Quotable Country – 03/01/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I don't think decision makers on Music Row, in private, think that country radio is going to continue to matter in 10 or 20 years. ● --- Richard Lloyd, Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, to Rolling Stone. "If those three chains don't play your records, you won't have a hit," Curb Records chief Mike Curb tells Rolling Stone Country. "And today there isn't any real firewall between radio and [major labels] . . . … [Read more...]

March 2015 Show Calendar

From the Northern California Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. If you have friends in the area, please invite them to receive monthly roundups by email. Don’t forget that you can always check the calendar on our site to see shows further out and get your tickets in advance. I just added most of the big mainstream country shows coming our way this summer, the full Stagecoach lineup (not Northern California, but worth traveling for), a few other festivals, and plenty of … [Read more...]

Who knew dogs could clap?

Bonapartes Retreat letter

Six years ago this month, I lost my best friend. He was 16, well beyond life expectancy for a dog of his size and breed. It still sucked. I'll probably have another dog someday, but I'm not ready yet. Thankfully, you don't have to host a dog to help a dog. Today, I'm thrilled to be able to forward $22.77 in Amazon proceeds from stuff you bought in November/December 2014 to Emmylou Harris' dog rescue, Bonaparte's Retreat. If you're feeling especially charitable, you can (of course) support … [Read more...]

Backtrack: Steel Magnolia, “Keep On Lovin’ You”


Review originally published at the late, great The 9513 in September 2009. The couple has since split up and parted ways creatively, but its female half - Meghan Linsey - is included in the batch of new, undiscovered (cough) talent competing on the current season of NBC's The Voice. Never mind that Linsey was previously Taylor Swift's labelmate and Blake Shelton's opening act. As past Nashville Star and American Idol contestants can attest, winning a television singing competition isn't the … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 02/22/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. You can ask people in the building, and I can be quoted several times a day, "If you're not on country radio, you don't exist." Again I can't think of one star, much less superstar in country music, who wasn't broken by country radio. It's just a fact. That's where the active audience is. That's where they go to listen to it. People talk about, "It's a media act. It's a groundswell. We're going to build it virally." That's all nice, but I … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 02/16/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. You know, to the country traditionalists, if you do anything that’s not pure country, you’re the devil. For us, it’s just fun to step out. ● --- Jason Aldean. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I think I may not do any more Todd Snider. I might start over. I won’t pretend my name didn’t used to be Todd Snider, but I do want to put an end to that body of work. I feel it stands by itself. I want to put a period at the end of all those … [Read more...]