Video of Troy Gentry’s Bear Hunt Released; Dierks Bentley’s Four Nights In New York; Songwriting Documentary

Brody Vercher | October 26th, 2010

  • Could the release of Troy Gentry‘s bear “hunt” video be the reason Montgomery Gentry and its label parted ways?
  • Want to know who all those songs on the new Taylor Swift album are about without having to do the work? Chris Willman has you covered in his latest article about the hidden messages in Swift’s songs.
  • A week after losing two band members in a car accident, The Will Callers (MySpace) performed in the Shiner Rising Star finals in Plano, TX and ended up walking away with a new record deal.
  • Music Mix’s Leah Greenblatt listed the 10 best lines from Speak Now.
  • CMT’s Jim Allen recapped Dierks Bentley‘s last night of a recent four-night stand in New York City.

    After an extended, bluegrassy take on his first hit, “What Was I Thinkin’,” Bentley recalls his Red Hook recording session, where he stared out at the Statue of Liberty through the vocal booth window while cutting a down-home reworking of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love),” then proceeds to play the song live. Thile’s manic mandolin takes over for the Edge’s signature guitar riff and then some, and his high vocal on the chorus leads Bentley to inquire, “Is that natural, or did you have the bluegrass operation?”

  • New releases for the week of October 26, 2010 include:

    • Bleu Edmondson – The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be
      Amazon| iTunes

    • Blue Moon Rising – Strange New World
      Amazon | iTunes

    • Charlie Daniels – The Essential Charlie Daniels (Reissue)

    • Dixie Chicks – The Essential Dixie Chicks
      Amazon | iTunes

    • The Highwaymen – The Essential Highwaymen

    • Jason D. Williams – Killer Instincts
      Amazon | iTunes

    • Jaymi Renae – Carousel
      Amazon | iTunes

    • Joe Diffie – Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album
      Amazon | iTunes

    • Johnny Paycheck – Someone To Give My Love To/Somebody Loves Me
      Amazon | Hux Records

    • Johnny Rodriguez – Introducing Johnny Rodriguez/All I Ever Meant To Do Was Sing
      Amazon | Hux Records

    • Juice Newton – Duets: Friends & Memories
      Amazon | iTunes

    • Marshall Chapman – Big Lonesome
      Amazon | iTunes

    • Marty Robbins – I Walk Alone/It’s A Sin (2 on 1)
      Amazon | Hux Records

    • Ray Charles – Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters
      Amazon ($3.99) | iTunes

    • Taylor Swift – Speak Now
      Amazon ($3.99) | iTunes

    • Tumbledown – Empty Bottle
      Amazon | iTunes

    • Various Artists – Country Strong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
      Amazon | iTunes

    • Various Artists – The Imus Ranch Record II
      Amazon | iTunes

    • Various Artists – Rural Rhythm All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain
      Amazon | iTunes

  • Marshall Chapman dedicated her new album, Big Lonesome, to a friend and artist by the name of Tim Krekel, who passed away from cancer early last year. She talked about the album and Krekel in an interview with Americana Roots’ John Walker.
  • In an interview with, Ray Scott talks about his time spent on Warner Bros. Records, an upcoming third album titled Ray-ality, and the challenges of being an independent:

    In the country music business, everything is based on having something going on the radio. I get people calling me from all over the country wanting me to come and play a show in their town but they can’t offer me enough money to even be able to afford to bring my band and do it. Now if I had a hit on the radio it would be a different situation. A lot of the fans don’t understand the way the business works they just get frustrated because I can’t come.

  • Lacy J. Dalton‘s new record, Here’s to Hank, will consist of 12 Hank Williams covers.
  • Blue Moon Rising is posting videos on YouTube previewing each of the songs on its new album, Strange New World.
  • Canadian artist Ian Tyson has a new bio out:

    Written with the same plain-spoken elegance as Tyson’s most famous records, the book not only talks about the breakout of Ian & Sylvia in the early 1960s and the reception of 1987’s Cowboyography, but also Tyson’s squandered marriages and ensuing financial woes.

  • Johnny Cash is among the honorees who’ll be inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame next January.
  • The album out today from Jason D. Williams was produced by Todd Snider.
  • Country Universe’s Kevin J. Coyne on the new Sugarland album:

    There’s no point in dancing around it.

    The Incredible Machine is a terrible album, an unmitigated disaster that manages to fail in ways that shouldn’t even be possible, especially on a mainstream album created by established professionals and released by a major label.

  • Kevin Costner is scheduled to host the 90-minute CMT Artists of the Year show on Dec. 3,
  • Listen to Matt Hilyer of Eleven Hundred Springs perform the Lefty Frizzell song “I Want To Be With You Always.” (MP3)
  • The Dallas Morning News‘ Mario Tarradell talked to Gary Allan about the evolution of his music and image:

    “I always wanted for everything to be different every year,” Allan said by phone from his Nashville home. “I always wanted to give something new of myself. That is just being hardened by life. Everything in my life is a little harder-edged right now. I was very conscious of not doing the same thing or even looking the same way, especially the last four or five years. I’m a little more callous just because of the lumps that I’ve taken.”

    […] One thing’s for sure: Allan will never make blatantly pop-leaning country music. He may have become too rock for the format, he admits, but he still thinks country needs an artist like him.

  • Corb Lund wrote a new song called “The West Just Fades Away” as part of a project to compile original songs about Canadian roads. (iTunes)
  • String Theory’s Craig Havighurst posted a cool, 25-minute documentary he filmed titled The Mast Farm Inn Sessions (A Study In Songwriting). Like the title suggests, it’s about a songwriting retreat in North Carolina where 13 developing bluegrass artists studied with Dan Tyminski and Ronnie Bowman.
  1. stormy
    October 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Marshall Chapman – Big Lonesome
    Amazon | iTunes

    AMAZINGLY beautiful and haunting album.

  2. Lewis
    October 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    The stuff about Troy Gentry’s bear hunt is very old news and so is the video and that’s NOT any reason they parted ways with Columbia.

    And what a time for someone to post the video of it. Talk about kicking someone when you’re down.

  3. PaulaW
    October 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Buddy Guy – Living Proof

    Although it was released on vinyl a few weeks ago, the “official” release date was today and the CD is now available at all the usual outlets. Downloads are of course available at Amazon and iTunes.

  4. Rick
    October 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Love & Theft (are they still together?), Chris Young, Little Big Town, and Lorrie Morgan. Grade: B

    Wow, that’s a lot of album releases! Can’t say I feel compelled to buy any of them…

    I’d lik e to hear that new Corb Lund song, but I don’t do iTunes. Oh well..

    I wonder when the soundtrack album for Pure Country 2 will be available? I’m interested to see which of Katrina Elam’s unreleased songs were chosen.

  5. Ben Foster
    October 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Kevin was dead-on about the new Sugarland album. It stinks to high heaven.

    The list of the ten best Taylor lines seemed like something randomly thrown together. I’m not particularly surprised to see the “careless man’s careful daughter” line at the top of the list, but come on, Taylor has written plenty of lines that were better than that. I don’t know what it is about that one line that makes people flip for it so much.

  6. timeo
    October 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I assume by the phrasing you use (“an artist by the name of Tim Krekel”) that you don’t know who he is. He really was great. He put out an album in the late 1970s called “Crazy Me” that I still like to listen to. He’s probably best known for benig part of Jimmy Buffett’s road band for a while and writing the Martina McBride song, “Cry By the Shoulder of the Road”

  7. Noeller
    October 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    that review of the Sugarland disc made me laugh right out loud. Awesome, and I couldn’t possibly agree more.

  8. Leeann Ward
    October 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I knew it was best to wait to buy the Swift album until today.

  9. Noeller
    October 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    @Leann — you have no idea how bad I want to start offering the .MP3 service that does.

  10. Jon
    October 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Yeah, Tim Krekel was a dandy.

    The link to the BMR video needs fixing – right now it’s point to a NoDepression blog about the Stringdusters’ Festy. The Blue Moon Rising videos are here: . Keep an eye out for “Hearts To Stone”; it’s the first song that Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters) and I ever wrote together, 5 or 6 years ago.

    Rick, the Diffie album is doubleplusgood.

    Editor’s Note: Got that link fixed. Thanks.

  11. Barry Mazor
    October 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Yeah, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Joe Diffie and the Marshall Chapman CDs (though don’t expect country, precisely, from the latter).
    Marshall’s always been a roots rocking singer/songwriter at heart–though with a lot of great country friends, who speak in her new book “They Came to Nashville.”.

  12. WAYNOE
    October 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    And to think that the stupid glue single is even in the top ten of country music. I liked the review mainly because I can’t stand Sugarland, what they stand for, their egotistical approach, and a pathetic excuse for what a duo is.

    Hey, I have no problem with telling you my bias. I will not mask it. They stink, but at least Kristian Bush is going to reinvent country music so we all have something to look forward to.

  13. Noeller
    October 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Yeah, I also had to link that Sugarland review on my FB page. Generating all kinds of discussion this afternoon from both sides of the equation, anyhow.

  14. Rick
    October 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Jon W. wrote: “Rick, the Diffie album is double-plus good.” If you say so Jon, then I believe it. I’m just not in the mood to purchase either bluegrass or Joe Diffie music at the present time. Some obscure western swing group like The Wild River Band may just be next on the docket! (lol)

  15. Mike Wimmer
    October 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I dont think the video is the reason Columbia cut Montgomery Gentry, it was their lack of hits and record sales. The hits had dried up for them at radio and they never were big album sellers to begin with. If they were still putting out top 10 singles, Columbia would have paid no attention to that video.

    The Country Strong soundtrack has an awesome song by Chris Young and Patty Loveless. That’s about it though.

  16. WAYNOE
    October 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    MG’s album “Back When I knew It All” was their high point with several hit singles and I think 2 #1’s. That was not all that long ago. Matter of fact, it was in 2008. Then they were inducted into the Opry in 2009. Funny thing about that. Many times it seems that when an artist is inducted into the Opry, it is their climax of which begins their downward chart slide. Not everyone mind you, but enough to make one wonder.

    The latest album indeed didn’t do much but one never knows if that is the record company’s lack of pushing/marketing it or not. Let’s face it, when they are through with you they can definitely let you know.

    By the way, when MG sings you can tell it’s a duo. Not many around these days.

  17. luckyoldsun
    October 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    “By the way, when MG sings you can tell it’s a duo. Not many around these days.”

    Yeah, they’re a regular Simon & Garfunkel!

    That video on Gentry put out by the SHARK group just kicks ass! I have to laugh at the people who object to the video being released. It’s not like Gentry’s privacy was invaded. T-Boy specifically and intentionally made the video for the public to see it. Of course, he wanted to deceive the public about what was in the video. So now that the truth is known, why in hell should the video be concealed.

    My guess is the release of the video IS the reason that Columbia dropped MG. They’ve had enough chart action during the past two years that the label probably would have put out another album if this complicaation were not present.

  18. WAYNOE
    October 27, 2010 at 8:53 am


    My comment was a comparitive one within the current so-called country music offering today. I thought that would have been obvious, but sometimes it takes a while for others to understand.

  19. Jon
    October 27, 2010 at 9:35 am

    @Waynoe Hey, I have no problem with telling you my bias.

    Nor any problem hiding behind a fake name, either.

  20. Janet Goodman
    October 27, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I usually enjoy watching the video links offered here, but the bear slaughter video is one that I don’t have the stomach nor the heart to watch.

  21. grumpyoldman
    October 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    That’s not “Something to be Proud Of”

  22. Confessor
    October 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Troy Gentry’s defense is that he relied on others, who he assumed to know more than him, for legal advice. That’s not an excuse, but it is an explanation and I think a rational basis for forgiveness were there not such a pronounced moral dimension to this crime.

    The moral dimension concerns me, and must have concerned his representation given the absurd lack of detail in their released statement, which was my introduction to this controversy, and from which I assumed that his crime (mistagging?) was merely having taken credit for an unlicensed hunter’s kill.

    The unnecessary killing of a caged, tame bear in such an inhumane way, and the attempt to misrepresent it as a just, wild kill is so utterly repugnant that one wonders whether this person has any moral code at all.

    It’s not something to be proud of, and (to take the lyrical references one step further) not an act I would tolerate from anybody I’d roll with.

  23. Stewman
    October 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Chet Flippo summed up Troy Gentry back when this story first came out. Something to the effect that Mr. Gentry was “an embarrassment to country music”.

  24. luckyoldsun
    October 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    The video is interesting because Gentry is just so giddy throughout the whole thing–giddy at selling the public on his masquerade of being a wild bear hunter.

    Gentry’s posting of his unearned “trophy” seems to be a case of the same psychological disturbance that causes some people to put on military medals that they didn’t earn.

  25. Chris N.
    October 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I’m pleasantly surprised that there aren’t a lot of self-deluded MG fans here defending Gentry.

  26. Laurie Spezzano
    November 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    On the Marshall Chapman record, I was wondering how it affects someone who didn’t know Tim and wasn’t at the Vernon with the bowling balls rumbling in the ceiling. To me, it is so touching, and makes me smile through the tears. Do others find it so beautiful?

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