Friends, that’s about all. The clock’s caught up with us.

Brody Vercher | May 2nd, 2011

Sometimes we have to do things that suck, and unfortunately, today is one of those times. Brady and I decided to retire The 9513. Yep, big time suck.

Believe me, it was a hard decision, and one I wish we didn’t have to make, but I could hardly find the time to write this announcement, and that’s the crux of this decision. We have high standards, and operating a site to those standards is a full-time job in itself. As our time became more and more monopolized by our other job (we’re self-employed), our performance here suffered. You probably saw signs with the decrease in news roundups and number of articles per day. So instead of continuing to offer something of diminished value, we felt like it was time to hang up our publisher gloves.The passion for the music is still there. The desire to share the quality stuff is still there, but for now, the resources aren’t.

That means we gonna have to continue on, make room for somebody else. – Hank Williams

With that said, I’d like to extend a thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read, comment or email us over the past few years for helping us build something that I believe was valuable, informative, and at times entertaining.

When I mentioned diminished value above, that was solely in reference to mine and Brady’s performance. I’m proud to say that the quality of writing only improved over time, so a very special thanks goes out to all our writers, beginning with Matt C. and Jim Malec on through to our current staff: Blake Boldt, Barry Mazor, Chris Neal, C.M. Wilcox, Drew Kennedy, Janet Goodman, Juli Thanki, Karlie Justus, Ken Morton, Jr., Paul W. Dennis, Pierce Greenberg, Sam Gazdziak and Stephen Deusner.

Lastly, file this under things that don’t suck: Barry Mazor — despite being all kinds of busy himself — was kind enough to write a closing column here.

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  1. Deano
    May 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Well done gentlemen. Well done. Thanks for all the blood, sweat, and tears you’ve put into the site. Every last bit was appreciated.

    If you’re ever in Minnesota, look me up and I’ll buy you a beer. It’s not much, but it’s the least that can be done.

    A fellow country music fan,
    Deano

  2. Andrew
    May 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    The site will be sorely missed. Kudos to everyone who has been involved in building The 9513 into the best country blog on the web, and thank you for your hard work.

  3. Mike Parker
    May 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Gonna miss it…

  4. Leeann Ward
    May 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Wow, I’m so sad to read this today. I understand, but wish it wasn’t true. You guys did a wonderful job here indeed and country music blog will suffer a great loss as a result of The9513′s retirement. Thank you for being so much a part of my country music education. I actually credit this site for keeping me a fan of country music. Without learning about so much music outside of what’s played on the radio, I suspect I’d no longer be able to call myself a fan, which would have been a real shame. Good luck on your future endeavors. The good news is that you guys are so busy, which I assume means that business is good.

  5. Jon
    May 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Bummer.

  6. Dan Milliken
    May 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    The end of an era for many of us. Thank you for unknowable hours of hard work. I can say without a drop of irony that the last few years of my life have been significantly happier and richer because of this corner of the Internet. I’ll love y’all forever.

  7. Occasional Hope
    May 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I’m really sorry to read this.

  8. Sheldon
    May 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for the super site – You articles always reminded me of the quality of “Country Music” magazine, not the record-label propaganda-fluff of “Country Weekly”… All the best to you good people!

  9. Dave D.
    May 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you for all of your efforts. I’ve learned a lot and derived a lot of enjoyment from this site.

    I’ll echo Deano’s offer for free beer if you are ever up in Michigan.

  10. nm
    May 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    You did a fantastic job. I’m sorry it couldn’t go on longer.

  11. Chris N.
    May 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Must we take gratuitous potshots at Country Weekly on this solemn occasion?

  12. Brody Vercher
    May 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for all the comments. For a while I wasn’t sure many people would even care, but I’m more than grateful for all the nice things said so far. I just wish we would have planned this a little better — all these offers of free beer surely deserved a farewell tour.

  13. Brady Vercher
    May 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    The graciousness of every single one of our writers when we informed them made it worth reconsidering, but y’all are just making it tough. Thanks for all the kind words.

  14. Leeann Ward
    May 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Maybe you guys will just retire like Garth Brooks?:)

  15. Brady Vercher
    May 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    That depends on if anyone’s willing to give us a jet ;)

  16. Katy Daley
    May 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I’m sorry to hear this. All of you at the9513 did great work. Thank you for all you did. Good luck.

  17. Harriett Watkins
    May 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I just discovered your site (and country music) a year ago. I had always listened to bluegrass, but had very limited country knowledge. I have enjoyed checking this site, almost daily and discovering some music that was totally new to me. Thank you for the hard work you all have put into this. I will miss all the news and insights more than i can say.

  18. Arlene
    May 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear this news and will miss the information and commentary published on this site.

    I was wondering if you’ll be leaving the material and articles posted here up on the web for a while. I’d be interested in learning where the current columnists find “new homes” and I’m hoping that they might add any such news to this thread as they find different places in which to publish their work.

    Thanks again for all of your work.

  19. MR. ROBERTS
    May 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for a place to allow us to blow off steam, introduce us to some music that we might not have ever heard, and graciously sabre-rattling with some of us. It made puting up with Jon almost worthwhile, almost.

  20. Ben Foster
    May 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I guess if the 9513 is going to retire, retiring as the web’s number one country music blog ain’t a bad way to go out. Thanks for the years of sharing great music, and a laugh or two along with it! I only wish I’d discovered the site sooner.

  21. Hard Times
    May 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I, too, mourn your passing. Intelligent commentary on country music is rare.

    However, I’m not exactly clear on the reason, since I’m unfamiliar with your economic model.

    When you say the “resources” are no longer there, are you referring solely to your time, or was there a lack of money coming in? Was this an entirely volunteer-based site, or were there paid staff writers?

  22. K
    May 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I’m so sad to hear this news. You guys did an excellent job with this site & gave me a good chuckle often.

    Thank you for everything you did, and for all of your hard work. I know I’ll miss reading all the great posts on the site.

    I wish you all the best of luck in everything else, and hope that goes well for you.
    Thanks again.

  23. numberonecountryfan
    May 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you for letting me be a part of this website for over the past two years. I will miss everyone here.

  24. vicki
    May 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Darn…this is sad news. I wondered. Thanks for the education is true Country music from a reader who first found you after becoming a country fan after seeing Carrie on Idol. I’ve come a long way baby. You will be sorely missed!

  25. Steve Harvey
    May 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    This stinks. Thanks for all the hard work guys.

  26. Jeremy Dylan
    May 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    What a darn shame. I’ve been a devotee of this site almost since its inception and have always appreciated the thoughtful, entertaining criticism and commentary you guys have offered up.
    Sorry to see you go and thanks for all the enjoyment you’ve given us all.

  27. Kim
    May 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I thanks for all of your hard work and wonderful exposure you’ve given many of my clients over the past couple of years. Great writing and great writers is what your site was all about and it will be very much missed.

  28. Ken Morton, Jr.
    May 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Before I was ever a contributing writer here, I was a huge fan and daily visitor of the site. Brady and Brody had created a place where careful analysis of modern country music- across all mini country genres- was honored like no other place. It created a much deeper love and passion of music in this listener. The writers like Jim, Sam, Karlie, Juli and CM- as well as all the other incredible contributors- opened my eyes. Paul, and more recently, Barry, provided a historical background that was deep and profound. I learned about artists and country music history I had known very little about before. Brody’s daily news round-ups were read before I would read the general daily newspaper.

    When Brady, Brody and Jim brought me on board, I was truly and genuinely honored to be part of the team. My fandom only deepened. The friendships that I have developed with some of our fellow writers are ones I’ll treasure forever. The wit that shined through with Mailbags and award show live blogs made me laugh too many times to count. The honor is mine to be associated with this incredible site for a few short years.

    It seems appropriate that the site is named for the address of Brady and Brody’s grandmother. It was the location that they developed a love of country music. They used Grandma Vercher’s street address as a location for all of us to call home online. They shared this home for country music discussion and opened it up for all of us to come on in. I, for one, am richer because of it. I’m going to miss it immensely and will remember it fondly.

    Brady and Brody, thank you for the ride. It has been part of the fabric of my life for many years.

  29. Brady Vercher
    May 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    @Arlene: We’ll be leaving the site up for awhile and this thread has a feed if you’d like to subscribe to it. You can find many of our contributors’ current gigs in their bylines, but we’d also be happy to promote any of their new endeavours and welcome them to keep us all updated here.

    @Hard Times: Time and money go hand in hand and we were lacking on both. It was a goal of ours and we did reach the point to where we could pay our writers, but it never felt like it was quite what their contributions were worth.

  30. Tara Seetharam
    May 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Sincere thanks to the Verchers and all of the writers for your time, effort and genuine passion for country music. Your coverage and analyses were top notch – you never failed to make me want to be a better writer and a more careful thinker. You’ll be missed.

  31. MayorJobob
    May 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Well that kind of sucks. At least I get to retire my stupid screen name!

  32. bob
    May 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for all your efforts and best of luck to all the writers here.

  33. Russell
    May 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Very sad to see this news. This site has opened me up to many new artists that I know I would not have been exposed to in traditional means. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

  34. Jim Malec
    May 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Wow.

  35. Kelly
    May 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    As sad as I am to see the site leave us, from a personal perspective, I am happy to know that I gained a couple of friends in Brady and Brody (as well as their better halves), while The 9513 was up and running. I’ve had the chance to hang with them in Austin a few times and I know this closure saddens them, as much or more than it saddens all of us.

    I’m thankful to them for the time they let me hang around and put out a few podcasts on this site. Their audio editing skills were surely put to the test with the ragged WAV files I would send to them, but they made it work. Because of those two, I got to drink Moonshine with Dale Watson, for crying out loud!

    I’ll miss the site, and miss reading all of the talented writers and miss the heated banter between the commenters, but thankfuly, I dont have to miss the Brothers Vercher being my friends (sorry, had to go the sappy route, fellas).

  36. Jonathan
    May 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    You all are going to be missed. Thank you for all you’ve done over the years.

  37. Leeann Ward
    May 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Fine, make us jealous, Kelly.:)

  38. Jim Malec
    May 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    This is the saddest news I’ve heard in a really long time. It has taken me an hour to process it and come up with anything more substantial than “Wow.”

    When I started writing here way back in 2007, we were serving somewhere around 600 daily visitors. When I left in June 2010, we were serving around 6000. In between, I learned a great deal and got to work with some incredible people. I’ll never forget when we brought Juli, Karie and Pierce on board–our first batch of new writers. It’s been a true pleasure watching their writing grow, and I know they’ll go on to great success.

    I am so proud to have had the opportunity to curate the content and direction here. I was sad when I left, have missed it terribly since I did, and am truly saddened to see its end.

    I love this publication. Always have, always will.

  39. Jordan Stacey
    May 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Not gonna lie, really gonna miss this place. Maybe one day you could make a return, but if not thanks for all the good reading, it was amazing.

  40. ray wylie hubbard
    May 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    in buddhism, the word bodhisattva refers to one who is heroic minded or has become a being of wisdom who works to bring enlightenment to all sentient beings and to free them from suffering. you did your part and will be missed.

  41. Hoggy from Oz
    May 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    So sorry to hear this guys. Thanks for everything and best of luck to all of you :D

  42. Aunt Pam
    May 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the good reads over the years, guys. Best wishes.

  43. Libby
    May 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for all you’ve done. And best wishes for whatever the future holds for you.

  44. KC
    May 2, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you for introducing me to so much great music over the last couple years. Through this site I have discovered many brand new artists and heard songs by classic artists for the first time. I will miss all of the great information and insight.

  45. Paul W Dennis
    May 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Brady & Brody – it is impossible to thank you enough for the fine work that you did in producing this site. As one who edited a print publication on a card game for a dozen years (back before cataracts ruined my proofreading skills), I know that activities such as this eventually shift from the realm of unmitigated joy into the realm of work and responsibility (and sometimes drudgery) as other facets of life take on more importance.

    I think that this site was the best of all those devoted to country music and I hope that at some point down the road, when the greater responsibilities of life have eased up, that you may again take up you “pens” and give it another try.

    In the meanwhile, you have all my best wishes and the sincere hope that you will stay in touch

  46. Jessica
    May 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I hate to hear the news. I’ve been a “reader” and sometimes commenter since back when you first started. I always cracked up at the mailbag responses. I remember the time we crashed the site with so many people commenting on liveblogging the award shows. The 9513 has been a great source for news & information over the years and will be greatly missed. I want to give a special “thank you” too for posting several of my articles over the years. It means a lot. Keep in touch and best of luck to everyone.

  47. Sam G.
    May 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    When I was in high school, there were several excellent country music magazines out there (Country Music and New Country to name my favorites), so when I got into journalism, my dream job was to write for one of those publications. Unfortunately, pretty much all the national magazines had died off or were on their last legs by the time I graduated, so I had to turn to other industries for my journalism career.

    I will always be grateful to Brady, Brody and Jim for giving me a chance to dip my toes into the music journalism world, and it was a real honor to have my name up there with all the ace writers on this site. I couldn’t keep up with your excellence and expertise, but I had fun trying.

  48. Rickster
    May 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Damn, who is Jon going to have to argue with now? Hmmm…

    Well I have to say this blog has been the most online fun I’ve had next to the…, er, uh, never mind! (lol) I think The 9513 set a high water mark for independent country music themed blogs that is not likely to be equaled again, well unless the Vercher brothers win a lottery that is.

    The 9513 was the one country music blog I checked every single day while all the others I perused were on a more occasional basis. The amount of information shared, the depth and breath of the music reviewed, and quality of writing truly made this endeavour unique in the blogosphere.

    I also truly believe that it was the decision to censor my Obama bashing that killed off The 9513! (jk-lol)

    I want to thank all of the contributors for a job extremely well done and the Verchers for putting so much effort into making The 9513 something special. It will be like losing a friend (bad) and a whole bunch of Obamavoting libtards (good) in one fell swoop! Heavens to Mergatroid…

  49. Razor X
    May 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I was beginning to think that the inactivity over the past several days was due to a family emergency or something. I’m relieved to learn that isn’t the case, but very saddened to hear that we’ve reached the end of the road for this fine site. It is by far the best country music related site I’ve ever come across and its absence will leave a void that will be difficult to fill. You guys should be proud of the fine work you did over the past several years. Well done.

  50. Eric
    May 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you to all of the great 9513 writers for running my favorite website in all of cyberspace for almost two years now. No one was able to bring us, the country music community, news from so many places, and present it in such a fun, informative, and entertaining format. To say that you will be missed is an understatement, but I completely admire and respect your decision to step down. Good luck in whatever you guys do in your future.

    -Eric Wolfert, 17

  51. Brennan
    May 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you to all the writers of this great blog. I say that with complete sincerity. This website has become not only one of my regulars, but one that i check second to only facebook. Found you guys one day about a year ago and ever since i’ve been visiting it and recommending it to my fellow peers. You guys reached me all the way up in Canada! The information and interviews you shared were unlike those of any other site i frequent. I’m truly saddened by the closing of this site. May you go knowing how much on an impact you’ve had on not only the US but the world. This is my first time ever commenting and i assume will be the last. Best of luck in all your future endeavours to everyone at this site! – Brennan

  52. -wally.
    May 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    This was the greatest site ever. I’m gonna miss you guys so much. Thanks for everything and good luck!

  53. CountryMusicIsLove.com
    May 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    We’ve enjoyed your site over the last few years and we’re sorry to see you go! We completely understand your decision and wish you the best of luck!

  54. Trailer
    May 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for everything guys! You’ll be dearly missed.

  55. Jenny
    May 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I have been a reader for a few years now, and I will miss your song/album reviews. Thanks for your enjoyable articles. I will miss this site.

  56. Joe
    May 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Noooooooo! I had feared something was wrong when nothing was posted for the last few days. I want to let you all know how much knowledge and entertainment I have gotten from this site. There is no country music blog out there that compares (but if anyone has any sites that come close, please let me know).

    Best of luck in the future to whatever you all choose to do. With intelligence, wit, and good taste as exhibited on this site, I have no doubt you all will succeed.

    Best

  57. Roger
    May 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Ugh….sadness fills my heart….would never have discovered so much great music from wonderful indie artists (Miss Leslie, Amber Digby, Hayes Carll, Marshall Ford Swing Band….etc…) without you guys! Understand the time commitment…best of luck in your future endeavors but will really miss the9513!

  58. mike
    May 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    What??? F(fill in the blank) I Loved coming here for the blasting of mainstream country (as it rightful deserves) Got into other artists because of reviews. Hell even bluegrass. You will be missed later

  59. Judy
    May 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    So sad to read this news. I’ve garnered a few artists to listen to that I never would have heard of but for this blog. Best of luck to you.

  60. J.R. Journey
    May 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I feel like I should be wearing black.

    Best of luck to all the talented writers here, and thanks again from me, for all the excellent articles.

  61. Andre Martinez
    May 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    This sucks! I check this site religiously and several times a day? Now where do I look? There’s nowhere else on the Internet that can help me discover some of the best artists and music that the 9513 covers. I feel like I’m going to miss out on some great future stuff that doesn’t get played mainstream. This really sucks! Man. But overall thank you guys! This is an awesome blog, the best country music blog and I really hate to see it go. Good luck guys!

  62. Matt B
    May 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Just found out the news at an event earlier tonight. Sorry to hear about it and good luck to all of you.

  63. Troy
    May 2, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Sad to hear this news. The site did start to go down since the last few months. Good luck in whatever the writing staff and Verchers do after this! Hopefully the reason why you been busy is that a bunch opportunities have been opened.

  64. Paul / NashvilleHype!
    May 3, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Yeah guys, I’ll second and 3rd what everyone else has said here. You did a fine job holding down the fort.

    Seems like only yesterday …

  65. jhomes87
    May 3, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Thanks for the news. I understand completely about how busy everyone can get. Just wanted to say thanks for all the great, honest, and humorous reviews you guys write.

    I’m not sure if this is the right place to put this, but if anyone is looking for another place to write or discuss country music, there is a new site up called Country Chart Talk that is working to establish itself–myself and others have put in a lot of hard work since last August to get to where we are now. We have a discussion forum but also a “reviews” page. I’ve written a few reviews, and 2-3 others have, including Ben Foster and Roughstock’s Bobby Peacock. To get to the site you can just click on my username.

    Sorry to see this site go, though. All the writers here did a great job and I enjoyed much of what I read and learned from here.

  66. Thomas
    May 3, 2011 at 4:12 am

    …sadly, there’s a new line to that old anecdote about what happens, when you play a country song backwards:

    …and “the 9513″ would still be going on.

    in my eyes, you guys were among those few setting the standard for genre-blogs in the vast universe of the www. you were informative, reliable, up-to-date, a great place for all the contributing authors getting their, at least from my part, much appreciated thoughts and knowledge out and it was great fun mixing and mingling in the resulting threads.

    but above all, there was the way that brady and brody vercher demonstrated what the word “liberal” really means, in their unmatched ability of allowing all kinds of thoughts, comments and behaviour without unnecessary moderation. only very rarely, have i found such proficiency elsewhere in on-line publishing.

    perhaps, you should not close “the 9513″ but just let it wither away over time, like these old western towns on their way of becoming ghost towns, and as a fine example of a job well done by so many.

    good luck everybody, it was a privilege “knowing” you.

  67. klark
    May 3, 2011 at 5:58 am

    aww.. I’m just sad. sad. sad. sigh.

  68. ALJID
    May 3, 2011 at 6:54 am

    T_T

  69. Roy
    May 3, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Hi guys!

    So sorry to hear that you now is going to retire The 9513. This site have been a great inspiration to my own Scandinavian Country Music blog!

    Thank you for for the good work!

    Regards,
    Roy Skjellaug
    Country4you.Com

  70. MC
    May 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Nooo… I’m from Europe and this was by far my favourite country music blog. I’m very very sorry.

  71. livewire
    May 3, 2011 at 8:46 am

    ^Yep I’m from Europe to and this was one of my favorite country blogs to come to because of the good reviewers and diverse subgenres of country music that were higlighted here. I learned a lot from this site. I will definatly miss it. I wish the great staff nothing but the best on their future endavours.

  72. WC
    May 3, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I’ve posted this on my own site, but I wanted to personally come over and thank you guys for all of your years of hard work and amazing journalism. It’s an honor to work in the same field, and a great loss to see you call it a day. Please keep us posted on where we can find new work from your writers, and know that there is space available on our site if anyone needs a new home :-)
    Cheers!
    ~WC~

  73. Josh
    May 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Thank you all for your contribution. I too, am taken by surprise and can’t think of where to go next. Any of you writers and Verchers have a tip for us readers to forge ahead and read others that are similar of value (if that is even remotely possible)?? I sure hate to take this off of my fave bookmark list and replace it with another, but if I have to…what would y’all suggest??
    I’m sad since this is the ONLY place I’ve relied on as far as getting the goodies from country music radar.

  74. Rickster
    May 3, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Its time for Jim Malec to revive the “American Twang” sub-page at his American Noise website (and “Canadian Twang” as well for that matter). Without the stiff competition from The 9513 it will probably fly this time. Heck, some of The 9513′s regular contributors are already part of the scene over there, so it would be a smooth transition. Here’s your window of opportunity Jim, so don’t be like a big Nashville label and blow it! (lol)

  75. Peter
    May 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Sad news indeed; well done though gals & gents!

  76. Annie
    May 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news. I am going to miss The 9513. Good luck & best wishes to Brady & Brody, & the entire staff of incredible writers.

  77. Drew
    May 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for all the work that the staff and you guys have put in. This has been one of my favorite country music sites over the last few years. We’ll miss the 9513!

  78. Mia
    May 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I am crushed to learn that my favorite website is retiring. You folks have done an exceptional job here. As a 15 year old from Massachusetts, I probably would never have discovered all the great subgenres and artists of country music that country radio fails to showcase. Because of The 9513 I now have a tremendous respect for the historical value of traditional country music, something that I had absolutely no prior regard for. I have discovered so much since my first visit in the summer of 2008. It definitely feels like the end of an era for me. I had never posted here before, but I wanted to thank all the staff and especially the Verchers for kick-starting my love for great country music. The 9513 may be gone but will certainly not be forgotten by me and so many others. This is a stop in my daily web routine that will surely be missed.

    Best wishes to everyone who was in this great community.
    ~Mia in Cape Cod

  79. Jane
    May 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks for your work here…you’ll be missed.

  80. Risto Torniainen
    May 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    So sad to hear about the news about the closure…here in Finland we will Sorely miss yoy.

  81. BAMBI
    May 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    You guys had a good run. Thanks for the years of a great website. Best wishes.

  82. Writeman
    May 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    You have something of great value here, 9513. Personally, I would PAY, PAY GLADLY for what you do. Maybe it’s not too late? I am a songwriter and consider your blog an essential part of my reading regimen, much like subscribing to a pitch list. Others may be country fans, but, lots of on-line “media” are charging for their service, including the New York Times. In my opinion, you ARE the New York Times of smart country music criticism. I would be happy to pay 100.00 a year for the 9513, maybe more. Anyone else in on this???

  83. Pierce
    May 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I, too, owe my debts to this great place. Jim brought me on the staff two years ago, despite me never having written a word on country music. Two years later, I had chatted with NGDB’s Jeff Hanna…in his recording studio. I interviewed everyone from Eric Church to Julianne Hough to Sons of Bill. My piece on George Strait’s “El Rey” earned widespread praise. Chris Willman linked to a story I wrote about Jamey Johnson.

    I mention these things not to brag on myself, but to thank this site for all the opportunities it has afforded me.

    I’m disappointed I never got to meet the Verchers in person, but even if I did, I would never be able to thank them enough.

    It’s been a great run, fellas.

  84. Peter Blackstock
    May 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Been there, for sure. Though I don’t know you guys (but probably should), I trust in Barry Mazor eternally, and so I send my condolences. From the way y’all put it above, it sounds like you made the right decision. If you could do this thing under a model that allowed you not to HAVE to also work the day jobs, it’d be a different story — but that’s an ideal world that I’m not so sure we’ll be seeing again. Certainly not any time soon. That’s the hidden story behind it all: Fun as these ventures are, they’re also a lot of time, and work, if you wanna do them WELL. And the scenario in which it’s feasible to sustain such journalistic virtuosity is increasingly impossible. So: Value what you’ve done, because it counts, and won’t be forgotten by those who cared. I can assure you of that.

  85. Joe
    May 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Very sad to hear this news. I will greatly miss this site’s presence in my daily routine. The great writing here has greatly enriched my love for country music and broadened the scope of my musical knowledge immensely. Thank you very much for all your hard work. Your site’s departure is a sad moment for country music fans.

  86. Jaime
    May 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Goodbye to one of my favorite websites of all time. You all introduced me to Ashton Shepherd, Jamey Johnson, and so many others. So sad to see such a classy site go. Godspeed, friends!

  87. klark
    May 5, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I am waiting for Stormy to drop by and share her insights. I just wished she is not so busy.

    I’ll surely miss the day when almost everyone is commenting on a mainstream country act’s single being deemed as thumbs down by the reviewer. Snark. Ad hominem attacks. Snark. Haha. Another are the mailbags, you gave me real joy.

    I’m not so sure if I can find a country music site as articulate as the9513. God job sir! God bless :)

  88. Casey Mack
    May 5, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Brady & Brody- Thanks for the great content over the years and your dedication to the music. Sad to see the site go, it will be missed.

    God Bless in your future endeavors!

  89. Emmy
    May 5, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for everything, the site will be missed. Best wishes to all involved in future endeavors.

  90. AtlantaFan
    May 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I was one of those crazy fans that came to read a review and stayed because of the quality of the blog and the comments. I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot from this blog and will miss all the new music that you’ve introduced to me.

  91. Holly Gleason
    May 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I’d heard… and couldn’t believe it.
    Now i KNOW, and am sad.
    Feel like I lost a friend… or a dog that came around that I just loved for the pure love he’d bring with him/her.
    Makes me wonder if there’s room for quality in this world, a way to make it work… and that makes me sad, too.
    Regardless, you opened up a lot of discussion, a lot of thought and especially a lot of ears to music that really matters.
    Thank you for your grace, your heart + especially the time you put into this wonderful, provocative space.

  92. Blackjackdavid
    May 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the memories.

  93. Trailer
    May 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm
  94. Erica
    May 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Enjoy your vacation & hurry back soon!

  95. Lucas
    May 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Check your e-mail linked to the form submission. Let’s not let the site die, I’ll take it over, host it, open it up, and keep it fresh.

  96. Dr. No
    May 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

    If you’re the same Lucas that is a Taylor Swift sheeple, I vote “no.”

  97. Lucas
    May 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

    1. No, I’m not. There is more than 1 Lucas in the world.
    2. They’ve decided to just let the site fade away, which is understandable… the9513 is no more.

  98. Carson
    August 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    So long The9513, you will be missed. This has been the only reliable place I have found for country music commentary over the years. When I was assitant program director at a country station in south Georgia a few years back, we used this site extensivly to get an outside opinion on new singles and artists. We were trying to break red dirt country into the Georgia market and very nearly succeeded. I’m glad to see you’ve decided to let the sie fade away rather than try to offer deminished content and quality. If only more things could end gracefully rather than run themselves into the ground. We’ll see you on the highway I suppose.
    CJ

  99. Timmy Tommy
    March 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Has anyone considered doing a country version of the blog “isanyoneup?” How cool would that be? You know how is anyone up is a place for hipsters to submit nude photos of themselves and for revenge their exes and also nudes of members of bands? And then they put up a screenshot of the person’s Facebook too so you can actually friend the naked person or whatever? Well, that is such a good idea but the way its run, its just not country enough. Too urban. Now that the9513 is gone, we need a new country blog. Maybe someone will start a country version of isanyoneup.

  100. The Critic
    August 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    This was a great site! I wish it could stay around for years. The sight and every writer, commenter, and contributor will be missed.

  101. DJ
    March 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I’m REALLY late for this, but so long The9513. You will be missed.

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