Tim McGraw Ejects Fan; Trace Adkins & Gene Watson Answer ‘Murder On Music Row’

Brody Vercher | July 28th, 2009

  • Tim McGraw stopped his concert at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Sunday to have a man ejected by security for his perceived mistreatment of a woman. In other McGraw news, his next album, Southern Voice, will be released Oct. 20.
  • New releases for the week of July 28, 2009 include:

  • Listen to “Michael” by Jamie Wilson and find out the back story at The Eye of the Hurricane.

    “I wrote that song on the day that I realized that my brother was going to prison. We had been really trying to get him off with just probation, but I called him one day and just asked him what he wanted to do. He said that he’d rather we just stopped trying and let him do his time. …”

  • Randy Khors and his band had more than $50,000 worth of instruments and gear stolen from their van in Obetz, OH.
  • The Recording Academy plans to host its first-ever GRAMMY Salute To Country Music and honor Vince Gill on Sept. 9 in Nashville with a lineup that features Amy Grant, Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, Michael McDonald, and Brad Paisley.
  • Watch new music videos for Jason Aldean‘s “Big Green Tractor” and Brooks & Dunn‘s “Indian Summer” at the CMT Blog.
  • Farce the Music says “anything but country” guy deserves a sackpunch.

    You’re an idiot, “anything but country” guy/girl. However, the fact that I know with 100% certainty that you’re lying, renders your opinion null and void. Do you like industrial indie jazz metal? Do you like didjeridoo ballads? Do you like Brooke Hogan? Didn’t think so. Have you ever heard a Steven Seagal album? Didn’t think so. I think we can now agree that you DO NOT in fact, like anything but country.

  • If these five essential Willie albums aren’t already in your collection, you must be from up north (from the December 2001 issue of Maxim magazine).
  • Add Brandi Carlile (Give Up The Ghost) and Band of Heathens (One Foot in the Ether) to the list of artists/bands with new album releases this fall.
  • Trace Adkins joined Gene Watson to record “We’ve Got a Pulse,” an answer song to “Murder on Music Row.” The song will appear on Watson’s next album, A Taste of the Truth (Aug. 25).

    “This is a unique album for me because we stepped out a bit to include some more modern instrumentation but still keeping my style,” says Gene, who topped the charts in 1981 with the song “Fourteen Carat Mind.” “We’ve got plenty of fiddle and steel but some beautiful orchestration on one song and some contemporary songs by today’s hottest writers.”

  • While we’re on the subject of new albums, Kris Kristofferson considers his next, Closer to the Bone (Sept. 29), a sequel of sorts to This Old Road. The record marks some of the last recordings by his friend Stephen Bruton and features songs inspired by Johnny Cash and Eddie Rabbitt‘s son, Timmy.
  • Watch Ashley Monroe performing “Deep Water” with Jewel during a recent concert.
  • Kenny Chesney is set to launch No Shoes Radio, a web-based radio station where he’ll share his eclectic tastes, on August 6.

    “People ask me what I do and, obviously, because of the way I sing and where I come from, I’m a country singer, but really, what I do draws on so much more than that,” Kenny explains. “Growing up, I don’t think anybody listened to any one kind of thing — and what I think of as country, well, that’s not really what we do …”

  • The Texas Music Matters song of the day is “Highway Eyes” from Frank Smith, which is a band, not a man.
  1. Razor X
    July 28, 2009 at 10:58 am

    “… Growing up, I don’t think anybody listened to any one kind of thing…

    Wanna bet?

  2. Leeann Ward
    July 28, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Maybe my hearing’s off today, but Ashley Monroe sounds a bit off key in that clip.

  3. J.R. Journey
    July 28, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I just picked up the Sarah Darling album. I’ll let you guys know what I think of it …

  4. Kelly
    July 28, 2009 at 11:17 am

    An “answer song” to Murder on Music Row, huh? shouldnt there be a statute of limitations on how long it takes for someone to provide an answer song? Since one isnt in place, I’ll get started on my response to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, cuz I think its gonne get crazy broke…

  5. Jon
    July 28, 2009 at 11:19 am

    “Watch Ashley Monroe performing “Deep Water” with Jewel during a recent concert.”

    I thought it would be cool to hear this take on the Bob WIlls classic, but…

  6. Sam G
    July 28, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Can’t wait to hear the Kieran Kane record. I love his work with Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin, but a solo record is long overdue.

    Steve Martin gets a pass, but why does a salute to country music include Amy Grant and Michael McDonald? And Vince Gill still seems too young to be getting so many lifetime achievements and salutes.

  7. Sam G
    July 28, 2009 at 11:22 am

    *slaps forehead* Okay, Amy Grant makes sense now that I’ve thought about it for more than a minute. But Michael McDonald? Really?

  8. Leeann Ward
    July 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Obviously, a tribute to Vince is going to include Amy Grant these days, as she’s his wife and he seems to like her.

    I’m not calling her country in any way, but her two hymns projects, both co-produced by Vince, are quite country influenced…or Vince influenced.

    I’m thinking he’s being honored here because he has won the most Grammy awards in country music?

  9. Leeann Ward
    July 28, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I’m unsure about Michael McDonald too, but he always seems to pop up where Vince is concerned, including covering one of his songs for that Cracker Barrel Songs of the Year album.

  10. Jon
    July 28, 2009 at 11:39 am

    “And Vince Gill still seems too young to be getting so many lifetime achievements and salutes.”

    I think the idea of “lifetime achievements” is to focus on the achievements rather than the lifespan. And young or not, he’s been at it for a long time and accomplished an awful lot, including all those Grammy wins LeeAnn mentioned.

    Oh, and here’s a radical thought: maybe he likes Michael McDonald’s music; Alison certainly does. The musical tastes of great musicians are often a little surprising to their fans.

  11. Leeann Ward
    July 28, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Although I don’t share his enthusiasm, I think Vince must be a fan of McDonald, since McDonald is featured on Vince’s These Days project. “Smilin’ Song” is actually really fun.

  12. Lanibug
    July 28, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Ok, so I looked at the article about the stuff stolen in Obetz, Ohio and as I work in Columbus – I thinking that most of that stuff will stick out around here….but I feel real bad for them.

  13. Baron Lane
    July 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Didn’t Tim McGraw just get into it with a fan over a perceived mistreatment of a woman in the front section of the audience? Is this guy following Tim around? Is this staged? Hmmmm…

  14. Chris N.
    July 28, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Michael McDonald lives in Nashville, so it’s not totally random.

  15. Dan Milliken
    July 28, 2009 at 11:58 am

    That Willie piece is a hoot. “The end of the world never sounded so bueno!” That and other music features they’ve done makes me think about subscribing to Maxim, except then I would be someone who subscribes to Maxim.

  16. Jon
    July 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    “Ok, so I looked at the article about the stuff stolen in Obetz, Ohio and as I work in Columbus – I thinking that most of that stuff will stick out around here…”

    Maybe, but the thieves might be looking to move it elsewhere, maybe even privately. The fact that the drums were left untouched suggests that they might have known what market they were going to try to sell to…

  17. Leeann Ward
    July 28, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I’m shamefully speculating, but Tim may be very sensitive about perceived mistreatment of women as a result of his childhood with an abusive stepfather, from whom he constantly had to protect his mother.

  18. Andrew Lacy
    July 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Regardless of the reason, if Tim saw something like that going on I’m glad he was willing to step in and do something about it.

  19. Stewman
    July 28, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I applaud Tim for ejecting the unruly fan, but it does seem like he’s become pretty prickly in the past few years. He always seems perturbed in interviews and red carpets.
    I wonder if he’s none-to-pleased that his once protege Kenny, has far surpassed his popularity?

  20. Leeann Ward
    July 28, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    It probably has nothing to do with Chesney, but more his grievances with his record label that seems to have quite a grip on him.

  21. Stewman
    July 28, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I think its really detracted from his likability. Seems like he’s not listening to his handlers anymore. Tough

  22. Lanibug
    July 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Believe me, and I hate to say this but the theives in Obetz, Ohio are really not that smart….

  23. Busted Keys
    July 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    much props to tim for stopping the concert. that type of conduct should be stopped anywhere!

  24. Jon
    July 28, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    “Believe me, and I hate to say this but the theives in Obetz, Ohio are really not that smart….”

    I lived in Bexley for a few years, so I know what you’re talking about ;-). But Randy’n’em were up there to play at a huge bluegrass festival, meaning that thousands of folks with some idea of the market for bluegrass instruments were in the area, and it’s hardly any secret where it is that the performers stay–and like I said, the fact that the drums were left behind suggests that this theft was committed by someone with that kind of knowledge.

  25. Deb
    July 28, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I’m about sick of Tim acting as barney bad ass, didn’t this same thing just happen last year?

  26. Saving Country Music
    July 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I predict Trace Adkins and Gene Watson’s new song will go over like a poop in a punch bowl.

    The point of “Murder on Music Row” was not to say that country music is dead, but was to try to save it from the corrupt elements of Nashville. And if you can’t understand that elemental truth, how can you write a rebuttal? Oh, that’s right, a couple of “hot Nashville songwriters” are writing it for them.

    “some beautiful orchestration on one song and some contemporary songs by today’s hottest writers.”


  27. Paula_W
    July 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Tim seems to be attracting more media attn from ‘stopping the music’ for one reason or another rather than for his actual music these days.

  28. Paula_W
    July 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Lou Reid and Carolina – A good friend of mine (Dennis Duff) wrote “Daddy Tried” on that cd. I’ll be picking up a copy as soon as I can get to the store. Dennis told me he just went to Walmart and picked up a couple of copies himself. :-)

  29. Vicki
    July 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Ok guys, I’ve returned from my drive to daughter’s and SIL’s house in Kansas. Again, I scanned for country stations and this song was one I heard many times but I haven’t heard before. Is it new? Old? Who is the singer?
    Here is the catch phrase:

    “but that was three George Jones’, one heartfelt Doug Stone, and seven Vern Gosdin’s ago”

  30. Occasional Hope
    July 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    New song – from a guy called Darren Kozelsky on an indie label.

  31. Brady Vercher
    July 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Vicki, that’s “Seven Vern Gosdin’s Ago” from Texas based artist Darren Kozelsky. His album Arrivals & Departures came out back in May.

  32. Rick
    July 28, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I can understand Gene Watson wanting to be “hip” to the current mainstream country scene, but if he releases any new singles I predict they will go over about as well as the recent Gatlin Brothers song. Although releasing the song featuring Trace Adkins could actually attract radio interest. Hmm…

    I’m glad Jewel is featuring Ashley Monroe on her current west coast tour as maybe Ashley will earn enough to release a low budget indie album! As for Ashley’s vocals, she does tend to get pitchy if she cannot clearly hear herself in the monitor as some crude demos I’ve heard demonstrate. In this case I don’t care for Jewel’s “Deep Water” song regardless of who is singing it. Did the person who posted this video also load some videos of Ashley singing her own songs? That’s what I’d really like to see!

  33. Hubba
    July 28, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    ‘poop in a punch bowl’- lol

  34. Vicki
    July 28, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks guys, I thought it was a great song and was getting good play time on the radio on different stations/states. Was it reviewed sometime that I missed?

  35. stewman
    July 28, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    There’s just something so forced about “7 Vern Gosdin’s”. I get the scene he’s trying to paint, but I just dont buy it. Granted I’ll give him credit for not pickin “Willie, Waylon or Johnny”. It still reeks of a radio reach.

  36. Stormy
    July 29, 2009 at 12:20 am

    July 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm Permalink Tim seems to be attracting more media attn from ’stopping the music’ for one reason or another rather than for his actual music these days.

    And that’s a bad thing, why? Shouldn’t we all encourage Tim to stop singing whenever possible?

  37. h
    July 29, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Tim McGraw is just stroking his own macho ego, that’s all it is. It’s real easy to play the bully with a security staff and 20,000 screaming fans supporting you no matter what you do.

    But get Tim to go one-on-one man-to-man and guaranteed he wimps out!

    Seriously, how come this stuff never happens at an Alan Jackson concert? Or George Strait? Or Rascal Flatts?

    It’s because these guys aren’t out looking for a fight, that’s why!

    Tim’s out looking for a fight because he knows he won’t have to finish what he starts.

  38. h
    July 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I just read on another blog that the guy who got ejected was actually getting between two women who were fighting. So the guy did NOTHING wrong! But big badass Tim had the guy thrown out. Wow. Some Hero? Way to go, loser! The guy ought to sue his ass!

  39. Josh
    July 30, 2009 at 10:21 am

    H…care to share that link???

  40. h
    July 31, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Sure, here’s link:


    And here’s the article:

    Alright, maybe Tim McGraw’s not such a badass afterall

    I don’t know about you but I prefer my Tim McGraw feisty and fan tossing, but in the interest of maybe getting the story right I must tell you that Tim may have gotten his fan tossing wrong this time.

    Urban Country Blog and Country Music Tattle Tale both posted on this yesterday but I was going to ignore the followup because I honestly prefer to think of Tim as coming out with his guns blazing and defending helpless women at his concerts. But after two emails from Amy I figured I better get on the ball and tell you what may or may not be…the rest of the story.

    As I told you a couple of days ago, this weekend Tim McGraw took it upon himself to eject a fan at his California concert who he thought was being mean to a lady. The original story was printed up here. Well a couple of people responded to that original story in the comments section by saying that the guy who got removed from the concert was actually helping to break up a fight between girls, and not actually roughing one of them up.

    Venus wrote on 07/27/2009 09:11:12 AM:
    I was there and saw it all..that fight was between a bunch of girls. No man was involved in hitting any of them. Just protecting them from each other. It was a good ole’ cat fight over a good looking guy-I felt bad for him. He wasn’t drunk or disrespectful. Tim wasn’t really a hero for doing that….but women need to wear outfits that don’t attract that type of attention and behave around other peoples men!!! That girl is lucky she didn’t loose an eye.

    chill wrote on 07/27/2009 12:36:56 PM:
    Actually Venus the fight started because my friend asked the man to take a picture of us, the woman got mad and pushed my friend. We let it go the first time but she continued to glare and eventually came after her a second time. At that point her husband had to do anything to restrain her and we got the security gaurds involved. Our outfits and interaction with the man, who is much older than us, had nothing to do with the altercation. She was acting belligetent and deserved to be escorted out. The man was respectful and apologetic to us on his way out and we told the gaurds he was not the problem.

    So there you go, Tim maybe kicked out the wrong person.

  41. Bo Darville
    July 31, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    So, Tim was just mad that the catfight got broke up? I can relate.

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