Tim McGraw May Or May Not Be Seriously Considering 2010 Gubernatorial Run
- The New Republic caused a stir yesterday by announcing that Tim McGraw was seriously considering a gubernatorial run in the state of Tennessee for 2010, but Music City TV‘s Brad Schmitt was told it ain’t gonna happen. If, or when, McGraw decides to throw his shiny, black cowboy hat into the gubernatorial political race he won’t be the first country star to have done so in Tennessee. Ok, maybe he will, but the original “King of Country Music,” Roy Acuff, also ran for governor (sans shiny, black cowboy hat), and despite his enormous popularity, he was handily defeated.
- Country Aircheck is reporting this afternoon that WhiteStar Entertainment, the label home of George Ducas and Jason Meadows is dissolving.
“Employees haven’t been paid and President/CEO JC Lestorti has been unreachable for some time. Calls to Lestorti’s Florida-based cabinet company had not been returned at press time.”
- Kristy Lee Cook and Arista/Nashville have called it quits for a second time.
- In celebration of their half-century existence, Warner Bros. Records released a 10-disc box set titled Revolutions In Sound: Warner Bros. Records — The First 50 Years. The set takes a multi-genre approach and is arranged chronologically. For example, you’ll find John Anderson’s “Swingin’” positioned between the Pretenders’ “Middle Of The Road” and Elton John’s “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.” Out of the 199 tracks, GAC culled a list of the 16 country and country-related recordings.
- Carlene Carter, Kathy Mattea and Emmylou Harris are just three of the women appearing on PopMatters’ list “The Best Records of 2008 by Women 45 Years Old and Over.” (via NoDepression.com)
- Music Tomes‘ C. Eric Banister published an interview with Chad Berry, author of The Hayloft Gang, a book that “draws together the work of several scholars to examine the place and importance of Chicago’s National Barn Dance.” Banister notes that the dance preceded the Grand Ole Opry and served as an influential exporter of country music in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Why do you feel that the National Barn Dance is often relegated to a lower tier when country music history is discussed?
I think the “Nashville paradigm” is powerful. There are hundreds of millions of dollars behind it. Once it was established, after World War II, it simply became easy for many folks to believe that “country music” was born there. Our book and especially the film will check that paradigm.
- Country Universe‘s Dan Milliken analyzes Rolling Stone‘s country picks in its 2008 year-end lists and explains how they adhere to the magazine’s “excusable” models of years past. (Rolling Stone: Albums | Singles)
- I’ve listened to numerous albums over the year, but Craig Shelburne managed to name a couple I had missed in his list of, you guessed it, 10 indie albums you might have missed.
- Country California‘s C.M. Wilcox calls Dwight Yoakam “the definition of swagger and country cool onstage but an abstruse, rambling intellectual in conversation” and says Alison Krauss “sings with all the grace and elegance of an angel but talks like a bashful Midwestern housewife.” With those two examples in mind, he asks:
Which other country performers don’t sing like they speak? Whose conversational voice/style would be most surprising to a fan who had only ever heard them sing?
- Low ticket sales have forced event organizers to cancel the Trace Adkins and Lynyrd Skynyrd New Year’s Eve concert at the Sommet Center in Nashville.
- Check out the new country blog My Kind of Country, founded by JR Journey, Rainbow and Chris D., who you might recognize from the comments section and the forums. Journey explains what you can expect:
Here, you will find reviews, editorials, and discussions about the country music we love – our kind of country. The idea is simple: rather than write lots of negative reviews about the new music that’s coming out – because let’s face it, much of what comes out of Nashville and your country radio dial is crap – we are going to write about the music we love. The music that moves us, drives us, and makes us laugh and cry; the music that touches us.
- Billboard‘s list of top country albums is topped by an American institution of country music, or as they’re more commonly referred to, the Eagles. Working down the list, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, George Strait and Kenny Chesney all make more than one appearance. As you can see, all is right in the world of country music.
- Watch the video premier of Little Big Town‘s “Good Lord Willing.”
- luckyoldsun: Jim Z-- I get the feeling Barry was this close to calling you what Kinky Friedman called his guy from El …
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...