New Label Imprint Includes Brad Paisley; Country Music Hall of Fame Redesigns; Full Album Concerts

Brody Vercher | November 16th, 2009

  1. TimeO
    November 16, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Surely Sea Gayle records will eventually ink Crystal Gayle. In fact, without her, does that name even have a meaning?

  2. Rick
    November 16, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Sounds like its time Ashley Monroe became a full fledged member of “Kill Nashville Pop”, a movement inspired by the song “Murder On Music Row”. Ashley would look great in one of those “Unite Hillbilly Nation” T-shirts! (lol)

    I saw the band Old Californio do a “full album concert” of their album “Westering Again” and didn’t realize this was some kind of concert trend happening elsewhere. Its a fine concept, well at least when an album is full of music worth hearing live…

  3. Matt B.
    November 16, 2009 at 11:06 am

    That Jerrod Niemann record is really good. It is a bit wacky in places but Jerrod’s another like Jamey Johnson who is traditional country.

  4. Thomas
    November 16, 2009 at 11:31 am

    …sounds to me, as if the judds are really carefully looking at all the options.

  5. Matt B.
    November 16, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Jamey Johnson basically does “Full Album” concerts track by track and his band is most of the same cats who played on the record. It’s a phenomenon that’s good in certain instances.

  6. Stewman
    November 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Sorry Ashley, I dont think I need to hear about the future of Country music from a 21 year old. I get that you performed with Raconteurs and have great buzz, but pipe down a bit.

  7. Jon
    November 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I dont think I need to hear about the future of Country music from a 21 year old.

    What are you doing here then?

  8. Larry Kerflapowitz
    November 16, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Yeah, Ashley, don’t say anything until you’re too old to make a difference.

  9. Truersound
    November 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for that Mules article!

  10. Michael
    November 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Considering the state of the music industry, I’m surprised anyone is starting a new record label. Anyway, I think it would be awesome to hear Mary Chapin Carpenter do Come On Come On or Stones in the Road in concert.

  11. Dan
    November 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I just laughed at a snide Jon comment. I feel unclean. ;)

  12. Jim Malec
    November 16, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I dont think I need to hear about the future of Country music from a 21 year old.

    I think that’s exactly who we should be hearing about it from. After all, they’re the ones who are going to define it.

  13. Leeann Ward
    November 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Ha, Dan. Me too.

    I’m perplexed by your comment, Stewman, which isn’t new. You’re going to dismiss someone on account of her age?

    I agree with Jim.

  14. Chris N.
    November 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    You’re really not going to get far around here insulting Ashley Monroe.

  15. idlewildsouth
    November 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Considering the fact that Ashley Monroe’s record deal went down mostly because she was struggling to compromise what she felt was truly her, which is truly country, I’d like for her to speak up a little more. She’s one of the few her age that will.

  16. Barry Mazor
    November 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I haven’t found dismissals of people’s views because they’re 21 or 81 to be very useful. Age is not enough information.

  17. Chris N.
    November 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Hank Williams and Gram Parsons died before they were 30. It’s a shame they didn’t live long enough to really become country music experts.

  18. Ben Milam
    November 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    age, no. taste and communication skills, probably. i gotta share this: i was doing a presentation in my spanish class this morning. the idea is present a power point slide show and tell the class about yourself en espanol. the girl that went after me had a slide about the music she liked and there was a big pic of taylor swift on the screen. right when it appeared about half the class sounded like bluto from animal house when they showed the slide of flounder during the pledge meeting. some girl in the back said under her breath, “she’s no wynona judd that’s for sure.” gotta love small town usa.

  19. Steve Harvey
    November 16, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    what country albums would you like to hear in concert from beginning to end?
    Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison

  20. Carisa M
    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Any live record that wasn’t pre-packaged & shoved down your throat like Top 20 radio.

    Until the industry (the artists) start taking control of what they put out there then we’re forced to listen to garbage. Ashley is correct & her age is perfect to take back country music from people that are too old to RUN the business.

    Thankfully, Ragweed is on the cutting edge of giving the fans their shows. I listen to their live records all the time.

  21. Rick
    November 16, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    What I would like to know is what specific event triggered Ashley to post that tweet! Did she DVR the CMA awards and just get around to watching Taylor Swift win the “Female Vocalist of the Year” award? Hmm…

    I’m trying to like the Wiyos, but the fact they’ve been out on the “Obamavoter Victory and Pot Smoking Tour” with Willie, Bob, and John is just too much for me to bear…

  22. Jon
    November 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Interesting. Monroe’s tweet seems to be something of an inkblot.

  23. Jeff Dykhuis
    November 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I agree with Carisa, Bands and musicians from Texas are all about live music, some have released live albums before even releasing a studio recording and have made their reputations on their live shows completely. That does not mean that they don’t know what to do in the studio either, just check out Mike McClure’s music and the artists he has produced, he has almost single handedly brought Texas and Red Dirt music into the 21st century. Artists like Cross Canadian Ragweed and Willie Nelson have also been releasing recordings of the concert you are at 15 minutes after the show on a USB wristband.
    I have bought live concert CD’s from Nashville artists and i have not found one in the last 20 years that i can think of that i actually liked, most were complete train wrecks. Go back further and check out the ones who did it right like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Pat Green’s live at Billy Bobs is a somewhat recent favorite and i am looking forward to Wade Bowen’s live album being recorded this weekend at Billy Bob’s and Jason Boland will be releasing a live album early spring.
    As far as wishing to hear an album done in concert front to back i would say Waylon Jennings “Honky Tonk Heroes” would be perfect.

  24. Stormy
    November 16, 2009 at 7:36 pm
  25. Nicolas
    November 16, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Sea Gayle Records? Usually record labels have nice rings to them… that just sounds silly lol

  26. Jon
    November 16, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Sea Gayle’s a new label imprint, but the publishing company’s been around for years.

  27. Razor X
    November 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I don’t understand why Sony is starting a new imprint when they closed shop on a historic label like Epic just a few years ago, in order to streamline their operations. Or is this just a partnership between Sony and the publishing company? There also doesn’t seem to be any mention as to whether Paisley’s future products will bear the new imprint.

  28. Matt B.
    November 16, 2009 at 9:14 pm


    This is a Sea Gayle label that is being distributed by Sony Nashville and promoted by their promotional team. As for Paisley, I think that could be the case very soon.

  29. Rick
    November 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Somehow “Sea Gayle” just doesn’t seem appropriate for landlocked Tennessee! I think something more befitting of the big label Nashville mentality these days would be “See Spot Run”…

  30. Trailer
    November 16, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I’d love to hear “Red Headed Stranger” live in concert.

  31. Michael Devers
    November 16, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    what country albums would you like to hear in concert from beginning to end?

    Willie Nelson – Red-Headed Stranger (the classic version, not the new extended version)

  32. Michael Devers
    November 16, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Since Trailer beat me to it by 1 minute let me also add my second choice:

    Uncle Tupelo – Anodyne (the classic version, not the new extended version)

  33. idlewildsouth
    November 16, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Not only did Hank die before he was 30, but Jesus wasn’t but 33, and he did some cool things in that time.

  34. Thomas
    November 17, 2009 at 4:46 am

    …write a meaningful song about it, ashley.

  35. Vicki
    November 17, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Could Sea Gayle but the more traditional side of country? Sony Nashville going full blown contemporary country?

  36. Ham
    November 17, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Ashley spent the week before the CMA’s with Miranda. No wonder her comment. Someone please explain why a vocalist award didn’t go to a vocalist?

  37. Chris N.
    November 17, 2009 at 9:52 am

    John Keats died at 25. He could have been a pretty good poet if only he’d lived longer.

  38. Stewman
    November 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

    So you’re comparing Ashley Monroe to Hank Williams & Gram Parsons? Seems like a fair comparison, an artist who hasnt released one album to two musical legends. Im not saying she cant have an opinion, and her opinion is probably right, it was just a bit dramatic and also slightly self-serving

  39. Matt B.
    November 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm


    Ashley Monroe DOES have an album out. It’s not a CD copy but seeing as you have the internet, you can get it from places like Amazon, iTunes and eMusic.

    As for Sony Nashville, the label may have signed Danny Gokey but they also signed Chris Janson who sings a duet with Holly Williams on her record.

  40. Cardsgal
    November 17, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I agree with Stewman that Ashley’s tweet was self-serving. Me thinks she partook of the same sour grapes that the Judds were eating.

  41. Nikita
    November 19, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I would say A Place To Land By Little Big Town fom finsih to end

    Love There Biggest Australian fan

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