stronger albums of recent years.

  19. Leeann Ward
    November 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Freight Train is very good.

  20. Noeller
    November 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I’ll add another thumbs up for Freight Train — anytime you’ve got a Fred Eaglesmith cover, I’m in. It’s one of AJs best efforts in years, front to back.

  21. Steve Harvey
    November 23, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    It’s better than GOOD TIME. It’s not that much better.


  22. Mayor JoBob
    November 24, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Kix without a stache…Oh mai gawd. He looks great! A little too much like Rodney Atkins with the hat though but it does make him look younger.

    If you’ve ever seen the original cover of his debut album he looks just like Borat!

  23. Stephen H.
    November 24, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Jobob, I also was thinking Rodney Atkins when I watched the video … looks like what Rodney will look like in 20 years.

    Reminded me of my freshman year of college, when one of my friends invited us all over just so we could watch him shave off his “trademark” mustache. Sort of a “why am I watching this?” moment, sort of a “this is actually sort of interesting.”

  24. WAYNOE
    November 24, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Seems like Brooks makes news for everything but singing. He sure needs to do something to make up for what he lacks. Dunn will continue to sing as that is what he’s always done. Served him well. His back is in better shape now as this time when he sings he wil not have anyone hanging on his coat tails.

  25. Jay
    November 24, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Random as hell but I own the same exact hat that Kix is wearing the the video. Kick Ass!!!!

  26. Lewis
    November 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Waynoe: I don’t think that Ronnie or Kix’s solo careers will take off on account that they probably won’t get much radio airplay if and when it happens. Ronnie will be 58 and Kix will be 56 when their albums do come out so that’s another factor against them unlike George Strait or Reba McEntire who are still having success at their ages. More of a curiosity factor than anything right now. Randy Owen couldn’t handle a solo career because his album produced two singles that failed on the charts so he went back to the group Alabama (which I guess puts Wade Hayes and Megan Mullins out of jobs because they were in Randy Owen’s band).

    Don’t worry I expect them to come back in a few years like The Judds and Alabama. Give it time though.

  27. Jenna Vercher
    November 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Love that Bo Porter song! Hope Trace stumbles across it some day!

  28. WAYNOE
    November 27, 2010 at 8:12 pm


    You make some great points in your post.

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