Rockabilly HoFer Dale Hawkins Passed Away; Mindy McCready Covers Garth Brooks; Darius Rucker Not Replacing Kevin Eubanks

Brody Vercher | February 17th, 2010

  1. Rick
    February 17, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I wasn’t familiar with Dale Hawkins but the Creedence Clearwater Revival version of “Suzie Q” was one of the first 45 rpm singles I purchased back in the 1960’s. Great song.

    Steve Miller and Kenny Chesney sharing a stage! Tha’s rates a Double Upchuck in my book. Yechh.

    Trailer’s album covers are a hoot yet again! I think the Martina McBride cover is my favorite! (lol)

    That Jeff Bridges concert here in LA for the Academy types sounds like it was a lot of fun for all of the industry types who attended. I can’t imagine that very many of those in attendance have ever attended a country music concert on purpose…

  2. Chris N.
    February 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Holy crap, a song about being a country boy and living in the country and how flippin’ awesome it is! That Easton Corbin is quite an innovator. I’m just not sure country music is ready for this influx of radical new ideas.

  3. Brady Vercher
    February 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    That reinstate Hank movement is sticking around longer than I thought it would, but I’m still not seeing the point.

  4. Rick
    February 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    What I really want to know is how Easton Corbin snagged that little gem before George Strait did? George, you’re slipping…

  5. Chris N.
    February 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Once more, with feeling: YOU CAN’T REINSTATE DEAD PEOPLE INTO THE OPRY. Being an Opry member is a job, not just a free-floating honor. You can’t do the job if you’re dead.

  6. Steve M.
    February 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I don’t know, I myself might find a dead Hank Williams more entertaining on stage then some of the pop country acts.

  7. merlefan49
    February 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Hank Sr should be reinstated to the Opry. Since he was a member at one time. If not the Opry should stop using him to promote it. Ever go to a show? They have a guy walking around in Hank’s “famous music note suit”

    If the Opry’s a job then they need to fire a bunch of it’s members. Since many don’t fulfill the job requirements

  8. Noeller
    February 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Chris N. – I was tempted to be that cynical and bitter about Corbin until I actually listened to the song and the album. This kid is the real deal, and is on the right track to one day taking the throne from King George.

  9. Vicki
    February 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Ironically, I visited Mindy McCready’s site this morning and listened to some of the songs on the album. I did so out of curiosity as frankly, I’ve heard more about the drugs, jail, etc then I had of her music. I was quite surprised as I thought she had a real good voice, much better than some big selling artists of today.

    The same for Jeff Bridges, he could sell some country songs right now..but doubt if the egos of music row would let him…too country.

    LOL Rick..I thought the same thing..that’s a George Strait song.

  10. Razor X
    February 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Once more, with feeling: YOU CAN’T REINSTATE DEAD PEOPLE INTO THE OPRY. Being an Opry member is a job, not just a free-floating honor. You can’t do the job if you’re dead.

    I have tried making that point with the pro-reinstate Hank crowd, but it’s like trying to argue with people who insist that the world is flat.

  11. Chris N.
    February 17, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I’m genuinely surprised people are into that Easton Corbin song. Perhaps I’m jaded.

  12. sam (sam)
    February 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I don’t like the Easton Corbin song though I do like his voice. I’ve heard enough “I’m country” songs lately and I’m kinda worn out on the theme. Corbin sings very well in my view but I don’t like the song.

  13. Rick
    February 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Rick’s Random Tidbits: Four of the songs off Sarah Buxton’s album due to be released on the 23rd are over at The Boot! Sadly 3 of the 4 have been available for download purchase for a couple of years now and “American Daughters” is one of my least favorite songs Sarah has ever recorded! At least one totally new song is included as a token gesture. Whew!

  14. Lee S.
    February 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    The Corbin song is kinda strange in that while it extolls the benefits of being from the country, he’s simply straightforward about what being country is. He lets us decide for himself if that makes him awesome or not. The fact he sings it to us instead of shouting it at us also helps, in my opinion.

    As for Mindy’s cover of “The Dance…” No. Just no. I have no reservations against cover songs in general, but there are some songs that the artist just got “right” the first time, and I think Garth got it right the first time. If this were a song on a tribute album or something I’d be a lot more forgiving, but to see it used in an ordinary album kinda surprises me.

    Don’t get me wrong, I know songs get passed around all the time. Trent Willmon used a cut of “The Truth,” but never sent it to radio. Jason Aldean came in and ran it as a single, so I’d be very surprised to see it used as album filler for another artist down the road. Mark Chestnut may have recorded “Friends in Low Places” first, but after Garth got done with it, no artist will probably ever again record it outside of a tribute album. He just got it right.

    Feel free to disagree with me. The peformance was fine, I just don’t see the point.

  15. Rick
    February 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Ooops, only two of the songs are oldies! I need to cut my meds as I’m obviously hallucinating! Its gotten so bad I actually though Odumbo said something in public that was honest! YIKES!

  16. Mike Stokes
    February 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    MINDY MCCREADY FANS BEWARE!!!! The announcements for release of a Mindy record on March 23 are false…. The real Mindy record will be released March 25…… Iconic records a label out of Denver who Mindy “used” to have an affiliation with, is planning to release unfinished subpar recordings of Mindy, trying to capitalize on the success of her recent comeback!!! Mindy wants her fans to know that Michael Fancher, Iconic Records and Jimmy Nichols with Blackriver Records are behind this vicious and libelous act….. A real Mindy record will be in stores March 25, which is the day of her son Zander’s birth…. Mindy is releasing the new album on this today to celebrate her two most happy moments….. The birth of her son and her come back to the world of music!!! Mindy quotes “I’m sorry to the fans that there is drama surrounding such a happy event but I promise the musical experience of the new CD will be Unforgettable”!!!!!

  17. Mike Stokes
    February 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Vicki, The Mindy McCready site you visited is BOGUS. She is in no way affiliated with that site.

    Visit her official site – I personally operate this site and am in constant contact with Mindy.

  18. Brady Vercher
    February 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I wasn’t big on the Easton Corbin song when it first came out, but it’s grown on me quite a bit.

  19. Rick
    February 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    How could any George Strait fans not like Easton Corbin’s single? Its like a King George “clone song” for goodness sake and Easton even sounds like a young George. Sheesh.

    PS – I bet Rory Feek wishes George had nabbed this song before Corbin’s people secured it. On the other hand Joey+Rory’s first album sold over 200,000 copies, so he can afford a lifetime of meals from Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse as is stands! (lol)

  20. Noeller
    February 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    People have to get past the title of the song and it’s affiliation to the Aldean’s of the world, because Easton Corbin is the honest to goodness real deal. The label sent me a preview copy of the disc as MP3, just for listening, and it was sensational – top to bottom. I was as shocked as anyone, but this kid is going to be a dandy.

  21. stormy
    February 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Chris: Hank Williams can do anything he wants. All kidding aside, I do agree with Hank III, if The Opry isn’t willing to claim him as a member, the Opry needs to stop using his name to make money.

    Rick: Elton’s long been a country fan. He has even supported artists like Ryan Adams and Catherine Britt, turning in a vocal on Britt’s Where We Both Say Good-Bye that is quite country.

  22. Chris N.
    February 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    “I … am in constant contact with Mindy.”

    Bless your heart.

  23. Jon
    February 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Um, in “using Hank’s name to make money,” the Opry *is* claiming him as a member. Which he was. Me, I think the Opry should stop using Hank’s name to make money just as soon as Shelton stops using Hank’s name to make money.

  24. merlefan49
    February 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Sheldon has every right to use his grandfather’s name. Hank was let go from the Opry. Thus the reinstated Hank movement.

  25. antonio
    February 18, 2010 at 8:07 am

    If someone is in constant contact with Mindy McCready, doesn’t that make you a co-conspirator?

  26. antonio
    February 18, 2010 at 8:09 am

    What name should Shelton Hank Williams be using to make money? Elton John? Boy McMann? Girl Haggard? Johnny Horton II?

  27. Josh
    February 18, 2010 at 8:50 am

    that duet of Keith Urban isn’t as cute as a lil boy up there, but KU certainly can be a generous soul of sorts. :)

  28. Josh
    February 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

    wow…y’all weren’t kidding: easton corbin fits the bill under George’s tricks. Hmm…keeping an eye on that dude.

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