Man Dies in Dumpster At Jason Aldean Show in Cleveland

July 22, 2014 - News -- 13 Comments

Tragic news out of the Cleveland area as a 22-year-old man named Cory Barron who went missing on Friday, July 18th during a Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field, was found by a landfill worker in New Russia Township, just outside of Cleveland on Tuesday (7-22). The man’s body was in a dumpster that had been transported from the ballpark. The Lorain County Sherriff’s Department responded to the landfill and identified the body as the missing man.


Shel Silverstein “A Boy Named Shel” Biopic Coming

July 22, 2014 - News -- 6 Comments

Finally one of the most under-appreciated, but wildly-influential lyricists in country music, one of country music’s forgotten Outlaw artists, and one of America’s most creative personalities is going to get his due on the silver screen. Shel Silverstein is slated to receive the biopic treatment in a film called A Boy Named Shel—a play on words of the song “A Boy Named Sue” made famous by Johnny Cash.


Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” (A Roast)

July 22, 2014 - Down with Pop Country -- 102 Comments

Oh Jason, this is most unfortunate. Since Jason Aldean has re-entered the single life after getting caught in a douche-soaked nightclub on the Sunset Strip handling up on some American Idol semifinalist castoff, now he thinks he’s Mr. Sexy, taking cues from Jerrod Niemann and entering the EDM space to keep the child support money streaming in.


The Best & Worst Case Scenarios For The New Classic Country Format

July 22, 2014 - Podcasting/Radio -- 35 Comments

One of the big stories involving the back end of country music in 2014 has been the potential formation of a brand new radio format to give a home to the older artists quickly being shuffled off of mainstream radio in the movement towards youth. The big question that remains is how the new format for older country music could take shape.


Tim McGraw Responds to Fan Slapping Incident

July 21, 2014 - News -- 41 Comments

Tim McGraw has responded to an incident that happened at a concert in Atlanta on Sunday (7-13) at Aaron’s Ampitheatre at Lakewood, where after a female fan touched him multiple times, including grabbing hold of his jeans and causing a significant rip in them, Tim responded by slapping or shoving the female fan across the head.


Legendary Performer & Songwriter George Riddle Has Passed Away

July 21, 2014 - News -- 7 Comments

George Riddle, a songwriter and musician whose music and influence can be heard throughout the classic country music world, passed away on Saturday night, July 19th after battling with throat Cancer. he might be best known as the very first and original Jones Boy, backing George Jones up in what would later become George’s legendary band.


Women Going About Battling Bro-Country All Wrong

July 21, 2014 - Random Notes -- 21 Comments

Last year about this time, music periodicals left and right were falling over themselves to declare 2013 the “Year of the Woman” in country music. Music Row in Nashville may be dumb, but it’s not stupid. They saw the need to ramp up the female quotient to restore some diversity. Here in the summer of 2014, we’re very much seeing the results of those efforts. And unfortunately, it’s not very pretty.


“Inside of You” From Petunia & The Vipers

July 20, 2014 - Reviews -- 11 Comments

From the dark, weary, poetic side of the roots world, where lost souls born into the wrong time period go to dwell and dispel their misery in song, comes Petunia & The Vipers—a complexly influenced country and roots band with a mutable sound whose only constant is a call back to the earliest times of popular music when people like Woody Guthrie and Django Reinheardt …


Why Tompall Glaser Never Became As Famous As Willie & Waylon

July 19, 2014 - Outlaw History -- 24 Comments

When the compilation album Wanted! The Outlaws was released in 1976, it became country music’s first million-selling record and made huge stars of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Jessi Colter was already a big star because of her big #1 hit “I’m Not Lisa”. But why did Tompall Glaser never find the big success his fellow Outlaws did?


Tim McGraw Slaps Woman Across The Face At Concert – UPDATED

July 18, 2014 - News -- 74 Comments

Tim McGraw is in hot water with some fans after video surfaced of the country star aggressively slapping a woman in the face at a concert in Atlanta on Sunday (7-13) at Aaron’s Ampitheatre at Lakewood. Footage of the incident has spread across the internet. But McGraw slapping the female fan only tells part of the story.


Tom Petty Is Critical of “Game Show” Stars, & “Plastic Computer” Music

July 17, 2014 - News -- 26 Comments

Tom Petty has been known to speak his mind from time to time, including in August of 2013 when he criticized modern country as “Bad rock with a fiddle.” Now in a new interview with Canada’s CBC news organization, Petty has relayed some pointed opinions about what he characterizes as stars that have “won a game show” and that make “plastic computer music.”


Song Review – Weird Al Yankovic’s “Word Crimes”

July 17, 2014 - Reviews -- 48 Comments

In an era when music has not only ceased to unite us, but has become one of the very implements used to divide us in the ever increasingly-entrenched culture war, there is one artist that is just weird enough to cross traditional borders of style, generation, and taste to tickle our funny bones universally. Yes, I’m talking about the curly-haired, spastic polka-playing parody artist “Weird” Al Yankovic.


Corb Lund & Lindi Ortega Land CCMA Nominations

July 16, 2014 - News -- 34 Comments

The Canadian Country Music Association has just released their nominees for their 2014 CCMA Awards, and unlike their American award show counterparts, worthy names who may not have a huge commercial impact but deserve critical praise made the list. Lindi Ortega comes in with three nominations. In the roots category, she will be competing with Canadian country favorite Corb Lund.

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