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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.

Carrie Underwood Sheds Tears, Rascal Flatts “Tebows” at ACM Honors Ceremony

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

The 8th Annual ACM Honors were held on September 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Ryman Auditorium, which is often referred to as the “mother church of country music.” The evening was a celebration of special award recipients from the Academy of Country Music, honoring musicians, industry professionals, and artists. Emotions ran high throughout the night, as both presenters and performers recalled memories of the honorees.

Jake Owen hosted the ceremony, and kicked off the night with a performance of Ronnie Milsap’s “Back on My Mind Again.” Milsap was later presented with the Career Achievement Award, and Hunter Hayes performed a medley of Milsap’s hits “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For the World” and “Smoky Mountain Rain” in his honor.

The Special Awards segment of the ceremony was full of memorable performances, including the Oak Ridge Boys, who received a standing ovation for their performance of “Elvira” in honor of veteran booking agent Paul Moore, recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award.

“How cool is it to see Carrie Underwood singing ‘oom papa oom papa mow mow’??” said Joe Bonsall.

 Carrie Underwood was visibly emotional during her acceptance of the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, thanking her husband and her team for their efforts. Jake Owen quipped afterwards that this was just the beginning of her emotional rollercoaster, referring to her recently announced pregnancy. The video highlights showcased her achievements from the live Sound of Music television production to her recorded music and touring. The Swon Brothers performed a medley of her hits “See You Again” and “Wasted” in her honor.

A dynamic trio of powerhouse vocals, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and Kacey Musgraves, honored Songwriter of the Year Shane McAnally by performing some of his hits that they’ve recorded, including “Tie It Up,” “Downtown,” and “Merry Go Round.”

“These songs are who we are,” said Shane McAnally. He recalled the early days of his career and how he thought that if Kenny Chesney could just hear his songs, he would make it. Sure enough, Chesney ended up hearing and recording “Somewhere With You,” which was McAnally’s first number one hit. Chesney also presented the award to McAnally.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Rascal Flatts was honored with the Jim Reeves Internal Award, recognizing their contributions to the expansion of country music around the world with their recent European tour stops. Tim Tebow was a surprise guest, and presented the award to the trio. Joe Don Rooney took the opportunity for a photo-op, and all four of them “Tebowed” after receiving the award, which may be a first for the historic Ryman stage.

An additional recipient of the Jim Reeves International Award was industry veteran Steve Buchanan, for his contributions to the global exposure of the Grand Ole Opry and Nashville television show. Buchanan mentioned during his acceptance speech that he is currently working a musical production of the iconic television show Hee-Haw with hit songwriters Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark. Nashville stars Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Clare Bowen (Scarlett) performed to honor both Buchanan and Rascal Flatts.

The star-studded evening also included legendary Brenda Lee, who presented the Pioneer Award to Bob Beckham’s family and Tony Joe White performed “Polk Salad Annie” in his honor.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

The Poet’s Award went to Cowboy Jack Clement, Buck Owens, Dean Dillon, and Kris Kristofferson for their iconic songwriting contributions to country music. Performers honoring the recipients included Shawn Camp, Billy Burnette, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Clawson, Lee Ann Womack, Jack Ingram, and Will Hoge.

Other awards presented included:

  • Industry Awards: Venues of the year (Billy Bob’s Texas, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Grand Ole Opry House, Bridgestone Arena), talent buyer of the year (Nicole More), casinos of the year (Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Wolf Arena), and promoter of the year (Brian O’Connell).
  • Studio Recording Awards: bass player of the year (Michael Rhodes), guitar player of the year (Rob McNelley), piano/keyboards player of the year (Charlie Judge), steel guitar player of the year (Paul Franklin), audio engineer of the year (Justin Niebank), specialty instrument player of the year (Bryan Sutton), drummer of the year (Shannon Forrest), and producer of the year (Dan Huff).

Kris Kristofferson closed out the evening by summing it up perfectly:

I feel like I’m in church and I can’t thank you enough.

 

Nicole Palsa
@nicolepalsa

Bob Kingsley Honored at Grand Ole Opry with Big Surprise Guests

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Country Radio Hall of Famer Bob Kingsley was honored last night (2/17) for his 40 years in national radio syndication as part of American Country Countdown (1974-2006) and as host and owner of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 (2006-present), distributed by WestwoodOne. The surprise event, benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, included performances, appearances and taped messages by a mix of industry legends, today’s hit-makers and Nashville’s most influential singer-songwriters. A 50-year veteran of the radio and music industries, Kingsley walked into the Grand Ole Opry House believing he was there to pay tribute to the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday, when in reality, the evening was all conceived to honor him.

“I could not have been more surprised,” said a visibly moved Kingsley, “and I could not feel more honored. I have made a career of country music radio because I love it, and to have my friends in the business, from artists and songwriters to industry executives, tell me my work has made a difference–well it means the world to me. And to have the people I work with day in and day out here to celebrate with me makes it all the more special.”

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Nearly 50 artists participated in the evening including 25-plus taped video messages along with in person appearances or performances by Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Lynn Anderson, Garth Brooks, Eli Young Band, Radney Foster, Janie Fricke, Jack Ingram, Jewel, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Will Robinson, Tom Schuyler, Red Steagall, Jeffrey Steele, Tanya Tucker, Steve Wariner, Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young. Many of the artists who paid tribute commented not only on their professional relationships with Bob but also on their personal friendships. Bob’s dedication and commitment to bringing their music to the fans, while offering insights into their creative processes and personal lives, have made him the most listened-to voice in country radio history.

“What a pleasure to host so many friends on the Opry House stage tonight as we all came together to celebrate one of country radio’s most beloved voices, leaders, and gentlemen,” said Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager. “All of us at the Opry are particularly honored that, just as Bob has made a point to do throughout his career, tonight’s event also gave back to a worthy cause, the Opry Trust Fund. For nearly 50 years the Trust Fund has assisted members of the country music community in need, and I can’t think of a better way to honor Bob’s contributions to the country community than to continue that legacy of helping others in his name.”

2014 marks 40 years since Bob Kingsley first became involved in counting down America’s biggest country hits every weekend. Bob was named American Country Countdown’s producer in 1974, and took over as host four years later. His long and successful run as host set the stage for modern-day syndication, and with the formation of KCCS Productions, he and his wife and partner Nan Kingsley established a highly successful business approach where they distributed and retained ownership of the content created for the show. Bob’s career entered new territory in 2006 with the launch of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, a show KCCS solely owned and distributed, partnering with Dial Global, now WestwoodOne, for national ad sales. Bob’s wins as the CMA’s National Broadcast Personality of the Year awards in 2001 and 2003 and his 2006 Academy of Country Music Award for On-Air Personality-National showed his impressive staying power, bookending 40 years of industry honors that began with 1966 and 1967 trophies as the ACM’s Radio Personality of the Year, during his tenure on-air at KGBS in Los Angeles. Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 can be heard currently on more than 350 radio stations around the world.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Bob has a passion for military-related and other charitable causes. Using his national platform to give back, Bob has been an ardent supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, and he hosts the annual National Cutting Horse Celebrity Cutting to benefit a variety of causes.

*Photos Courtesy of Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

6th Annual Golf & Guitars Music Festival to Include Big Country Music Names

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The Haggin Oaks Golf Complex is thrilled to be partnering with KNCI 105.1 FM and hosting the 6th Annual Golf & Guitars Music Festival and Children’s Charity Concert on May 20 and May 21. That’s right! In 2013, they are bringing the general public two nights of music!

Golf and Guitars is a celebrity pro-am golf tournament and concert featuring nationally recognized & major label country music artists that raises money for two key children’s charities in Sacramento. Each golfer in the tournament gets to play with one of the celebrities and then gets a seat next to the stage where these artists put on a tremendous concert underneath the beautiful golf course sky. And for the first time ever, they are featuring different performers on each night of our concert series! The hottest acts in country music and the up-and-coming artists you’ll soon see topping the charts are all donating their time to help raise funds for two local children’s charities during the 2013 Golf and Guitars KNCI Music Festival.

Thomas Rhett, Chris Cagel, Joanna Smith, Brett Eldredge, Jerrod Niemann, Maggie Rose, Jason Michael Carroll, Kristen Kelly, Dustin Lynch, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, Jack Ingram, Joey and Rory, Chuck Wicks, Canaan Smith and Love & Theft!

Visit www.golfandguitars.com for more details and to sign up today!

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