Melonie Cannon Comes Clean; Kid Rock & Jamey Johnson to Duet; Joey + Rory Christmas Projects

Brody Vercher | November 6th, 2009

  1. Jon
    November 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Unless you’ve already got the whole – and excellent – album, passing up Mel’s free download would be a mistake. A big mistake.

  2. Cardsgal
    November 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    As Chet points out in his column, by any or all of the CMA’s voting criteria, Taylor Swift deserves the EOTY award. Let the hating begin…

  3. Frozenphan
    November 6, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    You can have your toes in the water and in the sand at the same time.
    The Cracker Barrel version of Zac Brown’s Foundation CD doesn’t include “Toes”.

  4. J.R. Journey
    November 6, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I’m in the camp that didn’t even expect the Zac Brown Band song to be edited. I don’t see any reason for it – it’s just an innocent phrase describing where the man is sitting. I would think the ‘roll a big fat one’ line would have ignited more controversy.

  5. Noeller
    November 6, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    After airing the album cut of “Toes” for months, my PD recently went up and over my head to add the edited version. No reason – just figured that if the edited version was available, then we should be spinning it. Le Sigh.

    I know that I come from a different place, musically, than most of the 9513-ers, but man am I stoked for a Kid Rock/Jamey Johnson duet. I finally have a reason to watch the show!!

  6. Chris N.
    November 6, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    But everybody knows the Greencards’ hometown is Austin!

  7. Steve M.
    November 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    There are times corporations treat their audience like the are 12, scared of offending anyone. Of course because of radio consolidation, all it takes is one executive in Clear Channel to effectively ban a song.

  8. Andrew
    November 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    “Kid Rock and Jamey Johnson are scheduled to duet at the CMA Awards.”

    This may be both the most intriguing and the most frightening sentence ever to appear on this site.

  9. stormy
    November 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Chris: I’m to busy morning the loss of Eamon to post right now…

  10. Jon
    November 6, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Eamon’s not lost, he’s just leaving the band.

  11. stormy
    November 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Which means he is going to disappear into that same vortex that hides our lost socks.

  12. Rick
    November 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I think Eamon should join the newly revised version of Uncle Earl! (lol)

    Reminder: Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes performing as a duo tonight at Nashville’s The Rutledge at 9 PM. Any 9513 contributors going to write us a review? Hmm…

    Opry Alert: Tonight’s Opry will include The Steeldrivers, Joey + Rory, BOMSHEL, and Gene Watson.
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/TicketsAndInformation/ThisWeek.aspx
    Listen Online: http://www.wsmonline.com/

  13. idlewildsouth
    November 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    So where will Eamon be going home to after leaving the band?

  14. M.C.
    November 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I disagree with Mr. Flippo about this year’s CMA frontrunners at Entertainer. I don’t think Chesney is a favorite at this point, not after winning it four years in a row and having a slightly slower 2009. I do think Taylor has a good chance, but I’d say Paisley and Urban do too.

  15. Chris N.
    November 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I voted for Taylor, and I’m a very influential tastemaker in this business. So if she wins, she will totally owe me.

  16. Thomas
    November 6, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    …awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. K
    November 6, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I’m sorry, but I really don’t think Taylor should win Entertainer Of The Year. She is a great writer, inovative performer and bussiness woman, and she appears to be very down-to-earth.

    But she is a horrid singer, and she really hasn’t written any great songs- catchy, yes, but not memorable. She doesn’t seem to know if she wants to be country or pop- she remixes everything, and it’s alarming that the ONLY time I’ve ever heard her proclaim herself as a country artist was at the VMA’s.

    The only reason she’s had so many magazine covers and high-profile TV spots is because she’s successfully reached the pop audience and promoters have caught on. If Carrie Underwood was considered pop she’d have the success Taylor does- but she doesn’t, simply because she sings country music.

  18. Thomas
    November 6, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    …who’d be that other person you mention in your post about taylornation?

  19. Noeller
    November 6, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    After seeing both Urban and Chesney this summer/fall, I have to firmly put my support behind Urban for Entertainer of the Year, if it’s based solely on their live stage performance. I have never been so bored by a show as I was with Chesney’s. Now, don’t get me wrong – I was outright angry with the recent Rascal Flatts show because it was so embarrassingly bad, but Chesney just made me want to sleep. Urban, on the other hand, had a unique stage(s) set up and used the entire arena to his (and the crowd’s) benefit.

    Hell, Urban on a stool shredding a guitar is FAR more entertaining than Chesney bouncing up and down and letting the crowd sing his songs for him. Yawn.

  20. Lotrfish
    November 6, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    “If Carrie Underwood was considered pop she’d have the success Taylor does- but she doesn’t, simply because she sings country music.”

    LOL

  21. Rick
    November 6, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    That was a really nice article about the Quebe Sisters over at the Bluegrass Blog. Since there are no Western Swing or Traditional Country Music Associations in existence, these gals have to try to get exposure where ever they can and try to be included within any country music niche that will let them in the door! They are welcomed at Cowboy Poetry and Music Festivals all over the country, but that reaches a tiny audience. I gave a copy of their “Timeless” CD to guitarist Pat Donohue of “A Prairie Home Companion” and hope to hear them on that program at some point.

    I assisted them in getting a gig booked here in L.A. a couple years back and they are as nice and friendly as people can be! Go Quebe’s!

  22. Grizzly Adam
    November 6, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    You bet your ass it is.

  23. Stormy
    November 8, 2009 at 9:45 am

    First Eamon is leaving the Greencards and not Steven Tyler might be leaving Aerosmith. THis is not a good trend.

  24. Roger
    November 8, 2009 at 9:58 am

    The Quebe Sisters will be playing the Station Inn in Nashville on Thursday December 3rd…great vocalists and musicians…I will definitely be there!

  25. Jon
    November 8, 2009 at 10:25 am

    They’ll also be playing the Music City Roots show at the Loveless Cafe the night before, along with Dale Ann Bradley and some others, including an as-yet-unbilled special set by Pam Daley; I’ll be there with Pam.

  26. Hanford
    November 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    First off… Carrie Underwood doesn’t have the career Taylor does because she doesn’t have the quality songs Taylor does. That’s bottom line. Second, is anyone else tired of Kid Rock yet? He doesn’t hold a light to Jamey. Why put them together? Next were gonna allow John Rich to be the spokesman of country music again!?!!

  27. Stormy
    November 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Carrie Underwood had the career Taylor had with her first album. Now she has the career Taylor will have in three years.

  28. Hanford
    November 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I don’t think so, Taylor writes her own stuff. She’s more grounded. Her climb to the top was natural. That faster you fly to the top the faster you fall. Sorry Carrie…

  29. K
    November 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    “Carrie Underwood doesn’t have the career Taylor does because she doesn’t have the quality songs Taylor does. ”

    Don’t mistake catchy songs for quality ones. Carrie’s had some fluff, but she has recorded some incredible songs as well. “Just A Dream,” “Jesus, Take The Wheel, “Before He Cheats, “I Told You So,” “Temporary Home” and “Someday When I Stop Loving You” all have a chance of standing the test of time.

    Carrie doesn’t have the pop success Taylor does, but she certainly has made history for herself in country music. She is only the seventh woman to win Entertainer Of The Year, she’s the only country artist with all number one songs from two albums, and “Some Hearts” remains as one of the biggest selling albums by a female artist. Not to mention she gives the most consistent live performances of any current artist in the genre, and she is a member of the Opry.

    For some reason I can’t see Taylor being remembered for the same contributions as Carrie.

  30. Steve Harvey
    November 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    How the hell did this turn into a C v T thread? Can we please give this a dedicated page so it doesn’t creep into every comments section like a noxious weed?

    And the censorship of Toes is farcical. Country radio plays songs about murder, alcoholism and adultery, but the word ‘ass’ is too racy for them?

  31. Dan Milliken
    November 8, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    “Country radio plays songs about murder, alcoholism and adultery, but the word ‘ass’ is too racy for them?”

    Oh, for the days when country radio played songs about murder, alcoholism and adultery…

  32. Stormy
    November 8, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Hanford: How many years, exactly, did Taylor spend paying her dues? By your logic shouldn’t she fall faster than Carrie?

  33. Steve M.
    November 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Stormy-the Underwood and Swift jiahdists mean that since they got pimples and lost their virginities in the back of Buick’s, they have much to teach us about life.

  34. Hanford
    November 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Stormy: Carrie’s success was jump started from American Idol I believe it was 04 or 05… Taylor Swift started when she was 11.(Young I know…I’m not saying she has grand life experience) then at 14 she signed to Sony/ATV as a writer. Then as we all know in 06 “Tim McGraw”(the song, not the singer) broke which was Billboard top 10 and her album debuted at top 25….Not to mention she wrote all songs on the album with a couple co-writes. …Just a thought

  35. Hanford
    November 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Steve M.: I never said they have copious amounts of life experience…. only said that her road to success was natural. Her(Taylor) foundation is stronger then Carrie’s. Not to say Carrie isn’t or won’t be successful in the future. Just that Taylor will be around longer and have more success because of a stronger foundation.

  36. Brady Vercher
    November 8, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    K: “…she’s the only country artist with all number one songs from two albums…

    That’s not accurate.

  37. sam sam
    November 8, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I did not know some “roads to success” were more “natural” than others. What do you mean by this? That Carrie’s success is from taking steroids and that Swift is clean? Otherwise I don’t know.

    Also: Does Swift really have a “stronger foundation” than Underwood? Sure, Swift is a songwriter and Underwood isn’t. But Underwood is a much more talented vocalist than Swift.

    And Swift’s foundation has a crack too: as a child star who sings a lot about high school, Swift may be vulnerable when her audience ages and when she can no longer credibly sing about high school. She may have to “reinvent” herself, which is not so easy.

    I don’t think having a “stronger foundation” (meaning, here, being a songwriter) means one will necessarily be around longer. George Strait rarely writes a song, and Mary Chapin Carpenter often wrote her songs. Strait’s career as a hitmaker was far longer. Correctly predicting the future is not easy.

  38. Dan E.
    November 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Brady: I honestly think you knew what K was getting at with this statement. From “Inside Your Heaven” to “Cowboy Casanova”, Carrie’s first 11 singles from her first, second, and now third cd have made it to number one. This places her as the only country artist to accomplish this feat. So, if this isn’t accurate, please do tell who the other country artists are that have done the same.

  39. K
    November 8, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Brady this is directly from musicrow.com:

    Arista artist Carrie Underwood has already sold more than 10 million albums with her first two releases, and now the singer scores another 10, with her current single, “I Told You So,” becoming her tenth single to top a key sales or airplay chart. The accomplishment distinguishes the four-time Grammy winner as the first country artist in history ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles on the strength of their first two albums.

    Hanford:

    How do paths to success dictate how long an artist will stick around? If anything, Carrie’s accomplishments will help her rise above another fenmale vocalists who will later fade away. She has carved her name in history by winning the biggest talent show in America; being only the seventh woman to win Entertainer of The Year; being inducted into the Oaklahoma Music Hall Of Fame; the creation of her CATS foundation to help her hometown, and her four Grammy awards. She is also one of the few artists with the honor of hosting the biggest awards show in country music.

    All of these accommplishments are not acheievements to be taken lightly; her name will be among legends because of some of these accolades, and her impact will be felt whether she fades away or continues to dominate the genre.

    Taylor has plenty of historic moments of her own, including having the longest-running album of the decade with “Taylor Swift” and being the first artist ever to write or co-write all the songs on a debut album.

    While Swift’s accomplishments are certainly impressive, they are interchangable acheivements; her records will be set by someone else within a few years time.

    Carrie’s accomplishments, however, are not interchangable, and that gives her an edge over Swift in my opinion.

    I think it’s also worth noting that both Swift and her fans are young; Swift has not made the jump to mature writer or artist yet.O If she survives that transition and her fans stick with her she has the potentiall; until then she still runs the risk of being a flash in the pan like many successful artists before her.

    In my opinion, Carrie also has the strongest voice of any current female artist, which also gives her the advantage over Swift.

  40. Troy
    November 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    @K “But she is a horrid singer, and she really hasn’t written any great songs- ”

    I always thought that entertainer didn’t really involve vocal ability. Like some singers considered themselves entertainers over artist.

    I think the three it is between is Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Taylor Swift for EOTY. Out of the three i’ll go with swift because she has achieved better sales over the other two this year. I also went to a concert with swift/urban both at philly. Swift’s was more theatrical and urban’s was more about his vocals and guitar skills. I think that one thing that is missing in country concerts is that during their concerts they are just standing there playing. Their vocals sound great but i can hear them on a cd and would like more of a performance from them.

  41. Please!
    November 8, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    How the hell did this turn into a C v T thread? Can we please give this a dedicated page so it doesn’t creep into every comments section like a noxious weed?

    LOL! well said!

  42. Troy
    November 8, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    @K some of the AI winners have already faded away. Compared to the amount of control AI has on American charts the X factos has a lot more on the UK charts. AI doesn’t have such enormous power.

    Swift has also become successful in different markets CU hasn’t yet.

  43. Brady Vercher
    November 8, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Dan E: “I honestly think you knew what K was getting at with this statement.

    No matter, it’s still inaccurate. The “first two albums” qualifier is important and as much as Carrie fans hate to admit it, coming from a television show, where she performed in front of millions of people week in and week out, gave her a huge advantage in regards to achieving that record.

  44. Dan E.
    November 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Brady: Of course the show gave her that initial boost. But, for most contestants, that same audience usually lets loose of the previous idols when the new season begins. So, the real reason that she has achieved this record is not because she was on the show, but because she keeps releasing great song after great song. Right now she is at 11 consecutive number ones, and I don’t see her stopping anytime soon.

    Brady: Since you keep bringing up the “she was on a show” excuse (which is getting really old after 5 years), I will keep on mentioning that other A. I. contestants are still waiting for their singles to become major hits. (mainly the person that won right after Carrie). Taylor even submitted a song to country, where was his love? Also, other country stars that weren’t on A. I. but were on other competition shows, why aren’t they getting number 1 hit after number 1 hit?

    So, being on a show definitely helps with that initial boost, but the show is not the reason behind the continual success after that boost, it’s the artist herself.

  45. Hanford
    November 8, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    K: Your demographic transition comment is an amazingly valid point! However award season isn’t over yet… I won’t name all of Taylor’s awards, I am sure you are aware of them. I am interested to see if she sweeps next week. I read last week that Taylor has the most chart listings to be held by a female in Billboard(9 songs 5 of which are top 30)

    As for “how paths dictate success,” Look at careers of people who build a career as opposed to launched via game show or talent contest. Lets use the two American Idol greats….

    Kelly Clarkson – Solid career for two albums. Hollywood’s it girl for her 15 minutes.

    Carrie Underwood – Solid career two albums, and we will see for her third that was released earlier this year.

    The difference between the two? Carrie has country music fans on her side. We are a family. We believe in our own. We buy albums sometimes even before our utilities bill.

    …again, I am not saying Carrie isn’t talented. She’s great! However, she relies on someone else to “write” her destiny.

    Taylor “writes” her own.

  46. K
    November 8, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    “I always thought that entertainer didn’t really involve vocal ability. Like some singers considered themselves entertainers over artist.”

    That may be true, but I wasn’t talking about Taylor is a viable entertainer, but rather the impact she will have on the industry as a whole.

    “Swift has also become successful in different markets CU hasn’t yet.”

    Yeah, the pop charts and a few TV spots; such things do not secure an artists place in history no matter how versitile they may be. Trying out different markets may give Swift an avantage in the long run, but not right now.

    “I think the three it is between is Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Taylor Swift for EOTY.”

    Carrie isn’t nominated for ETOY.

    Brady:If you think my comments are “inaccurate,” you should take the issue up with the outlets that report such things, not me.

    “as much as Carrie fans hate to admit it, coming from a television show, where she performed in front of millions of people week in and week out, gave her a huge advantage in regards to achieving that record.”

    That may be true in regards to her record sales, but I have a difficult time believing Carrie’s fans had that much of an impact in helping get her songs to the top. Of course they request her singles like crazy, but as soon as any artist becomes established in Nashvile it usually becomes automatic that such an artist is played constantly and impact of fans becomes less important.

    I understand the undeniable impact American Idol has had on Underwood’s career, but isn’t it safe to say that she has established enough of an indentity for skeptics to stop saying she acheived something because of the show?

    She has been off of the show for almost five years, and she has proven that her talent and cred in the industry is solid without the show.

  47. Troy
    November 8, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    “Swift has also become successful in different markets CU hasn’t yet.”

    I meant in different countries like Uk, Sweden, Japan, France.

    I think it would be interesting to see how CU did in these markets that winning AI in the US doesn’t affect them at all. Like with Leona or Agnes coming to the US.

  48. Brady Vercher
    November 8, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Dan E: “So, the real reason that she has achieved this record is not because she was on the show, but because she keeps releasing great song after great song.

    Wrong. Your responses lack any sort of nuance. A few of Carrie’s singles thus far have been incredibly lackluster and it’s due to her popularity that they’re reaching the top of the charts, not the inherent quality of the songs, which can be said for lots of artists/songs that reach the top. It’s not something that’s restricted to Carrie one way or the other.

    Dan E: “Since you keep bringing up the “she was on a show” excuse (which is getting really old after 5 years)…

    Umm, could you please point out when and where I keep bringing this up?

    Dan E: “I will keep on mentioning that other A. I. contestants are still waiting for their singles to become major hits. (mainly the person that won right after Carrie). Taylor even submitted a song to country, where was his love?

    Did Taylor claim to be a country artist while on the show? Did he submit his song to country radio right after winning or did he jump on the country bandwagon as a last chance grasp at commercial success? The same goes for other winners of AI; are they in country music or not? I think the answer is obvious and does nothing to bolster your argument.

    Seriously y’all, I’m not trying to chalk all of Carrie’s success up to American Idol, but to completely deny its impact on her career is just as foolish as trying to claim it as the sole reason for her success. The impact is undeniable.

    K: “If you think my comments are “inaccurate,” you should take the issue up with the outlets that report such things, not me.

    Actually, the snippet you quoted is correct, but your original statement wasn’t.

  49. Dan E.
    November 9, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Brady: Wrong! Incredibly lackluster? You can have your opinion, but it’s just that. Sorry, but many agree that her singles are quality all the way through, just our opinions of course. I still stick with the fact that she remains popular because she continually dishes out quality music that will keep her career in high speeds for many years to come.

    Brady: People use that excuse all the time. I should have worded it a little differently, but the “you” basically meant youself being added to the list of people who throw this as the main reason she is so successful.

    Brady: It’s very relevant to include other A. I. contestants and winners. The audience for Carrie was the same audience for these people (minus Kelly who had a much smaller audience because she was from the first season). The difference is that Carrie had the ability to maintain the audience – much like Kelly and Daughtry – while others lost much of their audience by the time their second album came around and other seasons began. Who cares if they were in country or not?

    Brady: Without American Idol, we would never have heard of Carrie Underwood. With that respect, it’s indeed helped her in her career. But, it’s been over 5 years, and it’s a safe bet that the majority of people would classify her as succeeding way beyond the boundaries of just a talent show winner. No one’s denied completely of the show’s impact, but as years go by and she’s still garnering much success, the show aspect does kind of start fading away.

  50. Brady Vercher
    November 9, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Well, this is tiresome. I knew it’d be fruitless trying to have any sort of meaningful discussion with you, but I guess one can’t help but try every once in awhile.

  51. Dan E.
    November 9, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Brady: Oh, you really wanted to have a meaningful discussion. If so, you wouldn’t have started out “Wrong. Your responses lack any sort of nuance.” You might try every once in a while, but it certainly wasn’t this time.

  52. Brady Vercher
    November 9, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I can freely admit I probably approached it the wrong way, but that doesn’t make your arguments any less wrong or your attitude any better than mine.

  53. Truersound
    November 9, 2009 at 8:21 am

    what the hell happened here?

    also, this statement made me laugh and scratch my head at the same time: “….[Taylor Swift] being the first artist ever to write or co-write all the songs on a debut album.”

    seriously, you believe that?????

  54. Rick
    November 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Truersound, the proper context is that Taylor is supposedly the first female “country” artist to score a debut album that hit # 1 on the charts where she had written or co-written every track on the album. Hope that clears it up a little…

  55. Truersound
    November 9, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    well I had to do a little research, the original quote did not say female so that may very well be true. Also the fact billboard did not record country charts until 1982 skew things a little. However:

    Steve Earle – Guitar Town debuted at #1 on november 8th 1986. All songs written or co-written by Steve Earle

    Clint Black – Killin’ Time debuted at #1 on Sept. 23rd, 1989. All songs written or co-written by Black

    also of note is Miranda Lamberts debut album debuted at #1 and all songs except 1 were written or co-written by her. If she knew it was contest I bet she would have left that song off :-P

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