Snoop Dogg Contemplates Doing Grass of the Blue Variety

Brody Vercher | June 13th, 2008

  1. ccf
    June 13, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Snoop Dog want to do a bluegrass cd???

    If he considers what he say at the CMT music award bluegrass he doesn’t have a clue what bluegrass is.

  2. Mike Parker
    June 13, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I haven’t made it all the way the new M&G CD, but I kinda dig it. A lot of the songs seem derivative, with some sloppy writing and phrasing here or there, but overall it’s fun and fairly offbeat for such a commercial act. They’ve also come a long way as a duo since Tattoos and Scars.

    That said… their take on “The Big Revival” pales in comparison to John Andersen’s version.

  3. Zach
    June 13, 2008 at 10:29 am

    I’m lovin “Roll With Me” on the new MG CD.

  4. C. Eric Banister
    June 13, 2008 at 10:31 am

    I agree, Mike, Anderson’s version is much better. I do like their cover of “Long Line of Losers.” If their goal was to get back to their more southern rock influenced early stuff, they missed the mark. They should have let guitarists David Grissom and Dan Dugmore cut loose a little, sort of like on “Too Hard to Handle” from “Carrying On.” With this record you can almost hear they internal struggle going on between trying to choose between their rockin’-country, bar band past and their (or their labels) desire for radio hits.

  5. Rick
    June 13, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I like that picture of Jessica Simpson. It looks like she’s been to The Island on ABC’s “Lost” and is starting to morph into Juliet! (lol)

    Nashville Star featuring a big name act each week to draw audience makes sense, and with Taylor Swift out of the way it can only go uphill from here. I was reading that the ratings of the debut were actually quite good for an off-season summer replacement in that time slot. The competing artists aren’t the greatest, but it sure beats the reruns on the other stations.

    David Cantwell’s article on the 60’s chart topper was really interesting but I wasn’t that surprised at who it was. I think we have a similar type thing happening today with artists named Carrie and Taylor…

  6. Paula
    June 13, 2008 at 11:44 am

    I wasnt surprised either by Cantrell’s revelation either. But then again, I’ve always been a big fan of the Southern Gentleman.

  7. Stormy
    June 13, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Rick: You wanna bet that Nashville Star can’t do worse than Taylor. Two words, my friend: Hannah Montana.

  8. Funk
    June 13, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Snoop Dog want to do a bluegrass cd???

    If he considers what he say at the CMT music award bluegrass he doesn’t have a clue what bluegrass is.

    Sure Snoop does. He’s heard The Gourds remake of his Gin ‘n Juice and says he loves it.

  9. Dan M.
    June 13, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Brody, I just want to voice my appreciation for the title of this post. I laughed out loud.

  10. Matt C.
    June 13, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Yes, I certainly expect that Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana will perform on Nashville Star at some point this season.

  11. Jim Malec
    June 13, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    And Anderson’s version pales in comparison to Joanna Cotten’s. Oh, wait, sorry…you never got to hear that one, because the record got nixed.

    Still gotta shout out to my girl.

  12. Carolyn (rainynights)
    June 13, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Jim, did you see that her record is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, and CDBaby?

  13. Jim Malec
    June 13, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    No–I didn’t. I thought that was the EP.

  14. Jim Malec
    June 13, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Sure enough, it is on iTunes as of April 10th. Thanks for the head’s up. Now everyone should go and buy it.

  15. Rick
    June 13, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Wow, Joanna’s label let her take her unreleased completed album with her to release independently!!!!! That’s totally outrageous, almost completely unheard of, and one of the coolest things to happen in Major Label Nashville land in a long time. Jim, I’d love to read the story behind this development, so you need to get back in touch with your gal for a follow-up interview. Its too bad Shannon Brown, The Jenkins, Ashley Monroe and Katrina Elam didn’t score the same deal! (OK, Ashley’s “Satisfied” was available for download, but since no CD was ever released Ashley didn’t see it as a “real” release…..)

  16. Chris D.
    June 13, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Maybe nobody saw it because her album on iTunes is labeled as blues instead of country. Maybe they will fix that mistake eventually…

  17. roger
    June 13, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    i trust snoop dog to make a bluegrass record more than i trust rascall flatts to make a country record…

  18. ccf
    June 13, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    The Gourds? don’t think they are a bluegrass band at least the clips I’ve heard aren’t

  19. ccf
    June 13, 2008 at 10:47 pm


    IMO, Snoops idea of bluegrass is what rascal flatts is of country.

  20. ccf
    June 13, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Just listened to a clip of Gin and Juice, by the gourds and it ain’t bluegrass.

  21. Jim Malec
    June 14, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Of course she can sell the record–but she’s got to pay Warner for each unit.

    Also, I do believe this is a digital only release.

  22. Rick
    June 14, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Jim, I still think this is an unusual deal if Warner’s Nashville let her take “Funkabilly” with her to release independently AFTER they cut her completely loose from the label. CD Baby distributes CD’s by independent artists, not major labels so I’d guess the “Funkabilly” CD they sell was financed by Joanna (I mean the actual costs of producing just the physical CD itself apart from Warner’s costs of producing the music tracks).

    There was the time one of Toby Keith’s labels didn’t want to release one of his albums so he left the label and bought it from them for a couple hundred thousand dollars. That makes sense, but for a label to give a new artist they’ve dropped the rights to sell an unreleased album for next to nothing (my assumption) is very unusual and I think a very magnanimous thing to do. I’m sure Amy Dalley would love to release an indie CD containing all of her CURB tracks on it, but she’s said they will likely never see the light of day. I’m sure The Jenkins would have financed the CD release of their self-titled Capitol Nashville album had they been given the opportunity. I could go on, but you get the point. From my perspective this is still a very unusual event coming from a major Nashville label at least based upon my limited knowledge and assumptions (all of which could be way off base I admit…)

    PS – Joanna has released “Funkabilly” on physical CDs, see for yourself:
    Peace, out…..

  23. Courtney Elise
    June 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    that picture of jessica simpson made me feel SOOO pretty. :) what the heck does snoop dog know about bluesgrass? it’s about grass that’s blue? ummm…no. that would be almost as sad as miley montana singing on nashville star.

    Thank god i’m not the only one who knows about Shannon Brown, Amy Dalley, Ashley Monroe and Katrina Elam.

  24. Rick
    June 14, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Opry Alert! Ashley Monroe will be performing on the Saturday Night Opry tonight at around 8:15 and 10:45 PM Nashville Time! Other notable artists worth catching on tonight’s shows are “3 Fox Drive” (my favorite bluegrass band) and “The Carolina Chocolate Drops” a band that has revived a style of old timey black mountain string band music that almost went extinct. Great stuff!

  25. ccf
    June 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    It’s a shame the opry has choosen not to broadcast The Carolina Chocolate Drops on the opry.

  26. ccf
    June 14, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    I mean not broadcast them on the live portion. They are showing a taped show of poptry instead.

  27. Jordan Stacey
    June 15, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for the heads up about Joanna’s album being on Itunes, I bought it imeddiatly. Now I just have to try to find a way to get Katrina’s, Shannon’s, Amy’s, Lisa’s, Sarah’s, and Ashley’s.

  28. Jim Malec
    June 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    What did you think of it, Jordan?
    In my column about her from a couple of months ago, I said it wasn’t as good as it could be. But I still find myself listening to it more than just about anything else released this year.

  29. Rick
    June 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Jordan, which “Lisa” are you referring to? You definitely piqued my curiousity by including her in that list….

  30. Jim Malec
    June 16, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Rick, somehow I missed your comment. Sorry about that. I think it depends on the contract, and of course, it depends on the artist.

    I was just talking to Ray Scott the other day (interview upcoming), and he went through a very similar situation at Warner. He would have been able to sell the record he cut for them, but only after making payments to Warner.

    For some artists that probably makes sense. Scott was able to go cut the record on his own, and make a far greater margin than if he’d sold Warner’s record.

    But if you think Warner’s being generous, you’re wrong. They are not going to just give away their masters.

  31. Nick
    June 17, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Wow, that’s pretty weird… He’s delved into a few other genres that he did an okay job at… but I’m not sure how he’ll do putting out something bluegrass!

    I personally like the oldschool type of bluegrass. Check out:

    If you want something the feels like the good ol’ days with a young, fresh feel, I highly recommend you check out these guys!

  32. ccf
    June 21, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    The track that I just played at their website isn’t even close to old school bluegrass or bluegrass at all.

  33. Stormy
    June 21, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    CCF: I found someone named Sierra Hull shopping around the other day. She might fit your bill:

  34. ccf
    June 21, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    I like her alot I saw her once with Dr. Ralph Stanley.

  35. Stormy
    June 21, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    I had decided to take 5 albums and download 1 single off of each to decide which one to buy. I did “Only My Heart” from her album, “Old 5 And Dimers” from Emmylou’s, “Lets All Go To Bed” from the Mother Truckers’, “Get Me Some” from The Waifs and “The Whiskey Won The Battle” from Ashton’s.

    This method was not useful in helping me decide which cd to buy.

  36. Razor X
    June 21, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Stormy, of the CDs you mentioned, Emmylou’s is the only one I’ve listened to but I highly recommend it. I think it’s her best album in years.

  37. Stormy
    June 21, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I’m sure I will get them all (plus a few) eventually. But I think that I am going to start with The Waifs, who are probably my favorite band. I play them more than The Beatles. She is probably going to be the second.

    For those who don’t know the band:

  38. Chris N.
    June 22, 2008 at 12:12 am

    I’d go with Ashton.

  39. Kelly
    June 22, 2008 at 5:19 am

    Ashton is great, and I love that album, but it depends on what mood you are in when buying. if you are looking for a country cd that has a good bit of rockin’ in it (along with a solid billy joe shaver cover), the mother truckers disc one will not disspaoint….

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