Thursday on the blog, Stephen published an interview with Maradith Sisco on the movie Winter’s Bone. Sisco was a consultant for the film’s music, both suggesting and recording music for its footage and soundtrack: Did you help choose the musicians for the shoot? They wanted to incorporate some local musicians they had heard play while […]
Thursday on the blog, Stephen continued his Garth Brooks series – just a little off timeline. ‘Tis the season, of course, which warranted a look at Brooks’ country Christmas cheer: He’s a kid on Christmas morning who got just what he asked for: some really great songs to sing. His versions of old hymns like […]
Thursday marked this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, a day traditionally full of turkey, football and Black Friday plotting. It’s also, of course, a day to give thanks for family, friends, health and freedom. And, as US Weekly likes to remind us, the stars are just like us. The Boot featured a full round-up of the things […]
Yesterday’s review of LeAnn Rimes’ new single “Crazy Women,” an ode to infidelity and its Aquanet-induced consequences, sparked a debate on what role an artist’s personal life plays in a listener’s appreciation of his or her music. A commenter by the name of Damage Control Begins started things off by noting the similarities between the […]
Out of all the hoopla surrounding Taylor Swift’s latest album Speak Now, an interesting article emerged that examined the record’s impact on the music industry. On NPR Music’s The Record, Jacob Ganz wrote about “Five Lessons The Recording Industry Can Take From Taylor Swift’s Massive Week.” The first point looked at where fans bought the […]
Tuesday in his News Roundup, Brody included on item on an interesting CMA Awards duet between country’s Jason Aldean and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. GAC had more on the collaboration, which also appears on Aldean’s new album My Kinda Party: The new Jason Aldean album, My Kinda Party, is released today, and while the […]
Tuesday on the blog, Stephen review Tim McGraw’s new single “Felt Good on My Lips.” In the opening paragraph, Stephen compared McGraw’s recent bout of ill-advised single choices to a certain baseball team: Over the last few years, Tim McGraw has become the New York Yankees of country music: well paid and certainly talented, but […]
In Thursday’s News Roundup, Brody included a link to Jamey Johnson’s new music video for “Playing the Part.” The video is a pretty direct correlation to Johnson’s song, with a little help from a monkey suit, Mad Dog 20/20 and director (and friend) Matthew McConaughey. Even if video killed the radio star, music videos have […]
On Monday, Pierce reviewed Marshall Chapman’s new book They Came to Nashville, which interviews country stars such as Miranda Lambert and Rodney Crowell about their journeys to Music City. The post sparked an interesting debate on the merit of reviews of songs, albums and, of course, books. Commenter Waynoe offered that he believes “we (some […]
In a discussion that developed from Blake Boldt’s review of the new Kenny Chesney album Hemingway’s Whiskey, commenter Noeller brought up the term “generation-defining artist”: Because people are talking like KC has always sucked, which is patently untrue. His material prior to the No Shoes…. disc (and even some of the stuff on that album…) […]
- 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 …