Lost Highway To Release Willie Nelson Compilation; Country’s Shrinking Middle Class

Brody Vercher | July 14th, 2009

  1. Lucas
    July 14, 2009 at 11:05 am

    The middle class of sales probably went the same place the country style of the 90’s went. Rowdy parties, good music, catchy hooks. Once the labels find one again the other will follow.

  2. Leeann Ward
    July 14, 2009 at 11:10 am

    The Bryan Sutton album sounds pretty good, but I’m not really into sucha heavily instrumental kind of album. For Nickel Creek fans, Chris Thile is on a track and co-wrote another.

  3. Rick
    July 14, 2009 at 11:48 am

    The 9513 probably linked to this article last week but I wasn’t paying attention, so here’s another link to the Wall Street Journal’s “The Sisterhood of Bluegrass” written by Barry Mazor:
    Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124701433834009187.html#mod=article-outset-box

    Top 40 mainstream country radio these days is content to populate the Top 40 with the newest singles from the same group of proven hitmakers. A few newcomers hit the Top 20 now and again, but if they don’t crack that barrier first time out they usually wind up on the shelf. The playlists have become as stale as year old bread….

    Gary Stewart is a fine songwriter but his voice is an acquired taste. He should have hooked up with a great singer to perform his songs as part of a Gary Stewart Band! Gary is a Bernie Taupin type who desperately needed an Elton John…

  4. Ben Milam
    July 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Sunny “Disasta” Shasta Sweeney has new songs up on her myspace page. Sounds pretty good even for demos.

    http://www.myspace.com/sunnysweeney

  5. Jim C
    July 14, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Wade Bowen?

    whatever happened to Pat Green and Cory Morrow?

  6. Jim Malec
    July 14, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    FYI, 500k is the profit line for artists based on his scenario, whereas 350k is the profit line for labels.

  7. Ben Milam
    July 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    whatever happened to Pat Green and Cory Morrow?

    they are working on the follow up to their compilation album “songs we wish we’d written”. just to throw a curve ball to the kids, this album will be all songs that pat and cory penned themselves. working title: “songs we wish we’d never written”. look for foreword and liner notes by dale watson and chris wall.

  8. Brady Vercher
    July 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I ain’t going down on Brokeback Mountain/That shit ain’t right

    Heh, I reckon “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other” was more in line with the movie’s agenda.

    I remember “Superman” from the Last of the Breed tour. It was pretty humorous and got a good reaction from the crowd. I’ve already heard a few versions of “Back to Earth;” it’s destined to be a classic.

  9. Lucas
    July 14, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    In reality… the profit should be at about $200,000. I bet the way that Tracy Lawrence went with Rocky Comfort it was even a lower threshold – the Lawrence brothers have a great business model going on.

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