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Nashville Hires Rick Rubin to Produce Every Album

The ailing Nashville music industry has taken the unusual step of hiring one man, famed producer Rick Rubin, to produce all of its future projects. Rubin, whose previous work in the country field includes highly-acclaimed albums by Johnny Cash and The Dixie Chicks, is known for his subtle way of guiding artists through the creation of some of their most raw and honest work. “I try to approach it as a fan,” said Rubin. “I know what sounds good and how to articulate my likes and dislikes, but try to leave the big decisions up to the artist. It’s their album.”

Rubin’s relatively hands-off approach is causing some concern among Nashville’s biggest stars, who have sold millions of albums by conforming to the whims of overbearing producers. Some worry that Rubin might refuse to tell them what to do at every stage of the recording process, while others worry that he might object to their use of pitch correction tools. Unaffected by the widespread panic, bubbly up-and-comer Julianne Hough commented: “I can’t wait to work with Rick Rubin! Isn’t he the guy who played bass for The Mavericks? So excited!”

Although Country California contacted many of Nashville’s top guns for comment on this industry shake-up, the only person willing to speak on record was producer Scott Hendricks, who seemed optimistic despite his impending unemployment: “Rick Rubin’s going to produce everything? Does that mean I’ll be avante-garde?!”

Rubin is expected to arrive in Nashville and begin work on Chuck Wicks’ sophomore effort next week.

Concept by Farce the Music

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  1. Haha, I like this one too. Actually it brings up an interesting point – I think a good deal of mainstream people actually have the talent (and some of them even the creative intelligence) to make really worthwhile sets but just get stuck with unmemorable material and by-the-numbers pop-oriented producers who don’t challenge them enough. Rubin isn’t the be-all-end-all, but he does seem good at unlocking an ambitious artist’s full potential, and there are some acts who I think might really thrive under the tutelage of someone like that – Sugarland especially comes to mind. Heck, I’d even give a Julianne Hough album a reasonable listen if he produced it.

  2. Interesting, Dan.

    Honestly, before I got to that point in your comment, Sugarland was already coming to mind for me too, which worries me a bit. Asked to name a prominent mainstream act of possible ambition and substance, we both come up with the same answer? Might be a sad comment on the state of the industry.

    Don’t tell anyone, but I think Julianne Hough can actually sing. She’s just much too peppy.

  3. Yeah, she doesn’t seem all that bad, and I think there should be a place for that kind of artist (though until she can match that pep with a little genuine substance, she’s kind of the worst example of bubblegum country).

    But I’d like to see her kind of take up Kellie Pickler’s gauntlet simply because I think she can pull off the same spiel but is a much better role model for girls (I don’t know that I will ever forgive Pickler for Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader – that was an embarrassment to this genre and America as a whole).

  4. Imagine if Rick produced Rascal Flatts…

    …They’d still sound like [bad word].

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