Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – March 6

Precious Memories, Volume IIBLESS…

Alan Jackson, for announcing a sequel to his gospel album Precious Memories – which, as you might recall, was one of our “11 Modern-Era Country Albums Everyone Should Hear.” Because we’re excited for more traditional gospel music done up Alan Jackson style, we’ll even let him off the hook for the not-so-creative title of Precious Memories, Volume II. GAC has the album cover and full track listing for the collection, which hits stores March 26.

Jason Eady fans, for putting Daylight and Dark – the follow-up to AM Country Heavenwell on its way to full Kickstarter funding. One week in, Eady is about 40% of the way toward his $15,000 goal. The fundraising effort continues through March 30, with rewards starting at the very reasonable level of $10 for a full album download + sticker.

Juli Thanki, for an interesting chat with Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts director Jeremy Dylan. Having screened the documentary, I can tell you that what struck me most was not any particular detail of Lauderdale’s life or career, but rather the overarching story of the trials and tribulations – and, ultimately, rewards – of being your authentic self and doggedly pursuing your own path. More thoughts on the film, which should be out on DVD later this year, as time permits.


– Self-serious Taylor Swift, for offering the Katie Couric quote “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” in response to mild awards show jabs by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

CMT, for an upcoming programming schedule that includes a reality series starring “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope and other shows titled The Dirty South, Hillbillies for Hire, and Cops Reloaded. The Dirty South, incidentally, is from the executive producer of Jersey Shore. So, that’s where they’re headed…

The Piper Comanche PA-24 airplane that carried Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Patsy Cline, and Randy Hughes to their deaths on March 5, 1963. Fifty years later, Peter Cooper took a look back at the events leading up to the accident, and the legacy of all parties aboard, in a lovely piece for The Tennessean.

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  1. says

    That Taylor Swift story is a real eyebrow-raiser. I thought it was a fairly innocuous joke, and while I’m not at all surprised that Swift didn’t find it funny, implying that Fey and Poehler are going to hell is awfully dramatic.

    I will never understand CMT, or how the people behind it fail to see what a joke its become.

  2. says

    Yup, Taylor came out looking pretty thin skinned on this one. The joke wasn’t anything much different than the jokes on all the late night talk shows. She’s basically saying that they only make jokes about men, because they’re women? Amy Poehler’s response was perfect.:) Amy Poehler/Leslie Knope for the win!

    I’m excited for the Alan Jackson gospel album sequel. I’m also glad that they announced it mere weeks before the release date. I hope he does that bluegrass album that he meant to do before he ended up making Like Red on a Rose instead.

  3. Michael A. says

    Oh, how I wish little girls would look to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as role models instead of Taylor Swift. Swift and her extensive catalog of boy songs have done as much for feminism as Disney’s Princess line.

    I don’t think she’ll be garnering as much sympathy in this round as she (deservedly) did after the Kanye incident. She’s 23 now and has been quite savvily playing the media game since she came on the scene almost 7 (!) years ago. She knows how it works and what comes with the territory.

    Looking forward to the next volume of Jackson’s Precious Memories and that was a great write up by Pete Cooper!

  4. Paul W Dennis says

    I don’t know that I’d consider Tina Fey or Amy Poehler anymore worthwhile than Taylor Swift as role models, but Ms (apparently not so) Swift certainly stepped into it this time

  5. Ron says

    Really looking forward to Jason Eady’s next CD. been a fan for 8 years. An outstanding songwritter and great live performer. Will be seeing him next Sat. at L & W.

  6. Rick says

    I hope Alan Jackson puts a little more life in his vocal delivery in this second gospel record. His vocals were so laid back in the first installment it was prone to inducing narcolepsy! A singer can show reverence and respect in such songs without being vocally boring! Alan should have invited Bekka Bramlett to join him on this one…(lol)

    Thank goodness for CMT’s “the Edge” blog, and Chet Flippo’s column or the total enterprise would be a write-off and waste of time and resources.

    I would love to see Taylor suffer a total wig-out breakdown in public ala Justin Beiber very soon! hell, I’d pay to see that! (lol)


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