McGraw and Jackson Added to CMA Music Fest; Country’s Bad Rap; Industry Veteran Jim Halsey Releases New Book

Brody Vercher | March 4th, 2010

  1. Stormy
    March 4, 2010 at 11:34 am


    For those not from Texas, that word is pronouced “Bear.” Also Gruene is pronounces “Green.”

  2. Drew
    March 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Gordon Lightfoot has some great material, I’ve been a fan of him for a long-time… even my dad grew up listening to him, and we caught him live together 5 or so years ago.

  3. Kelly
    March 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I’ve said this before with other similar lists, and I’ll say it again here; people who hate country arent likely going to be converted by a relatively straight-forward version of country (Piasley, Womack, early Bentley), regardless of how high the quality is.

    It’s no different in any major genre. Hip Hop haters arent likely to be turned by even the greatest Hip Hop records. In fact, similar to Womack and her inherent “country-ness”, the greatest Hip Hop records such as any of Jay-Z’s Blueprint albums or Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, will only serve to strengthen ones distaste as they are classic examples of almost all that the genre entails to that individual “hater”.

  4. Jon
    March 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Be sure to click through to view pictures of young, mustachioed Ricky Skaggs with Jerry Douglas in the band Boone Creek, an adolescent Chris Thile taking a lesson from Bill Monroe, and Marty Stuart as a youngster performing with Lester Flatt.

    And Harley Allen. And Terry Baucom. To name two still active greats who appear unidentified in the Blog’s set of photos.

  5. Rick
    March 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    So Sarah Buxton sold 8,000 units in her album release week, huh? Well I’m glad her royalties from
    Keith Urban’s version of “Stupid Boy” allowed her to purchase that cool Jeep Wrangler Unlimited awhile back. I think Lyric Street may have pressed that many advance copies of her original debut album back in 2007. I just hope this has opened the door for Sarah to do a lot of touring! Go Sarah!

    As for the “My Kind of Country” query, I don’t expect Top 40 Contemporary Country Radio to ever turn back towards traditional country. Most of the people who run (program directors) and work in the radio stations don’t want it and neither do their current listeners. Once George Strait amd Alan Jackson throw in the towel the tenuous ties Top 40 radio has to neo-traditional country will be mostly severed. Radio has ignored Jamey Johnson since “In Color” and we’ll see if Easton Corbin’s George Strait impersonation has legs. I’d like to see the format go so far in the pop-rock direction a new format geared to a more traditional sound would appear to fill the void. Unfortunately all the “Classic Country” stations have cornered that listener market where they exist, but most do not feature new artists with a tradition oriented style. Oh well…

    PS – “Those Darlin’s” and the borderline angelic Jill Andrews are performing TONIGHT in Cookville, TN at the Backdoor Playhouse. Okay, so I’ll admit I’m a Jill Andrews crazed fanboy! (lol)

  6. Rick
    March 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Random Tidbit: Jon got a shout out on WSM last night during the live Music City Roots concert at the Loveless Cafe show when the Nedski-Mojo bluegrass boys performed a song he had co-written and were trying to locate him in the audience. Way to go Jon! (lol)

  7. Jon
    March 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I was running Mojo’s Flip and didn’t want to be shouting. I was happy to see that they were received well, and also happy to chat for a bit with David Ball, who did a very nice set.

  8. Michelle
    March 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Jon, you got to chat with David Ball? How lucky are you?!!

  9. Jon
    March 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    And here’s video of the song Rick mentioned…

  10. Matt C.
    March 4, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Jon is such a modest guy.

  11. Rick
    March 4, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Alert: Eleven Hundred Springs is giving a free dance concert in Luckenbach Texas on this Friday night at 8 PM per a listing at Lone Star Music. Sounds like fun, but I wish they’d try this in Los Angeles instead sometime…


    Jon, did you get to meet Amanda Shires last night at The Loveless? Those whoops and hollers she did while performing made her sound like a crazy girl! (lol) I think she’s suffering from “Texas Separation Syndrome” after moving to Nashville! Yikes! (lol)

  12. Rick
    March 4, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Ooops, I didn’t realize the venue I mentioned above is actually in Fredericksburg, TX and is just named Luckenbach Texas! I’m soooo confused! (lol)

  13. Lily
    March 5, 2010 at 2:02 am

    @ Stormy: thanks! I’m not a native english speaker so this is interesting. And if I ever make it to Texas I don’t want to embarrass myself.

  14. Stormy
    March 5, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Lily: Also, I assume, that you want to make sure you wind up at the right venue for a concert (Gruene Hall is a concert club).

  15. Wade
    March 5, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I think accepting a certain amount of evolution is essential in country music. Relevance is important, or the genre will die. As I have said for years…Let’s not get carried away or swoon over “Alt-Country”, or its various incarnations. Many of those artists and particularly its fans have a desire to like country music, but no desire to actually listen to it…

  16. Stormy
    March 5, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Wade: Well, even American Idol is encouraging some of their contestants to go Americana.

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