Sound Off On Carrie Underwood’s New Video For “Just A Dream”

Brody Vercher | August 5th, 2008

  1. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Hmmm…I don’t know if I can imagine James Taylor covering an Anderson song…

  2. Stormy
    August 5, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Ryan Seacrest getting a Walk of Fame star kinda took the cool out of that, didn’t it?

    I always thought Fly was over rated, especially compared to Home.

  3. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Stormy, me too. I like Fly, but Home was so much better.

  4. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 11:46 am

    James Taylor doing country seems pretty natural to me. Now Glen Campbell covering pop/rock songs? not so much. Then again, I have always been a sucker for ‘cover’ songs and do feel that country music could ‘exploit’ some good songs from bands like Travis (“Driftwood” being one) and make them work.

  5. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Yeah, Taylor doing country isn’t a stretch for me either. I just think him doing a John Anderson cover will be a stretch. His voice is too…well…soft for an Anderson song. I imagine Taylor will take the edge off of it and turn an otherwise cool song into something boring.

  6. Thomas
    August 5, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    will “the wailers” play on a tractor pulled trailer, among coconuts and bikini-beauties in that new chesney beach-video? that’ll be a sure bet for a nomination for best video at this year’s cma awards.

  7. Trailer
    August 5, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Every former rock star (some to nice effect i.e. Darius Rucker) and minor celebrity in U.S. America thinks they can put out a country album. Time for some nobody bloggers to follow suit. Trailer’s “Trailer Park Anthems” due for release February 30, 2009. Don’t miss it!

  8. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    That damn Taylor swift add!

  9. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Brody, concerning Chesney, what do you mean by “perpetuating the stereotype?”

  10. Brody Vercher
    August 5, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    @Leeann: I don’t think it’s actually the Taylor Swift ad, I only said that because you referred to it as a strange chirping noise :P Let me know if you figure out what it really is, though.

    @Funk: The stereotype that’s been created of him as having to add an island flavor to all of his music.

  11. Stormy
    August 5, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Beware my evil army of crickets.

  12. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 12:31 pm


    It was just the ‘voices’ in your head (a la Chris Young).

  13. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Ha, Brody! Maybe it is the voices in my head…except it does sound more like Stormy’s crickets.:) Actually, it’s more like a chirping/beeping sound. It only happens sometimes, but only when I’m on this site….today.

  14. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 12:39 pm


    Did anyone notice the Coppola Sisters/Big Machine Records released “You’re Not My Judge?” to iTunes?

    I blogged about it @ roughstock (just click my name to go there).

  15. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 12:39 pm


    Maybe your computer is giving you a warning Leeann! “Stay away from this webiste!”

  16. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Yeah, Matt, I first learned about it on Country California. I, personally, think it’s funny. I’ll go read your thoughts on it now though. I didn’t see Can You Duet, but I know Naomi can be cruel, though she comes off as trying to seem wise and all when she talks. I love the Judds music though

  17. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Ha, I wondered that myself.

  18. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Matt B, I can’t comment on your site for some reason, but I agree with your assessment.

  19. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Yes, Naomi can come off that way but I actually think John Rich seems tame compared to her. I like the Judds song too.

  20. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    leeann, the site currently requires registration. My company is uber sensitive to spammers (they own a hip hop site that got deluged with it).

  21. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Brody, not sure it’s a stereotype. It’s his version of “Red Dirt Music.” That part of the world is where he lives now. He’s probably doing the natural (and right) thing and supporting local music and musicians. Call it “White Sand Music.”

  22. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    You know, Matt, I think you’re right. She was being pretty nasty to Wynona on the Oprah show when they were on it a few years ago. Before that, I just thought she was this nice, calm lady.:) After the show, I have no trouble she was probably pretty nasty on Can You Duet. I wish I hadn’t missed the show though, since I hear it was better than NS. The Coppolas seem much more talented than anyone on NS anyway.

  23. Paula
    August 5, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    i thought naomi was a bit hard on them ‘personally’ (making comments / attacks that had nothing to do with their music) but i thought she was ‘spot on’ with her critique of their music and performance. i didnt like them either. and they just agitated her with their snide ‘comebacks’ to her comments instead of being ‘bigger than her’ and trying to prove her wrong with thier performances instead of getting into a pi$$ing match with her on camera.

    just my take on it anyway.

  24. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I thought their song was amusing and I think it sounds good too. They have great family harmony and the production of the song was appealing to me.

  25. Rick
    August 5, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Watch it there Paula, I’m kookoo for the Coppola Sisters! (lol) Well, at least how they look anyway…

    I think I’d rather hear a bunch of real country artists sing James Taylor songs rather than vice-versa. “Sweet Baby James” was dang near a cowboy song!

    Matt, that’s a fine interview with Jeff Bates. I wish Jeff and Jamey Johnson would go on a road tour together as I’d be in hog heaven musically speaking.

    Speaking of Jamey Johnson, Beverly Keel’s article is really interesting. Jamey is definitely one of the more unique personalities in country music today. While Carrie Underwood’s personality is more plain vanilla, Jamie’s more of a combo of military issue camo colors for both deserts and woodlands…

  26. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 1:26 pm


    Check out Jason Matthews. He’s friends with Jeff and is quite opinionated about things. I will be posting an interview with him tomorrow. :)

  27. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I haven’t really gotten into Jeff’s music, but I really liked your interview with him, Matt. I agree, at this point, with him on his opinions about the internet. Maybe if artists want someone to download an entire album of theirs, they’ll try to make every song worthy of downloading. When it was just hard copy CDs that we could buy, we’d just have to live with the filler that was included if we liked the nonfiller enough to buy the CD in the first place. With digital downloading, it’s up to us what songs we have to have in our collection. Garth Brooks insists that he doesn’t like digital downloading because it ruins the idea of whole albums, but I’m starting to disagree with his reasoning. Even his own albums had plenty of filler that I’d be happy not to own, but I was kind of forced to pay $12 to $15 just to hear the songs that I liked of his. I like it that if their happens to be a lone Chesney song that I enjoy, I’m not forced to live without that song and I can own it without having to own all of the other stuff that I dislike by him, which happens to far outweigh what I like of his.

  28. Dan M.
    August 5, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Trailer, funny you should mention that; I actually have an album of my own called Squinting In The Country coming out on the same day. Maybe we can have ourselves a 50-Kanye rivalry.

  29. Jim C.
    August 5, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I like the Mother Truckers record just fine, but ‘best Austin album of the year’? uh, no.

    and comparing the Truckers to the Chicks is like comparing Jason and the Scorchers to Taylor Swift.
    I want some of what that boy’s smokin’.

  30. David Nisbet, Scotland
    August 6, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Matt – “James Taylor doing country seems pretty natural to me. Now Glen Campbell covering pop/rock songs? not so much.”

    Glen’s played on and recorded a lot of Pop songs in the past, why’s this any different?

  31. Matt B.
    August 6, 2008 at 9:06 am


    Glen singing what he’s going to sing is what I don’t really wanna hear.

  32. Chris N.
    August 6, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Glen Campbell was a Beach Boy!

  33. leeann
    August 6, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    As in a member of the group or Kenny Chesney?

  34. Trailer
    August 6, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    The Glen Campbell album is strong. Seriously. I’ve sampled its wares.

    Dan, if I don’t outsell you, I’ll retire from my lucrative country music career.

  35. Brody Vercher
    August 6, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    @Jim C: I take it you’re not too fond of the Chicks?

    @Everyone else talking about Campbell’s new album, here’s a trailer:

  36. Matt B.
    August 6, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    watching that video does show me that he can cover those songs. It will be interesting.

  37. leeann
    August 6, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I thought his voice had deteriorated from things I’d heard of his in the past, but it sounds pretty decent here.

  38. Kelly
    August 6, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I liked the Mother Truckers album, for sure, but it has some pretty stiff competition from Reckless Kelly and Alejandro Escovedo, I would think…

  39. Chris N.
    August 6, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    I mean, Glen Campbell was in the Beach Boys touring band during the mid-’60s.

  40. Matt C
    August 6, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Chris N.: He also played on Pet Sounds.

    Leeann: I saw Glen live about two years ago and didn’t hear much if any deterioration.

  41. leeann
    August 6, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I think I heard him on a televised thing around 2001 and he was sounding rather aged…maybe it was soon after his stroke? At any rate, I’m glad he’s sounding good. While I haven’t liked all of his songs, I like his voice.

    Chris, I did know about his Beach Boy connection.

  42. David Nisbet, Scotland
    August 6, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I saw Glen live just over a year ago and he sounded great. He can still play the guitar as well – the place went nuts when he played the William Tell Overture!
    About the Beach Boys, I believe he filled in for Brian Wilson at some stage as well as playing on some of the albums. He played for Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Merle Haggard, the Monkees and many others whos names escape me.

  43. Jim C.
    August 6, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    I like the Chicks just fine. But prefer the version before Natalie came along.

    And just the thought of RK and Alejandro in the same sentence gives me heartburn.

  44. Kelly
    August 7, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Well Jim C., I believe it was you who put Jason & the Scorchers in the same sentance with Taylor Swift…i guess we should consider context, huh:-)

  45. Jim C.
    August 7, 2008 at 11:44 am


    I’m speechless. What’s amazing to me is that you can read, but continually prove you don’t understand.

  46. Kelly
    August 7, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Jim C. I am equally amazed at the very same notion, just the other way around obviously. You made a jocular comment about me putting RK and Escovedo in the same sentence and my repsonse was merely a light-hearted reply to you explaining that I wasnt comparing the two (should’ve been obvious), and that since we were talking about putting “mismatched” artists in the same sentence, I simply pointed out that you had done that as well (knowing that you were also not comparing the two artists in your sentence, just as I wasnt comparing). Also, I put one of those silly little smiley faces (for example:-)) on my comment to suggest I was being light-hearted about my comment. You seem to be unable to catch that aspect of the comments even though you use the “smiley face” quite liberally yourself. For someone who made the initial comment responding to my comment, you are quite touchy…try decaf instead of “full-caff” in the am perhaps ;-)…

  47. Lynn
    August 7, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    At the risk of being berated by Jim C… ;-)

    While I respectfully disagree with Jim’s pre/post Natalie opinion, he doesn’t hate the Chicks:

    Same Jim C.?

  48. Chris N.
    August 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.

  49. leeann
    August 7, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Hmmm…Lynn…very interesting…:) Some flip flopping?:)

  50. Jim C.
    August 7, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    1) I said “I like the Chicks just fine.” How does that translate to anything close to “hate”? And how does a positive review of their last record become a “flip flop”?

    2) Corcoran equated the Mother Truckers to the Dixie Chicks which I thought ridiculous on it’s face. One’s a loud rock band with a country edge, the other’s a country band with some bluegrass edges. So, I made an equally ridiculous comparison, the Scorchers and Taylor Swift. A loud rock band with a country edge and a airhead country artist.

    3) I don’t understand anything that Kelly says and I obviously don’t get her sense of humor. Therefore, from now one when I see a comment from her I’ll skip over it. It’ll save everyone (read mostly me) the aggravation of having to go through this on a regular basis.

    Hope that clears things up for y’all.

  51. Jim Malec
    August 7, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    FYI–Kelly’s a dude.

  52. Paul W Dennis
    August 7, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    James Taylor recording country isn’t much of a stretch. Some of his early singles received airplay on country radio and there were some early of covers of his material by established country stars. George Hamilton IV had a minor hit in late 1969 with “Carolina In My Mind”.

    Taylor has dabbled with Nashville for a long time – he wrote “Bartender’s Blues” with the idea of having George Jones record it, and he and Ricky Skaggs recorded a Christmas song together “New Star Shining” some years back

  53. leeann
    August 7, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I liked that Ricky and James Taylor song…though I could use an updated production, I think. I agree that James Taylor doing country isn’t a stretch; I just think he sounds better on songs that I perceive as more mellow.

    Jim C, I just thought your luke warm endorsement here didn’t seem to match your highly positive review of their album over there. Sorry, I was actually kidding about the flip flop thing.

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