Zac Brown Band Has Year’s Top Country Dance Club Hit; Early Waylon Jennings Reissues

Brody Vercher | January 5th, 2010

  1. Barry Mazor
    January 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

    It would be interesting if just one time when when one of these “Nashville oligarchy” or “Music Row Establishment” pieces shows up in the Times or some place, if they’d name the names of the executives and companies they allege have that power at this time. Just to get a rough sense whether they have the vaguest idea what they’re talking about. Because those phrases come cheap.

  2. Razor X
    January 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    The genre’s top female stars retreated from blatant pop crossover …

    When did this happen? Ever hear of Taylor Swift?

  3. Matt B.
    January 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm


    I think they’re referencing Lee Ann Womack and to a lesser extent Faith Hill’s “Fireflies” album.

  4. Rick
    January 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the Amanda Shires link. I really enjoy watching her perform! I wonder if she’ll ever make it to Los Angeles for a gig? Hmm…

    I really like the Country Universe singles list thus far (well except for the obvious “J.R. Journey Top 10 Big Name Artist” picks). I’m pretty sure theirs is the only countdown to include something as obscure as Emily West’s “That Kind of Happy” and the Cherryholmes’ “mainstream country” version of “This Is My Son”. I salute the handful of radio stations that might have actually aired these fine songs!

    That Peter Wolf album sounds a bit intriguing but a countrified version of “(My Baby’s A) Centerfold” would have been appreciated. This would make a great album for a 9513 give-away contest!

    I think Kelly might have difficulty giving away those Blackberry Smoke CDs unless some folks think its a contest for a fruity tobacco mix or snuff chew…

    Man, I thought the title of Holly Gleason’s article was “Songwriters With Overblown Texas Size Reputations They Probably Don’t Deserve”? Hmm, I must have been mistaken…

  5. stormy
    January 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    The genre’s top female stars retreated from blatant pop crossover, the Muzik Mafia was a team of classicists in outlaw clothing, and Ms. Underwood was a country star in the old mold, after all.

    All those words don’t make sense.

  6. Razor X
    January 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Rick, is there a reason why you use The 9513 to critique what’s taking place on other blogs, rather than commenting on those blogs themselves? And just so you know, J.R. Journey doesn’t write for Country Universe. Why are you associating his name with their Top Singles list?

  7. Vicki
    January 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I think the Time’s article wasn’t too far off. There has been a change of the old guard to return slightly back to roots. I think there is definitely a separation. Most of the “young blonde pop” people are producing slightly countrified pop songs…then also have a slightly poppish country song. They are at least trying to straddle the fence.

    I especially liked this:
    Ms. Swift may be the biggest country star of the moment, and one of the most significant pop acts of recent years, but her Nashville success is always marked with an asterisk. She’s been accepted, even winning Entertainer of the Year at last year’s CMAs, but brute force helped: numbers talk.

    That hit it exactly.

  8. Stewman
    January 6, 2010 at 9:55 am

    To insunate that Taylor Swift’s crossover success is “blatant” i think is a bit severe. Her songs were fairly undeniable.
    If you flip the scenario for every Darius Rucker that Crossed over to Country with a hit, there is a litany of bodies on the side of the road (Jewel,Jessica Simpson, Bon Jovi’s 2nd album and so on and so on). There has to be a modicum of believability for this to happen. I think Rucker nailed it, while others where fish out of water.
    I remember Rucker covering Radney Foster’s “Fine Line” with Hootie in 94, so there’s always been somewhat a connection, although Im still shocked he became such a breakout, especially because hootie has been off the radar for soo long.


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