Browsing articles tagged with " Gretchen Wilson"
Dec
8

Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” Makes History By Hitting #1

December 8, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Podcasting/Radio  //  47 Comments

Scott Borchetta’s gamble has paid off, and “Girl In A Country Song” is now #1 on country radio according to Mediabase. The distinction shatters a slew of dubious distinctions for the country format, and helps to slay the absolute dearth of female representation on country radio. It means that country radio has its very first female-led act to hit number one on country radio in over 2 years.

Jul
1

The Re-Integration of “Bro-Country” Hatred by Music Row

July 1, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  58 Comments

In the vacuum of true choice, Music Row is attempting to appeal to both sides of the “bro-country” issue so they’re insured to not lose anyone’s business. Whether you’re for or against “bro-country”, someone mentions it and your country music world is immediately polarized, attentive, and ready to pounce. This is why Scott Borchetta is an evil genius; he gets you coming and going.

Jul
31

If Pop Country Stars Had To Find Other Jobs

July 31, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  28 Comments

So many of pop country’s celebrities have such a vacuous amount of life skills, without being propped up as pretty faces by the country music industry, they’d be clueless in the real world. Others probably have some skills outside of singing into Auto-tuners at concerts, and that’s probably what they should be doing instead of trying to be artists.

May
2

Eric Church Caught w/ Foot In Mouth Over Outlaw Image

May 2, 2012 - By Trigger  //  News  //  70 Comments

American Songwriter: People have been calling you an outlaw. Is that an image you’ve tried to create for yourself? Eric Church: Oh god. No! Not at all. Yet a quick check of Eric Church’s website finds a whole page dedicated to “Outlaw” branding, with “a brand new “Outlaw T-Shirt” now available for sale in the online store.

Jan
9

This Whole Dierks Bentley Ripping of Jason Isbell Thing

January 9, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  78 Comments

This weekend, former guitarist for the Drive By Truckers and current solo artist Jason Isbell accused Dierks Bentley of ripping off his song “In A Razor Town”. This is only going to become more and more common, and much harder to sort out as every single pattern and possibility of notes and chords gets occupied by the unnecessary amount of songs, albums, and artists out there.

Sep
14

Album Review – The Pistol Annies – Hell On Heels

September 14, 2011 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  49 Comments

The fact that this album even exists seems like a miracle in this day where superstar franchises like Miranda are micro-managed. Side projects, or just generally allowing artists to do what they want, is traditionally not allowed in any shape or form. However Hell on Heels slipped through the cracks for whatever reason, and for mainstream fare, it is not bad at all.

Apr
21

The Colt Ford Collaboration Country Music Blacklist

April 21, 2011 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  116 Comments

If you want to listen to a true, creative meld of hip hop and country, go listen to some Beck or some Paul’s Boutique-era Beastie Boys. But this Colt Ford stuff is garbage, despite a few catchy lines, and as far as I’m concerned, lending your name to a Colt Ford project lands you a card carrying membership to the “Colt Ford Collaboration Blacklist”. Here’s the names I’ve amassed so far…

Mar
24

Kiss My Country Ass Blake Shelton! (A Rant)

March 24, 2011 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  187 Comments

I thought we had moved on from the “new Outlaw” era, to pop country stars trying to be the next Taylor Swift. Well apparently not. Now Miranda Lambert’s hubby Blake Shelton wants in on the fun, releasing a song called “Kiss My Country Ass”, an unapologetic, unveiled attempt at the Music Row “Laundry List” songwriting formula, that takes it to another level by rehashing David Allan Coe’s “If That Ain’t Country” and introducing “Outlaw” Blake to the spoon-fed masses.

Dec
6

American Country Awards Controversial Before They Begin

December 6, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  29 Comments

Tonight is the maiden voyage for the dumb “American Country Awards,” Fox TV and Rupert Murdock’s own personal pop country infomercial, and before it even gets off the ground it’s littered with controversy. When they first announced the new awards show, they touted it as “The first and only country music awards show where fans determine all the winners by voting for their favorite nominees in music and video categories.”

Nov
16

Lady Antebellum’s CMA Single Rips Off Alan Parsons?

November 16, 2010 - By Trigger  //  News  //  60 Comments

After the 2010 CMA’s some wanted to hang a “Mission Accomplished” banner for saving country music because folks like Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert walked away with big awards while the usual cast of pop country performers got the razz. Little they know this is all theater to keep us purists from not getting to restless, and setting up Taylor Swift to sweep the awards in 2011.

Sep
19

To The Jamey Johnson Lovers & Haters

September 19, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  63 Comments

A review of Jamey Johnson’s new album The Guitar Song is coming, but since every time the words Jamey and Johnson are mentioned a brew ha ensues, I hope with this to get some of the drama and positioning statements out of the way so the review can purely be about my take on the album, and not the sideshow the mention of his name creates.

Jul
4

Once And For All, What Makes an Outlaw?

July 4, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Outlaw History  //  39 Comments

Today is the 4th of July: the birthday of The United States. It is also arguably the birthday of the Outlaw movement in country music. Nailing down […]

May
11

Eric Church: Tilt At Windmills No More (A rant)

May 11, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  122 Comments

The sheer speed at which American pop country is devolving before our very eyes can only be described as “awesome.” It is the evolutionary equivalent of if […]

Apr
16

Signs Country Has Lost Its Way

April 16, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  30 Comments

Remember back when Taylor Swift won the CMA for Entertainer of the Year? We thought it couldn’t get worse for country music. There was a lot of […]

Apr
5

Gretchen Wilson’s “Outlaws & Renegades” (A Rant)

April 5, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  22 Comments

There is a war going on right now for the heart of country music my friends, and we just had a salvo shot right into our belly. […]

Mar
28

Gretchen Wilson, Josh Thompson Rip Off Black Crowes?

March 28, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  28 Comments

I’ve had a working theory for a while that 75% of what you hear on mainstream country radio today can be traced back to a small handfull […]

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