American Idol Infuriates John Rich

Brody Vercher | May 5th, 2008

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  1. Mike Parker
    May 5, 2008 at 11:47 am

    John Rich’s comment = blatant publicity stunt for Nashville Star. Loved Fox’s reply though.

    Having Nashville Star on network TV just scares the hell out of me…

  2. frozenphan
    May 5, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Nashville Star always feels so scripted, stilted and awkwardly overproduced.

  3. Billy
    May 5, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    “John Rich said American Idol infuriates him as an artist.”

    Ummm, who was it that had a show where he tried to teach rappers, etc. to be “country stars”?

    Thanks, I needed a good laugh today. :-) Tear ‘em down John. lmao

  4. Rick
    May 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I relented and attended the Stagecoach Festival on Saturday. I was drawn primarily by the Bluegrass and Americana artists and completely avoided the sets by Luke Bryan, Sucky Covington, Talor Swift, Dierks Bentley, and Rascal Flatts. I could hear the thumping from the main stage down at the Bluegrass and Americana tents, but the sonic interference wasn’t near as bad this year as the previous year.

    It was great to see The Judds back together and Dwight Yoakam put on a great show as well. Crystal Shawanda was okay and Jypsi displayed a lot of musical talent. 16 year old Jypsi lead singer Lillie Mae wore a classy black and white mini-dress that made her look like a ’60′s Mod, a vast improvement over their usual circus get ups! I asked Lillie about the delay in the CD release of their debut album and she wasn’t even aware of it! Sheesh….

    Other acts I caught included The Riders In The Sky, The Greencards, Cherryholmes, Sam Bush, and the legendary Earl Scruggs who brought along Jon Randall to sing and pick a mean acoustic guitar. Earl had his two sons with him and Opry fiddle player Hoot Hester and a cute little young brunette on the dobro who looked like a teenager. Definitely a highlight..

    I got a slight taste of the Teaxs Red Dirt scene with Ryan Bingham (do some people really consider this music?) and Cross Canadian Ragweed. These bands were way too rocky for my tastes, but I can see how young folks could like them. Hayes Carll was by far the standout artist with a homespun set and sense of humor that really sucked the audience in. He is a fine storyteller and treats the audience like they were an old friend. Highly recommended! The Kentucky Headhunters are still cranking out first rate southern fried boogie rock and were a lot of fun to listen to. The kicked the ass of CCR when it came to playin countrified Rock N’ Roll…..

    News Alert! Los Angeles gets an Americana Festival!!
    Junior Brown, Dale Watson, Wayne Hancock, The Hacienda Brothers, Dave Alvin, Rosie Flores, Jesse Dayton and more will be featured at “The Ink and Iron Festival” in Long Beach by the Queen Mary June 6 through 8. Bikers, tattoos and Americana/Roots Music, what more could you ask for? Well, I sure would like Jesse Dayton to bring Brennen Leigh along…
    Hey, It may not be the ACL but its better than no Americana Festival at all! (lol)

  5. Buck
    May 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    John Rich is an embarrassment to Nashville. I hope we can get an disclaimer on the screen every time he speaks on his new TV contest that states he’s from Texas and NOT Tennessee or we are all going to look like bigoted hicks.

  6. Jeremy Dylan
    May 5, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    John Rich infuriates me, pretty much comprehensively.

  7. Lynn
    May 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Don’t forget EW’s review of Stagecoach. Pretty entertaining (and honest).

    I thought about going, as it’s practically in my backyard, but I’m glad I didn’t. Sometimes, reading well-written reviews is more entertaining than paying a FORTUNE to fight massive crowds to listen to a bunch of your not-so-favorite artists sing 50 minutes of their biggest (but rarely their best) hits over a bad sound system.

    Maybe next year… :)

  8. Kelly
    May 6, 2008 at 7:14 am


    Are you sincerely asking if Ryan Bingham’s work is actual “music”? What aspect(s) of his performance compells you to ask such a headscratching question? He has very little to do with Cross Canadian Ragweed musically and has one of the stronger fan-bases outside of texas of any artist that folks might consider “red dirt”. The promoter of the festival picked Bingham as the artist to watch from the weekend based upon his performance even (usa today), so I have a hard time imagining it could be that bad, especially since I have seen him display his talent live also…please give some insight!

  9. Baron Lane
    May 6, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I was at that Dolly show at Radio City and yes I could have done without the oldies segment, but you knew Dolly was going to let her backing singers have some time in the spotlight.

    She was amazing!

  10. Steve Beying
    May 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Who is John Rich? Another one of those dico singers who claims to be a country singer. Country music has hundreds of them nowdays. Country music is anything but, I don’t even listen to the radio anymore. I play my old tapes and, new CD’s from the 50′s 60′s & early 70′s. I’ll take George Jones, Willie, Cash, and all the other real country singers!

  11. Funk
    May 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    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.

    That’s an interesting comment. I’m a professor and former high school teacher and I know a little about the GED. It’s really great Wilson got hers, even if she waited until age 34. But it’s also telling about her. Assuming average intelligence and attention, it should take a 34 year old less than a day to successfully study for the GED. If it really required a lot of “work towards her GED” it might explain her career fizzle and her inability to get past the “redneck among rednecks” perception. She might be one of those people who is anti-education, and most adults understand that an attitude like that will hurt most careers.

  12. Funk
    May 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    “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.”

    Say what you want about John Rich but this statement seems right to me. I am surprised if anyone thinks AI isn’t extremely scripted and the performers guided in what they say and do.

    I have enjoyed watching many episodes of this season but I’ve never once thought of it as spontaneous in any way. That’s just what AI is and it does very well because of it. Plus, many of the performers are relatively young and amateurs. They aren’t probably true artists yet even though most are very talented. They have yet to develop their internal voice and full artistic personality.

    So what exactly is wrong with what Rich said?

  13. LovinMyMullet
    June 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    You know what? It’s about time someone stood up to that show! Is it even a competition now? Its not like the Oscars where they have a company count the votes! Plus Country music has hotter chicks anyway! I’ll be watching Nasville Star this Monday on NBC!


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