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I think every time from now on, I’m gonna err on the side of reality. I think that’s what people need. We don’t get to come back here and try this again. We can’t screw up by putting nothing but musical Prozac on the radio. You have to have something that feeds people emotionally and mentally and spiritually. And if you fail to do that in music, why the hell are we doing this? ●
– – Jamey Johnson speaks truth.
Typical me. I throw myself 1,000% into anything I do – that’s how I went from being homeless to where I am today – but I just had no idea I could over-do dancing! ●
– – Jewel on having to withdraw from Dancing from the Stars. Oh, and did you know she was once homeless? She doesn’t mention it much. Also, someone needs to explain percentages to her again.
In 2006, his [Scott Borchetta’s] Big Machine Records label signed Jack Ingram, a longtime Texas honky-tonk singer who had been dropped by Sony Records because his sharp-tongued songs about heartless women and burning cars weren’t catching on nationally.
“Jack really wanted to take his music to the next level,” Mr. Borchetta recalled, “and we talked a lot about how he could do that.”
In the months to come, Mr. Ingram released gentler songs more likely to appeal to women in their 30s who buy much of country music. ●
– – It’s sad that taking one’s music to the next level equals toning it down to appeal to women in their thirties.
Jessica Simpson opened the show and wasn’t nearly the trainwreck she is portrayed as. Sure, she almost “bit it,” as she said, a couple times, thanks to her high heel sandals, and she was a little pitchy at times, but it was almost endearing. ●
– – Wow, pretty bad when “almost endearing” qualifies as a rave review.
But OMG, [Toby] Keith probably couldn’t pass the audition for your average high school senior musical. Tuesday night at the rodeo, his voice – which has almost no range to start with – was consistently flat, with wrong notes littered across songs like “I Wanna Talk About Me” and recent country No. 1 “She Never Cried In Front of Me” like beer cans on the floor of his extended-cab F-150 after a weekend at the lake. ●
– – Houston Press blogger Chris Gray goes to town in a Toby Keith concert review. See? I’m not so harsh after all.
The bloggers for the Houston Press haven’t been all that impressed with the country concerts at this year’s RodeoHouston. You know, I certainly haven’t liked all the concerts I’ve written about either. In my opinion, some of them were truly awful. When that happens, I just mostly describe what happened, rather than taking cheap shots at the artist. ●
– – Craig Shelburne on the CMT Blog. I usually appreciate Shelburne’s professionalism, but if something is truly awful (not just kinda bad), shouldn’t a critic be willing and able to say so?
Chris Knight is the best damn songwriter in country music, and I’ll stand on Steve Earle’s coffee table in my punk-rock creepers and say that. ●
– – Rob Patterson on Americana hero Chris Knight (not the Brady Bunch guy).
From one internationally-acclaimed stage to another, we look forward with great anticipation to ‘Grand Ole Opry Week’ on American Idol. Like Idol, the Opry is a stage where dreams can come true. ●
– – Opry manager Pete Fisher. Kinda disconcerting to see one of the great institutions of American music – the Grand Ole Opry – piggybacking on the pop culture phenomenon that gave us Phil Stacey.
David Allan Coe is a sort of an icon in country music. He certainly seems to name himself among the greats any time he’s interviewed and asked about it. ●
– – Ha. Gotta love David Allan Coe. Uh, or at least find him interesting.