My First Year at The 9513

It's true: I'm just enough of a dork to keep track of these anniversaries. Yesterday marked one year since my first appearance in that Roman Coliseum of country music blogs, The 9513. For those who missed some of them the first time around, here's an index of the 30 articles I've written over there to date. October 2008 Album Review: Melonie Cannon - And the Wheels Turn November 2008 Jason Michael Carroll - "Where I'm From" Richie McDonald - "How Do I Just Stop" December 2008 Album … [Read more...]

Least Favorite Songs by Favorite Artists

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This would fit well on one of our questionnaires - I think we've already done favorite songs by least favorites artists, in fact - but it's not time for another questionnaire yet and I'm interested in doing this one today. So here we are. I don't give a hoot for fans who think their favorite artists are beyond reproach. To my mind, the ability to find fault (or at least acknowledge the possibility that fault might reasonably be found) with our favorite artists is a sign of character. That's … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 10/19/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. Rascal Flatts have an amazing career because they are a f*cking amazing band. ● - - Truer words have never been typed. The tunes feel like they were created in a lab, not at a songwriter's table, and somehow sound even more heavily processed in concert than they do on radio. The music isn't country, and it's not good enough to be labeled pop, but it sure fits on the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack. [...] The up-tempo … [Read more...]

Youtube Friday: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

The MusicFog crew recently captured this great video of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band burning up "My Walking Shoes," a song co-written (with Paul Williams) and originally performed by Jimmy Martin. The NGDB's recording of this song with Martin was one of the highlights of the first Will the Circle Be Unbroken collection in 1972, so it's cool to hear Jeff Hanna paying respects with some Martin style vocal licks around the 1:45 mark. Oh, and I guess the musicianship isn't too shabby … [Read more...]

Whitney Duncan Picks ‘Em

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In addition to giving readers a shot at an iPod Shuffle and some autographed EPs (be sure to enter by next Tuesday!), Whitney Duncan kindly agreed to help Country California launch a new album recommendations series. Basically, we'll poll artists of various stripes for 5-10 of their all-time favorite country albums. We're looking to feature a wide range of artists, so feel free to recommend someone (probably in country or a neighboring genre) whose album recommendations would interest you and … [Read more...]

Miners Rescued After Frightening Three Days Trapped Inside Jamey Johnson’s Beard

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America celebrated Tuesday as 12 miners who spent three days trapped inside the woolly recesses of country singer Jamey Johnson's beard were finally reunited with their loved ones. The mining crew had not been seen since Saturday, when the collapse of an interior wall in the main shaft left them stranded deep inside the wiry abyss. Concerned families remained camped around Johnson throughout the heroic three-day extraction effort staged by scissor-equipped rescue crews. "Everyone knows that … [Read more...]

Self-Identified Willie Fan Actually Just a Pothead

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Though he describes himself as “Willie Nelson's biggest fan ever,” friends of Santa Cruz native Robert 'Reeferhead' Jenkins report that the forty-something vagrant knows little about the music icon save for his reputation as a smoker of marijuana. “Singers have come and gone over the past 30 years, but Willie has been cool ever since he first hit Nashville. You know, Nashville didn't dig him and he had to go back to Dallas to really get things started. Dallas like the TV show, man," explained … [Read more...]