Kristian Bush on Vocal Rest; Sugarland Tour Unaffected

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Between canceled shows and a CMA Entertainer of the Year snub, fans of pop-country duo Sugarland have had a rough go of it in recent months. Sadly, there's more bad news on the way: doctors have ordered Kristian Bush on vocal rest, forcing the duo to cancel none of its upcoming concert appearances. In a statement posted to the band website, Bush writes: "I'm sorry to disappoint the fans, but this is simply unavoidable. The doctor has advised me that if I don't take care of this now, it could … [Read more...]

Let’s Make a 2009 Playlist


I'm in recovery mode after a long weekend of travel... which was apparently a weekend of calling me out on my scathing(!?) review of the new Chris Young album here in the topsy-turvy internet world... so bear with me as I get back up to speed. Since there was no Quotable this past Sunday/Monday, we'll double up on it next week. (The material is collected, but I'd rather get rolling with this week than get bogged down in processing old news. Snarking takes a lot out of you.) The volume of new … [Read more...]

This Week in Country Music History

2007 - Sammy Kershaw officially becomes a candidate for lieutenant governor of Louisiana. While Kershaw's promise of a National Working Woman's Holiday is met with wide approval, his campaign becomes embroiled in controversy after a night of drinking tequila and talking dirty in Spanish with an unidentified woman. 2006 - Taylor Swift performs "Tim McGraw" in her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. I wonder what Carrie Underwood was doing that night... 2005 - John Rich's … [Read more...]

Youtube Thursday: Heybale

Holy cow. Heybale is Redd Volkaert, Earl Poole Ball, Kevin Smith, Tom Lewis, and Gary Claxton (singing in this clip). "Wine Me Up" is an old Faron Young classic. Where the two meet, it's a small slice of honky tonk heaven. Thanks to those The 9513 guys for bringing The Last Country Album to my attention last year. Website: Myspace: … [Read more...]

Album Review: Chris Young – The Man I Want to Be

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RCA Nashville did wrong in 2006 when they saddled twentysomething Chris Young, whose fine original “Drinkin' Me Lonely” had essentially clinched his Nashville Star victory, with such a fluffy set of material for his major label debut that even Hazel Smith was heard to say "This boy really needs some better material." (Okay, that didn't really happen... but it should have.)  But RCA should be commended for keeping Young around through three poorly-performing singles, until “Gettin' You Home” … [Read more...]

Blake Shelton Says Bruises From Rough Game of Hoops


The bruises visible on Blake Shelton's arms and face in recent public appearances were the result of a particularly rough game of hoops with his road crew, reports the lanky Oklahoman singer, who is currently dating country-rock firecracker Miranda Lambert. Asked to comment on the game that resulted in the singer's injuries, roadie Travis Burns said: "Basketball? Is that what he said? We don't play basketball. Blake spends a lot of time on his bus drinking and tweeting. Oh, and he visits … [Read more...]

Album Review: Dixie Whiskey – Dixie Whiskey

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This blog has never really been about California, so it was to my great satisfaction that my recent call for new contributors turned up a hot lead in the United Kingdom - namely, longtime reader/commenter David Jones. David will be helping me make more of a dent in the review workload around here, so please enjoy his first piece (don't miss the free download at the bottom!) and give him a warm welcome. Southern rock has always seemed like country music's reckless cousin - by definition, … [Read more...]