Rich’s Manager Wants Lawsuit Dropped; Opry Experiments With Captioning

Brody Vercher | June 22nd, 2009

  1. Stormy
    June 22, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Julianne Hough landed the role of Ariel Moore for the remake of the ’80s film Footloose.
    And Zach Effron is playing Kevin Bacon’s character.

    Why are they doing this to Footloose? Okay, it was a bad movie, but it doesn’t deserve to be punished like this.

  2. Andrew Lacy
    June 22, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Actually, it says Effron turned down the role.

  3. Matt B.
    June 22, 2009 at 11:57 am


    Actually Gossip Girl’s Chase Crawford is playing Bacon’s character according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    This isn’t to say that I don’t agree with you…

    Nice to know how Nashville would really feel about a gay singer in that Marc Oswald quote.

  4. Kelly
    June 22, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Matt B – As dumb of a thing to say as it was and as sad as the reality is, it’s not exactly front page news that Nashville, or much of the country music-buying public for that matter would be slow to accept a homosexual star. That would have to be worse than bashing a republican president on foreign soil, right :-)

  5. Stormy
    June 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I don’t know if Chase Crawford makes it better or worse.

  6. Leeann Ward
    June 22, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    yeah, Rich’s Manager certainly didn’t provide breaking news there.

  7. Kelly
    June 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Leeann – Stormy didnt say it, but she is just commenting here today to make us jealous of her going to the Chambers/Nicholson show tonight in Austin….we’re onto you Stormy!!

  8. Matt B.
    June 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm


    You’re right and it’s mostly true in the pop/rock world too. Still, it really shouldn’t matter one way or another if the music is great. There are many gay/lesbian people working ‘behind the scenes’ in Nashville so I hardly think it’s the industry persae but rather what the Industry (execs, radio stations) perceives folks (listeners/fans) would think if their favorite star were gay or lesbian.

  9. Leeann Ward
    June 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Kelly, I believe you’re right. Mmm…Very devious, Stormy!

  10. Kelly
    June 22, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Matt B – agreed on all points.

  11. Stormy
    June 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Neener Neener Neener.

  12. CraigR.
    June 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    MattB. as a gay fan of country music I think the reason that a gay singer wouldn’t make it now has to do with sex appeal. Male and female singers have to attract fans that not only hear them but see them and want them. Sex has been a tipping point in music for a long while. But once you add a music video, 24/7 news and a shorter period of time to become a fan favorite- you knock gay right off the map and people of color to a large extent too. Look at how Chesney and Randy Travis attacked when they were called gay. Look at what happened to the third member of Sugarland. I still believe that Terri Clark might have had greater sales had she not been a handsome woman. Oswald and his type are so afraid of not being liked or or famous thay don’t have the courage to be real or true. That is why John Rich’s songs fall flat. In the end he is just taking a position to be famous. And in the end many gay singer/songwriter might find that it is better to be in the closet than out- many have already discovered that fact.

  13. J.R. Journey
    June 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I bought a digital copy of the Todd Snider live album and I’m enjoying it thoroughly.

    Thanks for the link to the giveaway too – an album as great as My Turn deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.

    Re: the gay/lesbian issue. I have to agree with Matt B. on all the points he made too and add that I don’t think we’ll see acceptance for gays so widespread that ‘the silent majority’ will be tolerant enough to accept a gay country star; not in my lifetime. I think we’re still generations away from that. And I also think being openly gay would be a lot worse for a career (in mainstream country music) than bashing the President.

  14. Rick
    June 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I think Julianne and Chuck should be cast as the leads in a remake of “Grease”! At least that would be worth watching….well, maybe anyway.

    Interesting comment about the Cherryholmes concert:
    “Unfortunately, there was not much of a crowd to enjoy the show. The audience of 902 was the smallest this summer in this series presented by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. But if the band members were bothered, they never showed it. They knew that they were making fine music for the fans who did turn out. For Cherryholmes, everything is obviously relative.”

    See, the problem is that Bluegrass music was not developed in Texas nor by Texans, so they just don’t give a damn down there! (lol) Next time the Cherryholmes just need to add a couple of Bob Wills’ songs to their set when they head to the Lone Star State. As for being disappointed, as long as Jere gets paid their minimum booking fee he doesn’t care if anyone shows up! (lol)

  15. Rick
    June 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Rick’s Random Tidbits: For all you “Old School” (or in my case just “Old”) fans of retail CD’s, this week Best Buy is featuring both the new Holly Williams’ album “Here With Me” and Ryan Bingham’s new release for an introductory price of $8. Even though I have an advance copy of Holly’s CD I plan on buying the retail version as I don’t mind paying for music that’s worth something to me. Well that and the picture of Holly on the front….

  16. Razor X
    June 22, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I don’t think we’ll see acceptance for gays so widespread that ‘the silent majority’ will be tolerant enough to accept a gay country star; not in my lifetime. I think we’re still generations away from that.

    I actually don’t think audiences would have a huge problem with it, as long as the artist wasn’t too flamboyant about it. I don’t think we’re ready for a country version of Boy George yet, but I don’t think people would really care what someone does in their private life. I think the bigger problem would be for the suits in Nashville to figure out how to market a gay star.

  17. Vicki
    June 22, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I’ll need to find out when Cherryholmes is playing close to me. I’d care! But then I live in Kentucky.

  18. merlefan49
    June 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    When the Cherryholmes play bluegrass it’s hard to beat em. I wasn’t overly impressed with the last cd.

  19. Matt B.
    June 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I think the bigger problem would be for the suits in Nashville to figure out how to market a gay star.

    Many would argue they don’t know how to market any stars these days at least labels not called Capitol and Big Machine.

  20. Rick
    June 22, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Rick’s Random Tidbits, Part II: I just came across these Julianne Fluff comments from the current SHAPE magazine (at and I just had to share them!

    “Julianne Hough, who bares her bikini body along with LeAnn Rimes and fellow country star Martina McBride on the cover of Shape, has had her own share of negative press. “I’ve gotten some really mean e-mails from fans telling me they think I’ve changed, that I’m not the sweet, innocent Julianne I used to be,” says the Dancing with the Stars pro. “My cure for that is to tell myself I’m awesome, I’m confident, and I totally believe in myself!”

    “”I pretty much eat what I want. My trick is to stop as soon as I’m full,” Hough says. “Last night my sister ordered Mexican food and I was like, ‘What are you trying to do to me? I have a shoot tomorrow!’ But I ate until I felt satisfied, and then I was done.””

    Wow, that gal is intellectually compelling!…(lol)

  21. Nicolas
    June 23, 2009 at 2:06 am

    ^ Old news, the magazine cover has already been covered in a previous news update on here

    And I would think it’d be cool to have a gay country star =)

  22. Stormy
    June 23, 2009 at 6:48 am

    There’s a taste for those of you who did not get to see Kasey and Shane.

  23. J.R. Journey
    June 23, 2009 at 11:05 am

    “My cure for that is to tell myself I’m awesome, I’m confident, and I totally believe in myself!”

    Sounds like Julianne has been reading Dr. Ruth’s books or listening to a self-help tape. Seriously? You keep telling yourself that, Julianne. Maybe one day you’ll have some awe to you.

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