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Brody Vercher | September 9th, 2010

  1. Occasional Hope
    September 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I’m not convinced the Billboard answer adds up. Is there time for the numbers to be calculated, the magazine to go to print, and for it to be distributed, all after sales hours are over on Monday? Does anyone have accurate information on that? (Wikipedia is saying the sales tracking week for Billboard is Monday to Sunday.)

  2. luckyoldsun
    September 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Mr. Vercher has a serious deficiency in reading comprehension if he believes that the excerpt that he quotes from the liner notes to the Ray Price album show that the writer “doesn’t seem too high on Kristofferson.”

    Those notes were intended to help SELL the LP. Presumably, it was believed that most readers could perceive irony when it was right in front of their face and would recognize that as a rave review of Kristofferson. It’s ridiculous to think that Columbia Records would put out an album of Ray Price singing Kristoferson and would put on the back cover an essay that was insulting to Kristofferson.

  3. Paul W Dennis
    September 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    It wasn’t Brody’s opinion, it was that of Wilcox at Country California. And yes, if you read the entire liner notes they DO seem SOMEWHAT dismissive of Kristofferson

  4. Brady Vercher
    September 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Come on dude, if you were to click on the link (which I doubt you did) that passage sure sounds dismissive. Even if the irony angle is plausible, not catching on doesn’t indicate a “serious deficiency in reading comprehension.” Although, as I recall, someone did exhibit a lack of reading comprehension just a few days ago. And more recently, that same someone mixed up Don Williams and Vern Gosdin.

    Who uses a Kenny Chesney song as a pseudonym anyways?

  5. CMW
    September 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    A Kenny Chesney song!? You kill me, Vercher.

  6. Chris N.
    September 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Somewhere, Frankie Laine weeps.

  7. Barry Mazor
    September 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    ..and Ray Charles, and Sam Cooke, and Frank Sinatra and, oh, Johnny Cash and …

  8. Jon
    September 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I read that passage and it didn’t seem dismissive to me; rather, it was the set-up for the no-generation-gap claim of the next paragraph. If anything, I thought the “new breed” irony was kind of heavy-handed.

    On the release day thing, the weekend distribution explanation is the one I’ve heard most often.

    Thanks for the shout-out on the SteelDrivers piece. I like those guys a lot, and I feel like history’s vindicating – at least a little bit – the original version of the liner notes I wrote for their first studio album, which did *not* put Chris’s singing right at the beginning. If I’d had more space in the Scene, I’d have gone into greater detail about the ways in which the band wasn’t built around his voice, but c’est la vie…

  9. luckyoldsun
    September 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Chris N.
    Are you the only one who still knows that it’s a FRANKIE LAINE song?
    (btw, I can’t believe those SOB’s at Columbia Legacy have completely deleted FL from their listings–as if he never existed!)

  10. Chris N.
    September 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I probably shouldn’t take a shot at Brady the same day my column gets posted. This is why I’m not more successful.

  11. Jon
    September 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    @Chris N., that’s not why at all. ;-)

  12. Chris N.
    September 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Tough room.

  13. Benny
    September 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Actually isn’t it more a Hoagy Carmichaeal song? but yeah Frankie Laine still has the best version..

    And those liner notes seem more like their trying to do away with the prejudices against Kristofferson and the “new breed”, like that those guys really can have class.. I have that album on LP myself and actually love those orchestrated versions of Kris’ songs (plus “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Sweet Memories” & the title track) with Ray’s voice.. a weird mix, but works for me..

  14. Brady Vercher
    September 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Now I can’t even tell if CM was in on the joke or not (I hope he has at least that much faith in me). I know it’s not a Chesney song and even had a little emoticon and removed it thinking it would be obvious enough. Oh well.

  15. luckyoldsun
    September 9, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    TLOS was actually written by Beasley Smith and Haven Gillespie (who also wrote “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”!–not Hoagy Carmichael.
    FL is associated with Carmichael because he did a great version of “Rocking Chair”–which impressed Hoagy.
    It’s funny that a lot of casual fans think Laine was a country singer–even though Nashville had no use for him and he never had a hit on the country charts.

    And I agree that those liner notes were intended to talk up Kristofferson to Ray Price’s fans and to explain why Price was associating with a “longhair.” They certainly were not intended to denigrate Kristofferson. Apparently, it’s the guy from Country California who has trouble recognizing irony.

  16. CMW
    September 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    For the record, I read Brady’s comment as a joke and meant that he ‘killed’ me in a good way; his Chesney quip made me laugh out loud.

    Surprised by the alternate readings of the liner notes, but I guess Canaday’s tone is a little hard to suss out. I think the part that got me was the way he seems to undercut Kristofferson in the line about the songs taking on “a richness maybe even the songwriters didn’t guess they had,” and what a total mismatch that is with the way Kristofferson would probably be talked about now, when it’s practically taken for granted that he’s some kind of genius.

    Obviously, we have the advantage(?) of looking from a historical distance, but much of Kristofferson’s reputation today is built on stuff he’d already written and performed by 1971 (when I Won’t Mention It Again came out).

  17. luckyoldsun
    September 10, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Re: “Taking on a richness maybe even the songwriters didn’t guess they had”–

    That’s hardly undercutting the writer–In fact, it’s almost standard praise that songwriters themselves like to give to singers who interptet their songs. Merle Haggard said essentially the same thing about Iris Dement’s recording of “Big City.”. And I believe Randy Travis said something quite similar regarding Carrie Underwood and “I Told You So.”

  18. Benny
    September 10, 2010 at 8:24 am

    My bad Luckyoldsun, came to my mind this morning that it wasn’t Carmicheal after all.. must have confused it with “Georgia on My Mind” which Laine also recorded one of the earliest versions of..

  19. luckyoldsun
    September 10, 2010 at 10:26 am

    And Ray Charles’ versions of both “Georgia” and “L-O-S” seem to show a lot of Laine influence, though Frankie’s never given credit anymore.

  20. Matt Bjorke
    September 10, 2010 at 11:25 am

    As somebody who worked in retail, the “Tuesday” release day was a way of trying to get people into stores on what is typically the slowest day of the week. However, I can see the validity of the Billboard chart angle too.

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