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What’s All This Fuss About Blake Shelton And “Old Farts”?

 Looks like country artist, Blake Shelton, is in a bit of hot water with classic country fans over some comments he made on a recent GAC interview after the website, Saving Country Music, jumped all over this quote from him:

If I am “Male Vocalist of the Year” that must mean that I’m one of those people now that gets to decide if it moves forward and if it moves on. Country music has to evolve in order to survive. Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, “My God, that ain’t country!” Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.

You know what I like most about Blake Shelton? It’s how he is real and just says things “off the cuff”. I think his remarks have been taken out of context, coming across harsher than he meant since these are taken from a tv interview (you can’t actually tell how actually stated), and he’s not disrespecting the genre in any way. He’s simply stating his opinion. In my opinion, he is absolutely right. No genre of music is ever going to stay the same. If it did, it would soon become obsolete; just like anything else in life. All must evolve or cease to exist. Who wants to hear the same music done over and over again? Seems country is the only genre where you get the remarks that it’s “not country enough” and hear complaints that it’s changed so much from the classic days of country. Well, guess what? It’s going to change with the times and I’m thankful for it. Because, honestly, if country was the same as when my dad was so into it back in the 70s and 80s, I wouldn’t be writing about it now and that’s the truth. Also, I can tell you if pop music was the exact same as back then, I wouldn’t be listening to it now, either. It would be stale and tiresome.

Just my thoughts on the whole subject that has been blown way out of proportion.


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Country Music Blog Rodeo Twitter Chat January 24

Mark Your Calendar: The Country Music Blog Rodeo Twitter Chat Happens Tomorrow January 24th!

Blog Rodeo

The first ever Country Music Blog Rodeo kicked off yesterday with some of the top independent country music blogs chiming in with their thoughts on the biggest and best trends for country music in 2013! Topics ranged from the impact of social media to artists on the rise to new festivals and tours to the influence of roots and Americana on mainstream country to the power of local communities on the wider industry and so much more! The participating had some really great insight, and it was really exciting to read through all the posts!

Well, the blog rodeo continues tomorrow, and now, its YOUR chance to share YOUR thoughts on what the most exciting thing for country music will be in 2013! CMNB will be hosting a special twitter chat Thursday, January 24th from 12pm – 1pm CST, and you’re invited to join in! We’ll doing a follow-up Q&A on all the topics raised by each blog, offering an open discussion for readers (that’s you!) to throw in their two cents, and also giving away some pretty awesome prizes! There will even be a few country music artists stopping by to join the fun! Find the complete details below, and we hope to see you there!

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Country Music Blog Rodeo: 2013 Artists to Watch

Names You Know Will Transform Into Superstars, and Names You May Not Know… You Will in 2013

Blog Rodeo2012 was full of excitement in country music, especially for new and emerging artists. We watched artists such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church emerge as the next wave of superstars. We also saw new artists such as Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, and Jana Kramer become household names.

So who will it be in 2013? We’ve got some ideas, some very obvious, and some that you really need to pay attention to.

Here we go… the artists to watch in 2013:

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Here’s A Great Song For This Thanksgiving –THE FARM’s “Be Grateful”

Have you heard THE FARM’s newest song “Be Grateful” at radio now? If not, here’s the official lyric video to enjoy this Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll, and thank YOU for reading FOCUS on the 615!

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New Video: Little Big Town’s “Tornado”

We love this new video from Little Big Town for their newest release “Tornado”! Check it out here!

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A Closer Look @ JT Hodges

JT Hodges

Check out this interview with JT Hodges! We caught up with him just following CRS so I guess you could say this was our very last official/unofficial interview of CRS since we had to delay our interview with him.  JT was kind enough to not only give us an interview, but performed at our very first ‘Music In Motion’ benefit for MS on March 10th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville.

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ACM Awards: Interview With Laura Bell Bundy

Laura Bell BundyCheck out this fun interview with Laura Bell Bundy! LOVE her sense of humor! 🙂

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ACM Awards: Interview With Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreeryCheck out this interview with Scotty McCreery during ACM weekend just before the awards at ACM Fremont Street Experience!

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ACM Awards: Interview With Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes
Check out this interview with Hunter Hayes during the ACMs Fremont Street Experience during ACM weekend!

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Tracy Lawrence, You’ve Been GHERMed!

Tracy Lawrence

Does it help to show a little muscle when GHERMing?!

Definition of a GHERM:

Someone who slavishly follows and sucks up to a celebrity. A fan to excessive degree. Usually applied to one who makes people uncomfortable by their adoration.
“That guy is such a gherm. He buys every piece of merchandise related to that singer and attends every show.”

A person not affiliated with the music industry but who has connections that can get them backstage concert access. They then get backstage and totally get in the way of those who are supposed to be there working. Term originated at Starwood Amphitheater in Antioch, TN during the summer of 1990.
“Wow, this load-out would be a breeze but the gherms at this Jimmy Buffet show are totally getting in the way!”

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