The Academy of Country Music Announces Special, Industry and MBI Awards Winners

Brody Vercher | March 25th, 2009

  1. Jon
    March 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I was starting to worry about Doyle’s release date.

  2. Brady Vercher
    March 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I was looking forward to checking out Help Is On the Way last year and it seemed like something wonky went on with that release date.

  3. Mike Parker
    March 25, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Hmmm… I couldn’t really get into Dallas Wayne’s “I’ll take the fifth.” I’d heard several of the Fulks songs before and so they just seemed like lazy covers to me. I also thought some of the lyrics- “I’ll take the fifth” for example- were just like bad Saturday Night Live skits…one bad joke that goes on way too long.

  4. Jon
    March 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    “I was looking forward to checking out Help Is On the Way last year and it seemed like something wonky went on with that release date.”

    Different label – Doyle’s been releasing his bluegrass albums on Rounder and bluegrass gospel albums on, uh, Mountain Home? for a few years now. But one label’s more or less got its promotional act together, the other less so; I’ll let you guess which is which ;-).

    I was just figuring they’d get this one out quick, and they finished recording a while ago. Well, make that “hoping” instead of “figuring”; I’ve got a song on there…

  5. Rich
    March 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    neko case- 30 plus minutes of a “4 minute loop of frogs”=the most irritating 30 minutes and waste of time in recording history. I actually listened to the CD and IMHO…it’s crap and the last track is 30+ minutes of my life that I’ll never be able to get back.

  6. Brody Vercher
    March 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Jon – Which one is yours?

  7. Jon
    March 25, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “Yesterday’s Songs,” written with Mark Simos and Lisa Shaffer. And BTW, if you’re not familiar with Lisa, check out her MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/lisashaffer. We met up in northern Kentucky back in 2002 and tried to get a band together, but she moved to Nashville instead, about 6 months before I did. Good singer, good songwriter.

  8. Rick
    March 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting to see Lisa Shaffer mentioned here. I have a DJ CD copy of her one and only Lyric Street label single from a few years back titled “Just One” and its a very nice song. Lisa’s been off the mainstream country radar ever since….

    As for Lynn’s question: “Do you believe that a country group needs a lead singer in order for the band to reach that next level?”, I ask the next level of what? These days its more likely to be mediocrity than excellence. How many groups these days without an identifiable lead singer are doing well on Top 40 country radio? Little Big Town has fallen off radio’s “in” list, so will Gloriana follow them into the wilderness? Hmmm…

    I think the CalTech student’s survey has a lot of merit. Well at least when it comes to rap/hip-hop/r&b or whatever they are calling that crap these days…

  9. Rick
    March 25, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Rick’s Random Tidbits: Anyone want to see/hear what the result is when a young Aussie female country artist tries to sound like Big and Rich?

    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=51701833

    Shea has had moderate success on the Aussie country scene and now she has been signed by James Stroud to his fledgling Stroudavarius Records. I would like to see Shea and Kellie Pickler on two sides of a stage having a “cute and flirty” showdown concert….

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