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Ken Morton, Jr. | March 11th, 2013

  • A march on the CMA offices to protest the elimination of traditional country music from their objectives is being planned for April 17 and a petition is being circulated  “to accomplish two things for the worldwide fans of traditional American country music. One to encourage record companies, producers, and recording artists to actually record more traditional country music, bluegrass and folk music, and another demanding radio stations (with emphasis on Clear Channel Radio) that program country music, to include a far larger portion of time devoted to traditional country music, bluegrass and folk music.” 
  • Ronnie Dunn unveiled “Country This,” the first song from his upcoming, currently untitled album.
  • Ben Foster interviewed new Red Bow Records artist Rachel Farley for Roughstock.
  • The fifth year of Opry Country Classics shows will begin on March 28 and run every Thursday until May 23.
  • The Tennessean’s Peter Cooper looked at the Dixie Chicks’ implosion that happened a decade ago.
  • Gene “Geno” LeSage, the longtime keyboardist for Collin Raye, tragically passed away after being swept out to sea trying to save another person’s life. (via Holly Gleason)
  • The Grand Ole Opry released a live video of The Pistol Annies covering Loretta Lynn’s “Fist City.”
  • In case you missed it, you can catch Luke Bryan’s appearance on Chelsea Lately from last week.
  • Hannah Blaylock revealed her reason for leaving Edens Edge on Twitter: “Dreams and visions change and that’s life and that’s ok. And even though change is hard sometimes, its what can promote the best kind of growth. I am here to say, I have stepped down as a member of Edens Edge. I don’t know the future- but I do know singing is my life and country music is my soul and its fans are the best fans there is. Im the luckiest girl in the world &so privileged to know &have met all of you. U have brought a love &a light into my life that I never knew b4. I am so thankful and so grateful for all the blessings and opportunities I have been given. I can’t say that enough. I wish Dean and Cherrill the most success, happiness, & fulfillment in the world. The times we have shared 2gether I hold dear to my heart. Let’s keep on chasing our dreams and loving people along the way. Hope to see you on the road.”
  • The Voice contestant and Big Machine Records artist Cassadee Pope will be the center of a yet-to-be-named reality show on CMT.
  • Chuck Dauphin interviewed Billy Dean about his new album, A Man of Good Fortune, for Billboard. An excerpt: “Early in my career, it was about moving country music forward – putting a few different chord changes in there, and rockin’ it up a little bit. Now, at this point in my career, I’m seeing if I can have a little more traditional sound with my voice. That was fun to explore.”
  • Cybergrass has some new information about Roads Well Traveled, the upcoming release from Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver due out March 19.
  • Kacey Musgraves and her phenomenal new album, Same Trailer, Different Park (which you can stream here), were featured in a Washington Post column.
  • On the other coast, the L.A. Times featured Musgraves, Ashley Monroe and Caitlin Rose.
  • Holly Williams talked to the San Diego Union-Tribune about music, family and hunting. An excerpt: “I’m the complete opposite of my lyrics. I think that I’m, you know, really outgoing. I love to throw fabulous dinner parties and drink a lot of wine and put on Jay-Z and dance on the table – not every night – but I definitely turn into something else when I am singing. And when family and friends heard (the new album), in the beginning they were kind of shocked by it. Like where is this coming from, these songs about love and loss and addiction and all the things that you go through as a person?”
  • Music videos from the last week or so:

Wade Hayes“Is It Already Time”

Miranda Lambert“Mama’s Broken Heart”

The Weekenders“Chin Up”

Baylou“Hoedown”

Shooter Jennings “The Other Life”

Lady Antebellum “Downtown”

The Avett Brothers “February Seven”

The Civil Wars “Long Time Gone”

The April Verch Band “Broken”

Haley and Michaels “The Price I Pay”

 

  1. Saving Country Music
    March 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    From the perspective of the guy who first reported on Blake Shelton’s comments, I think the issues facing traditional country music are much bigger than Blake Shelton. Continuing to focus on him risks typecasting the movement as a bunch of angry people wanting a bowl of blood. At the same time, I can understand why they are angry, and Blake could have resolved this a long time ago by sincerely apologizing to traditional fans AND artists.

    The focus can’t be on Blake Shelton. It must be on the artists that are making good country music and letting consumers know they have a choice.

  2. Barry Mazor
    March 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Blake did all of that, and a few people who’ve proved they know a heck of a lot more about all of this than posturing “protestors” and websites ever have (say, Ray Price and Merle Haggard) have accepted the apology ; get over it, man. Blake was also a guy who’s demonstrated love for traditional country music all of his career, and who was brought to Nashville and mentored by Mae Axton and Bobby Braddock. So he shot his mouth off and overstepped what he meant to say; what could be more country?

    If you don’t like music; you don’t have to, of course. On the other hand, “saving” country for aging punk rockers and desperate outlaw wannabes doesn’t seem the world’s greatest service to me, so to each his own.

  3. Rick
    March 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I expected that “March on the CMA” to be one of the “Fake News” features over at Country California! It’s surreal enough it could have been. Organizations like the CMA and Top 40 country radio stations look after current commercial trends in country music to keep it profitable. Preserving the past or honoring what’s gone before are not part of their job descriptions and marches aren’t going to make a difference. Until some motivated folks form a “Traditional Country and Honky Tonk Music Association” to keep such music alive via a network of festivals (following the bluegrass model), such music will continue to slip from the public consciousness. Without a grassroots support network traditional country music will continue to wither on the vine and fade into the shadows.

    Thanks for the LA Times link to that article about Ashley, Kacey, and Caitlin. I never look at that rag, so I would have missed it. I will also have to check out the info about that musical bluegrass comedy being staged in Santa Monica as I hadn’t heard about that either.

    C’mon Hannah, we need more specifics than “I have stepped down as a member of Eden’s Edge”! I think the lack of success with their radio singles and album sales and Hannah’s recent marriage may have a bit to do with it. I’m sure glad I got to see them perform live twice before the group imploded. Oh well.

    I wish those “Country Classics” Oprys would last year round! The short spring and fall seasons are just like teasers! Shame on you Opry! (lol)

  4. Barry Mazor
    March 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    THe CMA, for the record, runs and administers the Country Music Foundation, parent of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the notion that traditional country is not part of their total interest is nonsense. Doesn’t mean there aren’t things to voice about they go about it; that’s opinion. But, even in 2014, we don’t get to make up “facts” as the “protesters” seem to me to be doing.

    ( I still believe the Hall of Fame announcements should be prominent on the Awards show. There’s room for such things on the Oscars, and those are no less commercial or expensive or prime time.)_

  5. Jon
    March 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    “Continuing to focus on him risks typecasting the movement as a bunch of angry people wanting a bowl of blood.”

    I think the “movement” might be seen that way regardless of whether it continues to focus on Blake Shelton. Perhaps because there might be some truth to it.

  6. Luckyoldsun
    March 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    “…the Hall of Fame announcements should be prominent on the Awards show. There’s room for such things on the Oscars,…”

    Barry
    I guess the “in people” in the current movie business really do still revere the previous movie makers–the directors, producers and actors. I suspect that for the people who create today’s “country” music, the country music and musicians of even a generation ago carry a stigma. They didn’t listen to it and they don’t want to revel in it.

  7. Janice Brooks
    March 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Until some motivated folks form a “Traditional Country and Honky Tonk Music Association” to keep such music alive via a network of festivals (following the bluegrass model), such music will continue to slip from the public consciousness. Without a grassroots support network traditional country music will continue to wither on the vine and fade into the shadows.

    I’d take this over if I were not confined to not driving and my current situation with my mom.

    I will say this kind of festival should not be geared towards the devoted bluegrass acts but the types in Branson and the Texas types.

  8. Janice Brooks
    March 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    just when is this years HOF announcment? It’s been getting later over the past 5 years.

  9. Barry Mazor
    March 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Janice–They don’t announce when they’re going to announce that till close to the occasion.

  10. Luckyoldsun
    March 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Ah, yes, the secret-until-the-last-minute announcement date. While the announcement date of the Hall of Fame inductions must, of course, remain secret, I have it on good authority that the CMF is currently meeting in the basement of the Ryman to decide when to announce when the announcement date of the announcement date of the H-o-F inductions will be announced. Cell phone jammers and a black- and white smoke-producing oven have been installed at the venue to prevent the news of the announcement date of the announcement date of the H-o-F induction announcement from being prematurely announced.

  11. Saving Country Music
    March 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Jeez Barry, I know there’s some differences in opinion, but I thought we were both agreeing that the Blake Shelton comments were being taken way too far.

    A check of the Saving Country Music home page sees articles on The Dixie Chicks, Ashley Monroe, Caitlin Rose, JD McPherson, Hank3 (I’ll give you that one), Nellie Wilson, Samantha Crain, and Kacey Musgraves. So your “aging punk rockers and desperate outlaw wannabes” seems about as far fetched as Blake’s “Old farts and Jackasses.” I think you have me messed up with Shooter Jennings.

    Now if you will excuse me, I have three Reinstate Hank articles to post consecutively. Because apparently it’s still 2009.

  12. Jon
    March 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

    “A check of the Saving Country Music home page sees articles on The Dixie Chicks, Ashley Monroe, Caitlin Rose, JD McPherson, Hank3 (I’ll give you that one), Nellie Wilson, Samantha Crain, and Kacey Musgraves. So your “aging punk rockers and desperate outlaw wannabes” seems about as far fetched as Blake’s “Old farts and Jackasses.””

    Except that actually reading those “articles” and the comments attached thereto makes it apparent that Barry’s description of the site’s main constituency pretty right on.

  13. Saving Country Music
    March 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    “Except that actually reading those “articles” and the comments attached thereto makes it apparent that Barry’s description of the site’s main constituency pretty right on.”

    Nevermind, y’all are right.

    Casting off large sectors of active music fans with negative stereotypes such as “aging punk rockers and desperate outlaw wannabes” or “old farts and jackasses” apparently is a sport for the music power elite, of which Blake Shelton and Barry Mazor are a part of.

    Screw me for trying to find common ground. I’ll go back to pandering to my constituency which is both ignorant and irrelevant.

  14. Barry M
    March 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    This is true. . My elite status worries the Most Interesting Man in the World, though I drink the wrong brand of beer. And a single crack from my powerful lips strikes fear in the hearts of men. Country music must be saved from me.

  15. Andy
    March 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    With ref to the Blake Shelton saga and march. All the recent complaints and blog posts from NTCMA President Bob Everhart and at least 4 from traditionalist promoter Marty Martel doesn’t appear to be effectiong Blake Shelton’s chart success! Blake has also topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Billboard Digital Charts (for 2 weeks) and charted Top 10 on the overall Album catalog chart with Red River Blue which will likely gain Platinum status in 2013 . He will most likely debut at #1 when his album comes out in few weeks time.
    Both Mr Everhart and Mr Martel have found a home for their outbursts with Spam/Blog Country Music News International (CMNI). They have both taken Blake’s comments out of context. The weekly “On The Road With The Everharts” journal is about as exciting as watching paint dry. http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/on-road-with-everharts-march-11-2013.html
    So far the petition has reached 171 of their 1000 goal. CMNI claims to have 200,000 readers so I’m not sure if they are going to back it? I share their views on Clear Channel Radio as it shuts out Independent artists getting airplay unilke the BBC National Radio stations. Since the Hot Country Songs ruling which includes sales and streaming it has opened the door. If a traditional country artist IS that good and could sell enough singles from the “baby boomers” and others they could actually chart on HCS or the country Digital chart. The Time Jumpers and Kathy Mattea received 5 STARS reviews but sold low numbers even in their debut weeks after the pre-sale hypes. Don’t blame non-airplay because nor did “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” and it went eight times platinum.

  16. Andy
    March 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    NTCMA President Bob Everhart has also in the past criticised the CMA Awards and singled out Taylor Swift.She sells millions of records and tracks and gives back to the Country Music Hall of Fame with multi-million $ donations? She is a champion for singer-songwriters and solo female artists (Country Aircheck reported less than 14% are solo females on their playlists)Is there any new artists that Bob Everhart likes? What does he think to Ashley Monroe’s new one and the Blake Shelton duet! Of course Bob Everhart gave full marks and endorsement in his reviews for Donna Cunningham and Allen Karls new songs, both managed by Marty Martel = I sense a traditionalist cartel! The NTCMA needs to find and raise the profile of the next “George Strait” if they can find him (Will Banister?) that’s if Easton Corbin no longer suits their needs!

  17. Andy
    March 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Here is an edit of Marty Martel’s (Nashville Promoter/ R.O.P.E President) “Off The Cuff News” on WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio.
    He complains about Blake at his recent Opry appearance, very bitter. Marty recommends that new Inde artists don’t become another Blake Shelton. I think he hopes that Donna Cunningham & Allen Karl will have the success that Blake & Miranda are having.
    https://www.box.com/s/t5mw9smm5hf42b5qd6bw

  18. Jack Williams
    March 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Barry Mazor seems to be saying that Blake Shelton’s apology to Ray Price and his country heroes at large and the acceptance of that apology by two legendary professional country artists should have simply closed the matter for everyone, fans included. As far as I can see, he did not apologize to classic country fans (a Google search turned up nothing for me), many who felt he was insulting them directly. Now, one can argue that those who have stayed mad at Blake Shelton for this long a time should be over it by now, but I don’t see what was so outrageous about Saving Country Music’s assertion that an apology from Shelton to classic country fans might have gone a long way in diffusing the controversy a while back.

  19. Luckyoldsun
    March 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    All this moping about wanting an apology is just hyper prissiness that goes with the current victimization age. Would anyone have asked Waylon to apologize for the wild, impolitic things he said–and what part of his anatomy would he have told you to kiss, if you had? Would you have asked Lefty or Patsy or Faron or Jones or Buck or Merle to apologize?

    You love all these records where these artists sing about what kind of hell-raisers they are, how they stand for what they believe and don’t give a damn about what this or that person thinks–and then you want them to be girly-man wusses when they get into “trouble.”

    There’s no “controversy.” Listen to Blake and buy his music if you like it–don’t buy it if you don’t. Heck, I’ve never bought anything of his and I don’t expect that I ever will. But I’d probably be less likely to buy it if he groveled than if he didn’t.

  20. Jon
    March 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    A Shelton apology for his comments might have gone about as far with SCM’s troops and their ilk as the Dixie Chicks’ apology went with their boycotters. Furthermore, as Barry also notes, anyone who thinks that Shelton doesn’t appreciate and carry a torch for and help to spread “classic country” music is ignorant – most likely, at this point, deliberately so.

    This is much ado about absolutely nothing. There is no “cause” here, and country music doesn’t need saving.

  21. Jack Williams
    March 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    “All this moping about wanting an apology is just hyper prissiness that goes with the current victimization age.”

    Deep.

    “You love all these records where these artists sing about what kind of hell-raisers they are, how they stand for what they believe and don’t give a damn about what this or that person thinks–and then you want them to be girly-man wusses when they get into “trouble.”

    Are you talking about me? If so, you know nothing about me. Spare me your presumptions.

  22. Luckyoldsun
    March 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Not talking about you personally, Jack. I’m talking about fans of “classic/traditional” country music in general–who are choosing to take offense at whatever Shelton said.

  23. Jon
    March 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    The set of “fans of ‘classic/traditional’ country music in general” is much larger than the set of “fans of ‘classic/traditional’ country music in general who love all these records where these artists sing about what kind of hell-raisers they are.” Which kind of makes luckyoldsun’s manly man sneering look pretty stupid; he doesn’t have any idea of who it is he’s sneering at.

  24. Bruce
    March 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    In the end it doesn’t really matter. Listen to who you want or do not listen to who you dislike. Making cases usually is time well waisted.

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