Legends & Lyrics Celebrates Creators of Song

Brody Vercher | February 19th, 2009

  1. Pierce
    February 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Have no fear if you can’t make Yoakam’s Legends and Lyrics show… The 9513 will be there.

  2. Michael
    February 19, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Hah! Dolly Parton after being asked if she will star on stage in the Broadway version of 9 to 5 (which she wrote all of the music and lyrics for): “Nobody asked me to perform. I said it’s still called 9 to 5 not Ninety-five.”

    She’s always had such a great sense of humor and is never afraid to laugh at herself. I’m making my first trip to NYC this spring and I hope I get to see it.

    I’m kind of over the song “Stay.” It was good but, in my opinion, isn’t the greatest song of the past year.

  3. idlewildsouth
    February 19, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    And to think, I was pissed because I get off of work thirty minutes after taping for the Guy Clark shows starts. While it isnt Guy Clark, ill take Dwight Yoakam monday as a consilation!

  4. Kim
    February 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Ha ha, love your Rascal Flatts comment :)

  5. idlewildsouth
    February 19, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Yea…def didnt catch the Rascall Flatts comment first time around…very nice!

  6. J.R. Journey
    February 19, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Wow. Those mustache pictures were scary. Dierks Bentley looks like a child molester and Kenny Chesney looks like he came out of a Cheech and Chong movie.

  7. Kelly
    February 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Anyone else notice the typo on the post about the “Legends & Lyrics” show? It says that Darryl Worley is involved with the same program that will feature Shaver, Yoakam and Guy Clark…that cant be right…right?

  8. Kelly
    February 19, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    …oh yeah, I also will suggest that MSG is STILL waiting for a Country act to sell it out….

  9. Sam G.
    February 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    “Anyone else notice the typo on the post about the “Legends & Lyrics” show? It says that Darryl Worley is involved with the same program that will feature Shaver, Yoakam and Guy Clark…that cant be right…right?”

    I’m sure there are people who’d put “Have You Forgotten?” up there with “Desperados Waiting For A Train” and “Georgia On A Fast Train.” And if we can get them all in one place, we can capture them, fire them off in a rocket into deep space and get them out of the breeding population.

  10. nm
    February 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I dunno, politics aside, “Awful Beautiful Life” is one of the catchiest earworms ever. If it makes you feel better, think of Worley as being on the same program that will feature Mann & Weill and Lamont Dozier; there’s an art in being able to create something that gorgeously hooky.

  11. Jon
    February 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I wouldn’t cite “Awful Beautiful Life” as a prime example of Worley’s songwriting; there’s a lot more Harley in there than Darryl. That said, he’s got a pretty good catalog and I’ll bet he’ll do a fine job.

  12. nm
    February 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Yeah, well, it’s questions like “who wrote which part of ‘Awful Beautiful Life’?” that, by extension, make it make sense to have Mann & Weill show up together, you know.

  13. J.R. Journey
    February 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Regarding Darryl Worley, I had high hopes for him after ‘When You Need My Love’, ‘Second Wind’, and ‘I Miss My Friend’. He was all downhill after that in my opinion.

  14. Helen
    February 19, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Im so excited that I won the Willie & The Wheel CD! Thanks!

  15. Michael
    February 19, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Yes, J.R. I definitely agree with you re: Darryl Worley. I liked the singles from his first album (When You Need My Love, A Good Day to Run, Second Wind) but everything after that was sooooo boring and oh, how I wish I could forget “Have You Forgotten?”

    Didn’t catch the Rascal Flatts comment the first time around either. Very cute. :)

  16. Occasional Hope
    February 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I was re-converted to Darryl Worley by ‘I Just Came Back From A War’.

  17. Jon
    February 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    “Yeah, well, it’s questions like “who wrote which part of ‘Awful Beautiful Life’?” that, by extension, make it make sense to have Mann & Weill show up together, you know.”

    Harley Allen and Darryl Worley have written together a couple of times at most, which I think is different from Mann & Weill. Harley’s written a lot with other people, and written a lot by himself, too, which might be other differences (dunno enough about Mann & Weill to say for sure; I’m a country guy). As with many writers, when you look at that catalog, or even a substantial part of it, certain kinds of musical moves emerge as go-tos, so to speak, and there are a couple of constructions that Harley regularly uses that are fundamental to “Awful Beautiful Life.” I’m not dissing Worley – like I already suggested, I think he can hold his own in any songwriter circle – but I would bet money that his contributions to this particular song were mostly in the theme and image departments. That doesn’t make it any less his, but it might make it less emblematic of his songwriting, and that’s all I was trying to say.

    On the cute Rascal Flatts dig, anyone want to define “selling out?” Because according to my understanding of what the term means, I’m having a hard time seeing it.

  18. Stewman
    February 19, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Mann & Weill wrote the most played song ever, You Lost That Lovin Feelin”. Not sure if “Nothin but a love thang” stacks up

  19. Brady Vercher
    February 19, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Dude, they totally sold out country music for booobbbb that heeaaaddd! I guess if you wanna get technical though, you gotta have standards before you can sell out.

  20. Rick
    February 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Darn. Looks like I might have to pay for a copy of Willie and the Wheel after all dag nabit.

    I think Lady Antebellum singing “Achy Breaky Heart” is the most “country” thing they’ve ever performed live! I’m not sure I consider that a step in the right direction though. Hmmm..

    I would have much rather seen the facial hair on current female country stars. A few blackened teeth would have worked as well.

    I like the description of the Bob Wills’ “Tiffany Transcriptions” from Paste. I do agree that Bob Wills sonic utterances and comments during songs are very annoying. I wonder if a computer filter could remove them? Hmmm.

  21. Razor X
    February 19, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Not only did they sell out country music with “Bob That Head”, they sold out music in general and forever sacrificed any (admittedly long shot) claims they may have had to artistry.

  22. Noah Eaton
    February 19, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Rascal Flatts lost me after “Skin (Sarabeth)”, which also so happened to be the last single they released before Dann Huff took over the producer’s chair.

    There’s no excusing the trio from releasing blatantly interchangeable, mawkish material since then in any case. But my point is, it seems almost everything Huff touches seems to get infected with that vapid, adult contemporary dishwasher. It’s not to say everything he produces is bad. I happen to think Huff has made Keith Urban sound better than ever, with his last album his best. Generally, however, it seems where you hear something that is particularly adult contemporary-leaning on Country radio these days………Huff’s fingerprints are all over it.

  23. Jon
    February 20, 2009 at 8:55 am

    So “selling out” means nothing more than doing music you don’t like? That doesn’t make any more sense than talk about “selling out country music.”

    What I always understood “selling out” to mean is doing something that you don’t believe in, in order to make money. Isn’t that right? And if so, then where’s the evidence that Rascal Flatts are doing anything musically that they wouldn’t otherwise want to be doing if it weren’t so lucrative? And if there’s no evidence of that, then regardless of whether you like their music (which, BTW, I don’t), accusing them of “selling out” is bogus.

    On another subject, I enjoy Wills’, um, vocalizing. He was a funny guy – and a darn good, contest-winning country fiddler, too.

  24. Jim Malec
    February 20, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Take a joke, Jon.

  25. Brady Vercher
    February 20, 2009 at 9:22 am

    So “selling out” means nothing more than doing music you don’t like?

    This is a good example of you reading into things a little too much; I didn’t say or imply that anywhere.

    I didn’t write the original “selling out” line and it can obviously be taken at face value (in relation to filling venues), but in this context, it was little more than a joke, so lighten up a little. Even my earlier response was somewhat facetious.

    If you want to be super duper technical, then I’d probably agree with your assessment, but I don’t think “selling out” has maintained such a rigid definition as to not be applicable in this case.

  26. nm
    February 20, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I think the distinction between “sell-out” and “useful idiot” is worth maintaining. That said, in this context I have to agree with Jim.

  27. AmyK
    February 21, 2009 at 10:02 am

    “Kelly February 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm – Anyone else notice the typo on the post about the “Legends & Lyrics” show? It says that Darryl Worley is involved with the same program that will feature Shaver, Yoakam and Guy Clark…that cant be right…right?”

    That is no typo. Darryl Worley is doing the show on Feb 24th along with Billy Joe Shaver and Pat Green. Darryl is an amazing songwriter and he DESERVES TO BE THERE. Darryl has written most of the songs on every CD he has recorded. Not many artists can say that. Darryl has written songs that were recorded by other artists including Legends George Jones and Charlie Pride. You obviously don’t like him as your comments were uncalled for. It is your loss because Darryl is a very talented and special man.

    “Sam G February 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm – I’m sure there are people who’d put “Have You Forgotten?” up there with “Desperados Waiting For A Train” and “Georgia On A Fast Train.” And if we can get them all in one place, we can capture them, fire them off in a rocket into deep space and get them out of the breeding population.”

    This has to be one of the ugliest comments I have ever read. This world would be a much better place if there were more kind caring, friendly people like Darryl Worley around.

    It has been five years since Have You Forgotten? and yet you are still bashing it. There are those that agree with you but oh so many that don’t. HYF went to #1 on the charts in five weeks which is very rare. It stayed there for 6-7 weeks so I would say many love the song. You don’t like it and you are entitled to your opinion but it has been five years – Build a bridge and GET OVER IT.

    And lastly for all those who bashed Darryl’s songwriting abilities – can any of you write a song? I doubt it. You are just jealous because Darryl can write incredible songs and has many fans that love him AND is music.

  28. vfreim
    February 21, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I agree 100% with Amy K. Darryl Worley is not only an incredible song writer he also has one the best voices in country music. And he is such a very personable and nice person. It is time to lay off. Like Amy said build a BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT.

  29. Stormy
    February 21, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Vfreim and Amy: What Daryl Worley songs belong in the company of whic Billy Joe Shaver songs and why?

  30. Carol S.
    February 21, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    You know their are some country artist I dont like either but I dont slam them because I respect their fans. I am a big fan of Darryl Worley he has done alot for his community and the military. He does not deserve your critisim at all. And I’m sure his little girl would say to you if she could talk “leave my daddy alone”. She is only 11 months old so I’m speaking for her.

  31. Resa
    February 22, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I will write more later about the Darryl Worley bashing going on once again it seems by the same jacks… I’m a bit tired as I have just returned from a wonderful 700 mile round trip spanning three days which I shared with two other ladies, one of whom flew in from out of state, to see Darryl and The Krew two nights in a row. Screw it, I’ll say my piece now.
    The house was packed both nights at each venue. By the response Darryl and the guys were getting from the crowds I would have to say you bashers don’t know what you’re talking about and can suck…lemons. I am so friggin’ tired of hearing from the lttle jealous twits in the peanut gallery who have no talent and therefore don’t recognize talent when they hear or see it, that I have now gotten on my belly so I can be on their level to bash them. Shame on me… I never insult people but damnit I’ve had enough!
    Darryl is a wonderful, compassionate human who loves life, and then, thank GOD, has the ability to write about it. If you don’t like his music, don’t listen to it! If you don’t know what you’re talking about then shut the hell up…. Obviously the people who REALLY matter know and RESPECT Darryl’s talent or they would never have issued him an invite.
    Thanks Darryl, Krew & crew for another memory. You guys rock. Keep on keeping on.
    In Peace,
    Resa

  32. J.R. Journey
    February 22, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Wow. Even Darryl Worley has superfans. Who knew?

    To Amy, Carol S, and Resa: You guys are taking criticisms about Worley’s music and making it personal. I haven’t read any review or comments on this site that attack him personally. I’m sure he is a fine, up-standing individual as you all say. (All the up-standing guys I know pose nude for Playgirl too.) But being a good person does not make someone a good songwriter, and definitely not a great artist.

    I have nothing against Darryl Worly, the man. But his music – particularly his single releases – have seriously gone downhill since his debut album. You can take the watered-down lyrics of songs like ‘Nothing But a Love Thang’ or ‘Sounds Like Life To Me’ and call them lyrical masterpieces if you like, but that doesn’t make it so. This is why music is subjective.

  33. Woody English
    November 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I live in Knoxville and can’t find L&L. Any chance it will ever air here?

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