Study Finds ‘Countryphiles’ Shy Away From Digital Downloads
A few interesting notes from a study of country music listeners by the Country Music Association:
- Roughly two in five American adults ages 18-54 qualify as country music fans.
- They’re predominantly Caucasian, more often female than male.
- Forty percent of them make more than $50,000 year.
- Roughly 5 percent of American adults aged 18-54 qualify as “countryphiles,” and they’re not big fans of digital downloads.
- Barbara Mandrell‘s father and longtime manager, Irby Mandell, passed away on Thursday. He was 84.
- Chet Flippo writes an obituary for CDs in his latest Nashville Skyline column
- Country California’s C.M Wilcox was struck by Horseshoes and Hand Grenades — the 2006 album from Trent Summar & The New Row Mob. Wilcox notes that the album consists of a winning combination of radio-ready tunes, cornpone tracks that fall on the fun side of novelty and a manic, yet brilliant, cover of George Jone‘s “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
- Clay Walker has played RodeoHouston every year since 1994 and this year was no different. Despite the frequent exposure, Joey Guerra says the show is never less than engaging.
- Watch some footage from Jamey Johnson‘s free concert at CRS on March 4th. On a related note, did anyone catch the live webcast last night? UPDATE: Zach has a recap in the comments.
- Darryl Worley‘s sixth release and debut album for Stroudavarious Records, titled Sounds Like Life, is scheduled to be released June 9.
- The on-again, off-again rumors that Jewel was being replaced on Dancing With the Stars is now officially confirmed. She’ll be replaced by Holly Madison, from E!’s reality series Girls Next Door, after suffering fractured tibiae in both legs. (via NashvilleGab)
- Tim McGraw previewed songs from his new album at CRS and took a few verbal jabs at his record label, Curb Records.
- Nashville At Nite posted extra footage from an interview with Billy Currington at the No. 1 party for his song “Don’t.”
- Chet Atkins is among a list of 10 all-time great session guitarists put together by Russell Hall on the Gibson website. (via email from That Nashville Sound)
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …