Sep 30, 2011

YouTube Gems: Ryan Adams

From his excellent (welcome back, RA!) new album Ashes and Fire due October 11th, here's Ryan Adams with "I Love You But I Don't Know What to Say."

YouTube Gems: Will Hoge

From his awesome new album Number Seven (get it!), here's Will Hoge with "Goddam California."

Sep 29, 2011

YouTube Junk: Jawga Boyz

These guys can't even misspell their name correctly. Enjoy!

Snap Judgments: Promo Only Country Radio September '11

Promo Only Country Radio September 2011
(click the titles to hear the songs)

George Strait – Here for A Good Time 2:57
A solid single from ol' King George. It incorporates partying and a little philosophy with relative ease. It also exudes all the charm Strait is known for. Nothing earth-shattering but a strong tune.
B

Brett Eldredge – It Ain’t Gotta Be Love 3:04
What a voice. As long as this guy selects/writes good songs, he's going to be good for the genre. This is a catchy track. Mid-tempo rocker about a one night stand ...or one weekend stand, anyway. I'd rather hear this than most of what's on the radio these days.
B-

Montgomery Gentry – Where I Come from 3:20
Same song, new verses. Stock Montgomery Gentry tune. Thankfully, that at least means some twang, steel guitar and some of the trappings of what country should sound like. Of course that also means rocking and strutting. "Where I Come From" is pretty much "My Town Part 2." Not bad and it'll probably get them back on the radio but really.... can't we get some new freaking subject matter on the radio?
C

Sawyer Brown – Smokin’ Hot Wife 3:10
I smell cheese before this even starts. It sounds like a Bellamy Brothers song right off the bat, which I would prefer. Hmm, no this isn't good. It reminds me of some other song that I can't recall at the moment, but I'm pretty sure it's a direct rip-off of that song. This is worse than bad Buffett, and that's saying something.
F

Robin Meade – Dirty Laundry 4:17
I'm not expecting much from the CNN news caster... and oh shit, it's a cover of Don Henley. This is awful. Not as spectacularly bad as that Chenoweth chick's foray into country, but it's in that league. Make it stop. Robin, stick to your day job.
F

Danny Gokey – Second Hand Heart 3:42
Go away, Danny. I'm as tired of looking at you as I am Jared at Subway. Holy crap, this sounds JUST like Dave Matthews Band's "Crash" at the beginning. Unfortunately, it gets worse from there. Lots of shout-singing. I don't like it. Go away, Danny.
D-

Keith Urban – Long Hot Summer (Venti Mix) 4:31
Ooh, venti mix. Does that mean we get to hear lots of Keith shredding at the end? His timing is way off... hell, summer's even over here in the deep south. Keith's in his usual groove here... driving tune with a little banjo plucking in the background. Female friendly, anthemic. His schtick. Not memorable.
C

Craig Morgan – This Ole Boy 3:20
Craig probably stole this one from Blake Shelton. Sounds just like one of his sure-shot mindless hits. Okay, I suppose but I'm bored with this. Morgan better pray this catches on. He's teetering on the edge of being relegated to the Country Tailgate Tour with some 90's hat acts if he doesn't get a hit soon.
C-

Taylor Swift – Sparks Fly 4:19
Well, it sounds like a Taylor Swift song. Ms. Swift is most certainly NOT like a box of chocolates. She certainly knows how to craft a vaguely country pop tune that's sweet on the ears. Nothing more, nothing less. The gals 12-25 will love it.
C+

Blake Shelton – God Gave Me You 3:47
The least country song Shelton's ever put out (maybe aside from "Home?"). It's a fairly catchy power ballad, but it's also pretty standard fare aimed at the soccer mom demographic. It's a radio programmer's wet dream.
C-

Rock riff. Attitude. Testosterone. The gates are open, y'all. The Aldean copycats are lined up from here to Athens and Nashville's herding them in. No thank you.
D-

Alan Jackson – Long Way to Go 3:39
I want to like this a lot more than I actually do. It's not bad, mind you, but it sounds like too many AJ songs that came before it. Still, you can't complain too much about "Long Way to Go" filling up airspace that might otherwise be dedicated to some up and coming pop country poser.
B-

Billy Ray Cyrus – Runway Lights 3:40
If BRC had chosen some better songs throughout his career, he could have been a lot more than a punch line. He's got a strong, distinctive voice that deserves good material. This is a military-related tune, but for the most part, it doesn't dip too far into the flag-waving of most songs of this ilk. It's personal and relateable. It's also got a heavy Springsteen vibe. Not bad.
B

Martina McBride – I’m Gonna Love You Through It 3:44
Yay, another cancer song. Well, this is country music after all. Martina sounds good here, though kinda Leann Rimes-esque in spots. Hmm, just remembered October is breast cancer awareness month. That's a great cause but the calculated release time rubs me wrong. The overwroughtness also.
C

Ashton Shepherd – Where Country Grows 3:11
I love Ashton's voice and the fact that she's very traditional sounding. However, I can't be a hypocrite here. This is YET ANOTHER COUNTRY LISTING SONG. Sigh.
C+

Steel Magnolia – Without You 3:26
Did this accidentally get put on here when it was actually intended for the Adult Contemporary promo only disc? I half expect Sting or Train to come on next. This is pleasant enough, I suppose but just not what I want out of country radio. This group lacks excitement.
C-

Jeff Bridges – What A Little Bit of Love Can Do 3:35
This sounds different than the crap he's put out lately. Oh... Jeff Bridges.. not Jeff Bates. My bad. Catchy, bouncy, cool song. I love this but it's pointless sending it out to radio. Nashville likes glitter not gruffness.
A

Johnny Patton – Save the Jukebox 2:58
Ooh, this is a throwback. Sounds like a cross between Johnny Paycheck and Billy Joe Shaver. You could tell me it was recorded in the 70's and I'd believe you. Good stuff! No chance at radio, but we can dream.
B

David Adam Byrnes – She Only Wanted Flowers 3:47
Sounds like something from the 90's from the start. That's a good thing. Good voice, cool harmonies with another male voice. I dig this. Guys like this and Justin Haigh give me hope. Thumbs up.
B+

Jim Quick – Down South
Delbert McClinton-esque. It's pretty catchy, but way too standard bar band fare to ever make it to the radio. Production is a weak suit here too.
C-

Justin Moore says...

Sep 28, 2011

Awkward Gary Levox Photo of the Week 2







Due to the "big" news of Rascal Flatts being invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, I was provided with yet another awkward Gary pic for the week. Photo credit: CMTT.




Grand Ole Opry Reveals New Logo

To be more inclusive of their new membership, the Grand Ole Opry has decided to undergo a name change. Here is their new logo.



Sep 26, 2011

Top 10 More Ways You Can Know a Country Album Sucks Without Listening to It

Top 10 More Ways You Can Know a Country Album Sucks Without Listening to It

10. Brand name clearly visible on back of singer's jeans


08. The word "incredible" or "machine" is on the album cover

07. It came free with purchase of wallet/chain set

06. It was released by Curb Records

05. This follows most of the song titles (feat. insert some other artist )

04. More than three of these words appear on the album cover: hook, redneck, beer, twang, outlaws, Chevy, guns, honky

03. The word "titty" is on the cover but there's no parental advisory label

02. Ask Reginald Spears, he'll tell you.

01. It's this album.

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Sep 24, 2011

YouTube Gems: Eddie Rabbitt

I spent a little time in Kentucky this past week and experienced a little cold rain our last day there. With "Kentucky Rain," here's the song's writer, the dearly departed Eddie Rabbitt. (It's also my favorite Elvis tune)

Sep 19, 2011

Larry Lee the Primitive Baptist Reviews: Trent Tomlinson

Trent Tomlinson - A Man Without a Woman


I am told the singer of this song is well known for running around with lots of random women, so right off the top I've got a lot of jealousy disrespect towards this fellow. Him and his young, handsome looks and trendy doo-rag.


The first verse reveals him to be an untrustworthy narrator from the start. He mentions partying too hard, which is code for imbibing on alcoholic beverages and hanging around smoky drinking establishments hoping to entice scantily clad young women to have intercourse with him. There is so much sin inherent to this lifestyle, it's no wonder so many twenty-somethings who lose their lives early are on the Amtrak straight to Hell's train station.


Now, while the next verse is fine spiritually, the chorus of this song is truly Biblically incorrect. It says that a man who doesn't have a woman is lost. Really? Is that what you think, Mr. Tomlinson? Perhaps you haven't met my wife, but that's an aside for another day. What's at stake here is Trent's final resting place.


Yay verily a man is only lost without the Lord. A man without a woman may lack someone to cook his meals, clean his abode, raise his children, iron his clothes, wash his truck, plan his schedule, pay the bills, buy groceries and help entertain guests, but he is most certainly NOT lost. This is false teaching.


Mr. Tomlinson goes on to have the main character of this song question God's plan in the bridge. He wonders why our Heavenly Father took his woman but hasn't taken him yet. Give us a huge break, sir. Possibly the Lord still needs the man's services as a Walmart greeter or diabetes commercial spokesperson. It is not for us to question God's timing.


In summation, A Man Without a Woman, while not as prurient or vile as most Trashville musical selections, is still a troubling discourse on man's misplaced priorities in this sin-driven society. Abstain from giving it audience and most certainly, disregard its foul woman-centric message. Eve is in Hell.


D-

Sep 16, 2011

YouTube Gems: Guns n' Roses

As big of a fan as I am of country and other rootsy genres, Guns n' Roses' Appetite for Destruction is my favorite album of all time, bar none. It's also on my every-Friday playlist. From that classic, here's the classic lineup with Nightrain.

YouTube Gems: Drew Kennedy

From Drew's upcoming (stellar) album Fresh Water in the Salton Sea, here are my scruffy pals Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider with "War with Myself."

Sep 14, 2011

Suckin' Must Be Country Wide

Suckin' Must Be Country Wide
(Parody of Brantley Gilbert's "Country Must Be Country Wide")

From New York past the Mason Dixon
California to upper Michigan
Fake ass country's playin', that's a fact

They say "Cash" and they mention Waylon
These new boys ain't country, I call that failin'
Me oh my oh; They can all lick my sack

From pressed Wranglers to shined boots
They're nothin' like ol' Chris LeDoux
Whoever said they're badass lied
Yeah, suckin' must be country wide

In every town, there's a station
Playin' Colt Ford, Brantley and Jason
In mini-vans and redneck rides
There's fangirls and fake bikers
Tumblr and Facebook likin'
There ain't a thought in their minds
Suckin' must be country wide

It ain't where, it's what they fake
Outlaw is what they claim, but outlaw they ain't
Real outlaws don't pose on the CMT

Trucks, beer, girls, party and repeat
They crank guitars up loud so you can't fall asleep
on imitation authenticity

And I see what's wrong
Money's what it's about
Here's advice for them all
Keep the Possum's name out of your mouth

In every town, there's a station
Playin' Justin Moore, Church and Jason
In parking lots and river sides
There's douchebags and hick-hoppers
Pretty boys and name droppers
There ain't a thought in their minds
Suckin' must be country wide

In every town, there's a station
Playin' Colt Ford, Brantley and Jason
In mini-vans and redneck rides
There's fangirls and fake bikers
Tumblr and Facebook likin'
There ain't a thought in their minds
Suckin' must be country wide

In every town, there's a station
Playin' Colt Ford, Brantley and Jason
In mini-vans and redneck rides
There's fangirls and fake bikers
Tumblr and Facebook likin'
There ain't a thought in their minds
Put my foot in their behinds
Suckin' must be country wide

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