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The Fans Say It’s Time For ‘Bro’ to Go!

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Bro-Country (love the term or hate it, it’s sticking) is dominating the country music airwaves. Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean all sing to profess their love of girls in cut-off jeans, tan legs, jacked-up pick-ups and drinking under the moon. Nearly every song on the radio has the same sentiment or the same down-beat. Hard core fans of this trend, basically folks who jumped on the country bandwagon within the past 4 years, have no idea that Jason Aldean use to sing a song about a green tractor or sang about telling the “Truth.” They may not also be aware that Luke Bryan had several good albums before his lastest train wreck where he sang about takin’ rides in trucks, a tacklebox, or a loss in “The Car in Front of Me.” Some of these guys were someone else entirely before jumping on the bandwagon of what sells with the emergence of Florida Georgia Line. It’s because of this success that guys like Cole Swindell are able to get record deals, and Darius Rucker’s first country album was called “too country” and had to be revamped before release.

Yes, country music has evolved, but unfortunately, the current trend is forcing some incredible talent to the sidelines. People who have an actual story to tell, are being silenced because they aren’t “radio friendly,” aka deeper than a shotglass of fireball.

So, when we asked CMTT readers via Twitter and Facebook who they thought was the most overrated and underrated country artists the results were a bit overwhelming. While the underrated were split between Kristian Kane, Chris Young, and Gary Allen. The artists folks seem to think are a tad overrated were pretty consistent, and overwhelmingly bro-country. With the exception of a couple people naming Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Kacey Musgraves; nearly everyone voted Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and/or Jason Aldean. (There was one vote for George Strait, but were gonna plead insanity on their behalf).

So, this leads to the question…. why does country radio saturate the airwaves with shallow bro-country if it appears the overwhelming majority is tired of the trend? Last week at CRS, a room full of DJs who spin bro-country on repeat gave the Oak Ridge Boys a standing ovation. Could someone explain it to me??

Last week, country singer Jack Ingram (many of you won’t know who his is because he didn’t get popular performing bro-country, but I suggest you look him up) took to Facebook to talk about a comment a radio exec had made.

I heard that a Nashville executive made a comment during the Country Radio Seminar last week that “if it’s not played on country radio, it doesn’t exist”. When I look at the list of artists that I just came up with off of the top of my head from music that I listen to often, I just can’t help but laugh at the short sightedness of a comment like that. Some of those artists certainly do exist and will sell 20 million records/downloads/friends/etc. and other artists on that list MOST CERTAINLY EXIST and will not sell a single record/download/friend/etc… I have had points in my career where I have been played often on the radio. In fact, I believe one of my singles was one of the most played songs on the radio for an entire year! I have also had moments of my career where my songs were not played much at all over the airwaves. My music existed at every moment! You can believe that.

I very much enjoy and seek to get my music on the radio, country music radio in particular! A recording artist’s second most important objective is to get their music heard, through any means possible, by the most amount of people possible! The 1st objective is to make music that I believe in, that speaks the truth as I see it and hear it. If I don’t make music that I believe in, then and only then will it ever cease to exist whether it’s on the radio or not. Through experience I know this to be true.

Music that gets played on the radio certainly does exist! The radio gives GREAT music a good chance of finding a huge audience to exist with for a long time! But let’s never mistake a HIT song for automatically being a GREAT song…sometimes you have both but one does not guarantee the other!

My hero, Willie Nelson, did NOT say “There is only 1 type of music- music on the radio”…What he DID say is “There are only 2 kinds of music- GOOD and BAD.”

I agree….and sometimes bad music gets the most play. I’m not saying that fun music is bad. But if it’s all you got, then you’re gonna run outta things to say real quick. There’s a reason why Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba McEntire, and hell even Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban have had careers that have spanned decades. They each know who they are and stay true to it. If they changed their sound because of a trend…they will flounder. They may not always be hitting no. 1, but they stay relevant. Alan Jackson still performs hits that he performed back in the day, “Wanted,” “Mercury,” “Chattahoochee.” I suggest that some of these newcomers start singing songs they wanna be singing when they’re 60…unless of course… they don’t plan on being around that long…and maybe Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean need to take a listen to their earlier albums like ‘I’ll Stay Me’ and  ‘Relentless.’

Artists are constantly being quoted that they ‘just wanna make good music.’  Well, I’d like to say… no one is stopping you…get on with it.

George Strait to Perform at The 48th Annual CMA Awards

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Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait makes his 24th career performance on the “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” – more than any other artist in CMA Awards history – Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Strait enters the coveted field of Entertainer of the Year nominees again in 2014 and retains his status as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83. Strait has a total of 19 nominations and three trophies just for Entertainer of the Year (1989, 1990, 2013). Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, which is determined by CMA’s Panel of Electors. Earlier this year, Strait retired from touring, but not from making music that touches millions of fans.

Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will also feature superstar performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Keith Urban. The CMA Awards has a long history of presenting cross-genre duets and 2014 is no exception with Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor performing with Little Big Town and Lambert respectively.

Presenting trophies during the three-hour gala are “Nashville” star Connie Britton; four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks; “Good Morning America” correspondent Tim Tebow; rock ‘n’ roll royalty Steven Tyler; and two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Trisha Yearwood. Lucy Hale, “Pretty Little Liars” actress and DMG Nashville recording artist, was previously announced as a presenter.

Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends today (5:00 PM/CT).

 

George Strait Set to Release Deluxe Edition of ‘Cowboy Rides Away LIVE’

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George Strait will release THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY: LIVE FROM AT&T STADIUM Deluxe Edition exclusively with Walmart on Nov. 10th. The deluxe package includes 28 live tracks on two CDs and a DVD of the 40-song show from the June 7th, 2014 record-breaking The Cowboy Rides Away Tour final show at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas complete with exclusive commentary from Strait.

Joining Strait for this historic night were very special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduced George “Bubba” Strait, Jr.

Fans have an opportunity to pre-order the deluxe edition and purchase exclusive packages including a personalized show poster, commemorative merchandise and a limited edition George Strait autographed guitar. More information available HERE.

Strait is nominated for a repeat Entertainer of the Year title at this year’s CMA Awards taking place next month. With his remarkable 30+ year career, Strait is one of the most prominent figures in music history. The undeniable “King of Country Music” performed for over 1 million fans during his two-year, record-breaking final U.S. tour and has influenced countless more.

THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY: LIVE FROM AT&T STADIUM DELUXE EDITION Track Listing:
CD Disc 1
1. Check Yes Or No
2. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
3. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
4. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
5. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
6. Easy Come, Easy Go (with Eric Church)*
7. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do
8. Marina Del Rey
9. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
10. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
11. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
12. I Saw God Today*
13. Drinkin’ Man*
14. River Of Love*
15. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill)
16. Amarillo By Morning (with Alan Jackson)*
* indicates a deluxe track

CD Disc 2
1. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
2. The Chair
3. Give It All We Got Tonight
4. How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls (with Miranda Lambert)*
5. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
6. I’ll Always Remember You
7. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney)
8. The Fireman (with Kenny Chesney)*
9. Troubadour
10. Unwound*
11. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
12. The Cowboy Rides Away
* indicates a deluxe track

Produced by Chuck Ainlay and George Strait for George Strait Productions

DVD
1. Check Yes Or No
2. A Fire I Can’t Put Out
3. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
4. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind (with Vince Gill)
5. River Of Love
6. Lead On
7. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
8. Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her (with Jason Aldean)
9. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
10. I Saw God Today
11. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
12. Easy Come, Easy Go (with Eric Church)
13. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do
14. Marina Del Rey
15. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
16. When Did You Stop Loving Me (with Sheryl Crow)
17. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
18. Drinkin’ Man
19. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
20. Golden Ring (with Martina McBride)
21. Give It Away
22. I Got A Car
23. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill)
24. Let’s Fall To Pieces Together (with Faith Hill)
25. I Believe
26. Blame It On Mexico
27. Amarillo By Morning (with Alan Jackson)
28. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
29. The Chair
30. Give It All We Got Tonight
31. How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls (with Miranda Lambert)
32. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
33. You Look So Good In Love
34. I’ll Always Remember You
35. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney)
36. The Fireman (with Kenny Chesney)
37. Troubadour
38. Unwound
39. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
40. The Cowboy Rides Away

George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away Airs TONIGHT on CMT!

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Tonight’s the night! George Strait fans can relive the June 7th, 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dallas date with a two-hour “George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away” concert special airing TONIGHT exclusively on CMT (check local listings).

Joining Strait onstage to perform some of his hits are Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. Strait’s son George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. also joined the stage to perform a song he penned for his dad, “Arkansas Dave.”

Enjoy the sneak peak above and set those DVRs tonight!

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