The Bellamy Brothers Raise Questions Over Britney Spears Single; George Strait/Reba McEntire Lead Country Tours in 2010

Brody Vercher | January 12th, 2011

  • 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.

    (via Music Mix)

  • 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.

  1. Noeller
    January 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I’m just bored with the Chely Wright thing already. Just make great music…I couldn’t care less who you’re sleeping with.

    Is anyone really surprised about Tim’s playlist?? This guy hasn’t been Country in a really long time, and consequently, I’ve had little to no use for his music for a really long time.

  2. Jon
    January 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I’ll bet the Bellamy Brothers’ publicist – who is it, anyway? – really thought they’d come up a winner with this one.

  3. M.C.
    January 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    As for McGraw’s song list, I’d say the Allman’s “Melissa” and Skynyrd’s “Call Me the Breeze” are at least related to country music–and if radio hadn’t been as narrow in its way back then then as it is now, perhaps even included on radio playlists at the time. Certainly now, nearly 40s years on, those songs sound more like today’s country music than they do today’s rock music.
    @Noeller–You really have little or no use for any music that’s not considered down-the-line country? Are you saying you never get any enjoyment out of any other kind of music, ever?

  4. TXmusicjim
    January 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Each to there on I wasn’t a fan of Ms. Wright’s in the first place so who cares. I lean much more to the Texas/Red Dirt Scene in last 15 years or so there has been precious little worth listening to coming out of Nashville. In the time we all live Major Label Support and Mainstream radio play are not necessary to have a profitable career in the music biz.

  5. TimeO
    January 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Re the Bellamy Brothers: Even more amusing to me is that their first hit single, “Let Your Love Flow” recycled a jillion love song cliches. And, their “Having a Tropical Christmas” sounded like a second-rate Jimmy Buffett rip off…

  6. Noeller
    January 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    @MC — I think it came out wrong. I didn’t mean that I have no use for Tim’s playlist. I meant “I have little or no use for TIM’S MUSIC (more specifically, pretty much everything since the “Everywhere” album)”

    I actually have no real problem with the Allman’s or Skynyrd.

  7. M.C.
    January 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    @Noeller–Ok, that makes sense. I can see the difference if you meant it to be specific to Tim. I think after “Everywhere” was he purposely started branching out more, using his band on records and taking a more adventurous approach to what he does. To me, he still has his moments, but he hasn’t been as consistent as he once was. But he seems OK with that, as if he wanted to take risks and have more freedom.

  8. Noeller
    January 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Yeah, I’ll be intrigued to see what he does now that the contract with Curb is up. Does he start his own label? Join up with someone like Toby or Borschetta? …And does he keep making music that drifts farther and farther away from Country, or get back to where he was around 1997??

  9. Rick
    January 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I would like to see Timbo move on into a full time acting or political gig…

    Craig Havighurst said “…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.” Hey, what’s wrong with those “Country my ass” jokes? Them’s fightin’ words where I come from Craig! (lol)

    I’m just as opposed to the “gay special-privileges political agenda” as the next right wing conservative, but people sending Chely Wright hate mail is just plain idiotic. What a bunch of pathetic, misguided morons.

  10. Leeann Ward
    January 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Glad to see that you have a line that you won’t cross, Rick. I’m serious.

  11. luckyoldsun
    January 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    The Bellamy Brothers’ song is a classic of the period. Spears ripoff is flat-out inferior. When you change “If I said you have a beautiful body” to “If I said I want your body now”, you’re already saying that you want him/her to “hold it against” you. So you’ve killed the “punchline” before you get to it.

  12. WAYNOE
    January 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I am tired of the Chely thing to. She had her resurrected 5 minutes of fame, now she can go do whatever with whoever the crowd is that will follow her.

    The Bellamy Brothers are a great duo and they are not constant complainers; therefore I will gove them space for their gripes – they deserve it.

    Poor Cyrus, what a difficult last few months he has had.

  13. Troy
    January 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    “The Bellamy Brothers’ song is a classic of the period. Spears ripoff is flat-out inferior. When you change “If I said you have a beautiful body” to “If I said I want your body now”, you’re already saying that you want him/her to “hold it against” you. So you’ve killed the “punchline” before you get to it.”

    No, Spears is flat out surperior. Bringing a genre (dubstep) into mainstream groundbreaking. Not that’s it a rip off anyway.

  14. Stephen H.
    January 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    The Spears song is inferior (as is almost all current rhythmic top 40), but it’s not a ripoff.

  15. Leeann Ward
    January 13, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Both songs are bad. I’m still sad that Dolly Parton dueted with them on that one a few years ago..

  16. Paul W Dennis
    January 13, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Glad to hear about a possible Wagoneers reunion. The band, led by vocalist Monte Warden, made some of the most distinctive music of its time. Afterwards, Warden attempted a solo career, with no more success than his band had achieved

  17. Barry Mazor
    January 13, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I’m also glad to hear about the Wagoneers reunion. Reunions often turn out to be bad ideas, but the players there are unlikely to have aged past what they were best able to do.

    They always seemed to be on the verge of something bigger for themselves, and made a lot of terrific music in a country meets retro-pop/ power pop vein. Kelly Willis often sang duets with leader Monte Warden, and in the earliest days of the band, was part of it, too..

  18. TXmusicjim
    January 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    The Bellamy Brothers had a heckuv a run back in the day but there was a lot better stuff than let your love flow that was cut by them. Britney a rip off ! She has never had an original idea in her life she is a product of the big corprate music making machine.

  19. Steve Harvey
    January 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Surely if anyone has ripped off The Bellamy Brothers, it is Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, Bonnie McKee and Mathieu Jomphe – seeing as they actually wrote the song Spears has recorded.

    Plus, the line predates the Bellamy Brothers song by 30-odd years. I expect them to come out with their new hit single “Although it is generally known, I think it’s about time to announce that I was born at a very early age.”

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