Miley Cyrus and Sugarland Duke It Out For Top Spot

Brody Vercher | July 24th, 2008

  1. Paula
    July 24, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Well now, Sugarland and Miley. I’ve always thought they had a lot in common. And frankly, that “ooh ooh ooh” thing on the radio right now is worse than anything I’ve heard of Miley’s.

    Jeff Bates – now that’s just downright funny!

    Collin Raye – I’ve always loved Collin.

    Vince Gill – I’d love to see / hear a show from the acoustic tour, but it’s coming nowhere near me. :-(

  2. Kelly
    July 24, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I see the whole “selling out” thing very differently than Elliot van Buskirk. I get a kick out of hearing “The Funeral” from Band of Horses on the Ford commerical. I think it gives the commercial a bit of artistic cred even. What I think is cheesy is when the artist turns into “jingle-writer” ala Toby Keith’s Ford Truck Man, or Old 97’s Chili’s commercial from a couple of years back. Dont get me wrong, I dont blame any of them, and dont think being involved with corporate america means they are “selling out”. I dont think many acts CAN sell-out, actually. For example, someone as slick and poppy as Rascal Flatts cant sell out cuz they are a commercial product to begin with. They write songs to sell albums by the millions. If James McMurtry or Guy Clark (whose album sales barely make a blip in their bank acct.) all of a sudden recorded “Redneck Yacht Club”, or “Bob Your Head” in order to “cash-in”, then that’s selling out….

  3. Rick
    July 24, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Wait to see what happens to Miley’s sales numbers once her fan base gets back from summer camp! (lol)

    As for commercial tie ins, Ashlee Hewitt has really got a head start with Mike’s Hard Lemonade even though she is not old enough to drink alcohol legally yet….

    Off Topic: For a fun read check out Texas honky-tonker Amber Digby’s blog about her recent trip to France to perform at a festival there. The new picture she’s posted on her MySpace says it all. (lol) Be sure to read the first response to the blog from Amber’s labelmate and friend Kimberly Murray. Amber and Kimberly are two of my favorite female country singers these days and its too bad they only get played on XM 14 Willie’s Place and Texas radio stations…..
    Amber Blog Link:

    I really like Jeff Bates and put him in the same general class as Jamey Johnson. These guys are just country through and through and nothing is going to change that.

  4. Brody Vercher
    July 24, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Speaking of Guy Clark and commercial endorsements, check out the totally awesome ad spots he narrated for Pace Salsa a while back: Hands | Sheriff | Agave | Seeds

  5. Matt B.
    July 24, 2008 at 11:46 am

    The funny thing about Jeff Bates is that I actually talked to him yesterday (along with another artist). He’s a genuine, down-home guy, and his personal style may just be that look that’s on the album cover.

  6. Matt B.
    July 24, 2008 at 11:47 am

    As for ‘selling out’ I am of the opinion that it’s one other way to get your music out there to a wide audience.

  7. Brady Vercher
    July 24, 2008 at 11:50 am

    So Jeff Bates thinks that “airhead” is an adequate moniker to describe mainstream radio, eh?

  8. Josu
    July 24, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Great blog here!! New web site in spanish

  9. Stormy
    July 24, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Paula: How much of Miley’s stuff have you heard? Because seriously “I Got My Heart Set On You”–WORSE than the Corey Hart song it ripped off. I’m not a fan of Sugarland but them on a eternal loop would be a much higher circle of hell than Miley.

    Knowing that she had a 30 something guy screwing around with her when she was 15 explains so much about Mindy McCready. But I still say if she would just write from the guts of her life, she could be the country singer of her generation.

    I’m with Kelly on the selling out: I don’t really see it as selling out when the band or artist is chosen to create a mood for the product.

  10. Kelly
    July 24, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I also always got a kick out of Clark’s Taco Cabana ads…just like Grandma used to make….

  11. Matt B.
    July 24, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Jeff Bates may or may not been the artist who I mentioned yesterday. I also interviewed two other artists.

  12. leeann
    July 24, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Vince probably has to do an acoustic tour to make up for the huge amount of musicians he took on tour to promote his boxset. I wish he would come near me too. I’ve only been able to see him in concert once and it was all that I hoped it would be.

  13. Stormy
    July 24, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Kelly: And people who live in the right parts of the country know the power of the Burrito Lady spot.

    Well I was sitting at home wishing I had me a burrito
    A burrito would be oh so sweet right now

    That my friends is true songwriting!

  14. Matt B.
    July 24, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    i saw Vince at a country music festival in 1997 when he was the Headliner. The opener? Keith Urban (as the Ranch). He played for 2 hours, had 3 encores and had 2 drummers (“because I can”).

  15. leeann
    July 24, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    To continue the Vince testimonials, when I saw him, his opening act was Jon Randall. His show started at eight and lasted until midnight when the old people finally started filtering out.

  16. Matt B.
    July 24, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    LOL, Vince said “I have tomorrow off, I’m liable to play all night.” It was at the Gorge one of the best amphitheaters in the country (it’s similar to Red Rocks).

  17. Paula
    July 24, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Stormy – admittedly, not a lot. But then again, she’s 15 and admits to being a pop artist for the teeny-boppers. Sugarland is trying to convince everyone that they are mature country artists. I aint buying.

  18. Hollerin' Ben
    July 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    good detective work Brady.

  19. Rick
    July 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    DetourAhead! (lol)
    Attn Stormy: Kasey Chambers and hubby Shane Nicholson are booking some gigs across the US starting here in LA at McCabe’s Guitar Shop on September 12! Here’s the current list but hopefully a lot more dates will be added: (say Austin for instance….)

    Friday Sept. 12 Santa Monica -McCabe’s Guitar Shop
    Tuesday Sept. 16 New York, NY
    Wednesday Sept. 17 Alexandria, VA
    Thursday Sept. 18 Chicago, IL

    This concludes this message from the emergency broadcast system and we now resume normal programming…..

  20. Stormy
    July 24, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I know, and her cd should be here soon!!

  21. leeann
    July 24, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I love Kasey Chambers!

  22. Jordan Stacey
    July 24, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    I hope Kasey doesn’t cancel them like last time.

  23. Marc
    July 24, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    I’ll travel to a Kasey show.. but hopefully she does her stuff, not just the new combined stuff.

  24. Peter Kohan
    July 24, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for referencing that post – and for turning me onto the Wired post. Much appreciated.

  25. Cliff Buck
    April 6, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I can’t see why the critics don’t like miley’s newest song – I think it is fantastic.

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