Vince Gill’s Excellence; Rodney Atkins Now Officially Associated with Cheese; Dierks Bentley’s Bluegrass

Brody Vercher | April 1st, 2010

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  1. Kelly
    April 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Oak Ridge Boys “Elvira” and John Anderson’s “Swingin'” are the two country tunes that take me back to my childhood the quickest…

  2. Brody Vercher
    April 1, 2010 at 11:55 am

    It’s Willie & Merle on “Pancho & Lefty,” Michael Martin Murphey’s “Fiddlin’ Man,” and Chris Ledoux’s entire Old Cowboy Classics album for me.

  3. Sam G.
    April 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    “Elvira” is definitely one for me as well, plus “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell and most of Don Williams’ work.

  4. Michael
    April 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    “Swingin'” is one of mine too. And “On the Road Again”.

  5. Kris H
    April 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    wrong link for the DB article?

  6. Brody Vercher
    April 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Yes, yes it was. It’s fixed now.

  7. Brady Vercher
    April 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    In addition to the ones Brody mentioned, I gotta throw in “El Paso” and “The Battle of New Orleans.”

  8. Paul W Dennis
    April 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Don Walser was one of the unheralded country greats – it would be nice ot see his music back in print

    The Johnny Gimble album is terrific but then, even after his stroke, Johnny is still as soulful a fiddler as ever existed

  9. Rick
    April 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Look, I actually won an Alan Jackson CD! (Or did I with that other alterna-Rick around? Hmm) See, all my begging and whining for freebies has finally paid off! Thanks guys. On the other hand I must sadly assume members of The Infamous Stringdusters are Obamavoters as my contest submission was by far the most unique and interesting! Oh well…(lol)

    Its too bad it wasn’t Kenny Cheesey that hooked up with Velveeta, but Rodney Atkin’s music is pretty cheesey also, so I guess it makes sense.

    Wow, Juli lists 20 songs about fools and not one of them specifically targets Odumbo, Obamavoters or Congressional Democrats! What’s up with that? (lol)

    That CMT list of artists and their labels was surprising more in the artists let go than the ones retained or recently brought on board. Katrina Elam was still with a major label? And Sugar Hill has dropped some of Stormy’s favorite artists! Curb wins for having the most artists on the roster they don’t release any music for purchase from! Crikey!

  10. CMW
    April 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    My brother had a jukebox in his living room back in the day and I had my privileges revoked for playing “The Gambler” a few too many times consecutively. I was obsessed with that song.

  11. Mike Parker
    April 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    The Gambler, Coward of the County, Elivra, Flowers on the Wall, El Paso… All 8-tracks we listened to repeatedly…

  12. Brad
    April 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Some that immediately come to mind:

    Oak Ridge Boys-Elivra
    John Anderson-Swingin’
    Willie Nelson-On the Road Again
    Waylon Jennings-Just The Good Ol’ Boys
    Jimmy Buffett-Come Monday
    TG Shepherd-Slow Burn
    Johnny Lee-Cherokee Fiddle
    Alabama-Dixieland Delight

    …and perhaps owing itself to watching the movie 6 Pack too often
    Merle Haggard-Rainbow Stew
    Kenny Rogers aka Brewster Baker-Love Will Turn You Around

    George Strait was always playing in dad’s truck…and grandma loved her some Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam.

    I have non-country songs that spark a memory too…but I’ll spare those.

  13. PaulaW
    April 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    @ Mike Parker … oh how I miss my 8-tracks. That is definitely where all the best music was.

  14. Thomas
    April 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    …more than 175 acts are signed to the top country labels – and radio still only plays a dozen of them regularly. fair enough, they usually have two or three of their songs on heavy rotation in order to make it not sound too boring.

  15. Matt Bjorke
    April 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Hal Ketchum isn’t on Curb anymore, he’s somewhere doing a happy dance I’m sure.

  16. Kelly
    April 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    “…and perhaps owing itself to watching the movie 6 Pack too often
    Merle Haggard-Rainbow Stew
    Kenny Rogers aka Brewster Baker-Love Will Turn You Around”

    AMEN Brad!! The Six-pack movie soundtrack was the very first cassette tape that my parenst bought for me when I was rewarded with a jam-box during my 2nd grade year! Man, that was great.

  17. Rick
    April 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Rick does every thing have to be about politics?
    People come here to read about music not about your partisan views.

  18. Sam G.
    April 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    “Hal Ketchum isn’t on Curb anymore, he’s somewhere doing a happy dance I’m sure.”

    No kidding! After a string of albums with no publicity and one that wasn’t even released in the U.S., I’ve been wanting him to go the indie route for years. He’s way too deep to get played on the radio anymore, but he’s remarkably consistent when it comes to releasing good music.

  19. Michael
    April 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Oh, man. It’s tripping me out to have two Ricks on here. It’s worse than when Viki had split personality disorder on One Life to Live.

  20. stormy
    April 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Looks like The Cactus isn’t the only think that UT is thinking of cancelling:

  21. Rick (The Real One!)
    April 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Alterna-Rick, not everything may be about politics, but they should be and I do my best to link them! And please stop using my name if you are going to whine and cry like a little tittybaby with his feelings hurt! Crikey, at least use the name “Rick The Obamavoter” so our identities don’t get confused! I’ve been stirring up crap around here for a long time and I don’t appreciate some “Obamavoter Come Lately” stepping on my turf! Back off, Hoss!

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Classic Country Opry will include Jeff “Twitty” Bates, Adam and Shannon Wright, and Mike Snider hopefully doing some of his comedy songs rather than that Irish jig kerfluffle he’s been into lately! Sheesh!
    Opry Schedule:

    April 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    This is just getting ririckulous.

  23. Ian
    April 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Merle Haggard – That’s the way love goes
    Willie Nelson – City of New Orleans
    Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
    John Anderson – Chicken Truck

  24. merlefan49
    April 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Cheese and Rodney Atkins go hand in hand good partnership.

  25. merlefan49
    April 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm
  26. KathyP
    April 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Hal Ketchum is seriously ill with MS, I believe. He was booked for a concert in Hamtilon, OH among others, in this winter and canceled all. As for that CD that was never released in the US, I bought it off when it was first released. Title was “one More Midnight.” The Brits didn’t know what a Greyhound was, I guess. One of the best tracks on it was “Poor Lila’s Ghost.” Fifteen minutes of pure storytelling music/vocal old fashioned heaven. You’d never hear that on radio these days. The CD included “Alamo” which was released as a single in the US. Cost me $25 US, but worth every penny.

  27. KathyP
    April 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    correction…I bought Hal Ketchum’s CD off (not .com) when it was released a few years ago.

  28. Matt Bjorke
    April 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Kathyp, I saw Hal this past fall. I do know his longtime band member passed away last fall. His website simply says he’s taking 2010 off for a little rest and will return in 2011.

  29. TCB Music
    April 2, 2010 at 12:12 am

    KATHYP,to say that Hal Ketchum is “seriously ill with MS” is just NOT TRUE. And while Hal was diagnosed with MS some 13 years ago he has continued to play 150 to 200 dates a year. I’ve seen him perform about 50 times and talked to him many times as well and never seen any indication of MS. He is still one of the best singers on the planet. Around the first of the year Hal announced on his website that he was taking 2010 off for relaxation (not that unusual) and would be back in 2011. Hopefully Hal will be back with new music for us all to enjoy. Also Hal’s last album, Father Time was released in late 2008 and was recorded in 2 days virtually live (old school) with no “protools” or overdubbing. It is a real gem and is available on

    April 2, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Did I win the Alan Jackson CD?

  31. Debbie
    April 2, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Not just Viki, Niki…also Jean, Tori, Princess, Tommy. lol

    This site is a hoot. The comments are just as entertaining as the articles.

  32. Josh
    April 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

    *Gasps* I actually won a free album??? Oh man! :D I’m all smiles for the rest of the week. Never thought my answer would actually win. To think I won an Alan Jackson is supreme icing on the cake. Funny thing…I was considering just buying that album yesterday. :P Good thing I relented for a while.
    On another note: scanning record/artist lists breakdown can sure make you get a strong image of what they representing. I originally had my idea of who is under which company in terms of playing, but it seems the big dogs are easily divided with talent, and the small ones are racking up the unknowns, but surely well received acclaims.

  33. Chris N.
    April 2, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I did not realize it was possible to leave Curb.

  34. Razor X
    April 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I did not realize it was possible to leave Curb.

    It’s possible, but the artist usually has to enter the Witness Protection Program.

  35. Bob
    April 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Hope TCB’s comment is correct. Hal Ketchum is the best. Loved the Father Time cd and I still play his older material frequently.

  36. Noeller
    April 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    AJ – Chatahoochie
    Garth – The Night I Called The Old Man Out
    Confederate Railroad – Notorious
    Brooks and Dunn – Brand New Man
    Doug Supernaw – I Don’t Call Him Daddy

    Just a quick selection of cuts I loved when I first got into country as a teenager.

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