This Week in Country Music History

2002 - Montgomery Gentry receives keys to the city of Louisville, Kentucky. After the ceremony, Gentry quietly inquires as to whether his key gives him free dominion over the city's thriving bear population. 2002 - Doug Supernaw is arrested outside a bar in Brenham, Texas, after fighting with five police officers. It's the capper on a strange year that also saw him, by his own reports, "held hostage in Paris" in a "mentally retarded home for terrorists" for two weeks. (I don't even have to … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 09/27/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. People don’t really get his sense of humor. He’s all about shock value. I actually have started looking at his Twitter problem as a positive, because it really keeps him occupied, like a kid. You just give him Legos, and he’s good. I’m like, “All right, just give him his iPhone, and he’ll stay out of my hair for an hour. Perfect.” ● - - Miranda Lambert on developing smarter Blake management strategies. She's one of the ones … [Read more...]

Youtube Friday: Mike Stinson

Maybe you haven't heard of Mike Stinson, but you probably know some of his work: Dwight Yoakam's recording of the Stinson song "The Late Great Golden State" was a highlight of his 2003 set Population Me. After making a name for himself on the Southern California scene, Stinson relocated to Texas earlier this year. As if to artfully represent his own upcoming (at the time) relocation, here he performs a song about California against a backdrop of the Texas flag. Probably not planned... it's just … [Read more...]

I Owe It All to the Fans, Says Egomaniac

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At a concert last night, an egomaniacal man who has spent the majority of his adult life looking for opportunities to gain widespread acclaim for his own very meager talents expressed indebtedness to the fans who have kept him on the road for the past several years. “Thanks y'all for coming out. You're the ones who have made it all happen, so I'm here to play whatever you want to hear tonight,” the man promised before launching into a predetermined set list taped to the stage by a hunchbacked … [Read more...]

The Country Questionnaire, Part IV

Has it really been months since we did one of these things? Well, the wait is over: a whole new set of questions awaits your thoughtful, witty responses. To play along, copy and paste the list into the comment form and fill in as many answers as you'd like. I'll go first, then it's all you folks. Should be interesting! Sidenote: There's sometimes a delay between posting a comment and having it show up. If that happens to you, rest assured that your hard work has not been lost. The comment … [Read more...]

Rank a Discography: Brooks & Dunn

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As Brooks & Dunn embark on the final leg of their journey, it seems a good time to take a look back at their decades as one of country's top duos. In his second article for Country California, contributor David Jones gives his ranking of the duo's studio albums to date, which will apparently stand as their oeuvre (minus hits collections and a Christmas album). As always, you're invited to give your own rankings in the comments. --CMW 1. Steers and Stripes (2001) Hitting a well-deserved … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 09/20/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. You know, the Eagles records would be country music now. It sort of was then, too -- Dr. Hook and things like that. There are a lot of those elements in this album and a lot of things we grew up listening to. And sort of a modern twist on those things, too, and some modern stories. There's some heaviness to it, some lightheartedness to it. I think that it's sort of a journey throughout the whole record. ● - - Tim McGraw does his … [Read more...]