The Judds Reunite For 2010 Tour; Gary Allan’s Dating Survey; Justin Townes Earle at Stubb’s

Brody Vercher | February 8th, 2010

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  1. Kelly
    February 8, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Can not wait for the new Boland album. Comal Country Blue is still in regular rotation for me and will be tough to top. The covers sound cool, except for “Gallo del Cielo” has been done to death, so maybe he’ll give it new life, hopefully.

  2. Razor X
    February 8, 2010 at 11:47 am

    For the first time ever, I actually agree with NPR.

  3. Steve M.
    February 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I actually love “Gall del Cielo” so I am looking forward to the Boland cover. I too heart “Comal Country Blue.”

  4. Kelly
    February 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Steve – I love that song, too. I have just heard so many versions by other great artists (joe ely pops into mind), that i hope Boland does something to really make it his own…

  5. Brady Vercher
    February 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Hit songs used to be recorded by anybody and everybody, so I don’t see anything wrong with Boland covering “Gallo del Cielo,” especially with the amount of material that’s gonna be on the album. Besides, there aren’t really that many recordings of the song.

  6. Saving Country Music
    February 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Justin Townes Earle also just released a free download of a live performance of “Midnight at the Movies” from PBS. Good stuff.

  7. Steve M.
    February 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    If I could sing (and I can’t), I always thought that song would be the one I would love to do live. But to do full justice, you need mariachis.

  8. Occasional Hope
    February 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I quite liked Patty’s video for Busted. I thought it made a nice (and certianly interesting) change from the ultra-literal or concert videos. I guess it’s about going back in time, drawing on tradition and possibly something about timelessness.

  9. Dave D.
    February 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Peter Cooper nailed it. Linda Holmes didn’t.

  10. Kelly
    February 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    ok, ok…first of all, I never said there was anything “wrong” with recording that specific song. As I said, I like it and I just hope Boland gives me a reason to care about his verison over the numerous others I have heard. This isnt the 1960’s and 70’s where every jazz standard or bob wills song gets remade many times over, regardless of how many albums the song may have already been on. Also, maybe I shouldve been more clear, since I really meant that I have heard it played more times than I care to remember, both on record and a live setting.

  11. Stormy
    February 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Dave: Actually, TWOP nailed it:
    Look, we know little girls adore Taylor Swift, and far be it from us to ever take anything away from little girls here, but she just cannot sing. At all. Like, not even one single note. She has chosen a profession that she literally cannot do, and people who do that get made fun of on the Internet. That’s just the way it is. And how did this become Stevie Nicks’s problem? Did she agree to do this just so she could play the tambourine on television for the first time since 1987?

  12. merlefan49
    February 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I rather think Linda Holmes nailed it. I gotta ask where was more outcry with Swift taking picture with model wearing Nazi swastika.

  13. TexasVet
    February 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Rick will like this…LOL!

    Carrie Underwood Inspires Sesame Street Character, “Carrie Underworm”

  14. Jon
    February 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Linda Holmes didn’t nail it, largely because so much of her post was devoted to replying not to what Borchetta actually said, but her “in other words” reworkings of what he said. Now, whether or not what Borchetta had to say was really *worth* saying by the guy who said it is another matter….

  15. Vicki
    February 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I love what Linda Holmes said. Spot On. I agree, it’s just too bad Scott Borchetta didn’t just leave it alone.

    Busted? Great song..but mmmmmm..times were bad in the past and now bad presently? I don’t get the girl’s expression through out..except “This is strange”

  16. Rick
    February 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Northy, I am so glad to hear about Carrie Underworm! And you folks thought my calling her Carrie Underwear was disrespectful? Sheesh! (lol)

    Jason Boland’s “Comatose County Blue” was a lackluster effort at best. Compared to Rodney Hayden’s “12 Ounce World”, Boland’s album wasn’t even in the same Texas music league. I think each of Jason’s albums need to come with a six pack of Lone Star beer to make attempts to listen through them more enjoyable…

    PS – What in the hell is a Gallo del Cielo? It sounds like a cheap bottle of “dago red” table wine…

    What Roseanne Cash was really saying: “Sales of the debut “List” album were higher than expected, therefore we are going to squeeze every last dime we possibly can out of this concept”.

  17. Steve M.
    February 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Here is the Joe Ely’s version, which I (and I think Kelly, judging from her posts) think is the best.

  18. Brady Vercher
    February 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    @Kelly: It was more than just Bob Wills songs and jazz standards that got covered by everybody and their mama, but I’m just saying that I think it’s a great song and potentially having it heard by more people isn’t such a bad thing. I guess I just don’t think it’s as pervasive as you do.

    @Steve M: Kelly is a dude. But yeah, Joe Ely’s version is definitive and if I recall, even Tom Russell has said as much.

  19. Steve M.
    February 8, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    My apologies to Kelly, I didn’t mean to emasculate you.

  20. Rick
    February 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Oh, I see now that this whole “Gallo del Cielo” thingie is very Texas-centric. That explains why I’ve never heard it and don’t really care to either. Its kinda spooky to think Joe Ely has done the “definitive version” of any song! YIKES! I guess I’m just not the average customer at the “Lone Star Music” website where I like to look but almost never actually buy anything…

  21. Brady Vercher
    February 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I think it’s a song you’d actually like, Rick. Besides, the setting for most of it takes place in California, not Texas. Ian Tyson did a version if you’re interested in checking that one out.

  22. Rick
    February 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Rick’s Random Tidbits:

    Sarah Buxton’s new husband to be is Nashville session guitarist Tom Bukovac. Last August Tom was interviewed for a Guitar Player oriented website and its quite interesting. My favorite quote from Tom:

    “In Nashville (as a session musician) you rarely ever get to hear anything in advance. Like I said before there is no sight reading to deal with, we just use “number charts”. These spell out the chord changes by relative intervals, it’s very handy because you can change keys without having to rewrite your chart.

    No one ever writes out specific parts for you to play – your job as a session guitar player in Nashville is to come up with hooky guitar parts on the fly, in an attempt to make something interesting out of songs that usually have very little harmonic content or unique chord progressions written into them and it can be very difficult at times.”

    Full Interview:

  23. Rick
    February 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks Brady! I actually like most Mex-Tex or Tex-Mex songs, so my snarkiness got the better of me! DOH! (lol)

  24. Steve
    February 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I’m surprised this wasn’t mentioned. CMT has a new Studio 330 Sessions showcasing Kellie Pickler’s outstanding vocals and songs.

  25. Steve from Boston
    February 9, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I think Occasional Hope’s on the right track about the concept for Patty’s new video. And I like it a lot too. Here’s my take on it:

    Patty has indicated that the song “Busted” itself has a timeless message, that it is as relevant to these current hard economic times as it was when Harlan Howard wrote it back in the early sixties. And by extension, back to the culture of 19th coal mining as well.

    The song itself is timeless and timely, and I think the video tries to capture that. The waitress is our frame of reference, and ticket to the past. She may be symbolic of all who struggle to make a living in this day and age, and she too, may be “busted”. I think she sees in Patty’s character a kindred spirit, and that she is not alone in her struggle.

    The prosperous looking 19th century gentelmen in the Edsion kinetoscope parlor, as well as Patty’s own band members, serve as contrast to the tale of economic woe she is describing in the song itself. To what end though, I am not exactly sure.

    And I KNOW there is something going on behind fiddle player Deannie Richardson in that ghostly mirror! It is a mystery though..

    I like the vintage, dreamlike, and surealistic vibe of this video. Some have said the images are at odds with the lyrics, but I think on some deeper level there is harmony between them. I think the video adds potency to the song, bypasses the rational brain and strikes right to the heart of intuitive, relational perception. The song and the video combined deliver a powerful emotional wallop.

    And besides, Patty just looks so darn gorgeous in vintage fashion, and that hair style is a great look for her! Beautifully shot video all around. I just wished she came out of that kinetoscope at some point, and joined her band!

  26. Kelly
    February 9, 2010 at 4:39 am

    @Brady – of course, you are right about how many types of songs were recorded over and over way back when (emphasis on “way back when”), as I was being a tad snarky. Please notice, though, that in the course of this thread we have now identified 4 different versions of this song (including the new Boland version).

  27. Jon
    February 9, 2010 at 8:00 am

    4 different versions of a song – must be some kind of record.

  28. Jim Malec
    February 9, 2010 at 9:24 am

    @Jon: I don’t know what happened, but we’re totally on the same page lately.

  29. Benny
    February 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I hesitate to comment because Loveless has some fans that can’t accept critiscm and will spend all day arguing back and forth about her. So, first and foremost, I love Patty Loveless. She’s great. This is simply my opinion.

    Loveless’ “Busted” video is by far my least favorite video she’s ever made. Yes, it’s incredibly creative and well thought. But she barely touched on the main actual aspect of the song itself, which was a coal mining family (such as the one she grew up in). As the only woman in history to cover such coveted original lyrics (that were given directly to her husband from the writer), I would have thought she would have somewhat gone along with that in the story of the video. I was disappointed with the video, but hey, opinions are what makes the world go round.

  30. nm
    February 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    That video just screams to me “do not take the song as a reflection on anything real, especially not anything going on right now.”

  31. Nicole
    February 11, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Benny, as Loveless fan, I do feel the need to reply to you. But you’re right— we do have some fans that won’t accept critiscm. I hope you don’t label PL’s entire fan base that way, I assure you that’s not the case for everyone :) And I won’t argue back and forth all day about her with you (unless you try to insist something about her that’s entirely off the wall). I’ll actually agree with you on all your points. The video for “Busted” is not one of my favorites.

  32. Guy
    February 12, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Taylor Swift does sound like amateur karaoke live, but if she’d take voice and singing lessons it would likely improve considerably. It sounds like she’s just unaware of how important taking full breaths and pushing from the diaphram are when performing.

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