The George Strait & Reba McEntire Show; Carrie Underwood Released an Album Today
- George Strait and Reba McEntire are going on tour together.
- String Theory Media’s Craig Havighurst highlighted a NPR feature that argues that charts might be measuring the wrong thing, and because of that, they mean less today than they did in the past.
They’ve always been something of an illusion, a contrivance meant to serve the needs of an industry interested in getting us to consume a lot of just a few artists rather than ranging across the new and the old for a fulfilling listening life. Before SoundScan, the system methodically and negligently under-represented country and hip-hop. And SoundScan has been far from perfect. The whole Hit Parade concept has gone on to suffuse other industries such that who’s on top, who had the biggest share or the biggest opening weekend has defined most of our public dialogue about our culture’s art. And that’s just a sorry place to be.
New releases for the week of November 3, 2009 include:
- Billy Deaton, a longtime booking agent for artists like Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and more, passed away on Saturday.
- Juli Thanki covered the Patty Loveless concert at the Birchmere on Sunday:
Though Loveless was in good spirits, teasing her band members and joking with audience members, two somber moments punctuated the evening. Loveless, a coalminer’s daughter (her father died of black lung), brought the crowd to their feet with her stunning bluegrass version of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,” dedicated to her late parents, who had “the best seat in the house.” She also dedicated “Too Many Memories” to the late Stephen Bruton, fighting tears as she ended the song with a sincere “Thank you, Stephen.”
- Craig Shelburne never realized it until listening to the new Dolly Parton box set, Dolly, but he says she’s a bit morbid.
- Country California fake news: MuzikMafia announces cutbacks.
- Peep’s Joey Guerra was disappointed with the new Carrie Underwood album:
Maybe Underwood isn’t interested in truly spreading her musical wings. And maybe fans don’t care if she ever leaves her ice castle. But with so much vocal talent, Play On‘s underwhelming tunes put Underwood’s potential on pause.
- USA Today gave the record three out of four stars:
This is how to build a career for the long run. On her third outing, the still-blossoming Idol alum with the sterling pipes invites a diverse handful of outsiders to join her proven Nashville-based songwriting/production team. They expand her sound and worldview just enough to perhaps lure more folks to the party while satisfying country radio programmers and her loyalists.
- Rosanne Cash earned four stars from American Songwriter‘s Holly Gleason for her album The List.
- Cracker Barrel released a new Alan Jackson compilation yesterday. Titled Songs of Love and Heartache, the collection features 10 of Jackson’s hits along with a couple of unreleased tracks: “That’s What I’d Be Like Without You” was originally recorded for his 2004 disc What I Do and “Nothing Sure Looked Good on You” is a Gene Watson cover.
- Watch the premiere of Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You” from her Live From London DVD.
- A new survey commissioned by the Country Music Association, called the CMA Prime Prospect Study, concluded that country consumers are feeling the effects of the economic downturn and have reduced spending in the last year
- George Jones still doesn’t like what passes as country music these days.
- Carrie Underwood hates the term pop-country, instead preferring to describe such music as contemporary.
- Toby Keith touches on booger-eatin’ nerds, national healthcare, and illegal immigration in an interview with CNN.
- Today is the last day to win a Drew Kennedy house concert; check his website for details!
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