Toby Keith Sets Record Low for No. 1 Debut; Billboard Touring Awards Finalists; Hank Williams Reinterpreted

Brody Vercher | October 14th, 2010

  1. Mayor JoBob
    October 14, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Toby Keith: the worst of the best :)

  2. Jon
    October 14, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Fun, sort of, to watch the gears of the hype machine grind away for the Secret Sisters – not (that’s N-O-T) because they’re lacking in talent or general appeal, but because it’s just kind of random. I mean, they’re fine and all, but I could point out twenty rootsy country artists with just as much talent displayed on pretty much just as new releases who aren’t getting 1/20th of the attention. I’ve had friends who’ve been overlooked, and friends who’ve gotten the Big Noise treatment, and most of the time, aside from perhaps a financial booster somewhere who got the wheels of the machine greased, it’s really hard to see why any particular one winds up in one category instead of the other.

  3. Barry Mazor
    October 14, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Well, as Jon knows, that’s life–who gets what backing and how–and there’s no predicting. (It’s also not over till it’s over. Sometimes there ARE second chances or more.)

    Going back to the Great Credibility Scare days of the mid-80s–there was not that huge a difference between what The Mavericks were building up to be, and the Derailers . Both fine bands of a type–the former gets signed by MCA< the latter doesn't, and so they wind up, for a while, a leading light in, which meant playing on a different sort of field, smaller, and with less demands for hugeness. But the most basic difference, to begin with, was simply who said yes to whom-um.

    So it goes.

  4. Ollie
    October 14, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I suspect that the T-Bone Burnett connection has a lot to do with the amount of attention that The Secret Sisters are receiving.

    (Also, FWIW, at HSB, I was struck that both Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello were standing on the side of the stage very loudly and demonstrably cheering them on.)

  5. Rick
    October 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Why would Stetson finance that Erin McCarly video? (Well okay, Erin is at least as country as Taylor Swift.) That short bit with her in the hat near the end isn’t much of a market plug. Yesterday it was the all female punk band “Girl In A Coma” featured on American Twang singing “Walkin’ After Midnight”! Crikey, is this some kind of trend? Well, anything that introduces these great old country classics to a new, young, hipster audience is alright by me as long as they keep the quality at a decent level. (PS to Erin – The Pippi Longstocking hairstyles really don’t work on you!)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s “Classic Country” Opry will feature Elizabeth Cook, Gail Davies and her son Chris Scruggs (formerly of BR5-49), The Gatlin Brothers, Steve Wariner, and someone named Wislon Fairchild(?). The Whites are the ONLY Opry Legend types scheduled this week which is some kind of record! Yay! When Gail and Chris show up they tend to sing songs off the “Caught In The Webb” album Gail produced. Grade: A++
    Opry Schedule:

    I think the sisters from 3 Fox Drive should do a record made up mostly of acoustic cover versions of older country classics! Maybe then they could get media buzz like The Secret Sisters because those Fox gals can sure sing a whole lot better! Talk about a grossly under-appreciated group! Sheesh.

  6. Ben Foster
    October 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    This is Blake’s first time headlining a tour? Funny, as hot he’s been in the past few years, I’d have thought he would have headlined several tours by now.

  7. Stormy
    October 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Jon: Have your friends thought about sending an album to Jack White?

  8. Drew
    October 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    That Hank Williams cover is actually pretty neat. Totally changed the song, and aren’t claiming to be country with it at all. Turned a country classic into what I’d guess could be a pretty successful pop ditty.

  9. Noah Eaton
    October 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Adkins? Country star? Allergic to ALCOHOL?!!! Well…I…Never! >D

    This just proves once and for all Trace Adkins is NOT country! (eye roll)

  10. WAYNOE
    October 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Since this is Blake’s first headlining tour, it is inconceivable that he could get the nod for male vocalist of the year at the CMA’s.

    Also can’t believe, using the current list, how Josh Turner isn’t nominated. His “dance” song is the most played this year and he just scored his second #1 this year and is one of the very few acts that have had two #1’s this year.

    Oh well, don’t you love the politics?

  11. M.C.
    October 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Noah–Trace Adkins rather publicly went into rehab several years ago over issues with his drinking, including a DUI and other highly visible incidents. I know you’re just cracking wise, but just so you know.
    And whatever you think of his music, Adkins’ background and general approach to life are about as country as it gets.

  12. bll
    October 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm


    Wilson Fairchild are Wil and Langdon Reid, sons of Harold and Don Reid of the Statler Brothers. They used to tour as Grandstaff, but now are using their middle names. is the link for their site.

  13. Rick
    October 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for the info BLL as I had no idea who this act is! I think they should sing their pappy’s songs “Flowers On The Wall” and “More Than A Name Upon A Wall” tonight!

  14. Barry Mazor
    October 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve seen those Reid cousins, and they can sound pretty good. They do a song dedicated to and about the Statlers; they performed it on the Bill Cody WSM morning show this morning..

  15. Omar
    October 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Are those touring awards nods for real?

    Why is Taylor even nominated? Touring for less than half of the year shouldn’t earn her a nod. I can understand Brad & Tim being nominated, but why her? Are associations literally trying to fit this girl into every freaking category possible, deserving or not? It’s really annoying, and rather sickening.

    In all fairness, George/Reba tour should be in the nominations list, as well as Carrie’s tour.

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