Live Nation Update:
National Concert Week starts tomorrow, with thousands of tickets nationwide going on a special sale for $20. A lot of these tickets normally go for $50 or more.
I have fully two hundred songs on the March-April 2019 Country Plus Showcase . I’ll start in on the May-June list this week.
The Odds and Ends, But Mostly Odds list is all-genre, so I don’t usually post as much about it here. There’s a bit of country in the mix, but it’s mostly other kinds of music. I shuffle songs in and out of this list more often than some of my other lists.
CMA Fest Update: Breakout Stage performers announced this morning
Edit: Broadway Stage and Acoustic Corner stages were also announced. Yes, there are some quality “real country” names sprinkled in: Tony Jackson, Erin Enderlin, Dillon Carmichael, etc.
Billboard Weekly Update:
Thomas Rhett is up to #11 country radio airplay after just 9 weeks, Blake Shelton is #15 after 5 weeks, and Luke Bryan is #23 after 5 weeks.
As for women on country radio, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Lindsey Ell, Runaway June, Tenille Townes, and Carly Pearce are all in the top 30, so that’s a higher percentage than some of the weekly charts in the last couple of years. It is worth noting that most of these artists are in their twenties. I’m guessing that’s why thirty-something Carrie Underwood is trying her luck with a youthful, poppy song from some of the same writers who penned the FGL-Rexha hit ?
Tennessee Whiskey is #4 on Streaming Songs. It was released May 5th, 2015. Four years later, and indie artists and bloggers still whine about their jealousy of Chris Stapleton’s success with this song. Harping for fully four years isn’t “music criticism” or “art evaluation.” It’s just being an annoying asshole. He’s better than you. Get over it.
I even saw an indie artist throwing shade at George Strait on FB a week or two ago. You’re not hurting George, dude. You’re hurting your reputation, not his.