- Wade Hayes, who’s apparently cancer-free following a December surgery that removed part of his large intestine and most of his liver. Hayes, singer of ’90s hits like “Old Enough to Know Better” and “The Day That She Left Tulsa (In a Chevy),” was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer late last year.
- The Grand Ole Opry, for a Thursday night line-up that includes Elizabeth Cook, Chuck Mead, Jim Lauderdale, Jan Howard, and Leona Williams. And a Friday night show that features Elizabeth Cook again, along with Rhonda Vincent and Patty Loveless.
- Ronnie Dunn, for paying $12,000 for a signed Kristofferson guitar in a charity auction benefiting cancer research. (This blessing will be withdrawn if he spray paints “COWBOY” across the front of it.)
- The Texas Music Awards, for naming the Kevin Higgins composition “Monahans” as Song of the Year. I singled “Monahans” out for particular praise in my review of Justin Haigh’s People Like Me.
- Most of the country singers appearing on Tuskegee, for being out-countried by Lionel Richie.
- Martina McBride, for agreeing to the gimmicky real-life marriage ceremony that will accompany her ACM Awards performance of “Marry Me” with Pat Monahan. McBride could partially redeem herself by refusing to forever hold her peace and launching into some wildly inappropriate dead baby jokes.
- The 30 country broadcasters polled by Radio-Info.com who voted “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” “Red Solo Cup,” and “Crazy Girl” ahead of “You and Tequila” for ACM Single Record of the Year. “You and Tequila” polled similarly poorly in the Song and Vocal Event categories. Let’s hope the real ACMs do better.
- Poorly targeted email press releases. I don’t typically write about rhythm and blues, alternative rock, Soul Train cruises, or the meat-packing industry, but I’ll keep your contact information just in case.