Sunny Sweeney Signs with Thirty Tigers; ABC Cancels Malibu Country, Renews Nashville; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | May 13th, 2013

  • Sunny Sweeney has gotten a new record deal with Thirty Tigers after parting ways with Big Machine/Republic Nashville Records last year. (via press release)
  • Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row bar and restaurant will open in Scottsdale on July 4.
  • Call him Dr. RuckerDarius Rucker received an honorary doctorate of music from the University of South Carolina.
  • Toby Keith will be presented with The National Music Publishers’ Association 2013 Songwriter Icon Award in June.
  • Chuck Dauphin makes his case for Larry Gatlin’s induction into the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International Hall of Fame.
  • Occasional Hope at My Kind of Country heaps praise on the new Dailey and Vincent album, Brothers of the Highway.
  • Country Aircheck posted some interesting information from a new radio study. Clear Channel’s “State of Listening in America,” a comprehensive study of the listening habits of 1,000 respondents conducted by Latitude Research and OpenMind Strategy, finds:

•92% of Americans regularly tune to AM/FM radio.

•85% of listeners feel radio is more accessible than ever.

•66% agree that their favorite radio stations reflect who they are as a person.

•72% believe that radio feels more “human” than the internet.

•78% agree that radio has the power to make a difference in the community.

  • Congratulations to the winner of our Golf & Guitars VI giveaway: Heather M. Check your email, Heather.
  • New music videos from the last week or so:

Tim McGraw“Highway Don’t Care”

Blake Shelton“Boys ‘Round Here” 

Pistol Annies“Hush Hush”

Randy Houser“Runnin’ Outta Moonlight”

Justin Moore “Point at You”

The Black Lillies“The Fall” 

Rosco Bandana“Woe is Me”

The Lone Bellow“Bleeding Out”

Kacey Musgraves“Blowin’ Smoke”

Great Peacock“Family Home”

Robyn and Ryleigh“Just Another Sundown”

Jason McGilligan“Broken Engagement”

Angela Hesse“Which One of You Boys?”

 

  1. Andrew
    May 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

    1,000 people strikes me as a pretty small sample size if you’re trying to get statistics representative of the country as a whole.

  2. Jon
    May 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    If it’s well-constructed, a sample of 1,000 is plenty. Typically, polling and market research companies know how to construct them; whether they actually use that knowledge in a specific study may vary from client to client.

  3. timeo
    May 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Hmmm…what did the 15% mean when they voted that “radio is not more accessible than ever”? It’s still broadcast over the air, there’s a radio in every car and on every clock radio and (most) iPods. How did it become less accessible?

  4. Jon
    May 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    BTW, “record deal with Thirty Tigers” is kind of a slippery concept, as Thirty Tigers isn’t really a record label.

  5. Jon
    May 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Maybe they were thinking of some other kind of accessibility than physical.

  6. Mike Wimmer
    May 13, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Really looking forward to Chris Stapleton’s new music. Guy is an amazing singer, just hope he doesnt get screwed up by the big label machine.

  7. Jon
    May 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Chris is with Universal, not Big Machine.

  8. Luckyoldsun
    May 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    •72% believe that radio feels more “human” than the internet.
    •78% agree that radio has the power to make a difference in the community.

    Well, at least radio companies have not lost their sense of humor!
    My “town” has a country radio station after some 15 years or so without one. It’s something called “Nash FM”–which is designed–with a vengeance–to be more impersonal than the Internet. I tune it in occasionally while driving. Not only do they never identify any record that they play, but they have no “DJs” at all. I’ve never heard even the slightest murmur from the station about the weather or what’s going on in the world–anything to indicate that there’s somebody “there.” After 10 minutes of listening to this monstrosity of a station, it’s over to news or sports-talk or NPR–anything with a pulse.

  9. Rick
    May 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I’m just glad to read that Sunny is still aligned with any music business entity in Nashville, well as long as she can record and distribute some new music anyway. Maybe I will finally be able to acquire some of the great songs she was singing in concert back in 2010 that didn’t make it onto the “Concrete” album, like “Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass”! (lol)

    The Irish are really starting to take up the slack in the mellow, folky, traditional country music realm that the Aussies used to fill. Between Jason McGilligan, Lisa Mchugh, and the Davitt Country Band, the Irish are stepping up to the plate!

    Angela Hesse needs to keep her day job. Aussie Kirsty Lee Akers recorded a much better version of Angaleena Presley’s “Which One of You Boys” a few years ago. Crikey!

    The Patsy Cline Tribute concert at the CMHOF last Saturday afternoon will be well worth watching once the archived version becomes available online. The personal stories about Patsy as told by Brenda Lee and Jan Howard were fascinating and the highlight of the event. It was also really nice to see Lisa Brokop on stage singing a Patsy song. I’m not sure it was totally appropriate for Kristen Kelly to sing her first two radio singles at this event, but she looked and sounded so good who cares! (lol)

  10. BRUCE
    May 13, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I like Sweeney but it doesn’t appear her latest union with Thirty Tigers will result in much success. It appears to be one last grasp and that is a shame for her. I do not understand why she wasn’t accepted more.

  11. BRUCE
    May 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Jon,

    I do not think Mike was referring to the company of Big Machine there.

  12. Jon
    May 14, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Sorry, just a little joke. I get so tired of that kind of “big label machine” stuff; I can’t see what it’s rooted in other than laziness.

    “I like Sweeney but it doesn’t appear her latest union with Thirty Tigers will result in much success.”

    Why not? How are you measuring success, especially in a just-announced deal that hasn’t had any results at all yet?

  13. bll
    May 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Quote: The Irish are really starting to take up the slack in the mellow, folky, traditional country music realm that the Aussies used to fill. Between Jason McGilligan, Lisa Mchugh, and the Davitt Country Band, the Irish are stepping up to the plate!

    Um considering that a large part of the Appalachian folk music that formed the roots of country came from Ireland, I would say the Irish are simply coming full circle Rick! It just that most Yanks don’t listen to Irish music.

  14. Mike Wimmer
    May 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I dont think the “big label” machine stuff is lazy at all. Obviously a number of artists can crank out really good music regardless of the label, but you also have a ton of examples of artists meddling too much and the result being subpar music.

    My point being I want a Chris Stapleton album….not a Chris Stapleton singing songs picked out by label execs to match modern radio trends.

  15. Jon
    May 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    “Obviously a number of artists can crank out really good music regardless of the label…”

    Then the “big label machine” stuff is, indeed, lazy.

    And if you think that not being part of some “big label machine” guarantees that no one but the artist himself gets to decide what to do, well, then, that’s more laziness.

  16. Jon
    May 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    “My point being I want a Chris Stapleton album….not a Chris Stapleton singing songs picked out by label execs to match modern radio trends.”

    Are you close to Chris? Because if not, I don’t see any reason at all to think that you have a better idea of what a Chris Stapleton album might be than anyone else, including people who work for his label.

    If those (and they’re both suspect constructions for several reasons) represent two poles, there’s a whole lot of territory in between them, and that’s where albums actually get made. Every one is different, and sidestepping the work of looking at them individually, as real products of real circumstances, is lazy. And it leads to poor results, too. So why would you want to do it?

  17. Mike Wimmer
    May 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I dont think being on a smaller label promises better quality, see Jason Aldean.

    That said, I do think there are a lot of instances where artists can change their style by choice or force to satisfy a bigger audience and that can hurt the quality of their music. See the mainstream works of guys like Pat Green and Jack Ingram compared to their more independent albums. They both have admitted to changing their sound to an extent as well as the type of songs they seek out to satisfy the goal of a bigger audience.

    THe main point of my Chris Stapleton statement is the guy has tons of talent, he is an amazing singer and a really solid songwriter, I just dont want to see Chris Stapleton singing out trucks, beer or getting girls drunk. As long as Universal lets him and Tony Brown a certain level of creative freedom I think the results will be really good.

  18. Jon
    May 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    “As long as Universal lets him and Tony Brown a certain level of creative freedom I think the results will be really good.”

    And if you don’t like the results, will you infer that it’s because he didn’t have sufficient creative freedom? I hate when that happens.

  19. BRUCE
    May 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I just hope Sweeney can get the exposure she desires as I really like her singing. Success I propose will be what she sets for herself.

    As for the Stapleton comments, he is the one who will truly know if he was given the freedom he deems appropriate. One thing I do know. His version of Amanda at the awards show for songwriting was outstanding to me.

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