Imagine A World Where Alan Jackson Is A Nashville Clone

Brody Vercher | February 25th, 2008

  1. Lucas
    February 25, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    I’m a huge Alan fan, he’s great. He deserves that big house and those fancy cars.

    Thanks for that Obama video, too funny. So tone deaf, haha.

    The funny thing is so many celebrities want to be associated with ol’ Willie!

  2. Rick
    February 25, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Elizabeth Cook’s MySpace blogs are by far the most entertaining I’ve ever encountered. That gal is just a natural comedienne. Because she has a show on Sirius I do hope the two satellite networks merge just so more people will get to hear her in action. Elizabeth’s self titled indie debut album is the stuff of pure genius and her major label debut “Hey Y’all” pales in comparison. Many of the indie album songs were re-recorded by the major label for “Hey Y’all” and all of them suffered musically as the Nashville Process was applied….

    Tift Merritt has wisely returned to the musical roots she explored so effectively on her “Bramble Rose” debut album, which strangely was not even mentioned once in Michael Franco’s review. I wonder if Micheal even realizes Tift put out anything prior to critically acclaimed “Tambourine”….

    Storme Warren need not fear the death of honest to goodness cowboy and western music. It still thrives in its own little niche at cowboy music and poetry festivals held all over the US. Many people know only of Michael Martin Murphy’s “West Fests” in New Mexico, but festivals of all sizes are held in many states each year. Here in LA each April a cowboy music festival is held in Santa Clarita at Gene Autry’s old Melody Ranch movie studio. Until it was cancelled HBO’s crude “Deadwood” was filmed there, and Gene’s favorite horse “Champion” is buried there. Two days of great cowboy and western swing music for around $ 40 is a tough deal to beat music wise………

  3. Cindy
    February 25, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Rick, have you heard any of Trent Willmon’s songs? I’m thinking of “Good Horses To Ride” (might not be the exact song title, but its on his last album.) I was driving around today and heard XM previewing his new record. Sounds like some good cowboy tunes there, too.
    I downloaded Bobby Pinson’s first record, there are some songs that sound very descriptive of that landscape.
    I’m from no where near West Texas-barely below the Mason Dixon line.
    I got a chance to hear Trent at a fair in Pennsylvania 2 years ago and he was really good. When he did a medley that put together everything from AC/DC and Ozzy to Charlie Daniels, I think he lost a few people. But we thought it really rocked.
    He’s a bit of a renaissance man. I hope his new record does well.

  4. Brody Vercher
    February 26, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I’m always throwing out Rodney Hayden’s name, but I think he’s doing as much western influenced music as anyone these days. Here’s an email interview we did with him last year. (MySpace)

    Last year’s Bucking Horse Moon from Wylie and The Wild West was a highly enjoyable western album, too. Corb Lund’s Horse Solider! Horse Soldier! had some nice odes about horses and the latest Owen Temple disc has a rodeo themed tune in “Swear It Off Again.” Joe Ely’s Silver City came out last year with some pretty deep songs.

    So I agree, Rick, there’s still a lot of good western music, just not so much at the mainstream level.

  5. M.C.
    February 26, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I’m a day late here, but man, I just want to say what an information-rich day on the 9513. I wanted to read every one of these posts. It’s the reason I want to check in every day to see what I’m missing. Y’all are doing a great job.

  6. Brody Vercher
    February 27, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Thanks M.C. Some days are definitely more interesting than others when it comes to news, but I guess we gotta have the bad days in order to enjoy the good days :P


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