The Bellamy Brothers Raise Questions Over Britney Spears Single; George Strait/Reba McEntire Lead Country Tours in 2010
- Britney Spears‘ new single was released Monday, which wouldn’t ordinarily be news here, but The Bellamy Brothers are taking issue with some of the songs lyrics, specifically the line “If I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me?” It’s eerily close to the Brothers’ 1979 classic “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body,” but as Chris Willman points out at Our Country, their use of the phrase wasn’t exactly original itself:
[...] the Bellamys have previously admitted copping their famous line—”If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?”—from Groucho Marx, as heard on his 1950s TV series, You Bet Your Life.
- Blake Shelton had two of the top three country dance club songs last year, but it was Sugarland that topped the list with “Stuck Like Glue.”
- I’m kind of late on this one, but Jim Morrison’s interview with Peter Cooper and Eric Brace at No Depression is the most entertaining interview you’ll read all day, probably even all week. The video at the end ain’t half bad, either.
- New artist Mark Cooke released a video for his debut single, “Can’t Cheat In A Small Town,” a song Sam reviewed back in July.
- Chely Wright on the effect coming out had on her career:
There’s the gay community that now knows my name and it’s a long leap from the new demographic of people who will come to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button to them buying my record and coming to live shows. It’s a big stretch from those new fans to make up for the fans I lost. It didn’t help my career. My record sales went directly in half. If it appears from the outside in that it’s helped my career, it could be because I haven’t talked about the negative. You won’t hear me bitching and moaning on my Facebook about the hate mail I’ve gotten. My life has been threatened. I get nasty letters every day, “I’m through with you Chely Wright, you’re going to hell.” There’s a big difference between press and advocacy and…. sometimes people forget that people who sing or make movies, this isn’t just a hobby for us. This is how I pay my bills. In coming out I had a feeling that it would diminish my wage earning, and that feeling was correct. And, I am fine with that.
- Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton will co-host the 2011 ACM Awards.
- Beyond Hank Jr.‘s “A Country Boy Can Survive” and possibly Kenny Rogers‘ “She Believes In Me,” there’s not much that can be considered country on Tim McGraw‘s playlist for MOG.
- VEVO has the premier of Randy Montana‘s video for the song “1000 Faces.”
- The George Strait/Reba McEntire/Lee Ann Womack tour led all other country acts in terms of revenue last year with $41.6 million. As a whole though, the music concert industry saw revenue on its top 100 tours drop 13 percent.
Billboard touring editor Ray Waddell says ticket prices weren’t the only thing that made consumers reluctant.
“There was a pushback relating not only to ticket prices but the overall consumer experience, from the ticket-buying process and service fees to high-priced beers,” he says.
- Austin band The Wagoneers had a brief run during the ’80s, but never gained traction and eventually disbanded. Now, two decades later, the band is rehearsing again for an Austin Music Awards reunion. (MySpace)
- The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica on Monday night’s Steel Magnolia concert:
Steel Magnolia is made up of Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones, a couple both musical and romantic. And during this Bowery Ballroom concert in celebration of their self-titled debut album (on Big Machine), which was released this week, they made clear how tough it is to maintain a well-oiled duo.
Not professionally — the singing was mostly fine, sometimes more than that. But this show, which had maybe half the energy of the duo’s charming album, was more a referendum on whether love can survive fame and its mandates.
- My Kind of Country has been spotlighting the music of Dwight Yoakam this month with several album reviews: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., Hillbilly Deluxe, Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room, and If There Was A Way.
- Billy Ray Cyrus is being sued for half a million dollars by his 61-year-old former road manager, who says the singer fired him because of his age.
- Craig Havighurst weighed in on the recent article about country carpetbaggers:
If the legacy artists being coaxed into or welcomed into CMA Country were historically great, like Elvis Costello or Robert Plant (who’ve been active and welcomed on the Americana side), this would be a brighter picture. And if the CMA were fulfilling its mission by lobbying for radio and TV space for modern-day country torch-bearers like Justin Townes Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, Buddy Miller, etc. then they’d probably not have to endure acidic commentary from East Coast elites or the “Country My Ass” jokes from, well, regular folks who used to love what they heard on country radio.
Here’s Jamie Wilson performing a song titled “Drive” during the recent MusicFest in Steamboat, Colorado.
- Leeann Ward: Um, that's too much geekery for me to follow, Sam! My husband would understand you though.:)
- Jack Williams: Alabama Shakes won the AMA Emerging artist award couple of years ago. Also, classic soul influenced artists like Bettye Lavette, …
- Applejack: It certainly seems to me like the inclusion of St. Paul and the Broken Bones stretches the limits of how …
- Stuart Munro: Yes, that's the issue: is the tent so big as to have no boundaries? What *isn't* Americana? Is jazz? Is …
- Jack Williams: Um, roots music, that is.
- Jack Williams: Well, Americana is a pretty big tent. Classic southern soul falls under my personal definition of root music.
- Stuart Munro: Is it just me...or does the idea of St. Paul and the Broken Bones being an Americana act really strain …
- Sam G.: Loki Is playing Hank Williams in a new movie, and Thor bought the rights to a book about him. I …
- Roger: Fabulous interview and fantastic new music that I will listen to over and over again.
- Applejack: It's not just you, Andrew L. I just listened to the clips on Amazon, and the autotune effect is terrible.