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Brody Vercher | December 19th, 2008

  1. Chris N.
    December 19, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Tim McGraw is part Italian! I recall him getting an award from the National Italian-American Foundation a few years ago.

  2. Brody Vercher
    December 19, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Then what’s he doing wasting his time with Fritos? He needs to be the face of Skinner noodles or Ragu spaghetti sauce.

  3. m.c.
    December 19, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Just an FYI That’s the jolly-good-fellow Ken Barnes with the USA Today list, not Ken Tucker (who is not such a jolly fellow at all).

  4. Brody Vercher
    December 19, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Whoops! Thanks for the catch, I got it fixed.

  5. Sam G.
    December 19, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Faith loves it when Tim cooks up spaghetti and sauce, but she hates it when other women try to grab his meatballs.

  6. Kelly
    December 19, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I think Frito’s are to Italians what Spam is for the folks of Hawaii…

  7. Jaime
    December 19, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Ha to Sam G.!

  8. Rick
    December 19, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    USA Today’s Brian Mansfield includes Taylor Swift’s latest in his Top 5 and has this to say about it:
    “Fearless, Taylor Swift. Reshaping next-generation notions of country music.” I have to agree with him on this one but Taylor is getting help from where they now treat Colbie Caillat as a country artist. even includes an artist profile of Katy Perry just because Taylor is such a big fan. Taylor’s growing legions of “Young Country” fans won’t have a clue what real country music is all about and won’t care either.

    Chris Thile was on Prairie Home Campanion last week and brought the house down with a solo mandolin performance of a White Stripes song. Go figure….

    Thanks for the Rosie Flores song link. Great stuff combining her Texas roots with her time spent here in LA as part of the local country music scene that was happening from the late 70’s through the mid 80’s. Even Vince Gill lived out here for awhile during that period and that’s how he met his first wife Janice.

    Great job per usual by Trailer at PhotoCrap. Always appreciated.

  9. Chris N.
    December 19, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    That’s the news, and now the weather …

  10. Rick
    December 19, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    It appears a lot of iTunes buyers agree with American Songwriter about The Steeldrivers! Here’s the news (borrowed from CountryStandardTime):

    “The SteelDrivers Go Number One on iTunes!
    (Friday, December 19, 2008) The SteelDrivers were the number one seller on iTunes in 2008 in the “Americana/Bluegrass Album” category for their self-titled debut, beating out number two Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s “Raising Sand.” (Wow!)

    The SteelDrivers were also recently nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group along with Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland and Lady Antebellum. Produced by Luke Wooten (Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale and Dierks Bentley), the release has received much acclaim.”

    One more tidbit regarding “New Country”: Today in my dermatologist’s office the December 8, 08 issue of People Magazine described the Jonas Brothers as a “Hot Country Act”! I guess Taylor Swift’s reshaping of the notion of country music has already hit People big time! Uhoh….

  11. Nashville4u
    December 19, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Rick I agree with you on CMT backing Taylor Swift pretty strong, almost to the point of profit over relevance. She is borderline country but now they are covering Colbie Calliat as if she is pure country herself. I did cover her on my website when she did something with Taylor Swift but other than that I don’t see why you would cover her.

    I think more than anything and I am sure Chris and others can tell you news seems to be pouring in a little slow right now so that just might be part of it.

  12. Rick
    December 19, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Nashville4U, if all this wasn’t bad enough I’ve noticed that when has its weekly blogs about new music video’s its reviewing they are now starting to slip in decidedly non-country acts. The newest blog includes a video from Nickleback! What?


    Also in Chet Flippo’s latest “Nashville Skyline” column listing good things he’s savoring from 2008 here’s me favorite entry:

    “Seeing Colbie Caillat sing up close and personal. I already knew that she’s a very effective songwriter, but to watch her singing from a few feet away is to witness and hear a wonder of vocal phrasing. I was following a couple of her songs while looking at lyric sheets, and it was as if she were taking those words off the paper and singing them in her own personal language. And then, as if all that weren’t enough, she delivered a powerfully understated version of the song that persuaded her as a child to seek a musical career: “Killing Me Softly.”

    Wow Chet, that’s just awesome….

  13. PaulaW
    December 19, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    rick – i just finished reading the current skyline before seeing this thread …. and uh …. what was he thinking??? the more i read the more i just shook my head in total confusion.

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