Sara Evans and Brad Paisley Schedule New Albums; Billboard’s Year-End Lists; Ray Wylie Hubbard Dissatisfied with Finished Movie

Brody Vercher | December 10th, 2010

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  1. [...] yesterday’s News Roundup, Brody pointed to a very heated installment of Chet Flippo’s Nashville Skyline [...]
  1. Rick
    December 10, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I think Chet’s off base in his comment about the ACA. Now if he had singled out that idiotic dummy and ventriloquist for ridicule, he’d be spot on! (lol) Besides were talking about pop-culture, mainstream “Country” (thanks Chris for a way to identify this collective sh*t!) which doesn’t deserve much respect nor the airheads who thrive on it. How can the ACA’s insult a music genre that is busy insulting our intelligence with almost every song? Hmm…

    Opry Alerts! – See yesterday’s general country news thread for the details, or go to:

    I’m glad they changed the title of Neal McCoy’s book from “Living Life With Your Beer Goggles On”…

    Will that Willie statue have him holding a joint to his lips and taking a bit ole hit? Maybe he can be holding a gallon can of Bio-Willie fuel in the other! They have got to include Willie’s worn out guitar with the hole in it as well.

  2. Lewis
    December 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    So Brad named his album after his new single? So we’ll finally know what Brad’s true description of his “This Is Country Music” is all about. And notice that he’s doing a Lady Antebellum on us and releasing the album at least 5 months beforehand and after the title song is long gone from the charts.

    As I predicted that the album might be the title track, perhaps it is indeed an album of cover songs and that it’ll include his version of Little Jimmy Dickens’ “May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” or could it be a cover of rock songs done up country and Brad calls it “This Is Country Music”. Intriguing to know what songs he’ll choose.

  3. Ben Foster
    December 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Sara revealed the cover art for her new album in a video on her Facebook page. Not too shabby if you ask me.

  4. Ben Foster
    December 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I can’t say I really expect “Brown Chicken Brown Cow” to be another “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” for Trace Adkins. The “T.M.I” issue might be a little too PG-13 for country radio, with whom Trace had has a spotty relationship lately. I know it’s all meant in good fun, but I can’t stand that song.

  5. Devin
    December 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Kiss My Country Ass is still my favorite song…

    I don’t really know why. But obviously I don’t respect country music and, I’m really trashy.

  6. Jonathan
    December 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I do agree with Chet about country music being off base. It’s slowly been going downhill for a while now and Blake’s performance signified that. At least his record label had the good fortune not to release that song as a single.

    The traditions of the genre are being thrown under the bus – just like he says. What we’re left with is radio friendly fluff that doesn’t add up to anything. Most of the songs at country radio right now won’t be remembered in five months let alone five years. Country music has lost its soul in an attempt by record labels to make money and sell out stadiums.

    The comments on Chet’s article at criticize him for saying Taylor Swift has represented country music well and kept the genre afloat over the last few years. While she is more of a pop star than this generations Loretta or Tammy, she has been a wonderful ambassador of country music. She’s never embarrassed country music in any way. Her music is of high quality and she’s a fantastic songwriter.

    That being said, thank goodness for the few bright spots left in the genre. Without Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, and The Band Perry I don’t know where we would be right now. At least they care about keeping their music real and country.

    Let’s hope acts like Easton Corbin can help to turn the genre around in the coming years. While I don’t get the concept of his new video, he is the closest thing to traditional we have going right now in a new artist that gets played on country radio.

  7. Barry Mazor
    December 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Gee, what’s the follow-up for “Kiss MY Country Ass”?

    Kiss My Suburban Ass?

    Kiss My Country Armpit?

    Kiss My Polka Ass?

    You never know when those polka fans will turn belligerent.

  8. Razor X
    December 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Don’t ask, Barry. I don’t think we want to know. ;)

  9. Hard Times
    December 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Wow, talk about a bad year for country women. No solo female country singers among the Billboard Top 10 country singles of 2010 and only three among the Top 35.

  10. M.C.
    December 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Hard Times–The singles chart isn’t the best barometer for who had a good year. The top three singles all came out early in 2010, because they’re weighted toward who had the most spins between January and now.
    The album chart tracks sales, so that’s a stronger indicator.
    Who would you say had better years, the acts with the top singles: Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, and Josh Turner? Or those with the top albums: Lady A, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood?
    On the album charts, seven of the top 10 are solo women or a duo and a trio with a woman as a prominent member.

  11. Code
    December 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Sara’s album cover is just awful, im still happy she came back but is that the best they could have done.

  12. Thomas
    December 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    …2010 was by no means a bad year for country music and chet flippo’s view on the genre was merely garnish for his main issue – his rightful expression of disgust with belmont university.

    2010 saw quite a number of very good releases. “the guitar song”, “speak now” and “up on the ridge” being probably the most outstanding ones among the mainstream albums. new faces hit the spotlight like easton corbin, the band perry, jerrod nieman or josh thompson. the “old warhorses” reba, mcgraw, strait and jackson were still very much present. miranda lambert established herself finally as a commercially viable star and lady antebellum’s “need you now” was a hit on the charts around the globe.

    with almost unlimited star-appeal taylor swift made sure that people, who have never heard the term country music before, became somewhat familiar with it and released on top of that an album that is on par with the best of those made by legendary female country stars in the past. not to mention the fact, that it’s the follow up effort on a grammy award winning predecessor.

    frankly, there’s really no reason to be worried about or unhappy with country music this year, nor in the near future.

  13. Michelle
    December 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Chet Flippo is a clown. A clueless clown! LMAO Keep singing great COUNTRY songs, Blake.

  14. Devin
    December 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Why are people so quick to declare The Band Perry the next generation of country saviors? Am I the only one that remembers their first single, “Hip to My Heart”? That was one of the dumbest and least country songs (aside form the instrumentation) that I have EVER heard on Country Radio. It will take a couple more “If I Die Young”s to make up for that atrocity.

  15. Jonathan
    December 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Devin, no, you are far from the only one remembering “Hip To My Heart.” I HATE that song. The opening line alone makes me cringe and I cannot stand Kimberly’s voice on that track.

    If anything, “If I Die Young” showed just how great they can be. It proved that they do have talent.

    In writing up my best/worst list of country singles for 2010, I had this to say about “Hip To My Heart:”

    “With the line, “I like your lips like I like my Coca-Cola yah,” “Heart” takes its place in country music infamy. Neither original nor clever, it’s the worst debut single this year. And this from the same band responsible for “If I Die Young.” Consistency is not their strong suit.”

  16. Ben Foster
    December 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    “Hip to My Heart” was definitely weak, though I’ll have to admit counting it as a guilty pleasure. There are plenty of songs on their album that were much better, and “You Lie” is one of them. To their credit, they do have a talented lead vocalist and a great roots-oriented sound, so I do think they have a lot of potential. I wouldn’t label them the saviors of country music just yet, but they might get there some day.

  17. luckyoldsun
    December 11, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Well Aaron Tippin left it at “Kiss This!”–and he put the words in the mouth of the unseen woman.

    And Kris Kristofferson said “If You Don’t Like Hank William, You Can Kiss My Ass!,” (which Hank Jr. changed to “…You Can Kiss OUR Ass!.”

  18. Thomas
    December 11, 2010 at 6:44 am

    …country music is not in need of saviours (you may see it slightly differently, if you are a listener of christian country stations, that are in the business of constantly waiting for somebody, who’s even bigger than taylor swift or the beatles). it’s always been an evolving art form and will continue to be one. as long as there are people, who can write or sing a country song, better even – both, there’ll be something worth listening to and also making the waiting a little more bearable for the folks at christian country stations and their listeners.

  19. Cassidy Rice
    December 15, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Brad Paisley is giving away his new song “This Is Country Music” for free this week only! Get it at this link You can also pre-order his new album here for only $7.99

  20. Ellsie
    December 20, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Sara Evans is the best! She’s about the only country artist I ever listen to. I prefer rock, rap, and pop. Country music is filled with too much hick crap. I don’t like songs about tractors and bs. Give me modern music.

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