Matraca Berg Schedules First Album in 14 Years; New Album Release List; Zac Brown Band Releases New Video

Brody Vercher | February 15th, 2011

  1. Alison
    February 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for the link to the Dolly article. I might be the only one but I hadn’t heard those stories about that song and found it facinating. Always a good thing to expand your country music knowledge. :)

  2. stormy
    February 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    On May 17, Matraca Berg will release The Dreaming Fields, her first album in 14 years. (via press release)

    Squee and a bunch of other high pitched noises only dogs can hear.

  3. Ben Foster
    February 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I second Stormy’s “Squee” :)

  4. Matt B
    February 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I (in Rob Lowe’s “Parks and Recreation” character voice) literally jumped for joy when I saw the news yesterday about Matraca’s new album.

  5. Mike Wimmer
    February 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    So the new Chris Young song is damn good. For a guy who usually picks midlevel quality songs, he nails this one.

    The new Eric Church song is sadly horrible though. We really didnt need another Country song mocking wannabe hip hop artists or gangbangers. That Lost Trailers song from a few years back was plenty.

    The new Zac Brown band video is awesome. It’s probably my favorite song they have ever cut.

  6. Jordan Stacey
    February 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Squeee!!!! (I think this is the best news I’ve heard in a long, long time)

  7. Clemson Brad
    February 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Did you even listen to the song Mike? Eric Church’s “Homeboy” I found as an incredible touching song about a family member way off track, and a brother trying to get him back to make peace with family. I would hardly call it a song bashing hip hop artists..

    I love it. I’m a huge Eric fan so maybe I’m biased. It is a little different then what I’m use to from him…but it still has that Eric Church flavor to it. Here’s hopin’ its a big hit.

  8. Kyle
    February 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Agreed on the new Chris Young single… finally, another song worthy of that voice. It’s very contemporary – almost like an early 00′s Rascal Flatts single – but I don’t mind. I’ll enjoy hearing radio wear it out for the next few months.

    However… it sure borrows a lot from Gary Allan’s “Today” in terms of structure, doesn’t it?

  9. Carrie
    February 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I wouldn’t call myself a “huge Eric fan” like Clemson Brad, but I also enjoyed Homeboy. I’ve been hearing a lot of hype about that song and I don’t know that it lived up to the “it’s a game-changer” and “best song ever” proclamations I’d heard, but I do enjoy it. It’s a different sound than 90% of what’s being played on radio today, and simplistic though it may be, that’s good enough for me right now.

    Also really enjoyed “Tomorrow.” That’s a song that I’ll belt out in the car with the windows up like I’m auditioning for American Idol — and I’m perfectly aware that I can’t sing. I’m continually impressed by what I hear from Chris.

  10. Noeller
    February 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I’m a massive EC fan, but that song is a mess for me. The production, going into the opening chorus, especially, is just ridiculous. There’s some kinda HOT AC Radio sound effects going on that just make me shake my head. I wanna say “it doesn’t belong on Country radio!!” — but then again, maybe it does??? :(

  11. Mike Wimmer
    February 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I made it through the first verse of the EC song and gave up. Look, I like the guy, he’s one of the more talented singer/songwriters in Nashville right now and even though he tries a bit too hard to prove he is an outlaw, I like him.

    Reading the lyrics, it doesnt appear to be THAT poorly of a written song, but I always get uncomfortable when one genre of music pokes fun of another. Not because I like Rap, I hate it, but it’s always struck me foolish to point out the ridiculousness of one genre’s fans (cornrows, gold teeth) when your genre can easily be poked fun of a number of equally stupid things.

    It also doesnt help that either due to Eric or the production, the lyrics are hard to make out and while you can get away with that in Rock, Country is still a song based genre.

  12. Donald
    February 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Canadians pronounce that as, “Squee-eh!”

  13. Noeller
    February 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    No we don’t….and we hate those jokes.

  14. MayorJoBob
    February 16, 2011 at 12:30 am

    You got served, Donald. By the way, has any country artist released a song with that title yet? It’s bound to happen.

  15. Kyle
    February 16, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Holy bejebus. What in the world is going on in that EC song? I actually kind of like the theme – honestly, it’s probably more relevant to the reality of small town life than the standard cliche songs about small towns – but the production is pretty awful. It’s a straight up 90′s rock song, and enough so that it might be to pitch it to rock radio than country.

    I guess those Collective Soul influences someone here noticed in “Smoke A Little Smoke” were a sign of things to come…

  16. Rob Tribbett
    February 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I am an Eric Church fan but that song is brutal. Cliches wrapped in sentimentality with a dose of “my background is better than your background”

  17. WAYNOE(Amnesia)
    February 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    ZBB nails the harmony don’t they? I am not an automatic fan of all their songs, but at least is SOUNDS COUNTRY! I know that comment will irritate some.

    The video is good but am not sure it follows the song however.

  18. Miss Leslie
    February 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Dolly wrote a book called “Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business”. It’s not the greatest writing in the world, but it’s a fast read and gives some neat insight to her experiences and especially the hard work and heartbreak of becoming a successful musician.

  19. Jon
    February 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

    All right, an all-Alberta match! I think Donald’s got the edge; promoting bluegrass shows will toughen a man up right quick.

  20. Brady Vercher
    February 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

    So let me get this straight, one Canadian says something, another Canadian jokes about how Canadians really say it, and a third Canadian gets offended? And none of them realize they’re all from Canada?

  21. Noeller
    February 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I’m definitely not offended!! (the only thing that offends me is stupidity and maybe ignorance) I just hate lame Canadian jokes…be original!!

  22. Jon
    February 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    OK, but putting your objection in the first person plural such that it included the guy making the joke you were objecting to was still pretty funny.

  23. Sayshal
    February 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Maybe I’m just not picky, but I love everything new that’s come out recently.

    Yes, Eric’s song is loud. Maybe they should’ve reduced the volume to about 70-80% of what it is. But, the production is so different and unique, and he pulls it off, at least in my mind. I’ve never been a huge EC fan before, but this is by far my favorite song of his.

    I won’t try to change anyone’s mind, since we all have our likes and dislikes, but I’d encourage everyone to try to get their mind into the story that Eric is singing about. I don’t think he’s bashing hip-hop or “homeboys”, but he’s warning his “brother” that he’ll miss what he left behind, and the song is a plea for his brother to come home.

    Love Chris Young’s song too. Fabulous song that one is. And, I never thought I’d say this, but *gulp* Justin Moore’s new one is great too. Oh man, and Walker Hayes has a damn catchy tune that just charted as well.

    “Colder Weather” has got to be my favorite song out there now, though, and that video is very well-done. I think it is meant to be interpreted in a few different ways…

  24. Bobby Peacock
    February 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I found a copy of Lying to the Moon a long time ago at a mall. I was about 40 cents short, so on a whim I checked the coin return of a phone booth and found 50 cents, went back and bought it.

  25. Donald
    February 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    My apologies to all Canadians, including myself, who were offended by my lame attempt at humour. Frick’n, eh.

  26. elisa
    February 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Can’t wait for the new Matraca Berg album. Love to heard her do her own material!

  27. Buddy
    February 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I’m not sure that the video producer bothered to listen to the song. When the singer mentions tail lights, a truck stop, Lincoln, a waitress… we don’t see it. Meanwhile the guy has a gun, wonders aimlessly in the back yard and she apparently burns down the barn because it’s just something brooding cover models do. Zac Brown may need to get his money back. Great song.

  28. bobby g
    February 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    that new chris young song sounds exactly like, “back to december”

  29. luckyoldsun
    February 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I wonder if any hip-hop artist will do a song about telling a brother to stop wearing cowboy hats and playing country music.

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