Willie Nelson Signs to Rounder; Country Music’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Coming To DVD; Sarah Buxton Engaged

Brody Vercher | January 15th, 2010

  1. Rick
    January 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

    My favorite quote above:
    “Not only did Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” hit No. 1, but label chief Mike Dungan noted that it has crossed over to the pop charts.” Like OMG that is like so totally unexpected and really cool! (lol)
    Taylor Swift has opened the inter-dimensional portal between the “young country” and pop universes big time and like in the Fox series “Fringe” one of those realities will ultimately be destroyed! Uhoh, I’ve just realized Taylor Swift is a shape shifting cyborg super soldier from the parallel pop music universe! Egads! (lol)

    Congratulations to Sarah Buxton on her engagement. After getting burned the first go round at marriage Sarah took it slow this time. I was kind of hoping it would be Jedd Hughes rather than long term boyfriend Tom Bukovac, but that’s the way it goes…

  2. Razor X
    January 15, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Didn’t Willie just start his own label a few months ago? Wasn’t his American Legends album the first release on it?

  3. Razor X
    January 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    BTW, the CMT link to the Chet Flippo article isn’t working. The correct link is:

    http://www.cmt.com/news/nashville-skyline/1629745/nashville-skyline-why-the-term-country-music-may-disappear.jhtml

  4. Brody Vercher
    January 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks Razor. I accidentally cut the “l” off the end of the link, but it should be working now.

  5. Michael
    January 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    The whole “I’m an outlaw who doesn’t play Nashville’s games” schtick that Toby does grew stale years ago.

  6. Sheep
    January 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Well, atleast the crossover #1 “Need You Now,” is a good song and not pop trash.

  7. t.scott
    January 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I would say Toby doesn’t “play Nashville’s games” very much.

    He doesn’t live in Nashville

    He produces his own music

    He started his own label

    And doesn’t speak through a “Nashville” filter

    Whether or not you like him, or his music.(or his politics Rick) ,I would say he is as independent as any major star in country music today.

  8. Cutting the Treacle
    January 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    You’re right, T. Scott. Toby Keith has made a mint making Nashville music, but he doesn’t really do Nashville. And Nashville doesn’t seem to really do Toby. Mutually assured disregard, I guess.

  9. Matt B.
    January 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Razor, Willie has for a long time signed to labels for projects. His stint with Lost Highway was surprising in that he actually released more than one or two albums on that label.

  10. Jon
    January 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    It’s never been clear what Keith means when he talks about Nashville “politics” and “games” other than that he resents that he hasn’t won as many awards as he thinks he deserves.

  11. Noeller
    January 17, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Toby lives to play that “I’m a rebel who doesn’t play by your rules” card, but in order to have as much commercial success as he’s had, you have to have been playing by the rules, to a great degree. Toby’s just very very bitter about the lack of awards. If he’d stop being angry, Nashville might be more receptive, and there’d be somewhat of a mutual admiration society. Just so much anger.

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