Newspaper Pulled Aldean Review After Advertiser Pressure; Gregg Allman Biopic Shuts Down; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | March 3rd, 2014

  • Stop the presses: Lee Ann Womack might unveil some details about her next album later this week according to a tweet she made over the weekend.
  • A scathing Baltimore City Paper review of a Jason Aldean concert has taken on a life of its own after it was pulled due to pressure from the Baltimore Arena, LiveNationDC (who promoted the concert) and Under Armour (a sponsor of Aldean).
  • Bruce Springsteen will release a 12” vinyl EP called American Beauty on Record Store Day (April 26).
  • Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin interviewed Kevin Fowler about his new album coming out this week, How Country Are Ya?  An excerpt: “That’s the good thing and the bad thing about the scene here. It’s all about touring. It’s all about the fan base, not as much about radio airplay, it’s about getting people in the door. How we make our living is touring and merchandise. That’s the great thing about it is that it helps it create a career where you can play for thirty or forty years like Jerry Jeff Walker or Robert Earl Keen. They’re still out there touring, so you’ve gotta stay on the road.” 
  • The worldly C.M. Wilcox has a new Quotable Country column up over at Country California.
  • The Gregg Allman biopic is “shutting down” following the train crash that killed a crew member.
  • David Nail discussed his new album, I’m a Fire, in an interview on posted a preview of his song “Lyle County” if you want to hear it early.
  • Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke Tour is dazzling concert-goers Down Under.
  • JT Hodges celebrated Johnny Cash’s birthday last week by performing “Get Rhythm.”
  • Does it bother anyone else that the cover of Cole Swindell’s album pictures him wearing a baseball cap that has the initials GS instead of CS?
  • Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. won the Bruce Corwin Award at the 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival for scoring Satellite Beach.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Highway 4“Long Road Home”

Small Town Pistols“Colour Blind”

Lee Matthews – “That Country Girl”

Marty Brown“Whatever Makes You Smile”

Ashley Leone“Spinning”

John Waller“Life is a Gift”

The Moonshine“Flood”

D. Charles Speer & The Helix“Wallwalker”

Mando Saenz“Pocket Change”

Lindsay Ell“Trippin’ on Us” 

The Sea The Sea“Love We Are We Love”

Joshua Scott Jones“Honk (If You’re Tonky)”

The Statesboro Revue“Huck Finn”

Kevin Fowler“Love Song”

The Wild Feathers“Got It Wrong”

Possessed By Paul James “There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely” (live at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country)

Farewell Drifters “Modern Age”

The Haden Triplets “Single Girl, Married Girl” (on Conan)

  1. Sam G.
    March 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Re: Cole Swindell’s cap — YES!!!!! Dear Lord, it’s annoyed the crap out of me ever since I saw that picture.

    Either there was some tragic miscommunication between his camp and the logo designer, or he’s a huge George Strait fan, or he doesn’t know how to spell his own name. Honestly, I’m not sure which scenario is most likely.

  2. Jack WIlliams
    March 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

    My guess is that it’s for Georgia Southern, where he apparently went to college. If so, I wonder how Georgia Southern alumnus Elizabeth Cook feels when/if she sees him representing her alma mater.

  3. Barry Mazor
    March 3, 2014 at 10:54 am

    There are some old Buick “Grand Sport” caps that look a lot like that, but Jack seems to be right; there are caps with just that slightly overlapping GS logo on the Georgia Southern site.

  4. Six String Richie
    March 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I heard about that Jason Aldean concert review. I feel like media reviewers always go easy on country and give positive album and concert reviews even when they aren’t deserved. It’s a shame that when an honest review comes out it is pulled.

  5. Barry Mazor
    March 3, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I don’t know, Six-String, that media reviewers–professional ones, paid by papers and such, which was the case with the Baltimore story–go easier or harder on any genre of music over another. There’s just less and less reviewing of music in those places altogether, and country’s rarely gotten all that much attention in most any of them–positive or negative. It’s always been a field in which the personality journalism sort of thing has been a lot more prevalent than serious consideration–though it’s certainly good that a few large publications and dedicated places like this site take up the job.

    Maybe you live some place that pays more attention than most.

  6. Six String Richie
    March 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    There aren’t many reviewers in my area but I was referring to reviews I’ve seen online from papers like USA Today and the Oakland Press giving favorable reviews to albums like Based on a True Story, Crash My Party, Night Train and The Outsiders even though in the country blog world those albums generally were not well received.

    I greatly appreciate country blogs like this one for giving fair and thoughtful reviews and providing interesting news.

  7. Barry Mazor
    March 3, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I hera you, then. One reason is that some writers are simply more pop-oriented and mainstream country friendly than others. (As a look at something like the Nashville Scene’s annual Country Music Writers’ Poll always reminds us.) There are writers much more in tune with Americana or traditional country acts, or who come from some edgier sort of rock background and feel free to take up these topics. (Some of those may not even be very respectful of the country audience.)

    Horse races, in the long run; we all get to know which writers interest us whether we agree or not, which ones we trust and even, in some cases, writers who are so the opposite in taste from our own that we can use them as no-fail tests THAT way.

    No, I’m not about to name any names.

  8. luckyoldsun
    March 3, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    The Aldean review in the Baltimore City Paper seems to have been a deliberate attempt to provocatively insult Aldean and his fans. The reviewer certainly has the right to do that. But the advertiser also has the right to choose not to be associated with a publication that condescends to its base in that fashion.

    The Baltimore paper should have given space for a rejoinder by a facile “redneck” writer the following week or two, that would have been equally contemptuous and insulting to the reviewer as the reviewer had been to Aldean. That might have quelled the anger.

  9. Cowboy Simon
    March 5, 2014 at 11:52 am

    @ luckyoldsun:
    Aldean refers to his fans as “rednecks”. There is no issue here. Aldean is a disgrace to music – he has no talent.

  10. TX Music Jim
    March 5, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    To me the point is freedom of the press the review should not have been censored. I dislike Aldean’s music for the most part and would not pay to see him preform. However, don;t send a journalist to review a show if you don’t want their honest take on what they see. A free press is important. I would feel the same way if it was a review of an artist i dearly loved.

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