Larry Gatlin Debuts ‘Johnny Cash’ Video; New Releases List; Charlie Robison Winners

Brody Vercher | June 23rd, 2009

  1. Paula_W
    June 23, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Johnny Cash Is Dead And His House Burned Down – WOW! That’s the best song I’ve heard in LONG LONG time! Love it! I’ve always loved the Gatlin’s but this goes over the bar. Excuse me while I go play this a few hundred more times.

  2. Paula_W
    June 23, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I’m excited about new music by Lane Turner too!

  3. Jammin' Jamey
    June 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I’ve always been a fan of the Gatlin Brothers. Great song and killer video. Go further and listen to the story behind the song, that interview is pretty cool…

  4. Kelly
    June 23, 2009 at 11:50 am

    The song isnt bad, but should Gatlin sing about wanting more “fiddle and steel guitar” if that isnt a part of his own band or this song in particular?

  5. Leeann Ward
    June 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    The song is catchy enough, but Kelly makes a good point. Plus, that crazy reverb is more than I can stand, not to mention that the lyrics are goofy, which I can actually forgive.

    Stormy and Launibug, it was nice of you to allow others to win this time around.:)

  6. Andrew Lacy
    June 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I love the Johnny Cash song. I actually think the song works better without fiddles and steel guitars, mainly because they used the tune from “Big River” which contains neither. Too bad radio won’t play it.

  7. Kelly
    June 23, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    This might make me a hypocrite, since I do like to argue about how much of todays modern acts suck, but I am not a big fan of hearing it in song for some reason, especially from an act who hasnt been commercially viable for quite some time. It rings a tad hollow and has the scent of some fairly sour grapes.

  8. Leeann Ward
    June 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I also think the song works without fiddle or steel guitar too (it borrowed Johnny’s signature style), but the line about those being missing seemed random, especially since Johnny wasn’t exactly immersed in those instruments either.

  9. CMW
    June 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I agree with both of Kelly’s comments. The song is okay, but not great by any means. Gatlin seems like the wrong guy to be delivering the message. The whole thing (including the Cash sound, retro video, site launch months ahead of time without an artist name attached) just seems far too gimmicky to me.

    Also, the house burned down in 2007, making this feel like a bit of a dated reference in 2009. It’s a definite latecomer to the Cash-fest.

  10. Stormy
    June 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    You guys don’t love me anymore, do you?

  11. Stormy
    June 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Before she did “The Captain,” Chambers talked about buying a cool, oversized ring a few days earlier. “Shane looked at it and said ‘What were you thinking? You can’t play guitar with that?’” she said, flashing the ring at the audience. Then, looking back to see that Nicholson was out the back door, Chambers pulled off the gaudy piece of jewelry. “I can take it off now, without him saying ‘I told you so,’” said Chambers. “All the songs we’ve played so far have been at about half the normal tempo.”

    Kasey did the exact same joke in the second show.

  12. Leeann Ward
    June 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Interestingly, I’m not wild about the house burning reference in either this song or the one by George Strait and Patty Loveless. Instead of thinking that it’s late to the party, I kind of think they’re both premature. They both seem like they’re reaching for people’s love of Johnny Cash rather than really making a poignant song or statement. I would have preferred to hear song referencing the Cash house burning in like twenty years or something; it wouldn’t seem so opportunistic to me then, I guess.

  13. Brody Vercher
    June 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    “Johnny Cash Is Dead And Country Music Sucks” isn’t as catchy.

  14. Leeann Ward
    June 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    What do you mean, Brody? I think that’d be an awesome title!:)

  15. Brady Vercher
    June 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Also, the house burned down in 2007, making this feel like a bit of a dated reference in 2009. It’s a definite latecomer to the Cash-fest..”

    You’re lucky to have forgotten about Johnny Cash Remixed so soon.

  16. Matt B.
    June 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Williams Riley’s album was released today.

    Amazon or eMusic

  17. Stormy
    June 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    At this point another Johnny Cash song just feels like the message is really
    Buy this albums, because: Johnny Cash.

  18. Lanibug
    June 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Leeann, I am not feeling the love today, but then again, I dont think I entered this one….because after winning two CD’s here last week, I also won a contest for an audiobook on another website…it must have been my week!

  19. Sam G
    June 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Well, I don’t think this song will make the Gatlins’ relevant again, but it’s leagues better than the Oak Ridge Boys covering the White Stripes.

  20. Drew
    June 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I’d love to see Chambers make a recording of “You Don’t Know Me” on her next album.

  21. Chris N.
    June 23, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I could do with fewer songs bitching about the state of country music. That’s what comment threads and message boards are for.

  22. Rick
    June 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Drew, I’d like to hear Kasey cover Leslie Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” and dedicate it to Nashville! (lol)

    It’s great to see Lane Turner releasing some new songs that fans can actually purchase! I’m not a big fan of downloading, but in this case Lane is giving me no choice and forcing my hand! Curses! (lol)

    I really like the Gatlin Brothers song and using Big River as the instrumental part of the song works out great. Larry Gatlin has a vocal style (ie vibrato) that often puts me off, but when he sings it straight on this song it really works. Since they mention so many departed great country artists, the reference to more “fiddle and steel” just refers to the current state of mainstream country music. I’d make the same suggestion about much of that Red Dirt stuff coming out of Texas these days…

    “Red Light Love” huh? Are these little tarts referring to a whorehouse or what? I think Those Darlins should change their name to something like “Those Strumpets”, or “Thosen Brazen Hussies”, or….

  23. Vicki
    June 23, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I like the video….the music is similar to the sound of Cash’s almost like a commercial in a way. Something about it just doesn’t ring true or sincere. Kind of tongue in cheek.

  24. Leeann Ward
    June 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Rick, I’m not a fan of Larry’s vibrato either. I just don’t like it on men especially.

  25. Jon
    June 24, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Anyone reading through that Nathan Rabin series and taking it seriously will wind up knowing less about country music when they’re done than when they started. Bless his heart, he means well, I’m sure, but…

  26. Jim C.
    June 24, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Bless his heart=he’s an idiot.

    June 24, 2009 at 9:58 am

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  28. agent713
    June 24, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Cool I haven’t won in a long time! Thanks :)

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