Oh, good, then I can snatch some time to listen to the Brooke Hogan instead (not a distinctive voice, but for r&b riffiness and catchiness she beats a lot of more distinctive singers, e.g. her producer's gf Janet Jackson).
(Haven't visited the PO in a couple of days; the package with the Mandrell trib arrived, as has the one with the Alan Jackson and the Cornerstone mixes. A couple of mix CDs are on their way to you.)
"Redder That That" - "Redder Than That"
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Wasn't the MG album I sent in the same package as the Mandrell one? Weird. I only sent you two packages; should've been in one of those! Unless for some ridiculous reason I forgot to put in in the envelope.
Went back and listened to the MG album yesterday, after Don's and Frank's skepticism about it on this thread, and it's as great as I thought. Only song I could live without is "If You Wanna Keep An Angel," I think. I'll concede that there may not be a "Cold One Comin' On" on here, but who cares -- "Hey Country" (with that cool Stooges chord progression or whatever it is at the start! Though okay, the "lookit that cowboy hat" Alan Jackson reference gets on my nerves, though I think it's supposed to be a joke), "Lucky Man," "Takes All Kinds," "Your Tears Are Comin" (= "96 Tears"/"Who's Crying Now"), "Clouds" (which I didn't get, I admit, til everybody started loving it here), "Twenty Years On" (has any act ever sung better about not getting along with their dads? Probably, but these guys are way up there), "What Do Ya Think About That," "Redder Than That" (great high school reunion song, the "red" stuff is just extraneous gravy), "A Man's Job," and "Free Life in the Fast Lane" all kick my ass. The latter always makes me think of that South Park movie song about "Freedom Isn't Free" more than it makes me think of the Eagles, but damn does it rock -- what's really hitting me about this record is how southern-rock-*expansive* so much of its music sounds; they really sound like a *band* these days. Which I guess maybe they always did, but that doesn't mean I can't be surprised when it happens again (and maybe more). Also, the spoken word sections in I think "Free Ride In the Fast Lane" and especially "Twenty Years On" (I *think* those are the tracks they're in) blow me away every time. And these guys have never sounded as open-hearted and even *happy* as they do on this record (happy even if life does give them a pound of pain for every ounce of pleasure or whatever it is they say); they've never made as many jokes, and the jokes can be really funny! Anyway, the moral platitudes they spout (or remember their dads spouting, usually) are just one very small part of the mix. And nobody else in music now rocks with a comparable immediacy. In my book, it's still the album of the year.
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And the MG record, I guess the whole thing works fine as "album" and as a canny reinterp of their *own* image. Still bad-ass but adding some backstory and their own songs which of course derive from all their hard-earned experience to the mix; and I kind of am nonplussed by the spoken-word shit except on "Hey Country" where the duo show a nice feel for the dumb-ass enthusiasm of southern stoners. But I mean they're pop pros (them, their producers, and their songwriters) and it's indeed post-Big & Rich in Nashville. They're one of the few big acts to even try to do the same thing, right? So in the end I think "Clouds" is pretty much a dog, "Redder Than That" is a great idea (right, the redneckery is just a red herring) but isn't quite there. I'm forever a skeptic about Nashville songwriting and a lot of this just seems *almost* real good but almost always too...banal, or something like that. But it's high-grade and you definitely have to enter their universe and all that. (I mean, hearing "Some People Change" on the radio around here, they're promoting the shit out of the record on radio, MG tailgate parties, Meet Us in Lexington, Kentucky, "rednecking and ready to have a good time," and you do get a sense of how ambitious they are, with that single, which I think ultimately gets over on that big chorus of Many Colors on the last "SOME PEOPLE CHANGE," and you think, that's what good about country music--the people.
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I like sugarland almost as well--maybe it isn't quite as strong as the first record, but it's ingenious and I suppose "folk-rock" as opposed to british pop. many songs about small towns, one great one about how mean girls grow up into noxious bitches, and jennifer nettles' voice is huge, cutting and, to my ears, sometimes near panic. which is really their theme, panic at moving to the city or back to the small town, and they seem caught in between. but the music is bright and chewy and all that. I dunno, I give it a B+.
saw recently: john anderson sing "seminole wind" and "swingin'" with a band including steve cropper and a big horn section. amazing. he's a great singer, the real fucking thing. also saw t. graham brown, all jolly and round and with a beer in hand, prowling around the stage (this at the ryman--a tribute to cropper for charity) doing his r&b country stuff. great, as well. tanya tucker was there, mark farner did a great "closer to home/i'm your captain," and john kay did "sookie sookie," which cropper and don covay wrote. it was a great show, with james burton and cropper playing guitar and many other guests including delbert mcclinton. but robben ford stole the show: one of the greatest fucking displays of guitar savvy i have ever seen, just mind-blowing. I mean, james burton was standing there looking at robben ford and his face said, "i got to go home."
last night, a bunch of muscle shoals guys got together to back songwriter donnie fritts. fritts can't sing a lick but it was still great, he's got presence, and the musicians were just superb--david hood, spooner oldham, like that. fritts did his "damn good country song" he wrote for jerry lee, delbert mcclinton showed up again and they did a texas blues that killed. the two shows were like a history of country rubbing up against black/white soul in memphis/shoals/nashville.
and, rip, buddy killen. I was gonna say, time to pull out my joe tex stuff, but it's already out.
Wally, my cat, died yesterday, he got diagnosed with heart disease on monday and he went downhill from there, he'd been acting strangely for a few days and finally it got worrisome. he was only 7, and, you know, a great little guy I was attached to, had him since he was born.
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That's a good band on Stereophonic Musical Listenings That Have Been Origin In Moving Film Borat; not clear to me how literal their ripoff/appropriations of Middle Eastern European (or whatever) pop are (for all I know it could just secretly be like one of those Sublime Frequencies albums where the music is all stolen from found cassette tapes) (the "credits" on the CD cover are in real or fake Kazakh, ha ha), but the actual music balances out "In My Country There Is a Problem (Throw The Jew Down The Well)" and "You Be My Wife" (rhymes with "we'll make love whenever I like") appropriately.
The guy in the Country Teasers sings as bad as Borat or Waylon, I've decided. His flatness reminded me of Mark E Smith on Full Moon Empty Sports Bag a couple years ago, but on The Empire Strikes Back: Race And Racism In 70s Britain (almost as good a subtitle as the Borat album!) the shtick's really starting to wear thin for me. If anybody wants to convince me otherwise, I'll listen.
"O Kazakhastan" on Borat's album is on now. It'd fit right in on the new Laibach album Volk, which is their renditions of national anthems from the world over. Maybe they read what Frank wrote about Rammstein making a folk move upthread, and decided to one-up them?
Now Dierks is claiming every mile is a memory. His road shtick could easily wear thin too. But probably not until next album, at least.
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i took out the charley patton collection out of the library, and was kind of disappointed, ive listened to alot of country and blues from the 20s and 30s, well maybe not alot, but enough, and hes good, very good, but i dont know people like uncle dave macon, strike me as much better...
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lw TW Artist Title TW lw Move 39 38 KEITH ANDERSON Podunk 513 427 86 2.836 66 ENNIS SISTERS Holding On 66 0 66 0.152 92 75 JOHN MELLENCAMP Our Country 21 15 6 0.274 87 79 BOB SEGER Wait For Me 25 22 3 0.308 72 80 POVERTYNECK HILLBILLIES Mr. Right Now 32 38 -6 0.239 116 101 BOB SEGER Real Mean Bottle (f/... 8 5 3 0.051 162 106 FABULOUS GUNSLINGERS She Rode The Bull 8 3 5 0.115 124 110 BOMSHEL Bomshel Stomp 15 14 1 0.087 117 SUGARLAND Mean Girls 5 0 5 0.160 146 122 NOMAD Meet Me At Midnight 6 4 2 0.080 109 126 MONTGOMERY GENTRY Hey Country 7 8 -1 0.090 128 SUGARLAND Sugarland 5 0 5 0.151 169 138 NO JUSTICE Bend But Don't Break 9 6 3 0.034 189 151 DANIELLE PECK Sucks To Be You 10 5 5 0.048 277 160 KAREN PECK & NEW RIVER Hold Me While I Cry 5 2 3 0.083 145 166 BILLY RAY CYRUS I Want My Mullet Bac... 5 6 -1 0.033 243 170 KENNY CHESNEY Please Come To Bosto... 5 2 3 0.044 176 171 SHOOTER JENNINGS Gone To Carolina 5 4 1 0.018 173 172 TYLER DEAN Built For Blue Jeans 5 5 0 0.032 149 174 JASON ALLEN Kickapoo Creek 5 5 0 0.019 224 183 LANTANA Country As A City Gi... 4 3 1 0.018 223 190 NO JUSTICE Red Dress 4 3 1 0.015 194 COODER GRAW Lifetime Stand 2 0 2 0.018 179 202 SPUR 503 Into You 5 5 0 0.023 168 207 GREAT DIVIDE Crazy In California 6 7 -1 0.024 209 LOST TRAILERS Gravy 3 0 3 0.023 306 219 BIG & RICH Jalapeno 2 1 1 0.010 222 JASON BROWN Touchdown 9 0 9 0.026 225 STONEY LARUE Down In Flames 1 0 1 0.016 240 RODNEY ATKINS Cleaning This Gun (C... 1 0 1 0.004 427 241 SONNY BURGESS A Little Bit Stronge... 3 1 2 0.012* 221 248 SHOOTER JENNINGS Some Rowdy Women 3 3 0 0.009 249 CLEDUS T. JUDD Bake Me A Country Ha... 2 0 2 0.014 227 250 RYAN SHUPE & THE RUBBERBAND Banjo Boy 2 2 0 0.004 260 DAN BERN Trudy 1 0 1 0.008 232 265 TRACE ADKINS Feels Like The First... 1 1 0 0.008 197 266 DOO-WAH RIDERS Dear Beer 4 6 -2 0.004 131 269 MONTGOMERY GENTRY Redder Than That 1 6 -5 0.004 105 270 MONTGOMERY GENTRY Takes All Kinds 1 9 -8 0.024 277 LITTLE BIG TOWN Bones 1 0 1 0.023 291 GRETCHEN WILSON Heaven Help Me 2 0 2 0.021 292 DR. ELMO Redneck Dracula 2 0 2 0.005 296 JIMMY BUFFETT Reggabilly Hill 1 0 1 0.029 304 POVERTYNECK HILLBILLIES One Night In New Orl... 1 0 1 0.008 311 GREENCARDS The Ghost Of Who We ... 1 0 1 0.007 402 324 ELEVEN HUNDRED SPRINGS Why You Been Gone So... 2 1 1 0.009 332 BAKER GIRLS My Kind Of Living 1 0 1 0.005 127 339 BLAINE LARSEN Baby Don't Get Hooke... 1 6 -5 0.005 344 SHOOTER JENNINGS Little White Lines 1 0 1 0.005 359 WELL HUNGARIANS Diamonds And Love 1 0 1 0.005 360 MIRANDA LAMBERT Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1 0 1 0.004 362 WEIRD AL YANKOVIC White And Nerdy 1 0 1 0.003 213 380 COWBOY TROY Somebody's Smilin' O... 1 2 -1 0.002 388 BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR I'm Amazed 1 0 1 0.011 400 CHARLIE DANIELS BAND The Intimidator 2 0 2 0.005 403 BOMSHEL Power Of One 1 0 1 0.011 404 BOMSHEL Oh, Baby 1 0 1 0.011 407 MONTGOMERY GENTRY Git-R-Done 1 0 1 0.009 406 435 PEAR RATZ Just South Of The Nu... 1 1 0 0.004 298 447 MARK KNOPFLER/EMMYLOU HARRIS This Is Us 1 2 -1 0.001 256 451 HOGG MAULIES Goodnight 1 2 -1 0.004 178 452 DARREN KOZELSKY Messed Up In Love 1 3 -2 0.004 457 BE GOOD TANYAS When Doves Cry 1 0 1 0.001 461 WOODY HARRELSON/JOHN C. RILEY Whoop-I-Ti-Yi-Yo 1 0 1 0.003 467 CARRIE RODRIQUEZ 50's French Movie 1 0 1 0.001 468 SOLOMON BURKE You're The Kind Of T... 1 0 1 0.001 340 478 TODD SNIDER Looking For A Job 1 1 0 0.001 252 480 KASEY CHAMBERS Nothing At All 1 1 0 0.001
Best new band names: Nomad, Cooder Graw, Doo-Wah Riders, Greencards, Dr. Elmo, Well Hungarians, Pear Ratz, and Darren Kozelsky if and only if his song has a polka rhythm.
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"I do think a huge portion of the Latin American population loves the same themes: meetin', greetin', cheatin' and retreatin,'" said Eddie Wright-Rios, a Vanderbilt University professor who specializes in the cultural history of modern Mexico.
Where to begin? And the Jeff Walker quote about tapping into the market...No hay negocio como el show.
― Roy Kasten (Roy Kasten), Sunday, 5 November 2006 17:45 (6 years ago) Permalink
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What Is Latin Country Music?
Latin Country music is an entirely new musical genre that celebrates the Latin influence in Country music. In essence, Latin Country music is a hybrid of both the Latin and Country musical genres and cultures (as culture relates to lifestyle, music, and values).
Latin Country music as it pertains to Country music is Country music that incorporates Latin sounds, words, instrumentation and rhythms. Equally, Latin Country music as it pertains to Latin music fuses traditional Country instrumentation, sounds and lyrics with a variety of Latin sub-genres (such as Norteño, Banda, Duranguense, Pop, and Rock).
Latin Country music is produced and performed by U.S. Country artists of Hispanic descent, Country artists from Mexico, Spain and Latin America and by American Country artists in the U.S. The music is performed in English, Spanish or a fusion of both languages.
Latin Country music emanates from a rich, historical background in Country music dating back to the early 1900s. Artists such as Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Buck Owens, Marty Robbins, and Bob Wills have all fused Latin music and celebrated the Hispanic culture in their music. The Country influence in Latin music is also historically rich. Early Tex-Mex artists of the 1960’s such as Freddy Fender and Little Joe created Country music with a Latin twist. Later, artists such as Johnny Rodriguez, Linda Ronstadt, Emilio Navaira and Rick Treviño continued on the path of producing and performing Country music, always remembering their cultural roots and incorporating a Latin blend in their music.
Today, Latin Country music is a prominent and successful style of music performed by cutting-edge artists such as Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Brooks and Dunn and Big and Rich. The Country music industry continues to celebrate the Latin culture in its song-writing and musical productions with songs such as “Stays in Mexico,” “That’s Why God Made Mexico,” “My Heart is Lost To You” and many more. Moreover, Latin Country music is a steady growth market with the rise of artists such as John Arthur Martinez, Victor Sanz, Anthony Rivera, Fidel Hernandez and J.R. Castillo. Equally, Country music is enjoyed all over Latin America and performed by artists such as Ha-Ash, Jimena, Coyote Dax and many more in Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Brazil.
The power of Latin Country music is that it reaches all people regardless of race, language or ethnicity. The U.S. Hispanic Country Music Association is devoted to uniting Country music artists, musicians, songwriters and fans for the purpose of celebrating Country music in its authentic and universal form – whether in English, Spanish or a fusion of both languages. Together, Latin Country music is the bridge that unites Country music enthusiasts everywhere while acknowledging and appreciating the beautiful and rich Latin cultural influence in Country music. [
― xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 5 November 2006 17:58 (6 years ago) Permalink
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kinda really liking the new darryl worley, which starts off with a great kiss-off to his old label and the n-ville establishment, and ends with one of the better iraq-war songs by any country artist, "I just came back from a war," which strikes me as very no-bullshit and real. I guess he does for blooze-country what dierks b. does for meta-grass outlawisms. I need another listen but so far, so really good.
haven't heard the womack yet.
great old stuff: ray price's "night life" and "marty [robbins] after midnight." got 'em burned on one CD, and enjoying them mightily, just smooth as hell, I mean marty does great by shit like "september in the rain" and ray seems to know plenty about "bright lights and blonde haired women." just the kind of thing I need right now.
and the stereo mixes of gene clark's one truly great and essential record, "with the gosdin brothers."
finally, anyone else know the beau brummels' '69 recorded-in-nashville "bradley's barn"? a fine record that really brings san francisco into mt. juliet, actually, and full of unexpected touches. very even-handed, a good version of the everly brothers song "turn around." a real lost moment of a real gone era, and just impeccable sound.
― edd s hurt (ddduncan), Sunday, 5 November 2006 20:23 (6 years ago) Permalink
ooo, I beg to differ. The reissue of "White Light" with the bonus tracks is also great and essential.
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― don (dow), Sunday, 5 November 2006 21:38 (6 years ago) Permalink
Nah. I'm guessing that Country music probably needs the Hispanic demographic in the future more than vice versa (which isn't to deny it would be cool if Latin and Country really did find common ground.)
I was wrong about Kellie Pickler's album -- the second half (esp the proggily souped-up California-rock ballad "I Wonder," "Wild Ponies" with its waltz chorus melody that sounds like a bubblegum version of "Wild Horse" by the Stones just like the title says, "Small Town Girl" which I underrated, "Girls Like Me" where she smells the Magnolia trees and remembers kissing football stars) is every bit as much fun as the first half. And lots of it (esp "One Of The Guys" and "Gotta Keep Moving," which I swear starts out echoing "Roll On Down The Highway" by BTO) sure does boogie hard for bubble-country. Plus, at least three songs ("Red High Heels, "Things That Never Cross A Man's Mind," "One Of The Guys") refer to clothes and/or getting dressed and/or going shopping. "I Wonder" seems to maybe be a confessional-teen-pop-style dealing with abandonment by dad song, but maybe I'm hearing it wrong. "I'm On My Way" might be about her dad, too. And I agree -- "Pickler" is a great country singer name.
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