American Idol Infuriates John Rich
- In an effort to pump up awareness for Nashville Star John Rich attacked American Idol, saying the show infuriates him as an artist.
“You can tell when somebody’s comment was scripted. You can tell when they told an artist, ‘Wear this, and sing that, and do that.’ That’s not the way it’s going to work on this show,” he said of “Nashville Star.”
Fox responded with the following statement:
“John Rich’s ungentlemanly and opportunistic comments are particularly disturbing considering the fact he attended a taping of ‘American Idol’ last April, told producers, judges and performers he enjoyed himself and also did an interview with a crew from ‘American Idol Extra’ where he was extremely complimentary toward the show.”
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- Gretchen Wilson dropped out of school at age 15 to get away from a troubled home, but when her daughter entered school she wanted to be a good role model and began work towards her GED, which she recently earned at age 34. Linda Zettler traces the events of Wilson’s early years to her rise as the “Redneck Woman.”
- Merle Haggard thinks today’s country music is more about belly buttons than guitars.
- KSON posted a pretty cool interview on YouTube with the Randy Rogers Band from the Stagecoach Festival in California. Their new album, titled Randy Rogers Band, is expected to drop on September 23rd.
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- In a CMT Insider interview he recounts the events that led up to, and followed, his foot getting smashed.
- Frank Scheck and Ben Ratliff agree that Dolly Parton‘s medley of vintage rock hits at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday was excessive, but her voice remains pristine.
- The Spoof posted a fictitious story about a Nashville singing legend named Buford T. White who died in bed at the age of 87.
Police Investigators say that evidence shows that Billy Joe Jim Bob Stevenson returned home from his job at the feedlot to find his wife in bed naked with White. His first shot was the fatal one, hitting Buford in the heart. A second shot in the crotch was eerily reminescent of the famous White hit “Put Down the Gun, Son, And Please Don’t Blow My Pecker To Heaven.”
- USA Today and the Los Angeles Times have great wrap-ups of Stagecoach Festival.
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