Trace Adkins Wants Him Some Real Joy; Nashville Paves Way For Patsy Cline Boulevard; ‘Ain’t No Grave’ for Johnny Cash

Brody Vercher | January 14th, 2010

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  1. Rick
    January 14, 2010 at 11:34 am

    For anyone who might be interested: (From

    Colgate Showdown Finals Tonight!
    Just Added: A Tribute To Garth Brooks (Oh joy.)

    All the local, state and regional competition is complete, so the 28th Annual Colgate Country Showdown National Finals is set for nationwide television coverage tonight(1/14) from The Ryman Auditorium.

    LeAnn Rimes will host the event for the fourth consecutive year. Judges are Music Row Executives who’ll decide who wins the $100,000 grand prize.

    And this just added: A Tribute to former contestant Garth Brooks! (Big Whoopee)

    This year’s finalists are:
    Karla Davis – Rock Hill, SC
    Kendall Phillips – Hastings, MI
    Casey Lee Smith – Phoenix
    Terry Lee Spencer – Rural Valley, PA
    Whiskey Row – Merced, CA (Hey, that’s near Yosemite!)

    To find a television station carrying the Showdown Finals, click on this link:

    Memo to Trace Adkins: Toby owns his own record label (or did anyway until the merger) and you’ll just be working for it. Big difference…

    I love Ricky Skaggs’ comments about the entire country music scene. The decline of traditional country music on radio is one of the big reasons bluegrass is going strong as its a refuge for people who love tradition based forms of country music. Go Ricky! (But hey dude, get a haircut! lol)

  2. Jon
    January 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack both, but cutting “‘Til The End” is a bold step after Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out has cut it, because he and they sang the **** out of it.

  3. Matt C.
    January 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    It’s sounds like the forthcoming Chely Wright effort has been effectively wussified. Notes from the Coroner was such a great album title.

  4. Drew
    January 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    New Chely Wright stuff, finally. And a new Alan Jackson record. Can’t wait.

  5. Rick
    January 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Matt C. said: “It’s sounds like the forthcoming Chely Wright effort has been effectively wussified.” I’m so shocked that this would happen in today’s candy ass / sissified mainstream country scene! (lol)

    Wow, is Kelly Dearmore actually promoting Nshville Star 1st season runner up John Arthur Martinez!?!? John’s voice was so thin it was hard to hear even when he sang a capella! YIKES! (lol)

  6. sam (sam)
    January 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Is Chely Wright even part of “today’s candy ass/sissified mainstream country scene?”

    Her last major label album came out in 2001, and she hasn’t had a top ten hit on mainstream candy ass radio since 1999.

    I don’t know what “scene” Chely Wright is part of, but if she’s part of the mainstream scene, that might be news to mainstream fans.

  7. Chris N.
    January 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Chely left mainstream country behind a long time ago (and Nashville as well — she lives in New York City now). I highly recommend ‘Metropolitan Hotel.’

  8. luckyoldsun
    January 14, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I’m a big Johnny Cash fan, but I have to wonder about “American VI/ Ain’t No Grave.” Since his death, they’ve already issued 6 CD’s on Cash: “American V/ The Man Comes Around” and the 5-Disc “Unearthed” Box.

    Do they really have something new and worthwhile to put out or is it just stuff that was previously rejected for good reason?

  9. Jon
    January 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    @Chris N. I highly recommend ‘Metropolitan Hotel.’

    Yeah, buddy.

  10. Jon G.
    January 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I’m excited about the new AJ album and Trace Adkins’ joining Show Dog Universal. Hopefully both will be good.

  11. Truersound
    January 15, 2010 at 9:59 am


    Unearthed was outtakes and alternates that were taken from the sessions for American 1 – 4. It was released 2 months after Johnny died which means it was ready well before then and Johnny most likely had a say. Also only 4 discs of unreleased material as disc 5 was a greatest hits of the American era.

    American V and VI from what I understand were Johnny’s last sessions. I have read interviews where he said he did not want American IV to be his final album so he was trying to record one final album before he died.

    You also forgot about Personal File, which were studio demos from the 70s that were in Johnny’s personal archive. That was a great overlooked collection, and supposedly there is more of that that will be released. American VI however as far as I am aware, is the last of the American stuff.

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