Lead Singer Leaves Cadillac Sky; New Releases; Dierks Bentley Raises $250,000; Track-by-Track Taylor Swift Breakdown

Brody Vercher | October 19th, 2010

  1. Noeller
    October 19, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I’m pretty sure I want nothing to do with the new Sugarland album. Just sayin’…

  2. Rick
    October 19, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Jennifer Nettlesome said: “I think it’s exciting to think we are growing to such an extent that people just don’t know what to call it.” I don’t know about that Jen, in my case “Sh*t” springs readily to mind…

    Wow, Gretchen Wilson would like to make a rock record! How could we have ever know? (lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature George Jones, The Charlie Daniels Band, Diamond Rio, and Josh Thompson as well as Opry Legend regulars. Its not very often George performs on the Opry these days. Grade: B+
    Schedule Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  3. Lewis
    October 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I would like to put Sugarland and Taylor Swift on a deserted island so that we won’t have to put up with their marketing schemes, hype and songs they call country when in reality it’s a total pop disaster those three have dished up for themselves.

  4. Cutting the Treacle
    October 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Jennifer Nettles: “I think it’s exciting to think we are growing to such an extent that people just don’t know what to call it.”

    Me: They may not be bigger than the Beatles, but it’s nice to see they’re bigger than the genre.

  5. Jon
    October 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Boxcars CD: double plus good.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hey Nettles,

    I know what to call it. Vomit in a “G” chord.

  7. Colt
    October 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I don’t mind that Sugarland exists but why do all their songs have to sound like commercial jingles?

  8. Troy
    October 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    “I know what to call it. Vomit in a “G” chord.”

    Was that suppose to be witty or funny?

  9. Noeller
    October 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    @Colt — that’s probably the closest to how I feel. I have liked some of their past work, but I don’t agree with the direction they’re headed, and just have no use for it on my country radio. :s

  10. Ben Foster
    October 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I still haven’t heard the whole Sugarland album yet, but I can’t help feeling a little bummed that they seem to be going in the “overcooked arena-pop” direction that proved so disastrous for Rascal Flatts. I much preferred the raw and largely acoustic pop-country of their previous album. Even though “Stuck Like Glue” wasn’t straight-up country, at least it wasn’t overdone – it was simple enough that the production didn’t get in the way of the performance.

    The mystery of “Will Ben Buy the New Taylor Swift Album?” continues to deepen. I told myself that I wouldn’t buy an album from an artist who couldn’t stay on key, but the track-by-track description of “Speak Now” has piqued my curiosity once again. It’s sounding like those songs could actually be pretty good!

  11. Noeller
    October 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    @Ben — I hear what you’re saying about Taylor, bro, but you gotta keep in mind: Songs themselves haven’t necessarily been the issue with TS (she’s a half decent writer) but the vocals are still going to be pretty crappy, as evidenced by “Mine”. It’s stunning that with all the technology available to her, they could still be that screechy on a heavily produced single.

    If you’re concerned about her staying on key, you’re going to get the same mess that’s always been.

  12. Vicki
    October 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    But give Taylor credit for being honest and not using all the technology available to her. She does a lot better when she just sings with her guitar. I have come to be amazed with her songwriting skills. She grew up gifted in that area winning literary awards with poetry/prose so it’s no surprise she can truly right a good song. I admit I am curious now how these stories she writes will go..but not exactly wanting to buy the album to hear/find out. I’ll wait for the lyrics to come out.

  13. Jon
    October 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    It’s stunning that with all the technology available to her, they could still be that screechy on a heavily produced single.

    Apparently even more stunning than the possibility that she, and her producers, and everyone else associated with the record – all of whom have shown that they know how to craft music that touches millions – might view the vocals differently than you do.

  14. WAYNOE
    October 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm


    Neither. It’s my feeling. You are entitled to your own.

  15. Drew
    October 19, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Get lost Sugarland. They’re both just way too weird and clearly don’t have any interest in being country.

    And sad to hear that Cadillac Sky’s lead-singer is leaving. But I actually think it might be for the best for both him and the band, as the last album was a huge, huge letdown. I really liked their previous albums and the cutting-edge newgrass they were putting out, but that last record was a trainwreck in my opinion… I actually didn’t genuinely like a single song on it.

  16. Ben Foster
    October 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I have lately been noticing Taylor’s vocal flaws more than I used to, but they don’t grate on me as much as they do some other people, and it’s not a huge deal to me that a vocal performance be technically “perfect.” I’ve actually liked most of the singles she’s put out so far. At the very least, I don’t expect the vocals on “Speak Now” to be significantly worse than on her first two albums. But we’ll see.

  17. Nelson
    October 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    “At the very least, I don’t expect the vocals on “Speak Now” to be significantly worse than on her first two albums.”

    I don’t think it’s possible for them to be worse.

  18. Scooter
    October 20, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Sugarland has lost me also. I was a big fan the first couple of albums, but now I can’t stand to hear them. Taylor is interesting – to see how she will evolve, but its time to evolve and lately all her songs seem the same to me.

  19. Vicki
    October 20, 2010 at 6:05 am

    With Sugarland, I loved their first Album. I bought it expecting the same with the 2nd. I liked a few singles off the second but not enough to buy the album. Now..forget it.


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