Gabby Barrett’s ‘The Good Ones’ Is the Wedding Song
Don’t worry about Gabby Barrett being a one-hit wonder. The “I Hope” singer’s new single “The Good Ones” promises to make a greater impact than her debut chart-topper.
The personal love song celebrates the men you hope to marry. The 19-year-old’s celebration of what’s good fits like a glass slipper at a time when there are so many reasons to frown. Perhaps the only thing about this new song from the upcoming Goldmine album that will turn your lips upside-down is a tear-jerking music video that — well, actually, just watch it. It’s better than any words we can use to describe it.
Zach Kale, Emily Landis and Jim McCormick helped Barrett write “The Good Ones,” and together they crafted the sort of song 19-year-olds aren’t supposed to be able to write yet. Lyrically, this nuanced ballad never takes away from a melody that finds Barrett’s sweet spot. The chorus is all-time good in a way that often leads to a song becoming a forever song for newlyweds.
So often we talk about singers sprung from reality television being unable to sustain commercial success and we blame the show, the temporary nature of the fandom, a record label, etc … Having great songs to lean on is what has propelled Barrett’s career thus far. She’s still raw in many ways, but if someone was selling stock in Gabby Barrett, you’d be wise to purchase.
Alan Jackson Plans Two Drive-in Concerts in Alabama
Tickets for Jackson’s drive-in concerts will go on sale on Wednesday (May 27)
Alan Jackson is ready to bring a little music to his fans in Alabama during the COVID-19 pandemic. The country icon has announced he’d perform two drive-in concerts in Alabama, both set for early June
Jackson’s Small Town Drive-in concerts will take place on June 5 and 6 in Cullman and Fairhope, Ala., with the Cory Farley Band — who often perform at Jackson’s AJ’s Good Time Bar on Lower Broadway in Nashville — opening both shows.
The Cullman concert will be at the site of the Rock the South festival, while the Fairhope show will take place at Oak Hollow Farm. Both venues can accommodate about 2,000 vehicles.
A press release explains that Jackson’s Small Town Drive-in shows will adhere to all CDC and Alabama state health guidelines about social distancing and other best practices surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Concertgoers will be required to stay in their vehicles, and while concessions will be available, fans will need to order from their phones, and staff will deliver the items directly to their vehicles.
Tickets for Jackson’s drive-in concerts will go on sale on Wednesday (May 27) at 10AM CT. A $99.99 general admission ticket is good for two passengers per vehicle, and additional passengers can purchase tickets for $39.99. There will also be a limited number of VIP tickets, which will allow access to parking closest to the stage, for $199.99. Some of the proceeds from Jackson’s Small Town Drive-in concerts will be given to food relief organizations in the Cullman and Fairhope areas. Fans can get more information at AlanJackson.com.
Life is getting weirder.
Last week I went to renew my driver’s license.
For some reason they now require the following:
Your birth certificate;
Your old driver’s license;
Two proofs of residence;
Your Social Security card;
A marriage license, whether or not you’ve ever been married;
Medical records with your name and birth date;
A pint of blood;
And other proofs that you exist.
Misty went with me to renew hers. Our birthdays are close together.
She had to prove that her last name was now Blanchard.
This is true:
An 84-year-old friend of mine was recently required to provide an affidavit
swearing that he and his elderly wife were actually married, and not living in sin.
It was to prove that her last name was legally the same as his.
We’re all under suspicion.
They noticed that my driver’s license and Social Security card said “Jack Blanchard”,
but my birth certificate said “John Blanchard”.
This made me a suspect and they wouldn’t renew my license.
They told me to go to the Social Security office 25 miles across the city,
and get them to change my S.S. card to “John”.
Misty was sent on a similar mission.
The next day was 85 degrees in the shade here in Florida,
and about double that in our car because the A/C Freon was low.
We drove an hour and waited on a steel bench for two hours.
We couldn’t share our anger with any of the crowd,
because they were as mad as we were..
Misty got a friendly clerk and zipped right through.
The woman asked her “Are you really Misty Morgan?”.
She was a fan.
I got a sleepy-eyed clerk who had her young son with her,
and they were ready to go home.
We were not happy to see each other.
She looked at her computer, which was out of my line of sight,
and said this: “We have you as ‘Jack’ for your whole life.”
I said, “Me too.”
She asked if I could name any companies I’d worked for.
I named about six Buffalo factories where I’d labored away my youth.
She studied the computer screen and said nothing.
By now she knew who I was, but wouldn’t admit it.
I had two large manila envelopes packed with what I thought were important papers.
She shoved them back at me and said, “You need two pieces of ID that say “John”.
I said “I know. That’s why they sent me here…
to have you change my S.S. card to “John”,
and then I’ll have to live as John for life.”
She said “You will have to change all your legal things to John…
titles to your home and vehicles, your credit, your will, your bills,
and your underwear.”
She was getting tired of me.
She told me it would be easier to legally change my first name to “Jack”.
I’ve been Jack all my life and didn’t know it was a crime.
I stomped out the door as everybody else was doing.
So I called our lawyer and said this:
“Hi. This is Jack. I need to change my name to Jack.”
We went to court a couple of weeks later.
After being strip searched on the way in, the case went well.
Even the judge laughed.
I said “Haha.”
After endless driving in traffic and arguing with morons,
it cost us over $1,100.
Can you believe it’s been 20 years since “I Hope You Dance” was released?
Lee Ann Womack boldly announced herself in 1997 with a self-titled debut album that incited plenty of industry buzz and pointed to a promising career. Released when Womack was in the neighborhood of 30, the album showcased Womack’s rich, traditional country voice, which could wrap tightly around aching ballads like “Never Again, Again” and “The Fool,” one of the finest singles to emerge from the late 1990s. The promise continued with her 1998 follow-up record Some Things I Know, featuring the hit singles “A Little Past Little Rock” and “I’ll Think of a Reason Later,” a highly amusing number that Womack delivered with a delightful air of humor. Both songs peaked at No. 2, indicating that Womack was clearly on her way. On the heels of those first two albums, Womack scored 1998 CMA award nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year and the Horizon Award (now called New Artist of the Year).
With the dissolution of Decca Records, for which Womack had previously recorded, she was moved over to the MCA Nashville label roster in 1998. Her first album for MCA, and third career overall, I Hope You Dance, proved the transitional record that would launch her into the country stratosphere. I Hope You Dance, featuring the crossover mega-hit title tune, was released May 23, 2000, to critical praise literally across the board. Now, 20 years later, the album holds its own as a sterling example of modern country done right, with a sparkling collection of story-songs that proffered powerful and deep-rooted messages.
Songs didn’t come much more potent than the title track, an inspirational piece of life-affirming advice written by Tia Sillers and Mark D. Sanders. Womack has often asserted that she thought of her daughters when she recorded it, noting certain lines that indicated what she wanted for their futures, for example, I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean/Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. With solid vocal support from Sons of the Desert, Womack drove it all home in uplifting fashion. Raved Billboard, “Her sweet, vulnerable voice perfectly captures the tender sentiment of the lyrics.”
The “I Hope You Dance” single achieved every conceivable honor and accolade available. It hit No. 1 in July of 2000 and had crossover success on the pop charts, ringing in at No. 14. Later in the year, the tune danced away with CMA awards for both Single and Song of the Year. “I Hope You Dance” also copped a Grammy for Best Country Song. Womack later commented that the single propelled her career to a new level, taking her places that she never dreamed possible.
Produced by Mark Wright and Frank Liddell, the I Hope You Dance album enlisted some of the most gifted writers in and outside of the genre’s mainstream. Americana favorites Buddy and Julie Miller teamed for the fourth single from the album, “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger,” which deserved a better fate than its No. 23 peak. “Why They Call It Falling,” which ends with a memorable (if not exactly happy) payoff, came from the pens of Don Schlitz and Roxie Dean.
For the second single from the album, the team selected a cover of Rodney Crowell’s “Ashes by Now,” given an appropriately fiery rendering by Womack. Her version clocked in just inside the Top 5.
Like most standout albums, all the tracks on I Hope You Dance were solid, quality tunes. You won’t find any fillers here. Best among the deep cuts, “I Know Why the River Runs,” written by Julie Miller, featured a Womack performance that would have done Dolly Parton proud. The tune contained wonderful, poetic lines, like, There’s a silence that I don’t want to hear/There’s a hole now where my heart used to be.
Bobbie Cryner, a fine writer and one-time solo artist, contributed “Stronger Than I Am,” surely one of the more unique takes on separation and divorce. For a somewhat ironic touch, Womack and her ex-husband Jason Sellers shared a co-write with Wynn Varble on the track, “I Feel Like I’m Forgetting Something.” The album ended nicely with a rendition of Don Williams’ chart-topping hit, “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good.”
I Hope You Dance was Womack’s best overall album to date, sending a career that was already soaring to even greater heights. It helped Womack secure her second CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award nomination, while the record itself was nominated for Album of the Year, eventually losing to Fly by the Dixie Chicks. By 2001, Womack was riding the crest of a career momentum and took home the 2001 CMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year.
The Coronavirus Brings With It a Wave of new Radio Stations
Are Internet radio stations helping to combat the Lockdown Blues?
Millions of People in lockdown, worldwide are finding for the first time that Internet radio is available at the click of a mouse. According to AirplayExpress.com more and more radio stations are popping up all over the world as people are stuck at home finding themselves searching for ways to entertain themselves during the forced lockdown imposed on them. This has been tremendous for artists who are taking advantage of the radio promotions offered by AirplayExpress and similar companies. It seems to be a fact that Artist’s music are now being downloaded and programmed for airplay by more and more radio stations worldwide. The demand for new music is amazing as more Radio stations and DJ’s are logging in to take advantage of the music available at AirplayExpress for radio airplay.
Some record companies like the Nashville based Century II Records have created their own radio station on their website, playing the music of all their own artists with a DJ announcing each and every single tune 24 hours a day. Allan Karl CEO and Donna Cunningham Executive Director of Artist Development, originally came up with this brilliant idea as an extended service to their artists, not realizing that their artists would love this new service. The artists can now tune in anywhere and hear their songs being aired.
The South African radio station Down South Country Stereo 24.7 has recently reopened after the station closed for more than six months. Now, its new owner who originally thought it would take months even years or perhaps never, to recover from the closure is happy to now announce that listeners have come back in full force since the lockdown started.
It has been reported by Radio Center in the United Kingdom that, radio station terrestrial and Internet have increased their daily listeners form 15% to almost 75% by April 1, 2020. It seems listeners are open to change during this lockdown as they have undergone some of the most radical changes in their lifetime. Now maybe the perfect time to ask them to switch to Internet Radio and more importantly to our Internet radio stream, Down South Country Stereo 24.7
Is Keith Urban’s Drive-In Concert The Future Of Live Music?
Would You Go If You Could?
Keith Urban shared the results of an intriguing live-concert experiment on NBC’s TODAY this week, explaining his view on a performance for front line healthcare workers at a drive-in movie theater. Calling the show “a bit of a proof of concept” from a performance standpoint, the country superstar spoke with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie about the gig, which was held at a drive-in just outside Nashville. Urban was just the first artist scheduled to take part in a series of shows for Vanderbilt University healthcare workers and said the night went off without a hitch — even as he was figuring out “what works and what doesn’t” in real-time.
“It was a load of fun,” Urban told his host, speaking from home and explaining how the show was something akin to an in-person Livestream. “We also really wanted to take the opportunity to not only do the first one but do it for the health care workers because that’s what this is all about right now. They did an amazing job as an audience and I had a great time.”
With news of tour postponements and cancelations continuing to affect the country industry, the question has to be asked: Could these drive-in shows be the future of live concerts, at least in the near term?
Garth Brooks Drops Two New Tracks From ‘Fun’ Album
Check out “Party Gras (the Mardi Gras Song)” and “That’s What Cowboys Do.”
Garth Brooks is doing his part to make the lockdown experience a little more Fun, dropping two more tracks from his upcoming studio album of the same name.
Releasing the new tunes on a whim during his weekly Inside Studio G Facebook chat, Brooks was responding to a viewer named Jack who asked when fans would hear more of Brooks long-awaited project. The Country Hall of Famer has been teasing the album for over a year now, and with a new duo of tracks titled “Party Gras (the Mardi Gras Song)” and “That’s What Cowboys Do,” seven tracks from the full record are now available for Amazon Music users.
All about the “let-the-good-times-roll” spirit of New Orleans’ most famous tradition, “Party Gras (the Mardi Gras Song)” stands as an uptempo Cajun-country anthem, filled with fiddles, ragtime piano, and celebratory lyrics. Meanwhile, “That’s What Cowboys Do” takes a different approach, loping in like a classic Western ballad. With dramatic sweeps of steel guitar and the swell of two hearts on diverging paths, Brooks sings of a love that has trouble staying in the saddle, so to speak.
The new tracks join five previously released songs from Brooks Fun album, “Courage of Love,” “The Road I’m On,” “All Day Long,” “Stronger Than Me” and his hit collaboration “Dive Bar” with Blake Shelton. No word on when the full project will arrive.
Below is the news behind Garth’s new album not part of press release above
Jesse Keith Whitley Salutes Late Father With New Single
The defiant “Try to Change My Ways” will be released May 9
Jesse Keith Whitley has found the perfect way to honor his father, the late country legend Keith Whitley. He’s dedicating his new single “Try to Change My Ways” to his dad and releasing it on May 9th, the 31st anniversary of Keith Whitley’s shocking and untimely death. Whitley was pronounced dead of alcohol poisoning May 9th, 1989, at age 33, just as his career was ablaze with No. 1 hits like “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and “When You Say Nothing at All,” along with widespread industry acclaim. At the time, he was married to fellow singer Lorrie Morgan, and the two epitomized the ideal of a Nashville glam couple.
“Try to Change My Ways” isn’t about a guy who’s bent on reform. On the contrary, it’s a defiant statement with a clear challenge in the opening line: Just let ‘em try to change my ways. You can practically see Whitley’s fists shake as he sings to a fiery mix of bluegrass banjo and searing guitars that might conjure up shades of Steve Earle or other outlaw acts. Whitley was not quite two years old when his father died, but he’s informed and assured enough to tell Sounds Like Nashville, “I think it embodies the spirit of my dad and what he stood for.” One particular lyric truly hits home for Whitley as he reflects on his father, who was born in Sandy Hook, Kentucky. “There is a line that says, My blood runs through these Kentucky hills, and that reminds me of my father,” says young Whitley. “Every time I drive through Kentucky, I think about him and just the Whitley family in general.”
A few years back, Whitley co-wrote the song “Shadows” about his father’s country music legacy. When listening to “Try to Change My Ways,” it would obviously be surmised that Whitley wrote that as well. But it was actually penned by Kirk Roth and Robert Kemp, who came up with such a relatable scenario that Whitley could practically claim it as his own. “I did not write that song,” he notes for clarity, “but I loved it at the first listen. What I liked is that it doesn’t just talk about one class of people. Like the part about standing up for the USA, well, that’s everybody. I think we’re all together on that. This song is a little different for me,” he adds with a slight laugh. “I’m wanting to find out who I am as an artist.” The aggressive-sounding anthem, replete with such proclamations as I’m gonna hunt and I’m gonna pray, would hardly fit Keith Whitley’s style, but Jesse Keith believes that dad would have been on board. “I had no idea that this would be a single,” Whitley says. “I had a couple of other ideas but this won out. I decided later that I would dedicate the song to my father.”
“Try to Change My Ways” marks the first single from an upcoming album project, due this year. But, as is the case with his musical contemporaries, the tour portion of Whitley’s career lies in limbo due to uncertainties about the coronavirus spread. “We have had to cancel a lot of dates,” Whitley says with a certain air of resignation. “Really, I should be out on the road right now, but we all know that’s not happening. We have been able to move some dates to the fall and winter, so that’s good.”
More than 30 years after his death, Keith Whitley still exacts a tangible influence on today’s country. Whitley left behind a rich musical catalog that includes posthumous No. 1 hits “I Wonder Do You Think of Me” and “It Ain’t Nothin’.” He established himself with a versatile, smooth baritone voice that was raised on bluegrass – he became the lead singer for Ralph Stanley’s band in 1974 while still in his teens – but proved equally at home in mainstream country.
“Guys like Chris Young and Dylan Scott were influenced by my dad, and I hear it in their music,” Whitley points out. “There is a cool video you can find on YouTube with Tracy Lawrence, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan doing [Whitley’s 1990 hit] ‘I’m Over You.’ Tracy was a big fan of my dad’s and he was on the tribute album that came out many years ago.” That 1994 record, Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album, also featured Alan Jackson, Joe Diffie, and Alison Krauss and Union Station, among many others. “One day, we’ll look at doing another tribute album,” Whitley says. “There is also a big push to get my dad into the Country Music Hall of Fame and I think he deserves that. Right now, I’m just proud to honor him with this single.”