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Live Blogging Country Radio, Part IV

This series started as a wind-up to the ACM Awards, but since it gained a bit of a following in its own right, I’ll continue occasionally checking in on country radio with a live blog. If nothing else, it will be a way for me to listen to the radio and get something more out of it than a headache and a goodly heaping of disappointment – like, say, a blog post. If you’re not into it, don’t worry; I don’t have the stomach to do these things very often.

  • 9:07 AM: Turning the radio on.
  • 9:07 AM: Some 40-year-old cocktail waitress is singing about the climb.
  • 9:08 AM: Oh, that’s Miley Cyrus and “The Climb.”
  • 9:08 AM: I’ve heard cocktail waitresses sound better.
  • 9:09 AM: I can imagine Martina singing this, which isn’t saying much for Martina.
  • 9:09 AM: This is cracking up to be a promising half hour.
  • 9:09 AM: The next song is “Holler Back” by The Lost Trailers.
  • 9:10 AM: Honestly, cowgirls shaking their sassafras.
  • 9:10 AM: Just say ass, man. That’s a cop-out.
  • 9:11 AM: As a general rule of thumb, if you have to shout “hey, ho” in the background to make a song sound good, it might be a skipper.
  • 9:12 AM: I cannot wait for this song to end.
  • 9:12 AM: What’s next? Piano intro…
  • 9:12 AM: “Here Comes Goodbye” by Rascal Flatts
  • 9:13 AM: The saddest thing is that coming after The Lost Trailers, this actually sounds like a reprieve.
  • 9:14 AM: Wilcox is sort of a lame last name. I should change it.
  • 9:14 AM: Le + whatever the French word for “snark” is.
  • 9:15 AM: Ouch, painful when he hits that money note on “Goodbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyye.”
  • 9:16 AM: If Gary LeVox wore underwear a few sizes larger, his singing career would be over.
  • 9:16 AM: It’d be like the Billy Gilman thing.
  • 9:17 AM: Now it’s “Here for the Party” by Gretchen Wilson
  • 9:18 AM: This sounds vintage. And it’s from 2004 or 2005.
  • 9:18 AM: Ah, Gretchen. When are those earrings come out again?
  • 9:19 AM: Yep, this song’s pretty much like I remember it. (twiddles thumbs)
  • 9:20 AM: “Always the Love Songs” by Eli Young Band
  • 9:20 AM: Singer always sounds like Jason Aldean to me.
  • 9:21 AM: Usually, when I hear a song and say “that sounds like Jason Aldean, but the song is actually sort of bearable,” it’s EYB.
  • 9:22 AM: I don’t know about these guys.
  • 9:22 AM: I think their jig might be up after another single or two.
  • 9:23 AM: They haven’t distinguished themselves so far.
  • 9:24 AM: Commercial time!
  • 9:24 AM: Golf and Guitars promo.
  • 9:24 AM: Chuck Wicks, Bucky Covington, Marcel, John Michael Montgomery will all be there.
  • 9:25 AM: Sounds like a good thing to attend if you hope to find a bunch of blah all in one place.
  • 9:26 AM: (With apologies to my Country Universe friends, still not feeling you on the Marcel. And it isn’t just the “I have one name like Cher” thing.)
  • 9:27 AM: Chevron commercial.
  • 9:28 AM: McDonald’s is really pushing their coffee these days.
  • 9:28 AM: I will not drink a McCafe… just on principle.
  • 9:28 AM: That’s almost worse than if it were called a Marcel.
  • 9:29 AM: They find people with the most annoying voices to do these commercials.
  • 9:29 AM: If I encountered a lady talking like this in real life, I’d run.
  • 9:31 AM: Home Depot is pushing seed packets. If you were a guy going to Home Depot to pick up some seed packets, wouldn’t you want to buy a chainsaw or something too just to seem a little cool?
  • 9:31 AM: Oh, good. Commercial is over.
  • 9:31 AM: Now back to the “music”
  • 9:31 AM: Faith Hill with “This Kiss”
  • 9:32 AM: Wait, no it isn’t. It’s “The Way You Love Me.”
  • 9:32 AM: Sorry about that. Clearly, I need to study up on my Faith Hill.
  • 9:33 AM: Right after I buy that oceanfront property in Arizona…
  • 9:34 AM: What’s happening in the background on this song? It’s like robots are sighing. Not even any attempt to make them sound like real undoctored voices.
  • 9:34 AM: Few minutes left.
  • 9:34 AM: Looks like we’re ending with “Out Last Night” by Kenny Chesney
  • 9:35 AM: This is basically “Got a Little Crazy” set to a Strait tune.
  • 9:36 AM: A latter-day Strait tune, like when he started sounding more like Chesney
  • 9:37 AM: I hope I’m not thinking like this song when I’m 40.
  • 9:37 AM: I want to look back and know that I matured between 18 and 40.
  • 9:38 AM: Time’s up, but the next song would have been Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen”
  • 9:38 AM: I’ll stay around to hear it anyway. I should have started my 30 minutes now. Maybe they’ll suddenly start playing stuff that doesn’t suck. (Right.)
  • 9:39 AM: It’s one of a couple old Randy songs that they still overplay, but I never get tired of this.
  • 9:40 AM: Still, wish they’d pull out an occasional “1982″ or “Reasons I Cheat” or something.
  • 9:40 AM: He has more songs than “Forever and Ever” and “Deeper Than the Holler”
  • 9:40 AM: They never even play “On the Other Hand”
  • 9:41 AM: So good. I’m glad I stayed around for that. Until next time…
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15 Comments

  1. • 9:26 AM: (With apologies to my Country Universe friends, still not feeling you on the Marcel. And it isn’t just the “I have one name like Cher” thing.)

    Fine. Whatever.:) I’m not exactly proud of it anyway.

  2. 9:34 AM: What’s happening in the background on this song? It’s like robots are sighing. Not even any attempt to make them sound like real undoctored voices.

    So nice to know someone else is puzzled by the robotic background vocals on “The Way You Love Me”. I once tried to decipher what they might be saying (if anything) and could never figure out much, except something about “touch me” and something else which sounds like “razoo ra la la la la”. So weird.

  3. ‘Mordant’ means biting or caustic (something like that) in French.

    And we readers appreciate you sacrificing your ears for us. Now we know what’s on the radio without having to listen. You’re a saint.

  4. Oh, and you can study up on Faith Hill for months, and you’ll never separate ‘This Kiss’ from ‘The Way You Love Me’ from ‘You Can’t Lose Me’ from ‘Wild One’ from ‘Someone Else’s Dream’. I’ve tried.

  5. # 9:39 AM: It’s one of a couple old Randy songs that they still overplay, but I never get tired of this.
    # 9:40 AM: Still, wish they’d pull out an occasional “1982″ or “Reasons I Cheat” or something.
    # 9:40 AM: He has more songs than “Forever and Ever” and “Deeper Than the Holler”
    # 9:40 AM: They never even play “On the Other Hand”

    Come on now Saint LeMordant, which of Randy’s vintage songs do you really think soccer moms want to hear on their morning drive in the minivan to pick up their husband’s dry cleaning, about endless romantic love or cheatin’ and regret….

    • PS – I’d go to the “Golf & Guitars” related concert just to see Megan Mullins and Jypsi! (It’s nice to know that a comment like that will not challenge my credibility here as I have none to begin with…)

  6. They were going to play a Marcel song? What song has he had out that was even a minor hit?

  7. Wow, from Miley Cyrus to The Lost Trailers to Rascal Flatts. It takes dedication to make it through any one of those, and you stayed in for all three. I’m impressed.

  8. Thanks for your dedication S.C.M.Le.M. Always appreciated….and better you than me. If it helps any CU cred, I still have no clue who Marcel is … Except now that I’m checking iTunes … Banana Blubb? Leeann, seriously? ;)

    Miley Cyrus = 40-year-old cocktail waitress. Perfect analogy.

    “Three Wooden Crosses” is the preferred Travis song around these parts. Redemption = happy ending = soccer moms keep listening.

    • I don’t know that Marcel song (guess I’m no Marcel expert), Lynn. I’m officially intrigued though.
      I hate to put any CU cred on the line, but I just can’t help it. it’s a guilty pleasure. I wasn’t exactly favorable toward his latest single though, you know, not to throw poor Marcel under the bus or anything.:)

  9. Thanks St. Mordant, now I don’t regret that we don’t have a country radio station around here.

    And I hope you don’t mind me borrowing your underwear comment. I have just the colleague for it !

  10. “If Gary LeVox wore underwear a few sizes larger, his singing career would be over!”

    Classic!

    Let’s have a whip round for those pants.

    I keep getting Faith Hill stuff mixed up to; and it complicates matters further that “The Way You Love Me” is a line in “This Kiss”.

    You’re right: there should be more Randy. I’m still trying to find those two new tracks from his new Ultimate Hits CD. No luck so far. “Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man” and “Look Heart, No Hands” are seriously underplayed to such a point, radio seemingly ignores those songs.

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