On Tuesday, Nashville was rattled by the surprise announcement of Crystal Hoyt’s departure from Trailer Choir, one of the hottest up-and-coming bands on the local music scene. Today, we caught up with a few folks around town for their takes on what the split means for country music in 2011 and beyond.
“This is obviously a devastating loss for all of Nashville and all of country music. Trailer Choir won’t be the same without the hottie, but the band’s unique vision will live on with Big Vinny and Butter. And that comes with a big dog daddy guarantee, so you can take it to the bank. By the way, have you heard Carter’s Chord? They’re pretty good, too,” said Toby Keith. “Also, I don’t know if you want to mention it in your article or what, but we’re offering a promotion where it’s $5 off entrees at all I Love This Bar & Grill locations.”
“Oh, uh, that’s too bad, I guess,” offered Alan Jackson, in town to hash out some of the song selections for his upcoming duo album with Chuck Wicks. “My youngest daughter likes that song about the beer gut.”
“It was just a matter of time,” opined Steve Jolson, a concession worker at a Nashville movie theater. “Crystal did just fine on her own with hits like ‘Skinny Dippin’ and ‘That Song in My Head,’ so they needed her a lot more than she needed them. I don’t know where they’ll find another cute blonde girl willing to wear skimpy outfits and sing harmony onstage. God bless those guys, but I just don’t see it happening.”
UPDATE: As this article went to press, Opry general manager Pete Fisher announced the cancellation of all this weekend’s shows as his team considers how to best move on in the wake of the Trailer Choir shake-up. A comment from Nashville mayor Karl Dean is expected later this evening.
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