Emusic’s Loss is Rhapsody’s Gain


Disclaimer: This is more about music technology than actual music, so it might be boring to a lot of people (or everyone). I've subscribed to Emusic for a number of years and credit the service with turning me into a regular downloader. Their indie focus and reasonable pricing structure won me over. For $25 per month, I could get 100 song download credits to use as I saw fit; for the cost of about two CDs, I could download about eight digital albums in restriction-free MP3 format. That was … [Read more...]

Blame Reba: An Unstoppable Track-by-Track


One thing we take very seriously here at Country California is reverence for tradition. When a legend of country music speaks, we listen. We don't know how long these people will be with us, so it behooves us to soak up every last bit of the wisdom they bestow on us while they're still around. It was in this spirit of reverence that I received Reba McEntire's tweet of last Monday: "If you haven't heard Rascal Flatts new CD, get it!!!!! It's great!!!! I love it!!!! Whoohoooo!" I'm not going to … [Read more...]

Win a Private Concert from Charlie Robison

Country artists are doing lots of interesting things on Twitter these days, from answering fan questions to advertising free tickets left at venue box offices to revealing their poor spelling/grammar skills. I know it's not cool to jump on a bandwagon once it gets the Oprah bump, but this might actually be worth your time. Need some additional incentive? Charlie Robison is currently running a contest that will ultimately give one of his Twitter friends a free concert... right in the … [Read more...]

Country Legend Loretta Lynn Takes to the Cover of AARP Magazine in a Bikini


Summer's here and the women of country music are coming out in full force, curves and all! Julianne Hough, Leann Rimes, Faith Hill, and Martina McBride have all recently appeared in their swimsuits on the cover of the popular women's fitness magazine Shape. The photos of Hill and McBride, ages 41 and 42 respectively, excited particular comment among middle-aged women, who were inspired to think that they too could look fabulous if only they had personal trainers, large expendable incomes, and … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 06/28/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. Country my ass, that's rock 'n' roll! - - Bryan Adams quotes Dale Watson to Jason Aldean on CMT Crossroads. Burn. You guys are a full-on rock band. There's nothing country about what's going on onstage. The only thing country is maybe the song titles: "Johnny Cash," "She's Country." - - Bryan Adams again. I love this guy. Well, I think the fact that I wear a cowboy hat probably helps us get away with it. - - Jason … [Read more...]

The Big One: Country California’s First Anniversary Spectacular


The two winners of the Charlie Robison giveaway were just selected. A hearty congratulations to Chad and Blake, who each have an autographed copy of Beautiful Day coming their way courtesy of Dualtone Records. If you didn't win, don't stop reading now. There's still one more copy up for grabs, along with a lot of other good stuff. It was a year ago tomorrow that things started happening around here - readers, comments, links from The 9513. I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people for the … [Read more...]

TTTMS #12: Regionalism


Things That Threaten My Sanity: Regionalism Local and regional music scenes are great. There's a lot to be said for communities of artists, promoters, and fans forming support systems to enable success outside of the mass mainstream model that so often squelches the independence of its stars. Or forming support systems to help catapult local/regional acts to that national level so that they can have their independence squelched (if that's what they want). In his excellent Red Dirt: The Power … [Read more...]