Backtrack: Bradley Gaskin, “Mr. Bartender”

Bradley Gaskin

Originally published at The 9513 in March 2011. Gaskin's only release to date is the digital Bradley Gaskin EP featuring this and three other songs. He was dropped by his label in 2012. Here's the backstory as I imagine it. Sensing radio's inborn prejudice against gray hair, Travis Tritt hires some kid from Alabama to be the face of his new music in a homegrown Milli Vanilli-style stunt. The details of this arrangement aren't revealed until several months (or years!) later, by which time … [Read more...]

Merle Haggard Receives the Crystal Milestone Award

Here's the full Merle Haggard segment from the 2014 ACM Awards. It features Garth Brooks, George Strait singing "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," Miranda Lambert singing "The Bottle Let Me Down," the "Happy Birthday" serenade, and a few quick words from Merle. The YouTube account that posted it, cmntexas, also has high-quality video of most of the show's other performances and highlights, though it's unclear how long any of this stuff will stay up. Of course, it'd be nice if there were some … [Read more...]

2014 ACM Awards Recap

acm 2014

Composed from memory and scant notes in the wee hours of the morning after, so don't be shy about mentioning any corrections or important moments I missed. Blake and Luke The show's script was mostly toothless and forgettable, which sort of has to be the case when the hosts themselves exemplify much of what's ripe for mockery in contemporary country music. Can't exactly have Luke Bryan delivering pointed jabs at bro-country tropes, can we? The Merle-Cam From his first stone-faced … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 04/06/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. And know this: A half-truth is a whole lie. Character, like integrity, is much easier kept than recovered. So write from your true self, not the self you think you should be. Do not try to impress us, and do not hide behind thin walls and smoke screens. It will only bore us. Brutal self-honesty is your challenge, and will reward you with much more than you can yet imagine. ● - - Mary Gauthier on songwriting. It was stunning. From the … [Read more...]

April 2014 Show Calendar

From our Northern California Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. If you have friends in the area, be sure to have them subscribe to receive our monthly roundups by email. 04/01/14 - Leftover Salmon - Big Room @ Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Chico, CA 04/01/14 – Reverend Horton Heat - Strummer's - Fresno, CA 04/02/14 – Reverend Horton Heat - SLO Brewing Co. - San Luis Obispo, CA 04/02/14 - Tyler Farr w/ Leah Turner - Rodeo Club - San Jose, CA 04/03/14 - Laurie … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 03/30/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I have people do it for me. I’ve never been on any of it. ● - - Gary Allan on social media. Additionally, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that Merle Haggard, will be honored with the Crystal Milestone Award at the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS to commemorate Haggard’s prolific 50 years in country music. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton,... … [Read more...]