Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – March 21


Chelle Rose, whose Ghost of Browder Holler (out May 1) is one of the coolest things I’ve heard so far this year. Early bird Ken Morton Jr. did a fine interview with her for Engine 145 this week.

Craig Shelburne, who highlighted the great honky-tonker Roger Wallace in one of his SXSW recaps. As the ten or so people who were reading this blog back then might recall, I was pretty high on Wallace back in December 2008. Word on the street is he’ll have a new album out later this year. Can’t wait.

The Academy of Country Music, for giving various off-camera prizes to Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Sherrill, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Bobby Braddock, Roger Miller, and Frank Liddell.


The Academy of Country Music, for recognizing Dallas Davidson as its Songwriter of the Year. Shouldn’t “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” have automatically disqualified him?

Kathie Lee Gifford, whose vacation from NBC’s “Today Show” has left the door open for a rotating roster of fill-in country star co-hosts this week – Kellie Pickler, Lee Brice, John Rich, Josh Turner, Randy Travis – thereby blowing up my inbox with breathless press releases. Thanks a lot, Kathie Lee.

Toby Keith, who’s calling his 2012 tour “Live in Overdrive” and inviting Brantley Gilbert along as an opener.

Kelly Clarkson, who thinks this is country music.

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  1. says

    I’ve generally enjoyed Kelly Clarkson’s pop efforts, but I’m still baffled as to who in their right minds would have thought that “Mr. Know It All” would make a good country song. I don’t even think it makes that great of a pop song.

  2. Rick says

    CMT’s blog led the way in treating Kelly Clarkson as a country artist (along with Sheryl Crow and even Colbie Calliat) and now AOL’s The Boot has jumped on board the bandwagon as well. Its almost as if having come from American Idol grants you instant status as a contemporary country artist! Crikey! Although in the case of Katherine McPhee, “going country” would be a highly welcome development.

    C.M., your appreciation of Roger Wallace is counter-acted by Craig Shelburne’s interest, leaving me feeling neutral about checking out his music. Hmm…


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