Quotable Country – 08/31/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. However, I do have a question for Pastorek: Why the hell did you give him a "B" grade? "B" is average -- and Twang isn't an average record. He earned an "A." And with 155,000 copies sold the first week, the Strait-man's brand new album zoomed to No. 1 on Billboard's country chart and knocked Michael Jackson's Number Ones from the top of the Billboard 200. That's an "A-plus" achievement for sure. Yeah, big George! ‚óŹ - - Hazel … [Read more...]

Rank a Discography: Patty Loveless

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With a classic country voice and one of the strongest catalogs in the business, Patty Loveless has been inspiring fierce loyalty among fans for more than two decades. So much so, in fact, that I would personally shy away from even attempting to rank her discography, on the suspicion that there are many among my readers better suited to the task. Thankfully, I've managed to coerce one such reader into doing the ranking job for me. Enter twenty-plus years of Loveless albums, as lovingly considered … [Read more...]

Shania Twain Records Racy “Party for Four” with Love & Theft


Well-positioned sources in Shania Twain's camp have given us the inside track on the mysterious announcement due Friday, August 28. Word of the announcement began circulating last week, and some suspected that it might concern a video diary of Twain's life since her split from husband and producer Mutt Lange in 2008. Not so, say our sources. In fact, the truth is much stranger: In an apparent attempt to recapture the magic of her last big hit, Twain will repeat the formula of pairing up … [Read more...]

On the Spot #5

Just when you thought you were in the clear, you are once again... on the spot! If you're reading this, you've stumbled right into my trap. I'll only let you go after you've honestly answered the following question: What's the last song you heard? Surprisingly, I've heard no music at all today, so my last song was David Ball's "When the Devil Wants to Wrestle." I had the Amigo album playing in the kitchen while I was burning my dinner on the stove last night. … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 08/23/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. And you say that real brick-and-mortar stores care more about music than any big box ever will... I think what you're really mad at is progress and growth, both on the retail and music level. Small-town record shops had their heyday, but sometimes bands outgrow their local music scene and that's OK. You say your customers want to buy local. Well, guess what. Lucky for them, there's a Wal-Mart right in Decatur, Ga., at 3580 … [Read more...]

This Week in Country Music History

2009 - Country California publishes another gripping edition of This Week in Country Music History. 2006 - Former Alabama lead singer Randy Owen attends his first concert as a ticket-holder: Kenny Chesney at BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Owen is ejected after screaming for "Free Bird" one too many times. 1992 - Warner Bros. releases Travis Tritt's third album, T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Two-year-old Taylor Swift has her first boy t-r-o-u-b-l-e when a daycare friend accuses her of having a big … [Read more...]

Youtube Friday: Lane Turner

Could someone please let this man put out a full album... that actually stays on the market? His 2004 album Right On Time suffered an Ashley Monroe-like fate, with a digital release that eventually got pulled (but no digital rerelease so far). Then, to add insult to injury, he finished second to One Night Rodeo on The Next GAC Star. There have been some encouraging signs this year, with Original Signal Recordings issuing a five-song digital EP* on him and the music video for "Where's a … [Read more...]