The Cyrus Virus: Billy Ray Tapped To Host Nashville Star

Brody Vercher | February 29th, 2008

  • Billy Ray Cyrus announced he’ll be hosting the sixth-season of Nashville Star.

    “This year it is all about the dream, about the music, about persistence and never giving up faith,” Billy Ray told Leno. “You know, I’ve been to the fair, and I’ve seen the bear, and I’m really excited.”

  • Calvin Gilbert on the CMT blog: “At this point in the digital age, why isn’t every album ever released by a major label available either on CD or as a download? And why does it so often take a foreign record label to re-release classic music that’s sitting in a corporate vault?” I’d like to add a big, fat exclamation point.
  • Twangville blogger Todd Mathis fronts the alt-country band American Gun and they recently released a new album, The Means & The Machine. Chip Frazier has a brief rundown of what the album offers and links to some samples.
  • On March 28 the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy, “an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of a great American musical dynasty.”

    “The Williams family story may seem familiar,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “However, this exhibit will take the visitor inside the family to revisit the life and impact of Hank Williams, examine the struggles and musical successes of his only son, Randall Hank Williams, and study the direct descendants, who are now striving within a new generation of artists, all measuring themselves by the example of Hank Williams.”

  • SongwriterPro as a fairly old interview with Moot Davis, but if you scroll to the bottom there are a couple of pictures of his custom guitars. (via Little Dog Records blog)
  • Next week more than 2,000 radio station personnel will descend upon Nashville for CRS-39, a three-day Country Radio Seminar. Attendees visit panels on topics like Hispanics and country music, texting, networking, promotion, charts and voice tracking as well as enjoy lunchtime and nightly showcases. The event benefits indie artists who aren’t able to travel from station to station because representatives of so many stations are all in one place. Check out the agenda with descriptions of each panel.
  • On the subject of CRS, Trace Adkins will be making an appearance with a few of his Celebrity Apprentice cohorts. I wonder if there’s any particular reason that they’re all women — Tiffany Fallon, Nely Gal├án, Marilu Henner and Omarosa Stallworth — considering most of his time on the show up to this point has been spent on the men’s team.
  • PETA adopted Loretta Lynn’s “I Wanna Be Free” for a campaign to end the chaining of dogs during the winter. (via ggcolumn)
  • Chet Flippo lists Taylor Swift’s debut album, Ashton Shepherd’s Sounds So Good, and Alan Jackson’s Good Time as strong contenders for the three most significant albums of the present country music era. Coincidentally, the songs on all three albums were written by the artists and are entrenched in personal experiences.
  • Peter Cooper has an interesting article about Bob McDill, his smash hit “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” and McDill’s thoughts on Don Williams.
  • Owen Temple posted his full album for free download on his Facebook profile. The free download will last for two weeks and requires that you add him as a friend. Better yet, he’s asking you to share his album with your friends.

    All I ask is that, if you like the songs, you share them with your friends who may be interested in my new music. That means you can send them the mp3s yourself via email or, even better, recommend that they add me as a friend on Facebook so they can download the new songs too.

  • Pat Grogan, Reverend Horton Heat, and Max Stalling are among the six musicians receiving stars on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame.
  • According to Washington Post writer J. Freedom du Lac, Taylor Swift’s second album is halfway done and should be released sometime around December.
  • Tom Russell has a song called “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” that stands opposite of Buddy Jewell’s controversial “This Ain’t Mexico.” The Pitch has a short interview with Russell where he shares his thoughts on politics and you can listen to “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” on his MySpace.

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  1. Chris N.
    February 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I’ve been wondering what “I’ve been to the fair and I’ve seen the bear” means. Is that a colloquialism?

  2. Butch
    February 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Glad to see Mr. Adkins still going strong on The Apprentice.

  3. Brody Vercher
    February 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Chris – I tried googling it, but couldn’t find any other references, so maybe someone who’s reading knows.

  4. Stephen H.
    February 29, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Within two years expect a hit country song entitled “I’ve Been To the Fair (And Seen the Bear)”.

  5. Linda
    February 29, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Billy Ray doing Nashville Star.

    There’s some strange symmetry, isn’t it?

  6. Linda
    February 29, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    I think Chet Flippo is one of the best there is. Now I have to listen to Taylor Swifts new offering. I wasn’t going to. I usually like everything he likes, but this might be the exception. Has anyone else heard it?

  7. Paul W Dennis
    March 1, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Chet Flippo has very broad tastes – Taylor’s album is okay but remember this: it is aimed at the teenybopper market. As she matures she will become an impressive songwriter. She is not, however, a compelling singer

    Billy Ray Cyrus has well rounded talents – he is a decent singer, a better actor and speaks well. He probably will be a good host for NASHVILLE STAR

    I purchaed Owen Temple’s RIGHT HEREAND NOW CD back in 2002 when it came out. It’s pretty but I’ve never heard him on the radio and never seen any of his other CDs in a retail store

    Thank God for foreign labels such as Raven, JSP, Proper, Ace and Bear Family. Just purchase TOm T Hall NASHVILLE STORYTELLER , an anthology of Tom T’s five year stint with RCA (the big hits had stoppped but not the good songs) – why can’t BMG USA release it ?

  8. Mike W.
    March 1, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Agreed about the forgein labels. Doc Walker is a popular Canadian Country music band, but on you have to pay $30 for the import of their latest CD.

  9. Mike
    March 4, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Glad to see Billy Ray Cyrus being the host, I think he is pretty like able and genuine which is something the show really has never had. Jewel was very awkward and non country like up on stage.

  10. Jobi
    March 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I may be wrong, but I don’t see where BRC is a good speaker! I watched him on Dancing with the Stars and sometimes I got embarrassed for him for the “goofy” things he said and the way he acted! I guess I can’t get passed that Achy Breaky Heart thing! Since they tell him what to say, maybe he will be Ok!

  11. Cleavo
    March 6, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Please, PLEASE someone call Nancy O’Dell!!! I enjoyed Billy Ray’s music (including ‘Achy Breaky’ – ‘So Miserable Without You’ was even better), but I’ve always had a hard time getting over his blatant thumbing of the industry and the fans at the CMAs that year (whatever year that was), and that has forever overshadowed my opinion of him and his personality. That said, I think NS has been on a downward spiral for a while, anyway – but I always watch, ever hopeful that ‘This year will be the year it gets good again’ (don’t ask me how long I played that game with ER)…

    I just realized my first two posts on this site are fairly negative – my apologies; that is not my way, normally, and I think the site is great!!

  12. LovinMyMullet
    June 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    You can hate all you want but BRC is one of the best artists in country music. Personally I want the mullet back, but I can settle for the soul patch. I can’t wait to see him on Nashville Star. This Monday, NBC, 9pm I’m so pumped!

  13. Thomas
    June 7, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    re the bear from the fair. in the old days dancing bears, hairy women or big guys called “nestor”, who could lift heavy weights were popular/must see fairground attractions. it’s just an old fashioned way of saying – i saw the main thing/attraction. the bear just rhymes nicer with fair than “hairy woman” or 5000 wolves.

  14. Countrystar4evr
    June 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    omg nashville star is gonna be the best show ever. season 6 tomorrow on NBC!!

  15. Chris N.
    June 9, 2008 at 8:42 am

    OK, I think I sorta get it.

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