Lil Nas X pundits: Egg on their faces on Old Town Road

The Lil Nas X brouhaha continues as pundits at certain publications change their tune on coverage of the ‘Old Town Road’ Billboard controversy by an influential country music website Saving Country Music. I’ve covered this in my own way, but what struck me about the latest developments is the refusal of some pundits to correct the record even when facts prove them wrong. Continue reading “Lil Nas X pundits: Egg on their faces on Old Town Road”

Miranda goes punk country, lands homes for her “mutts”

Miranda Lambert is one artist who never ceases to surprise. Lambert just debuted a song I’d say leans to punk country, and she’s celebrating finding homes for her “mutts”—all 61 of them. Continue reading “Miranda goes punk country, lands homes for her “mutts””

CMA Music Fest Artists: Work for attention instead of money

Cream of Crop stage Thomasville GAAn article about the CMA Music Festival came across my desk, and I was glad to see approximately 300 lesser known artists had the opportunity to perform on “less publicized smaller stages.” The festival is heavily attended, with estimates in the 80,000-100,00 range. Fans pay for tickets. The article at Music LinkUp mentioned something I didn’t know. Artists don’t get paid to perform there. Continue reading “CMA Music Fest Artists: Work for attention instead of money”

Singer writes firsthand about mystery of ‘Murder on Music Row’

photo credit sammy sadler website
Photo credit: sammysadler.com

Sammy Sadler’s story, one he is recounting firsthand in a new book, is one of those cautionary tales about life in the corporate music fast lane. Sadler, a breakout country artist in the late 1980s, had every reason to expect success in his industry.

His voice commanded a wide range and his voice had something lacking in so many–character and uniqueness.  He had the looks, and his songs were charting nicely. Then came the night when he and his friend Kevin Hughes were leaving Sadler’s record label offices. A gunman emerged from the shadows, killing Hughes and seriously wounding Sadler.

Though a song by the same name would chart, the murder mystery is often referred to as the ‘Murder on Music Row’. The song wasn’t about the murder. It was about the pop takeover of country music.

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Brits one up US when it comes to Jenn Bostic’s soulful music

Bio photo Jenn Bostic
Bio photo of Jenn Bostic from jennbostic.com

I became a fan of Jenn Bostic by accident. I was reading Tweets one day and came across a post by a website named Belles and Gals. Belles and Gals is a UK-based country website. Bostic has a fan base in the UK—for her bluesy country music.

If you listen to her, you may, as I have, be wondering why her music isn’t playing widely on radio stations across the US. You may also be wondering why she doesn’t get more media attention. Fact is the UK has one-upped the US when it comes to her music and others’ as well. Continue reading “Brits one up US when it comes to Jenn Bostic’s soulful music”

DID YOU MISS THE MUSIC SUPERSTAR IN GAME OF THRONES EPISODE 3?

If fans agreed on one gripe about Episode 3 of Game of Thrones, it was the darkness. The Battle of Winterfell was awesome. Unfortunately, many of us had trouble seeing what was going on because of the way the episode was filmed. The screen was so dark it was hard to tell who was who and to see the faces of the White Walkers and wights. That’s one reason I wasn’t alone in missing one of my favorite musicians, a superstar, in the episode. This star isn’t the first to be featured in a cameo on the series. Continue reading “DID YOU MISS THE MUSIC SUPERSTAR IN GAME OF THRONES EPISODE 3?”

Kiefer Sutherland evolves from fearless Jack to country troubadour

Still shot from Vevo video featuring Kiefer Sutherland singing, "I'll Do Anything."
Still shot from Vevo video featuring Kiefer Sutherland singing, “I’ll Do Anything.”

I remember the series ‘24’ with fondness. It was a hit in my family, and we’d always watch with a great amount of humor thrown in by my witty husband. My husband could always tell when Sutherland as Jack Bauer was about to eliminate a foe permanently. When it was time to watch, my husband would go, “So who’s Jack gonna shoot tonight?”

Sutherland has evolved, though. Now he has a band and he does lead vocals on his self-penned songs, many of them biographical. Who knew? Continue reading “Kiefer Sutherland evolves from fearless Jack to country troubadour”

Will new Americana podcast help clear up confusion?

Robert Earl Keen
Bio photo/@robertearlkeen on Facebook

Robert Earl Keen will soon launch Americana Podcast: The 51st State, and it’s a given the genre will benefit from Keen’s support. Few can clearly define Americana,  but many lay claim to it.

The new podcast comes at a time when listening to podcasts is becoming more popular. Will this new messaging help clear up confusion about this genre that could be loosely a hybrid of country and rock? Maybe. Then again, it seems to me there’s a wide range when it comes to defining Americana music.

The genre can comprise more than a mix of country (or folk) and rock (or blues). Continue reading “Will new Americana podcast help clear up confusion?”

Lil Nas X on a roll as Keith Urban covers ‘Old Town Road’ (on Twitter)

I wrote about the dustup over the song “Old Town Road” as debate about the song’s “country-worthiness” took place on social media. I remain perplexed about why country music gatekeepers would deem the song not country when it  is, in fact, as country as anything I hear on radio stations or anything I see on the TV channel that airs country videos. In fact, Lil Nas X the rapper has produced a song that’s more country than most of what I hear these days. Continue reading “Lil Nas X on a roll as Keith Urban covers ‘Old Town Road’ (on Twitter)”

Jacksonville singer-songwriter is in it for the art

Singer-songwriter Nancy Wilson Buckler
Singer-songwriter Nancy Wilson Buckler. (Facebook photo; credit Darla McHenry Pittman)

I first met Nancy Wilson Buckler through my daughters’ music. Nancy lives in Jacksonville (FL), and I know her son and daughter-in-law and their children.

Some time ago my own daughters told me they’d had a great time listening to Nancy play the guitar and sing. They said she had a fantastic voice.

A new CD Nancy produced is a testament to that voice, and one song in particular touched me in a way that few songs do. Nancy has no idea I am writing this. And she has no idea about something in my past that figured heavily in my appreciation of her song.
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