Loretta’s Songwriters HoF Performance Sparked Impromptu Encore

Brody Vercher | June 23rd, 2008

  1. Kelly
    June 23, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Re: Boland and Chambers New Music – Even though myspace is considered a “social networking site”, I joined it and still mainly use it as a “new music preview site”. The 4 or 5 full songs you get from the myspace players beat the hell out of the 30 second samples you get from itunes…i have long mourned the death of the cassette-single, the two-song marvel that gave us cheap-skates a preview into an albums soul, but the proliferation of mypspace usage by bands to preview new material has helped heal that wound…finally.

  2. Brody Vercher
    June 23, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I love MySpace as a music previewing service, too, but I’ve noticed some artists are starting to limit their selection to samples of the songs. Boland is an example from this post. You can listen to the full version of his current single, but the rest are cut off. The songs from Sugarland’s new CD are all cut off about a minute in, too. It’s totally lame.

  3. Jamie
    June 23, 2008 at 11:06 am

    “Blowin’ Through the Hills” was recorded at Cherry Ridge Studio in Floresville, TX. Tommy Detamore did a great job producing it!

  4. Matt B.
    June 23, 2008 at 11:35 am


    Artists are limiting the songs because their labels are AFRAID that these songs can be pirated off of myspace and other flash-based players. And while it can be done with some software, the results often remind me of when I used to tape songs on the radio as a child. Not good quality at all.

  5. Tim
    June 23, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    matt – thats right, the mainstream media higher-ups is doing that just for the $$$. They could care less about enjoyment in music as long as that one song pays expenses made from recording and advertisement along with the demand of profit. Can you say GREEDY!

  6. Zach
    June 23, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Saw Tim McGraw last week in Kansas City and he did mention he would release his new album around September. His new material actually sounded pretty solid.

    His show, on the other hand, was pretty disappointing. I expected a lot more from the one-time entertainer of the year. His stage set-up was small with a pretty typical light display and a trio of vertical screens. He showed up, sang his songs, and went home. Even the intro was a little awkward, as he simply walked out and waved to fans before opening up with one of his new songs on the upcoming album.

    For a week, I was convinced that I thought poorly of it because my last three concerts (prior to Tim) were the return of Garth Brooks and a pair of Keith Urban shows, but I was proved wrong yesterday when I went out to see Adam Gregory, Ashton Shepherd, and Lonestar at a free concert yesterday.

    Has anyone seen the new Lonestar yet!? I’ve been a doubter the past year after Richie McDonald (lead singer) left, but wow.. they put on a show. Dean Sams alone makes the show worth going to. I was expecting Cody Collins to be a pretty-boy, stuffed with cockiness and arrogance, but he wasn’t, and he actually sounded pretty great. They played a few new songs but stuck to a lot of the classic Lonestar hits. They didn’t play a single song from their latest non-Christmas album (not even “Mountains”), which probably isn’t a bad thing.

    I was hoping Tim McGraw was in the crowed somewhere, as even Adam Gregory showed more life in his show than Tim did.

    Last thing: I know you all love Ashton here, and not sure how many have received the opportunity to see her perform live, but she sounds awesome live. Her twangy accent is nine times better in person!

  7. Stormy
    June 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Those of us who have Hey Y’all will remember that Elizabeth Cook wrote the song “Mama You Wanted to Be a Singer Too” for her mother.

  8. Matt B.
    June 23, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Stormy, I remember that…

    Zach, Ashton sings very well live. I’ve seen her twice. Once with her full band and one other time acoustically (@ CMA/Fan Fair).

  9. Stormy
    June 24, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Here is a very lovely youtube video of Ashton and Miranda Lambert singing some Merle.


  10. leeann
    June 24, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Stormy, thanks to bringing that video to our attention. That’s why I continue to love country music.

  11. Stormy
    June 24, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Glad you enjoyed it.

  12. veronica avirvarei
    June 27, 2008 at 3:03 am


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