Backtrack: Richie McDonald, “How Do I Just Stop”

McDonald, incarcerated for this song.

Originally published at The 9513 in November 2008, back when I was still young and spunky. McDonald has since rejoined Lonestar. Songwriters: Tommy Lee James and Richie McDonald. In an election year full of tough questions and partisan bickering, former Lonestar-frontman-gone-Christian-crooner Richie McDonald offers some much-needed common ground. "How Do I Just Stop" is so gloriously simple and unequivocally lackluster that people of every political persuasion should rejoice in the … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 11/16/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I call it the ‘Luke Bryan.’ I’m trying to emulate what he’s doing out there because it’s workin’. ● --- Justin Moore on incorporating more dance into his live performances. Quincy Jones posted on Facebook that “Spotify is not the enemy; piracy is the enemy”. You know why? Two numbers: Zero and Two Billion. Piracy doesn’t pay artists a penny – nothing, zilch, zero. Spotify has paid more than two billion dollars to labels, publishers … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 11/09/14 Edition

As often seems to happen around awards shows, an extra long edition this week. Maybe grab some snacks before proceeding. Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Try not to look at the charts. It’s about the music. That’s what made you wanna come here and do this. It’s the songs. ● --- Alan Jackson to young ASCAP songwriters. If you're kind, life is going to be just great. I told somebody, I was joking, I said, 'Oh, great, they're going to put a statue up of me, and kids are … [Read more...]

CMA Awards 2014 Show Notes

48th annual cma awards

Here are some assorted notes on last night's 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Feel free to chime in with your own observations or highlights in the comments. Carrie and Brad Underwood and Paisley can usually be counted on to keep it pleasantly toothless, but they were on point with the feigned puzzlement at George Strait's continued presence (hadn't the cowboy ridden away?) and, especially, the line "Luke Bryan would be happy to buy you a faster horse." A reference to griping in … [Read more...]