The People Choose Underwood and Flatts At People’s Choice Awards

Brody Vercher | January 8th, 2009

  1. Nashville4U
    January 8, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Great to see Carrie Underwood win those awards but Rascal Flatts….I don’t know if they deserved that one. Also that guy resembles Eddy Arnold enough to say they are related.

  2. Paula_W
    January 8, 2009 at 11:27 am

    The People Choose Underwood and Flatts At People’s Choice Awards

    What people? Not me!

  3. Jim C.
    January 8, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Is there such a thing as ‘the Americana scene’?

    Maybe just Russell is projecting his own thoughts on his crappy band.

  4. Drew
    January 8, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Is there any link to the Eddy Arnold accusation story? I’m interested to read the whole thing.

  5. northtexas
    January 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Jewel commented in her blog:
    People’s Choice Awards Recap
    Posted in From Jewel on January 7, 2009

    Hi! So the awards were fun! I’m in the car headed back to the hotel, and then I’m gonna go eat with Jason “Turtle” Freese and his wife, Amy. Jason is who married Ty and I in the Bahamas. He was in my band during the 0304 tour and he is also producing my new lullaby album with me!
    I worked up quite an appetite at the awards. Visiting with all the fans and helping Diana with her CVS makeover was a blast! She was already beautiful to begin with, but she looked so amazing in that gorgeous dress.

    Well, I’m off to dinner- Hope you guys enjoyed the show. Man, while I’m thinking of it, Carrie Underwood sang her ASS off!!! Great job by the songwriters Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley and Steve McEwan; and GREAT singing by Carrie- I was very impressed.
    Have a great night!

  6. Brody Vercher
    January 8, 2009 at 12:09 pm
  7. Rick
    January 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    So Carrie Underwood scored big time at the “American Idol Audience FanBot Awards”. I’m shocked! (lol)

    Wow, based upon those pictures I’d say the odds are about 99% that Christopher Tanner is indeed Eddie’s offspring. Well at least he waited until after Eddie died to tarnish his biological father’s reputation.

    Kevin Russell’s comments on the Americana realm are intriguing. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. Many of the alt. country / Americana artists like to fancy themselves “rebels” and this is one way to do it I guess. Maybe Kevin is just bitter at folks who rightfully make fun of his band’s silly name….

  8. Trailer
    January 8, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    My mother used to have Tupperware parties so yes, I remember them. The Gourds new album is fine.

  9. Sam G.
    January 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    The fact that Carrie Underwood and Rascall Flatts won in the People’s Choice Awards is just further proof that popular culture generally sucks.

  10. Dr. No
    January 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Personally, I think Christopher Tanner is the illegitimate son of Jerry Reed.

  11. Davey
    January 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    The people’s choice awards are for the Hollywood inclined anyway. The “people” they refer to there are the pop culture lemmings. From what I was reading form other cites, no body was that impressed with any of it. No one was surprised anyway. Really sick of Carrie and Flatts (especially Carrie).

    When do we get the signature 9513-style review of Carrie’s new single, “You say You’ll call”?

    North Texas: Hope Hollerin’ Ben doesn’t read Jewel’s blog (doubt he would). he might have a conniption fit over her grammar like he did in his Wade Bowen single review.

    I would love to go to a music party! sounds like more fun than downloading at home by yourself.

  12. Stephen
    January 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Her new single is “I Told You So,” but that song was “I Know You Won’t.” Regardless, she sang flawlessly.

  13. J.R. Journey
    January 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Okay, I will say what everybody has to be thinking: that guy looks like Eddie Arnold for sure, especially around the eyes.

  14. northtexas
    January 8, 2009 at 3:41 pm


    Here’s Loretta Lynn’s take on Carrie from an interview last August…want to criticize her grammar too?

    Q: What are your thoughts on shows like “American Idol” and “Nashville Star,” which give young artists record deals? And how do you think you would have done on a show like that?

    Lynn: If there would’ve been “American Idol,” (my husband/manager Doolittle Lynn) would’ve had me on there, because he was the one that got me going. But after he got me started and I was gone so much, he said he wished he would’ve never gotten me into it because it kind of separated us from being together a lot. I would’ve probably passed out before I went out, knowing how bashful I was. I could’ve never done it by myself. But some of them I like. Carrie Underwood — look how great she is. Kelly Clarkson, she’s fantastic.

  15. Davey
    January 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I wasn’t criticizing it. Sorry it sounded that way. I was making a joke about Ben’s grammar meltdown on Wade Bowen’s review. He went on and on about it. I thought it was funny.

  16. Brady Vercher
    January 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Davey, you sure do you have a funny way of spelling Brandon Rhyder ;)

  17. Nicolas
    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Congratz Carrie! :)

  18. northtexas
    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    No problem Davey, I was just yanking your chain a little.

    Here a nice Texas radio station that streams online for all you guys that are sick of ‘pop country’…I guarantee you won’t hear any Underwood, Swift or Flatts. In fact, just about the only female country artist you will hear is Sunny Sweeney..

  19. Hollerin' Ben
    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    First off, it was Brandon Rhyder, not Wade Bowen.

    Secondly, it wasn’t his grammar I was objecting to, it was a confused narrative. He introduced concepts and timelines and then almost immediately re-addressed those things in confusing ways. The general gist was clear, but what he was specifically saying was all muddled – NOT on account of “poor grammar”, which I really don’t care about – but on account of sloppy narration, which I really do care about.

    sorry, the idea that I’m some kind of grammar nazi always really bugged me.

  20. Davey
    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    and this is why I’m on vacation: I’m brain dead. That’s who I meant and I just realized it. Sorry. That’s how the review struck me though.
    Didn’t mean to sounds criticizing. I obviously am not all with it!

  21. Nicolas
    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Apparently “I Know You Won’t” is going to be the new single now instead of “I Told You So”

  22. Nicolas
    January 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    ^ Does any1 know which one is going to be the single, I found stuff that says one but then something that says the other :/

  23. northtexas
    January 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Nicolas, ‘I Told You So’ has been announced by All Access with an add date of Feb 02. Maybe her label will release IKYW to AC radio…should do well there.

  24. Davey
    January 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    That was my problem (one of many today). I found on CMTT said this “It’s been confirmed that her new single to hit radio in February is “I Told You So”. Narc says that it is rumored that she will be performing this song tonight on the People’s Choice Awards.” She did “you say you’ll call” at the PCA’s. That’s why I thought it was her next single.
    (and this I am sure of!)
    BTW, I was listening to Wade Bowen and that’s what I typed because the player thing was on the screen. again, brain dead….

  25. Chris N.
    January 8, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Ben’s more of a narrative nazi.

  26. Stephen
    January 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    The new single is “I Told You So.”

  27. Kim
    January 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    wow. Some people here are having an off day…lol. somebody’s “asleep at the wheel”? ha.
    Even CMT’s Choice Awards response is tepid. Hard to believe.
    And what is Kevin Russell smoking? And what’s wrong with No Depression? He must be listening to all the wrong Americana. Americana is my salvation from the high budget-no talent “artists.” But I guess artists can be good or bad on a high budget or on a low budget. But still, I think he made himself look a little uninformed with that statement.
    Tanner does look a little like Arnold. I’m glad a judge sealed the future records for the sake of Arnold’s name. Still, the whole thing is pretty bad.

    Chet Flippo’s latest Skyline is pretty good (didn’t know he was born and raised in F.Worth either). I’m also surprised that CMT of all cites is devoting a whole week to Texas music! so far not bad coverage either.

  28. Rick
    January 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Just wanted to wish Elvis a posthumous “Happy Birthday”. The King would have been 74 today had he survived the drugs and deep fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. As for the musical legacy he left behind, all I can say is “Elvis, thank you. Thank you very much.”

  29. Stormy
    January 8, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    This is why I hate the people and always side with the aliens.

    I would like to know, who, specifically, Kevin Russell is referring to.
    That is a list of their cover artists.

  30. Patrick
    January 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Whether he does or doesn’t look like Eddy Arnold is not really the issue here.
    What we DO know is that this guy is a weasel! What else would you call someone who pops out of the bushes at such an opportune time? Where has he been for the last four or five decades?????

    Screw ‘em!

  31. Matt B.
    January 8, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    So Stormy the question is does that make you a Scientologist?

  32. Amy B.
    January 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Really, who is K. Russell talking about? those cover artists looked pretty good to me. I’ve heard of them and not him! guess that makes me a ‘shit’ fan!

  33. Rick
    January 8, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Rick’s Random Tidbits: One of the biggest supporters of the resident LA country music scene is a gal named Kim Grant. Kim books acts at a venue in Echo Park named “The Grand Ole Echo / Echoplex” where Roni Stoneman performed recently (as well as Justin Townes Earl for that matter). From April through October Kim sponsors free Sunday afternoon shows that feature LA stalwarts like Mike Stinson, Dave Gleason, David Serby, Dead Rock West, and I See Hawks in LA. Here’s a link to an article in the Pasadena Weekly where Kim gets asked about what she hopes for in 2009 and gives the following response:

    “KIM GRANT, Pasadena Resident, Booker of Grand Ole Echo at the Echo:

    “My hope for 2009 is to introduce a younger generation of people to the beauty of roots, Americana and country music. A lot of folks I meet seem to have a skewed or one-note version of country music. I want to be able to open that world up for them and get them to hear for themselves how wonderful and varied it can be. I hope our community, where we’re always looking out for one another, continues to build and grow and also keep its integrity. It’s certainly my church.”

    Aww, isn’t that sweet. Kim’s a great gal. If you’d like to see a picture of her:

    I wonder if Kim would object to me calling her the mistress of LA’s country music scene? Hmmm…. (lol)

  34. northtexas
    January 8, 2009 at 9:42 pm


    Here’s the first review for Carrie’s cover of “I Told You So” from Country Music Central…they gave it an A+.

  35. Stormy
    January 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Matt: The aliens hate scientologists, ever since Tom Cruise started making them look bad.

  36. Razor X
    January 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Actually, I think Christopher Tanner looks a bit like Ricky Skaggs.

  37. Francesca
    January 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Carrie gave an AMAZING performance last night at the People’s Choice awards. I don’t care what you haters and bashers say anymore, because she proved once more to the world that she deserves EVERYTHING she has received. Plus she is a nice person who always treats everyone with respect.

    I even thought Rascal Flatts did alright vocally for once, last night. They often sound really bad live, but they did well.

  38. Francesca
    January 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    wow– that review for Carrie’s cover of the Randy Travis song is amazing! and well deserved.

  39. Matt B.
    January 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    North Texas if we’re getting ‘technical,’ my review (at Roughstock) of “I Told You So” was written 2 days before Cowboy Bleu’s. ;)

  40. northtexas
    January 8, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Oops, sorry Matt! There’s so many blogs and so little time…LOL! I go check it out.

  41. northtexas
    January 8, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    To be fair to Matt B. here’s his review of ITYS:

  42. Kelly
    January 9, 2009 at 6:40 am

    I think Kevin Russell from The Gourds is simply saying that he doesnt like categories or boundaries. He doesnt like the “scene” (if a magazine and an annual conference suggest that there is one I supppose) and evidently, he isnt a fan of many of the artists in the “scene”. What? Since other fans and writers decide that the Gourds are “Americana”, he is supposed to love all that is Americana? He isnt the only artist that has come out against the sometimes comical and many times futile attempt at writers and fans deciding what certain styles of music should be called in order to please their own short-sighted, A.D.D. riddled needs for nice, tidy and convenient packaging…

    Sorry Jim C., I have caught myself seeing eye to eye with you more recently, but “crappy”, really?

  43. Jessie
    January 9, 2009 at 8:16 am

    carrie performed i know you wont as a gift to her fans because they love it and its not gonna be a single, her next single is I told you so

  44. Brady Vercher
    January 9, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Did Carrie really say her performance of “I Know You Won’t” was a gift to her fans?

  45. mimi
    January 9, 2009 at 10:53 am

    No she didn’t Brady. She sang it because she wanted to and she also said that she didn’t want that song to go unheard. It’s a very special song for her….
    It is a fan favorite though.

  46. Gloria
    January 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I loved Carrie’s performance and I loved the song! Rascal Flatts, well, that do nothing for me! I couldn’t stand Carrie while she was being shoved down our throats, but now that the attention has moved over to the Teen Queen Taylor, I’ve really started paying alot of attention to Carrie and I really like her and think she sings like an angel! Maybe when all the hype dies down aroung the fabulous Taylor, I will like her….NAW, don’t think so!

  47. Francesca
    January 9, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Matt B: your review over at RoughStock was fantastic.

    Gloria: I agree that sometimes when someone is too over-exposed, you can’t stand them even if they are talented. It happened with Shania Twain for awhile for me, but now I like her that the hype died down a bit. She was too much to take for awhile. But at least she was somewhat talented.

    Carrie is also very talented and I don’t feel she was as over-exposed as Taylor is now… though I understand your point that it is easier to let you come to them, not have someone shoved down your throat.

    Taylor is the Hanna Montana of Country music, and it is getting on my last nerve. She should just be a songwriter as she has a songwriter’s voice…not a singer’s voice.

    Can’t they make a radio station for teens and be done with it so we can get our country radio stations back?

  48. Gloria
    January 9, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I like your idea Francesca….the teen radio station!

  49. Stormy
    January 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Kelly: That would make sense if he hadn’t take the alt-country sounds like mainstream country and none of them have any energy and inspiration swipe. While Tim McGraw often seems like he could like to be Jay Farrer or Ryan Adams when he growns up (and learns to sing), are we really supposed to believe that Son Volt has no energy? That Kasey Chambers has no inspiration? That Neko Case, who recently rounded up every free, discarded piano she could find and created a piano orchestra for her latest album, which she then highlighted with frogs (the ribbity kind) sounds like anything in the mainstream? Big talk coming from the lead singer of a band who’s big opening statement was a cover of Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice.

    If they want to see action and energy from those No Depression artists, I suggest he makes these comments to Billy Joe Shavers face.

  50. Stormy
    January 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Sorry, that should be takeN and Tim McGraw sounds like he Would like to be Jay Farrer…

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