MCA Nashville Replacing Curb Records as the Scourge of Music Row
Are you waiting for your favorite music artists signed to MCA Nashville to release an album after a prolonged hiatus? Perhaps you heard the first single months or sometimes years ago, but still no record? Well you’re not alone.
It looks like the unenviable position of being the most notorious label on Music Row is no longer a slam dunk for Curb Records, whose run ins and endless delays with projects from LeAnn Rimes, Hank Williams III, Hank Williams Jr., and most notably Tim McGraw made the label the laughing stock of the industry for many years. It got so bad at Curb they became afraid of their own shadows and had no idea what they were doing with their roster, delaying the release of records sometimes for half decade intervals for no good reason and gumming up Nashville courts with needless litigation. The only reason the offenses of Curb have stopped capturing headlines is because eventually almost everyone left the label. We’re still hoping Mo Pitney doesn’t end up getting jobbed, while Curb seems to be betting their entire future on Lee Brice because he’s the only marketable name still left under contract.
But now Curb Records has a rival for lowest label on the country music totem pole. MCA Nashville, an imprint of Universal Music Group Nashville, has so successfully trainwrecked so many once promising and once legendary country music careers, it’s a wonder their doors are still open. Just like Curb, the upcoming albums from artists seem to be stuck in endless delays or indefinite hiatuses, while terrible debut singles that have tanked on the charts, and even the projects that are being released are the result of weird circumstances and poor promotion.
Ironically, MCA Nashville’s failing strategy with artists may be the result of the label’s most successful one: Sam Hunt. Watching how the EDM / R&B star has swept over country, MCA has apparently decided that the rest of the roster should follow suit in a similar sonic direction. The result has been terrible career decisions and failed singles. Though MCA Nashville is the one responsible for deciding what singles to release and then promoting them to radio, it’s the artists who are being penalized after the lead singles crash.
Let’s run down the MCA Nashville roster to try and attempt to determine what the hell is going on.
Gary Allan – Album Delayed Indefinitely
Gary tried running with the young dogs when he released a new R&B-inspired single in March of 2015 called “Hangover Tonight.” However the single couldn’t crack the Top 40 on country radio, and came in at an embarrassing #49 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Whose idea was “Hangover Tonight”? Was it Gary Allan’s who once called out Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood for their un-country-ness? Or was it MCA Nashville’s? Remember, this is the same label that also launched Sam Hunt. But the next question is, where is the album that “Hangover Tonight” was released from?
Gary Allan told a reporter during CMA Fan Fest in early June of 2015 “Hopefully at the end of the summer,” about when fans might expect the new album. “I turned it in like two months ago. I did my work. All they have to do is give it to you.” Another feature from March in Rolling Stone said the new album would be out “later this year .” Well here it is 2016, and still no album.
Then in October, Allan alluded to AZ Central that the hold up was from the label trying to decide what direction to go with a new single. “I turned it in and they’re trying to decide which single to add next, ‘cause there are a few directions on there. The album is kind of all over the place. There’s two more to go that I wrote that are kind of this Motown vibe, kind of funky. And there’s the real traditional stuff that I’ve done. I think my favorite stuff, there’s a song on there called “Mess Me Up” that I really love and a song on there called “High as I’ve Ever Been” and a song called “Drinkin’ About You.” So I don’t know which way they’ll go.”
Apparently Gary’s label MCA Nashville doesn’t know either.
Josh Turner – Album Delayed Indefinitely
Josh Turner released what was supposed to be the debut single from his new album all the way back on September 15th of 2014 called “Lay Low,” which stalled in the charts at #25. A private listening party was even held for his new record on November 3rd of 2014. At that time, the idea was the new album would be released in early 2015. However here it is early 2016, and there’s still no release date or word on when the new album may be coming out.
In September of 2015, Josh Turner said, “I’ve been working on this record for about 60 years now, it seems like anyway. Nobody is more ready to get it out there than me. We’re hopefully going to have a new single out in the next month or two, and hopefully we’ll get it out sooner than later. I’ve been going back in, making some last-minute changes and making sure everything is right.”
Then in December, Turner told the Albuquerque Journal, “If it were up to me, I would have had an album out in 2013. There have been a lot of business issues that have popped up and I’m just pushing forward. The new music is there and I want to get it out to my fans ”¦ The fans have been pretty anxious. Then I have to remind them that this is a business and there are a lot of things that I can’t control.”
And still no word on Josh Turner’s release.
David Nail – Album Delayed Indefinitely
It’s not just established country artists with strong careers and tough standards to uphold whose album releases seem to be delayed with MCA. At one point David Nail was one of the most promising prospects in country music. As one of the few artists who could bridge the gap between critical praise and commercial success, a consensus was building behind the the Missouri native as a representative of where to take mainstream country in the future.
And then like so many of his MCA Nashville compadres, he released a single that stalled outside of the 30’s on the charts, and his entire career appears to be in limbo. “Night’s On Fire” was released on July 20th, 2015, and the only way you would know it was David Nail and not Sam Hunt is if someone expressly told you. Just like Gary Allan’s “Hangover Tonight,” “Night’s On Fire” was a total play to piggy-back off the Sam Hunt trend, and it totally failed at radio.
“Nights On Fire” was supposed to be the first single off an already-named album from David Nail called Fighter, but so far there’s no release date some six months past when the first single hit the streets. Now the career of one of country’s most promising up-and-coming stars appears to be in limbo.
Kip Moore – ‘Wild Ones’ Finally Released After Stalled Singles / Many Delays / Shelved Album
If you want to know what’s happening to the new albums from Gary Allan, David Nail, and Josh Turner, the MCA Nashville-singed Kip Moore told us in as many words at the end of 2014. MCA decided to completely shelve an album that was already finished by Kip after the first two singles—“Young Love” and “Dirt Road”—failed to show any serious promise. Remember, these are singles that MCA Nashville chose and was tasked to promote to radio themselves, but it was Kip who paid the price for their failure.
In late 2014, Kip told the Macomb Daily,
“Sometimes life hands you a card that you might not have wanted, and you’ve got to learn how to play that card. I have a lot of fans who are mad about it taking this long. But we still need that big single to get up the charts in order for (the record company) to release the album. So when ‘Dirt Road’ stalled out, we had to regroup. We had to regroup and come up with something else. There was a lot of disagreeing in certain things, and I can be very bullheaded, too. But in the end we all agreed on what’s the best way to move forward.”
Both “Young Love” and “Dirt Road” stalled outside the Top 20 on country radio. “Dirt Road” couldn’t make it past #44.
Eventually, Kip’s album Wild Ones was released on August 21st, 2015, but only after years of delay. Meanwhile, an entirely different album that Kip worked on and completed sits on a shelf at MCA, and his new single from the new album “I’m To Blame” didn’t fare much better, though it did come in at #20 on the airplay charts.
George Strait – Strange Release for ‘Cold Beer Conversation’
George appears to be one of the lucky ones, but maybe that’s because he’s spent an entire career building up so much street cred and momentum, MCA Nashville doesn’t dare mess with the King. But that doesn’t mean Strait has been spared from the label’s very strange album release practices. Remember how the news dropped about George’s latest record, Cold Beer Conversation? He came out at a press conference to announce some shows in Las Vegas, and then almost as an aside was like, “Oh, by the way, we’re dropping a new album on Friday.” George made the announcement on Tuesday, September 22nd, for a record that was released three days later on the 25th, and as an exclusive to Wal-Mart. The single “Let It Go” was also rushed to radio where it died quickly, and the single “Cold Beer Conversation” didn’t fare any better.
The semi-surprise George Strait album didn’t hit #1 upon it’s debut like most every George Strait album does, though it did eek out a #1 the 2nd week with a meager 30,000 albums sold on a dead week for releases. But the lack of a promotional cycle ahead of the release clearly hurt Cold Beer Conversation, at least in the short term.
Vince Gill – Five Years Between Original Album Releases
Just like with George Strait, Vince Gill appears to be shown a little more respect from MCA Nashville due to his status as a legend, or perhaps because there much less of a likelihood he’ll agree to go trend chasing after Sam Hunt. However, there was a six year hiatus between the release of his last original album, 2011’s Guitar Slinger, and his upcoming album Down To My Last Bad Habit scheduled to be released on February 12th. Gill also released the tribute album Bakersfield with Paul Franklin in 2013. There was no indication of a problem with MCA Nashville, but it is very Curb Records-esque to let such a long time lapse between new releases.
The only female of the MCA Nashville roster, Clare signed with the label in November of 2014 to begin work on her debut album. In August of 2015, MCA released a debut single called “Move On,” and it stalled at #45 on the charts. MCA Nashville also released a self-titled EP (instead of a full-length) on September 18th, 2015—a regular play for up-and-coming female artists these days. It remains to be seen what happens with Clare’s career, but give MCA Nashville’s track record with promoting singles and moving careers forward, it’s not looking good.
January 19, 2016 @ 10:37 am
I thought that Vince Gill had left MCA after Guitar Slinger. I remember reading that his contract had expired and he’d chosen not to renew and not to pursue another major label deal, but was going to freelance instead. Then Bakersfield came out — he said that it was a coincidence that it ended up being released by MCA. But now there’s another MCA release on the way?
Remember the glory days in the 90s when MCA was the best label on Music Row?
January 19, 2016 @ 10:44 am
Yeah, I’m not really sure what the Vince Gill contract status is. I remember a popular think piece a few years back bemoaning the direction of country and using the fact that Vince Gill didn’t even have a record deal as the impetus. Then a couple of weeks later, Vince clarified that saying he didn’t have a record deal wasn’t exactly true.
January 19, 2016 @ 12:50 pm
It’s not six years since Vince’s last solo album anyway – Guitar Slinger came out in October 2011, which is less than four and a half years ago.
January 19, 2016 @ 10:44 am
At the very least, he’s signed to United Music Group: which is an imprint of MCA Nashville.
From what I’ve read and gathered, he’s still signed to their label.
January 19, 2016 @ 10:42 am
This makes me all the more grateful that Lee Ann Womack found an exit strategy from MCA Nashville. We possibly never would have gotten “The Way I’m Livin'” if she didn’t move onto Sugar Hill Records when the time was right.
And thank you for drawing fierce attention to this. As much as Curb has obviously deserved it, the downside of treating any entity like a punching bag is that one’s peripheral vision can be shut off and one tends to be oblivious of the broader picture that their ineptitude is mirrored across other corners of the industry.
Seriously, it seems as though they’re putting all their eggs in Sam Hunt’s basket, and then agreeing to release albums for George Strait and Vince Gill because they know barring living legends like them would be atrocious public relations and negative publicity for them. Otherwise, it pretty much sucks to be you if you’re a signed MCA Nashville roster act.
January 19, 2016 @ 11:27 am
The second half of this story might be what happened to artists like Lee Ann Womack and Randy Rogers Band who used to be on the label. Remember it took and incredible amount of time between Lee Ann album releases, and when she finally signed with Sugar Hill, all of her rhetoric was about not wanting to play the game anymore and trying to please label execs.
January 19, 2016 @ 10:53 am
Excellent article Trig, I’ve been waiting for it for a while! I’ll do my best to spread the voice, I’m so disgusted by MCA Nashville! Thank you for writing such a great piece!
January 19, 2016 @ 10:54 am
Fortunately, aside from Josh Turner, the artists whose albums keep getting delayed aren’t very good artists.
George Strait’s commercial run is over, he’s moving into Alan Jackson and Vince Gill’s territory to take a victory lap as a legend. Unfortunately, unlike Jackson or Gill, I don’t see King George giving us a “Bakersfield” type effort anytime soon. Another commenter described him as “painfully consistent” and I would agree.
He’s a great artist, but stylistically he can be a bit of a one-trick pony.
He also won’t be doing a Garth or Elvis style comeback, and unlike Willie Nelson I just don’t see him continuing to put out albums.
My guess is that a couple albums is all that George Strait has left in the well.
Gary Allan is an okay artist, but I’m not saddened to hear that we won’t be getting new music from him because I still don’t have very much of the music he already released.
And who even likes EPs?
I think the Fuzzipedia archives has one EP from Junior Brown and that’s it.
The effort it would take to release an EP isn’t that far removed from releasing a full album, it would make the most sense, since the discs have to be pressed, the liner printed, the art worked on, to just take an extra few hours in the studio to turn it into a full length album.
and man that photo of David Nail is NOT flattering.
Or does he always look like that?
January 19, 2016 @ 11:29 am
I think EP’s are always a terrible career move by an artist or band. Sometimes they are effective if you have some extra tracks you want to get out to your core fans, but they are considered second-class releases by fans and the industry alike.
January 19, 2016 @ 2:05 pm
The only EP I’ve cared about was “The Grohl Sessions” by ZBB. But that made sense for the band since it was a side-project of sorts. It’s ironic that that 4 song EP ended up gaining much more critical praise than the album that followed.
January 19, 2016 @ 10:58 am
Artists , at this point in the evolution of popular music , need to implement an ‘ out ‘ clause the way writers do with publishers. ” You have 6 months / 1 year . 18 months – whatever- to do the right thing with my record and my career or the product becomes MINE to shop and/or market as I please “. Its a no-brainer .We do that with original songs all the time with publisher agreements .
January 19, 2016 @ 11:05 am
I’d like to point out that MCA has destroyed David Nail’s career with the release of Kiss You Tonight. When Whatever She’s Got peaked Nail’s popularity was at its peak, and they tried to release a power rock ballad instead of the very promising ‘Broke My Heart’ (which had recieved some early adds and had had strong sales). Moreover Kiss You Tonight was very poorly promoted, it peaked in the top 20 and after that the song got forgotten.
Night’s On Fire is a shallow song that tries to recreate the Whatever She’s Got moment but it is ao much weaker.
On a side note, Night’s on Fire is somehow still climbing the charts, but I don’t see it making it to the top 10.
January 19, 2016 @ 12:03 pm
David Nail’s career needed destroying. He was never any good to begin with.
January 19, 2016 @ 12:14 pm
he has never been country, but he always delievered quality within his music: Brand New Day, The Secret and The Sound of a Million Dreams are stellar songs from a musical standpoint, only an ignorant wouldn’t acknowledge David is a good artist.
January 19, 2016 @ 1:21 pm
If your a man and your hobbies consist of getting manicures, attending ballets, exfoliating and drinking long island iced teas then David Nail will probably appeal to your music tastes.
January 19, 2016 @ 1:26 pm
like I said, only an ignorant wouldn’t acknowledge he’s a good artist. and your comment is proof of your ignorance
January 19, 2016 @ 1:30 pm
Since when is ignorant a noun?
January 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
razor x it’s not a noun, it’s a substantivate adjective. stop embarassing yourself.
January 19, 2016 @ 2:08 pm
I take it you mean SUBSTANTIVE adjective? Never heard it used the way you’re using it. But at any rate, I have nothing to be embarrassed about. I’m not the one who likes David Nail.
January 19, 2016 @ 2:50 pm
yeah I mean substantive. I’m italian and in my language it is widely used, if it’s not used in the USA then it’s my fault.
As for David Nail, it’s not about liking him or not. it’s about understanding that sometimes it’s stupid to judge an artist in a negative way just because he doesn’t sound country. Look at Carrie Underwood: Something in the Water doesn’t sound country at all, yet it was named by SCM the best mainstream country single of 2014.
January 20, 2016 @ 10:10 am
donny… lol… nice summary… not sure what of, but funny nonetheless
January 19, 2016 @ 11:23 am
A few comments: David nail always looks like that I think it’s the razor head weirdo haircut and he’s only completely marginally talented dunno why we even mention him
Re: Mr herzberg (allan) I don’t know why he doesn’t just give up on that pos album, go to a new label and dance w the one who brung him he needs to start completely over on a new album
This last unreleased one obviously tanked sure he had an appointment to “write” hangover tonight w Stapleton but you see how well that worked Matt Warren, a coattail riding sycophant who used to sell tee shirts for Gary wrote six of the other cuts Matt used to be a decent writer… He and Gary did write a good country song about eight years ago… Putting memories away, but the last time I saw Matt live he had a serious case of the shakes, looked completely drug addled and his songs sounded like a nine year old wrote them
If he’s got six cuts on that gem I’m sure that’s the problem
Mess me up and high as I’ve ever been are silly trite repetitive and juvenile if that’s the best herzberg can do then he’s done I guess hell have to keep making ugly jewelry in his garage, selling fake cow fur chaps in his lame assed clothing store and offering yoga classes like he is this weekend oh… And he’s shacked up with a 24 year old okie gold digger he’s been doing since she was 18 in front of his three daughters and granddaughter the dudes seriously off his rocker
Mess me up and high as I’ve ever been are completed pieces of shit listen on YouTube I don’t think we’ll ever get a decent song from herzberg again he’s done
January 19, 2016 @ 11:27 am
Ps vince is a complete ass kisser hell do whatever it takes to attempt to stay relevant whatever
January 19, 2016 @ 11:55 am
He strikes me as a sleazy dude, but I can’t deny I like the man’s music, even if he and Amy Grant still make me nauseous sometimes.
January 19, 2016 @ 11:58 am
Vince Gill may not be the ideal role model, but at least he doesn’t act like Blake Shelton or Jason Aldean.
He actually respects his audiences and his peers.
January 19, 2016 @ 4:50 pm
George Jones didn’t call Vince “Sweet Pea” for nothing.
January 19, 2016 @ 9:51 pm
I love the possum but you know he had an IQ of 70 right?
January 19, 2016 @ 7:22 pm
Vince Gill called my wife’s grandmother on her birthday just because a guy at a barbeque joint had asked him to the day before. He can’t be that bad.
January 20, 2016 @ 7:33 am
My first cousin said Vince Gill was nice when he met him, and that’s good enough for me.
January 20, 2016 @ 10:47 am
Smokey J : How does Vince Gill seem sleazy?
January 20, 2016 @ 11:11 am
To this silly argument on if Vince Gill is a sleazy guy or not, I’ll add this story about a deaf musician named Joe Hannigan that I published in February last year:
May 27, 2018 @ 5:17 pm
Thanks for linking that, Trigger.
My parents are hardcore Evangelicals and when I was growing up they only allowed me to listen to Christian music. Amy Grant’s pre-Heart in Motion albums were the only CDs I owned until I left home. I have a special place in my heart for Amy because of that – those albums really meant a lot to me, and for my most musically-formative years they were all that I had. I’m glad that she seems so happy with Vince – she certainly brought a lot of beauty and wisdom to my life.
January 22, 2016 @ 8:57 am
Far from sleezy…
January 19, 2016 @ 11:56 am
Your comments are completely irrelevant as always Jessica. Please go away.
January 20, 2016 @ 7:00 am
So what? Look if you don’t wanna like Vince Gill then knock yourself out, we’ll agree to disagree and move on.
January 19, 2016 @ 11:45 am
‘ David nail always looks like that I think it”™s the razor head weirdo haircut and he”™s only completely marginally talented dunno why we even mention him ‘
Gotta agree Jessica . With SO MANY great talents around ,Nail is the generic of the generic …nothing to say and no interesting way to say it …lyrically OR musically . I wish him the best but I also wish he’d stop chasing trends .
January 19, 2016 @ 11:54 am
Radical solution: Let all of them make whatever album they want, release it then promote it. Maybe it will sell, maybe it won’t. But they’ll have as good a chance as what they have now.
January 19, 2016 @ 12:58 pm
Curb also let Rodney Atkins sit for ten years before doing anything with him. He was selling firewood for a time, even some to Alan Jackson. Then had a marginal hit with “honesty, sincerity (best song to date)” and five or so more years before he had the most played song in the land two years in a row.
David nail was also going through personal problems as recent as a year ago for depression. Seems he’s doing better and just had twins.
Abysmal when you look at how the labels screw them over. Sad all around.
January 19, 2016 @ 1:34 pm
MCA did the same thing in the late 80’s. they shelved a few good hard rock band albums while trying to find the next Poison. I can’t remember who said it (I think it was Bruce Dickenson from Iron Maiden) that MCA was the “Music Cemetery of America – Where good music goes to die!”
January 19, 2016 @ 1:49 pm
It’s time for some of these guys to create their own labels and put out their music. When Aaron Watson proved he could go to number 1 maybe artists like Josh Turner will just put oput their own music. The fans will buy it no matter what label it’s on.
January 19, 2016 @ 2:20 pm
Seeing AW Thurs Night.. Can’t wait.
January 19, 2016 @ 2:09 pm
Lee Ann Womack 1 cd got shelved, Mallary Hope cd got delayed and dropped, Ronnie Dunn early days, Randy Houser, and Rebecca Lynn Howard follow up after “Forgive” was shelved and dropped. Mca Records should be renamed Curb 2 records.
what's a wakka-wakka?
January 19, 2016 @ 5:51 pm
Or merge MCA and Curb and call it ‘Kicked to the Curb Records’
January 19, 2016 @ 2:12 pm
Steve Holy release 3 cd’s plus greatest hits for the Curb records for 18 years.
January 19, 2016 @ 2:20 pm
What Josh Turner needs to do is to get a copy of the music he recorded ages ago and put it out personally.
F all this label balls
January 19, 2016 @ 2:22 pm
When’s curb releasing another Tim McGraw hits package?
January 19, 2016 @ 2:44 pm
At what point did the winds begin to change at MCA Nashville? Was there a shuffling of leadership and artists at some point, or is it MCA struggling to keep up with a changing market?
January 19, 2016 @ 3:11 pm
All I know is, if you’re not releasing records, you’re not making money. Right now, Sam Hunt and George Strait are the only ones materially supporting the label.
January 19, 2016 @ 2:51 pm
Patty Loveless recorded with MCA for several years and while the other females were selling in huge numbers (Reba, Trisha, Wynonna), she didn’t feel like she was being promoted as much as them, causing her to leave for Epic Records in 93.
Mark Chestnut & Tracy Byrd were also two artists in the late 90s who were pressured by MCA to record more pop-flavored hits, straying from their roots. They both left MCA shortly afterwards.
MCA had quite a few debut acts that they left hanging around before they dropped them:
Alecia Elliott – They did a lot of promo work for her:TV appearances, Kellogg’s cereal box promos, etc., but nothing ever led her to the huge star that they touted her to be.
Keith Harling – Had a top thirty hit with “Papa Bear” in 98 and released another single that made it into the top forty before they dropped him within a year.
Mallary Hope – Only released an EP.
James House – Managed to get two albums released on MCA before being dropped.
Jedd Hughes – Another act where they missed a huge talent. Finally got an album released in 2004.
Josh Kelley – Had one album before being dropped.
Shannon Lawson – One album in 2002.
Ashton Sheppard, Drake White, Sons of the Desert, and Chely Wright are some of the other artists that come to mind as being MCA artists who never received the treatment they deserved.
January 19, 2016 @ 3:09 pm
Good info AT.
January 20, 2016 @ 8:24 am
I’m not a 100% sure, but I think Alecia Elliot decided to leave the business on her own not long into it.
January 19, 2016 @ 4:49 pm
Marty Brown released 3 cd’s in the 1990’s and did nothing on the charts.
The Mavericks released 4 cd’s in the 90’s with 12 singles on the charts with 6 songs in the top 40
the highest was “All I ever do to bring me down” peaked at #13 then after that they didn’t hit top 40 since. They left Mca for Mercury in 1999 with a Greatest Hits cd then they left the scene after that.
Rebecca Lynn Howard released 2 cd’s and I unreleased with only top 40 hit “Forgive” that peaked at #12 in 2002 and she was dropped.
Randy Houser went nowhere when he was on Mca.
Dean Miller did nothing when he was on Mca but he move to Universal South with his unreleased cd.
Trigger you should check with Mercury Nashville they have same problem as well. Eric Heatherly, Lee Ann Womack, Scotty McCreery, plus Capitol and Universal South which merged with Show Dog.
January 19, 2016 @ 6:09 pm
Thanks for the info Pete. I love how the readers of this site are such a great resources for information and insight.
January 19, 2016 @ 6:36 pm
What ever happened to Arista-Austin? I think REK released an album on that table and I remember reading somewhere that he was terribly unhappy with it. I actually don’t mind it all that much to be honest.
January 19, 2016 @ 8:21 pm
Arista Austin went under 16 years ago. Robert Earl Keen released 2 cd’s on that label and both were good.
January 19, 2016 @ 6:57 pm
How did I know this buffoon was going to show up on this website after those crazy videos he posted on periscope? Gary Allan is one of the biggest scumbag piece of crap that I know. It’s not all his label’s fault, it’s Gary’s for making shitty music and being a predator. He had one fluke hit in 2012 with Every Storm. There are too many new and exciting artists out there to give this egotistical buffoon time of day. I’m sure some of you are parents out there, so you can understand what I go through. Gary Allan gave my daughter herpes, and I have spent countless nights as a father comforting my daughter’s crying. Nothing surprises me at this point with all the messageboards out there discussing him. MCA Nashville noticed a disgusting douchebag with shitty music and made the right decision.
January 19, 2016 @ 8:37 pm
This may be the strangest post I have read on here. If nothing else, “Gary Allan gave my daughter herpes” makes for a great song title.
January 19, 2016 @ 8:48 pm
If kip Moore thinks nobody hears him trying (emphasis on trying) to sing like Ryan Bingham he’s wrong. Hopefully he’s not still doing his watered down cover of Bread and Water. Bingham light. When mediocrity tries to imitate true art it’s disastrous. How bout when Country Bono (mr. Church) asked Bingham to join him on stage, and then became invisible? Some live it (Bingham). Some want it.
Tim From GA
January 20, 2016 @ 5:45 am
Hey looks like David Nail at least decided to stick with the Sam Hunt haircut.
January 20, 2016 @ 9:53 am
It’s strange how imprints that have been completely phased out in the pop realm continue as going concerns in Nashville. MCA hasn’t been a label outside of Nashville in over a decade, Sony recently announced they were shuttering Arista, but keeping the Nashville division afloat.
BRUTUS BUTCH ARMSTRONG
January 20, 2016 @ 10:55 am
That’s ironic about Arista. They started out as a pop label. Tanya Tucker was the first country artist ever signed to Arista (back in 1982-83). There wasn’t a country division of the label back then and by 1984 she was off the label. By 1989, Arista decided to venture into a country division in Nashville, and a newcomer named Alan Jackson was one of the first artists signed to the label.
January 25, 2016 @ 1:12 pm
I just Googled “Arista” and apparently they’ve been defunct since 2011.
January 20, 2016 @ 10:08 am
Pretty sure Clay Walker was on Curb last, hasn’t released an album since 2010. As of late he released a single independently…
January 20, 2016 @ 1:07 pm
Thank you Trigger for keeping tabs on Josh Turner’s situation.