Nashville Radio Station WSM Heads ‘Back to the Barn’

Brody Vercher | January 22nd, 2009

  1. Country Music Lover
    January 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Amber Digby will be one of the artist performing on that first show. That’s pretty cool that they’re having her.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the show will be successful. I sure hope so. I hope that it’s a sign of Nashville making some changes, and that it’s the beginning of another traditional revival. I sure hope so.

  2. Rick
    January 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I’m really interested to hear how the new WSM show turns out, although it does conflict with “Battlestar Gallactica” for the next nine weeks or so out here on the West Coast. The WSM staffers behind the program will have total freedom booking acts, unlike at the Opry where Pete Fisher and Opry traditions rule with an iron fist. The choice of Amber Digby to be a guest on the premiere episode speaks volumes about the breadth of artists they intend to feature, and I’m sure Eddie Stubbs had a lot to do with that. Hopefully Ashley Monroe, Elizabeth Cook, Sunny Sweeney, and The Wrights won’t be far behind.

    First it was Hag writing a song praising Shrillary Rotten Clinton and now he’s been inspired by Emperor Obama. He’s making it increasingly difficult for me to listen to any of his music. Thanks, Merle….

    I think Keith Urban sould name his new album “Defying Slumping Country Music Album Sales” as his fans are particularly devoted.

    Many country artists start out with music based in traditional roots and move further away towards pop and rock over time to appeal to radio and a wider audience. Dierks Bentley in contrast seems to be heading back in the other direction. Good on ya Dierks.

  3. Chris N.
    January 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    “Shrillary”? Really? What grade are you in?

  4. J.R. Journey
    January 22, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    In the Hag’s defense, there’s really not a lot of difference between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama politically. They share many of the same views on policy. So I don’t see it as any kind of ship-jumping or being wishy-washy on Merle’s part.

    And when did Obama become emperor?

  5. Sam G.
    January 22, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Even with only the cursory knowledge of Hag’s discography that I have, I don’t think his left-leaning songwriting should come as any great shock to a country music fan.

  6. Matt C.
    January 22, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    For the WSM trollers or others who might know:

    Does the institution of “Back to the Barn” mean the end of “WSM by Request” with Eddie Stubbs? If so, that’s a shame, because as much as some might enjoy “Back to the Barn,” “WSM by Request” is undoubtedly the best program on country radio and it would be a devastating loss for fans of traditional country music.

  7. Peter
    January 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    That’s just Right-wingy Rickie being his usually open-minded self LOL

  8. Rick
    January 22, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Peter, you sure hit the nail on the head with that comment…(lol)

    Matt C., I’m hoping that Eddie’s request show just gets moved to another night as it does dig up some really obscure gems. I’ve made some requests at the start of that show a few times and I don’t think Eddie’s ever played any of them! He must have a personal grudge against The Willis Brothers as I don’t think requesting “Give Me 40 Acres” is a bad choice. Oh well…

    Amber Digby is excited about the coverage The 9513 is giving to WSM’s “Back To The Barn” in this topic thread! She posted a new MySpace Blog today and hope it signals a welcome mat in Nashville for traditionalists like herself. Go Amber!


    (PS – She also posted a new blog about being in “active songwriter” mode today. Go Amber, Go!)

  9. diver
    January 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    A couple of nights ago, I attended an acoustical performance of LeAnn Rimes in Beaver Creek , CO. Just LeAnn and a very talented guitarist. I was totally blown away by her powerful voice.
    She shared quite a bit with the audience that is referred to in the above article. She sang ,not only her old and new songs, but covers by Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder and Patsy Cline. The audience loved her with a standing ovation for this eclectic show covering all genres. I was not a fan until now. Hope she wins a Grammy for her nominated song that is a twist on the Serenity Prayer.

  10. David Nisbet, Scotland
    January 24, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Hope that “Back To The Barn” will be archived like the Opry is – it’ll be on a bit too late for me in Scotland!

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