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Live Blogging 30 Minutes of Country Radio, Part III

Final live blog in the warm-up for the ACM Awards Live Blog: Pacific Edition on April 5. I’m now in peak live blogging condition and eager to exercise my skills on something (hopefully) more interesting than 30 minutes of country radio, so I hope some of you in my timezone will join me here on Sunday for the big event. Anyone with me? Should I just plan on talking to myself for a few hours? (Updates will be less frequent in the big blog since I’ll be watching the show for the first time. Radio doesn’t demand nearly as much attention.)

  • 11:00 AM: Turning on the radio
  • 11:00 AM: Shocking! It’s “Where I’m From”
  • 11:00 AM: What am I supposed to talk about?
  • 11:01 AM: I don’t want to talk about this song anymore.
  • 11:01 AM: Saw Hag and Kristofferson last night. Concert review is forthcoming.
  • 11:02 AM: Jason Michael Carroll blah.
  • 11:02 AM: Thinking of Hag and Kris and hearing this song calls to mind…
  • 11:03 AM: “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”
  • 11:03 AM: “Down the Road” now… Chesney and McAnally
  • 11:03 AM: Really pleasant sound to this song.
  • 11:04 AM: I’m excited that McAnally got a new record deal.
  • 11:04 AM: Hope he’s able to find some solo success at radio.
  • 11:05 AM: The story of this song doesn’t really go anywhere.
  • 11:06 AM: Now what?
  • 11:06 AM: Ah, “Songs About Me”
  • 11:06 AM: Another song about an airplane encounter.
  • 11:07 AM: At least the story of this song kinda fits together.
  • 11:07 AM: The guy asks “Whatever made you want to sing stuff like that?” and the singer answers.
  • 11:07 AM: In the Carroll song there’s a total disconnect between the question and the answer.
  • 11:08 AM: Still, I’m not sure that if the guy was right by the stage and shouted “Man, it was right it was like you sang those songs about me…”
  • 11:08 AM: that Trace would be able to make all that out
  • 11:08 AM: mixed in with the din of the crowd and all, you know
  • 11:09 AM: Maybe one or two words.
  • 11:09 AM: Not complete sentences or choruses.
  • 11:09 AM: Let’s be realistic here.
  • 11:09 AM: Taylor Swift time!
  • 11:10 AM: “White Horse”
  • 11:10 AM: She sounds okay on quieter songs.
  • 11:11 AM: This might be my favorite thing she has put out.
  • 11:11 AM: Pretty strong songwriting here. And it’s more complicated than typical radio fare.
  • 11:11 AM: But still… not getting the whole her being country thing.
  • 11:13 AM: Caller 25 gets a $25 FoodMax gift certificate
  • 11:13 AM: “Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up” now
  • 11:14 AM: I burnt out on Garth years ago, but this song is still palatable.
  • 11:14 AM: Which late night show was he on?
  • 11:14 AM: Leno, was it?
  • 11:15 AM: He sounded good on that show. He hasn’t sounded great in most live stuff I’ve heard during the past few years.
  • 11:16 AM: The part where it seems like he’s about to end, then he goes “yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh” is pretty neat.
  • 11:17 AM: “This is David Nail. When I’m in Sacramento, I listen to…”
  • 11:17 AM: That’s not saying much, David Nail.
  • 11:18 AM: You probably don’t hang out in Sacramento much.
  • 11:18 AM: Except when you’re here to promote yourself at that station.
  • 11:18 AM: I hate those spoken artist bits on radio stations.
  • 11:18 AM: Never believable.
  • 11:18 AM: Anyway, it’s “Red Light” right now.
  • 11:19 AM: This guy doesn’t sound like a country vocalist.
  • 11:20 AM: He’s okay, but his voice sounds better suited to rock.
  • 11:20 AM: I will never look at a red light in the same way.
  • 11:20 AM: Actually, I will.
  • 11:20 AM: As I’ll forget this song as soon as it’s done playing.
  • 11:21 AM: Here’s the winner of the $25 gift certificate
  • 11:21 AM: He seems extremely excited.
  • 11:21 AM: Unreasonably excited, really. Hollering, shrieking, the whole deal.
  • 11:21 AM: Like he just won a million dollar jackpot.
  • 11:22 AM: It’s $25, man.
  • 11:22 AM: Now commercials.
  • 11:22 AM: If past blogs are any indication, this commercial break will last 6-7 minutes.
  • 11:23 AM: Massage therapy school ad.
  • 11:24 AM: Gas station ad.
  • 11:24 AM: Happy California Cows.
  • 11:25 AM: These are some talkative cows.
  • 11:25 AM: I suspect people outside California will have no idea what I’m talking about.
  • 11:25 AM: Come to think of it, people inside California might not either.
  • 11:26 AM: But I’ve never been shy about talking to myself.
  • 11:26 AM: Now beauty/hair care supply store ad.
  • 11:26 AM: Then bank ad.
  • 11:26 AM: We have time for one more song.
  • 11:26 AM: When these commercials end.
  • 11:27 AM: What will it be?
  • 11:27 AM: The suspense is killing me.
  • 11:27 AM: Auto glass repair and replacement ad.
  • 11:27 AM: SafeLite. I’ve used them. They were pretty good.
  • 11:28 AM: So, there you go. Now I’m plugging auto glass repair places.
  • 11:28 AM: By the way, the ACM Awards blog will be much more interesting.
  • 11:29 AM: Because I’ll actually have stuff to be talking about.
  • 11:29 AM: Instead of making stuff up while being bored.
  • 11:29 AM: And latching onto the most mundane of details.
  • 11:29 AM: Still commercials.
  • 11:30 AM: Time’s up.
  • 11:30 AM: But I still want to see what the next song would be.
  • 11:31 AM: “Kiss a Girl”
  • 11:31 AM: Enough of that!
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12 Comments

  1. Another great edition! It’s cool that you can turn 30 minutes of blah into a fun read. Keep up the great work.

  2. They didn’t give you a lot to work with this time. I’m jealous that you got to see Haggard and Kristofferson. I’m sure it was great and I look forward to the review.

  3. I’ll be here on Sunday. Looking forward to it!

  4. I wish I could be here, but it’ll be too late for me on a night before the work week.

    Great blog, of course. I completely agree on the Chesney/McAnally song–sounds really nice, but no story development there. I think it was the worse half hour you had to blog though.

  5. We have the ‘happy cows come from California’ commercials here in Ohio too.

  6. I’ll be here Sunday. Hopefully the show won’t be any worse than the CMAs.

  7. Hey – are any of you old enough to remember the California cheese cows commercial where they sang that Brady Bunch song? I think it’s called “Sunshine Day”. (I think I’ll go for a walk outside now, the summer sun’s calling my name…) I loved that one!

  8. Wow. I hadnt seen a happy cow commercial in quite sometime…as I read this…one came on.

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