Rhonda Vincent Announces New Album; Steel Guitarist Ben Keith Passed On; Worst Album Titles

Brody Vercher | July 28th, 2010

  1. Craig R.
    July 28, 2010 at 11:45 am

    It seems to me that Jason Aldean is always defending the fact that he is country. It is sad that he doesn’t realize that his music speaks for itself. He is right that his lyrics- as pandering, bland, and cliche as they usually are- do sound country. But his music is so uncountry. Here is a young man who has allowed his limited talent to be molded, twisted, and cheapened by an industry that sells him fame in order to make money off of an image. Maybe he was willing make that deal. Maybe he is too young and lmited to see how obtuse he sounds. Or maybe he doesn’t understand that he is not gracing country music with his sound, but slapping it’s face under the guise of changing it up a bit. Whatever reason one picks I can only hope that Jason Aldean will stop defending his music. He only sounds as shallow and tepid as it does.

  2. Thomas
    July 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    …sorry no time, i’ve got to add katie armiger’s album title to the list over at country universe.
    this title must be a record-breaking attempt to spell: boring.

    July 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Don’t disagree with the bulk of comments on Aldean. However, “The Truth” was a good song.

  4. highwayman3
    July 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Did you actually want to add the news about James Ottos new album or was it just a desperate attempt to get a comment out of Holly from East Tennessee?

  5. Michael A.
    July 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Hah! :)

  6. Cardsgal
    July 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Armiger could amp up her CD’s title by changing it to CONFESSIONS OF A ‘NICE’ GIRL. Oh, and Aldean is a talentless hack who will soon be gone…

  7. Noeller
    July 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Amarillo Sky, The Truth, Why and Big Green Tractor were well written songs that he didn’t butcher, vocally, so much of the time, i don’t really have a problem with JA, but stuff like “She’s Country” is just such a giant pile of dung, and the fact that his vocals are regularly sub-par, make me want to hit the dislike button regularly.

    Y’all like to laugh at me, but history will show Jason Aldean as an Eric Church-wannabe and not the other way around.

  8. Michelle
    July 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I don’t like “Crazy Town.” It does nothing for me, but love most of his other songs. Now he’s an Eric Church wannabe(king of wannabe’s)? Whatever!!

  9. Vicki
    July 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Doesn’t “Crazy Town” sound somewhat like “Hicktown”? Not words..but something about the music I’ve heard before in his music.

  10. Michelle
    July 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t think it sounds like “Hicktown.” It’s not his voice or the music that I don’t like. It’s the lyrics that I don’t like. Just doesn’t do anything for me.

  11. Rick
    July 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    About the same number of people who participated in Katie Armiger’s “Name My Album” contest will wind up buying it at retail.

    The B-29 is part of what until a few years ago used to be called the “Confederate Air Force”. Political correctness ultimately took care of that. I wish they’d change it back, paint confederate flags on the sides of their old WWII warbirds, and make a mock bombing run on the White House while dropping a load of teabags. I could see Aaron leading the formation in a P-51 Mustang…

    So Mark Chesnutt’s label came up with the idea for this project, huh? Do they really think there is any real market for an album of this nature? Hmm…

    Jason Aldean must have an extremely high AirHead Appeal Quotient factor! How else could his success level possibly be explained? The same applies to Luke Bryan and Justin Moore for that matter.

  12. Michelle
    July 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I could say the same about some of the crap you like! You seem to only like female singers anyway. Will you still like Sunny if she ever wins any awards or will she then be considered overrated to ya?

  13. SW
    July 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Where does James Otto get off?

  14. James Otto Sweet Heart
    July 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I shake everything that God gave me at the mention of James Otto, I love him so much and I pray so hard that the precious beautiful sweet hearted teddy bear has himself a safe and awesome 37th birthday tomorrow!!! (big smile)

    God bless you and him always!!!

    Holly in East Tennessee

  15. SW
    July 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I could go on a extended diatribe about how Holly probably also likes GaGa (who actually is pretty cool) and Justin Beiber, a la Lewis and Waynoe, but to each his/her own. James Otto’s ego just isn’t my bag.

  16. James Otto Sweet Heart
    July 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    ^^^ Huh? Who are those people?

    God bless you always!!!

    Holly in East Tennessee

  17. Thomas
    July 29, 2010 at 4:45 am

    …you crack me up every time, holly in east tennessee. probably the most charming super-├╝ber-fan of any country artist.

  18. Leeann
    July 29, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I’m with Thomas.:)

  19. Zach
    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Jason Aldean’s next single is “My Kind of Party”. I don’t need to say anything else.

  20. WAYNOE
    July 29, 2010 at 10:55 am


    Your post I agree with but trying to to discern your comment about Eric Church and Aldean. Not quite there yet.

  21. Brady Vercher
    July 29, 2010 at 11:38 am

    We won’t have any news this morning, but it was just announced that Rascal Flatts is moving to Big Machine Records. I wonder what this means for the other artists Disney was holding on to after deciding to shutter Lyric Street.

  22. Matt Bjorke
    July 29, 2010 at 11:55 am


    Kevin Fowler’s songs are being worked by Bigger Picture, Covington’s song was finished at radio and Tyler Dickerson never got that second single out. My best guess is that Fowler will leave LSR for Bigger Picture outright once the single is done.

  23. Colt
    July 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Can you really cite “Bryan Adams” as evidence of your “edginess”?

  24. Stormy
    July 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t know–he did get his first six string at the five and dime, played it ‘tll his fingers bled, started a band, broke up his band, stood on someone’s porch and swore never ending devotion and had the best days of his life, all when he was 10.

  25. Vicki
    July 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Ok..who has the bigger power now? Big Machine or Arista Nashville?

  26. Matt Bjorke
    July 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm


    Actually, I’d say it’s between Big Machine and Capitol Nashville (which basically has kept the EMI parent company floating in the states, along with Katy Perry).

  27. Noeller
    July 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Waynoe — it’s okay. Most don’t get it yet, and that’s fine. I’m totally cool with where everyone’s head is at right now, but mark my words — history will reward Eric Church and Kellie Pickler as far more talented as they’re currently being given credit for.

  28. WAYNOE
    July 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm


    I do agree that Eric is talented. I think he is underrated for sure. I will leave Pickler for another time however. Not sold on her.

    Eric’s Opry performance of “Lightening” was hauntingly incredible.

  29. Vicki
    July 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Yeah…Eric got points for that performance at the Opry

  30. James Otto Sweet Heart
    August 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    A message for Thomas:

    If you are still here, what is that supposed to mean? Are you making fun of me?

    A message for SW:

    If you are still here, James doesn’t have an ego problem. I know this because I have heard him talk plenty of times. The sweetie couldn’t be more humble. (smiles)

    God bless you and him and Thomas always!!!

    Holly in East Tennessee

  31. Stormy
    August 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    The ability to speak doesn’t equate to lack of ego.

  32. James Otto Sweet Heart
    August 3, 2010 at 12:11 am

    A message for Stormy:

    I wasn’t talking about the ability to speak. I was talking about what James is about. Don’t form an opinion of a person until you know more about them. (smiles)

    God bless you and James always!!!

    Holly in East Tennessee

  33. Stormy
    August 3, 2010 at 8:20 am

    The only opinion of Jame Otto that I need is that his music is basically unlistenable.

  34. Leeann
    August 3, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Otto might be a lot of things, but “unlistenable” seems a bit over-the-top. Then again, that’s how I feel about Ryan Adams. Different strokes.

  35. Adam
    August 3, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I’m not sure why the comment about James Otto’s ego. I met him last summer, and he seemed pretty cool. I’m not sure about the unlistenable comment regarding Otto either. The song “For You” is one of the best sung songs to come out of Nashville by a male singer in a long time.

    Leeann, I agree with Ryan Adams being unlistenable :)

  36. Mike Parker
    August 3, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I third the Ryan Adams comment. As for James Otto, I’m no great fan of his music, but I wouldn’t call it unlistenable. I also won’t comment on his ego, except to say that the couple of times I’ve talked to him (back when he was just another songwriter), he was very personable. I’m also friends with several of his high school friends, and other than to comment on how he was more a headbanger than anything else, the word ego has never come up.

  37. Thomas
    August 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

    @ james otto sweet heart

    …no, i was quite serious. btw. “sunset man” is a fine album, in my book, and “just got started…” one of the best country songs of the millenium.

    god bless you too, holly in east tennessee

  38. Stormy
    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Ryan was a cokehead and coke breeds rage.

  39. James Otto Sweet Heart
    August 3, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Thank you so much, y’all, for your honesty! (smiles)

    God bless you and James always!!

    Holly in East Tennessee

  40. James Otto Sweet Heart
    August 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I probably should have said this earlier, but because of how mature y’all seem to be here, I wish that there were more people like y’all at the official website message forum for Country Weekly magazine. There is like four or five over there who love to gang up on me. Why I haven’t I left the place? I have been there for almost seven years now which is longer than any of them. I am also the one who started the chat about James over there and I don’t intend to leave it no matter how hard they try to take it over by making it be all about them. Anyways, I’m sorry, but I just had to vent.

    God bless you and James always!!!

    Holly in East Tennessee

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