Halloween 2019

Before we get to today’s topic, here are this week’s new album releases: Carolyn Sills Combo, Phoenix Asteroid, The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri, Miranda Lambert, Hootie & The Blowfish, The Mavericks, Creed Fisher, Micky and The Motorcars, Erin Enderlin, Stoney Larue, Jolie&The Jackalopes,Karin Page, and Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour Lyve!

Anita Stapleton has a new album called “Some Memories” that is only available through her site: http://www.anitastapletonmusic.com/music.html

My October-December Country Plus Showcase includes 70+ artists: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-tR16mK6iahWJja7WOZA5A

Here’s my Halloween list: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_xX_BwEull5byladrYInML

The Merkins have a bunch of Halloween songs as “The Slashstreet Boys” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgV-hgprraRb071mumQFw2g

If you like roots music that’s dark and grimy, there’s Death Roots Syndicate: https://www.youtube.com/user/DeathRootsSyndicate

I’ve mentioned “Popeye voice” technique recently. Salty Holmes had a sizable career in country and western (including western movies), and used the technique in his Halloween classic, “The Ghost Song” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-_RoYpySpA

The lady in the video was his wife (though they later divorced), who used stage names Mattie O’Neill and Jean Chapel. She had some success as a country artist, but more success as a songwriter, including a number one for Eddy Arnold.

Here’s a 1938 version that Salty Holmes did with his group, The Prairie Ramblers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXQX5KxhDWk

The Prairie Ramblers were also known as The Kentucky Ramblers and Sweet Violet Boys. The Prairie Ramblers were the backing band for some of Patsy Montana’s recordings, including “Cowboy’s Sweetheart.”

Salty Holmes was also known for his “talking harmonica” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KXv6XMPDM0

Back to Popeye voices, here’s a look at all over the Popeye voices over the decades: https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/voice-compare/Popeye/Popeye/

It’s most remarkable that the voice of Olive Oyl (and Betty Boop) was able to pull off the Popeye voice. Voice actor Billy West describes studying Tuvan throat singing to achieve the Popeye voice effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqlQJOifTZg

Poley McClintock used a Popeye-like voice at least as far back as 1927: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6q0TiYGj5c

According to this article at Cartoon Research: “Costello … built his Popeye voice on noises he made earlier in his career, and on the work of ‘Gene Greene and Poley McClintock.” https://cartoonresearch.com/index.php/sing-me-a-cartoon-16-more-sailor-man-rhythm/

Here’s the Popeye-sounding part of the scatting/eefing section of Gene Greene’s 1911 “King Of the Bungaloos” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpUzYBXcI0M&t=240s

Note that some of the eefing songs that came decades later included some reference to pie, as well.

10/30/19 Cliff Edwards = Ukulele Ike = Jiminy Cricket

The voice of Jiminy Cricket also had a significant recording career for decades. He was considered a jazz artist, but in that era, genre lines were pretty darn blurry. See western swing, for instance: https://www.guitarplayer.com/miscellaneous/western-swing-roping-in-the-rip-roarin-riffs-of-cowboy-jazz

Willie Nelson and other country artists cite significant jazz influences, as well.

Here are some articles about Cliff Edwards:

https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/cliffedwards

https://www.challengerecords.com/products/1305277461

Although he had a prolific and impressive career, he apparently died broke, and his grave was unmarked for nearly 20 years, until some fan stepped up and paid for a marker: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1742/cliff-edwards

Here’s the history of the Original Memphis Five jazz band from New York: http://redhotjazz.com/om5.html

The group recorded under many names, and Edwards recorded with the group as Bailey’s Lucky Seven and Ladd’s Black Aces: http://redhotjazz.com/ladds.html

“None of the musicians in Ladd’s Black Aces were black even though Gennett records advertised them as such, going so far as to show a picture of an African-American band in some of their ads.”

Jimmy Durante recorded with the Original Memphis Five. So did Country Music Hall Of Fame member Vernon Dalhart. Here’s Vernon Dalhart in 1923: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kcp7wwiLAo

Here’s an old message board thread about early eefing, which mentions Cliff Edwards: https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=119521,119521

Michael C Garber’s 2017 full journal article “Eepha-Soffa-Dill and Eephing: Found in Ragtime, Jazz, and Country Music, from Broadway to a Texas Plantation” is hidden behind a paywall, but the introduction mentions Cliff Edwards: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/683005

Gene Greene’s 1911 “King of the Bungaloos” includes a bit of scat singing near the end with eefing, and even a Popeye-like voice. One could make a case that eefing fills a role in hillbilly music that scat singing does in jazz, and beatboxing does in hip-hop, though each of the techniques shows up outside of its “host” genre. It’s because of the parallels that include some of these on my “Hip Hop Meets Country Plus” list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdt8MKx589Q&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-V1Zm3r_8zuhMVhWlU0O00&index=117&t=0s

Cliff Edwards’ ukulele songs were cool, too, and I included a couple of his Hawaii-themed songs on my Island Country Vibe list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcqosnLJj_Y&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09gcNdHaAXRxhYc8-scNOUi&index=51&t=0s

I included Cliff Edwards’ funny “Hard Hearted Hannah” on my “Odds and Ends” list, right after the original voice of Popeye, Billy Costello: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf8_Ozy7Hhc&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_pvQKkaTWk_mMuZBq0AHJC&index=65&t=0s

Since I mentioned eefing earlier, I’ll also mention the history of the “Uncle Eph” songs: http://www.folklorist.org/song/Uncle_Eph

10/29/19 Ernest Rogers

There are so many country artists named Rogers/Rodgers, and as far as I know, they’re all unrelated to one another (Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmie F Rodgers,Kenny Rogers, Roy Rogers,, and many more). Randy Rogers is part of three of the top eight songs on Texas Regional Radio this week.

Today’s post is about the lesser-known “citybilly” Ernest Rogers, who recorded some songs in 1927-8: https://archive.org/details/ErnestRogersVictor

Citybilly: http://oldtimeblues.net/tag/citybilly/

http://oldtimeblues.net/2017/10/27/victor-20502-ernest-rogersvernon-dalhart-19271925/

One of his best known recordings is “Willie The Chimney Sweeper” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJmSlSrOVuk

Cab Calloway’s “Minnie The Moocher” drew from Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon’s 1927 recording, “Willie The Weeper.” Frankie was a blues singer who sometimes performed dressed as a woman in a group called the Black Hillbillies. Here’s “Willie the Weeper” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjdJJxkt6TU

So, Rogers was considered a hillbilly (country) artist, Jaxon was considered a blues artist, and Calloway was considered a jazz artist, and they did these related songs that sounded more alike than not.

Here’s the 1932 Betty Boop cartoon “Minnie The Moocher” featuring Cab Calloway as a ghost walrus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7VUU_VPI1E

Ghost walrus !

Back to Ernest Rogers, here’s “The Flight Of Lucky Lindbergh” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC0DOgorSyQ

Ernest Rogers, “Let Me Be Your Man In The Moon” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QPW-1R59CA

Since I mentioned Jimmie Rodgers earlier in this post, here’s some “Blue Yodel” history: “Article MT193 – from Musical Traditions No 11, Late 1993” http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/b_yodel.htm

10/28/19 Theatre and Opera

Before the WSM Barn Dance became the Grand Ole Opry, and before the Bristol Sessions, there was Vernon Dalhart: https://countrymusichalloffame.org/artist/vernon-dalhart/

“By 1910 he was pursuing his career in New York, where he filled roles in opera and operetta productions… His 1924 Victor recording of “The Wreck of the Old 97” coupled with “The Prisoner’s Song” became country music’s first million-selling record and redirected the course of his career. Over the next nine years he devoted himself primarily to hillbilly songs, of which he recorded several hundred, routinely cutting the same material for half a dozen or more different companies. Since many of these recordings would then be released on subsidiary labels, a collection of all his distinct issues would run into thousands”

A number of modern country artists have some interest in opera and classical music, and/or musical theater, so let’s settle in and enjoy some of their efforts:

Raul Malo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqOb7sUFnns

Tyler Farr: http://www.cmt.com/news/1716697/tyler-farr-from-opera-to-george-jones-to-redneck-crazy/

Chris Young: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBnTxC85FhY

Cliona Hagan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGOltYKiMiU

Frank Martin Gilligan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YB-HdjRROI

Caroline Jones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLOGkIq6GJA

Gary Morris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2NgI1adrdk

Reba McEntire on Broadway: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdoaj54dTnv9r1McK22UdPiBhDp2aGoRs

Here’s the 1985 Broadway version of Roger Miller’s “River In The Rain” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcXxQreSGG8

Alison Krauss covered this one a couple of years ago, and I heard her sing this one at Willie’s 4th of July this summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPMaX_p0aoM&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ08t6N9eIxaDWm-2YP-niDXa&index=16&t=0s

Cowboys & Indians Magazine published a great article, “The Great Wild Way,” about the extensive history of western-themed musicals: https://www.cowboysindians.com/2015/10/the-great-wild-way/

Here’s more information about “Rio Rita” from the late 1920s: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020332/reviews

Here’s a 1927 “Rio Rita” recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzMovHNVS5k

Patter songs are most often associated with Gilbert and Sullivan in the late 1800s, but have been around for hundreds of years. The “Major General” song from Pirates of Penzance is probably the single best known example, and here’s “My Eyes Are Fully Open” from Ruddigore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1oZh1KTvFQ&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-V1Zm3r_8zuhMVhWlU0O00&index=80

Here are more patter examples: http://www.markrobinsonwrites.com/the-music-that-makes-me-dance/2017/2/16/whats-the-matter-merely-patter-great-broadway-patter-songs

http://www.actorhub.co.uk/1705/the-best-patter-songs-for-musical-theatre-auditions-showcases-and-concerts

The Mark Robinson article mentions the Barnum musical from 1980. I include this one on my “Hip Hop Meets Country Plus” list, because this is a good example of a patter song with country instrumentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbEASiphifc&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-V1Zm3r_8zuhMVhWlU0O00&index=81

“The Royal Nonesuch” is an absolutely zany Roger Miller patter song from the same 1985 “Big River” Broadway soundtrack as “River In The Rain” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMQ_eC0PanU&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-V1Zm3r_8zuhMVhWlU0O00&index=82

The Actor Hub link classifies “I’ve Been Everywhere” as a patter song. Here’s the early Australian version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UAh7ogwAYQ&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-V1Zm3r_8zuhMVhWlU0O00&index=83

Back to Gilbert & Sullivan, I’ll mention “The Mikado.” A sheet music version of “I’ve Got A Little List” from 1886 included an offensive term that has since been replaced by “banjo.” Here’s Stewie from Family Guy singing a pastiche: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug9Qc7bUBS8

The Rappin’ Duke in 1984 includes a reference to “Titwillow,” which is from the Mikado:

Rappin’ Duke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85G5SI5Nu3s&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-V1Zm3r_8zuhMVhWlU0O00&index=6&t=0s

Titwillow from The Mikado: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ATvmE4QsKk

10/26/19 Tour Notes

Garth Brooks has already sold 75,000 tickets for next month’s show in Knoxville, Tennessee, with Jon Pardi as the opener: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/10/25/garth-brooks-breaks-neyland-stadium-entertainment-sales-record/2457347001/

Druid City Music Hall in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was acquired by Big Spring Entertainment: https://www.pollstar.com/article/big-spring-buys-druid-city-music-hall-adds-beckerman-moss-141510

Since I’m from Tuscaloosa, I can add a little bit of history for this 800-capacity venue near the university. When I was young, the building was a movie theater. Druid City Music Hall opened in 2015. Although the venue is not impressive, a whole lot of acts played there on their way up. Luke Combs and Kane Brown each played there in 2016. Cody Jinks, Turnpike Troubadours,Cole Swindell, Whiskey Myers, St Paul and the Broken Bones, and many more played the venue. Cody Johnson, Koe Wetzel, and Riley Green are among the acts who played at the Druid City Music Hall this year.

The Druid City Music Hall replaced the Jupiter Bar and Grill, which closed in 2014 after 13 years (known as Dixie for a while). Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Jason Isbell, Dave Matthews Band, Randy Rogers, Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson,and many more played there.

This old article includes a picture of the old Jupiter, and you can see how unimpressive looking the place is, considering the huge acts who have come through: https://cw.ua.edu/26379/uncategorized/druid-city-music-hall-to-replace-jupiter-bar/

In Texas,Gruene Hall has all sorts of names lined up for the remainder of the year, including Wynonna, The Mavericks, Wade Bowen, and on and on: http://gruenehall.com/calendar/

Garth Brooks played Gruene Hall as part of his Dive Bar Tour, where the only way to get in was to win tickets from a radio station.

Kacey Musgraves (with Maggie Rogers and Yola) apparently set the “female attendance record” for Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena https://musicrow.com/2019/10/kacey-musgraves-set-to-break-attendance-record-at-nashvilles-bridgestone-arena/

Blackbird Presents announced a New Year’s Eve show in Dallas for Lynyrd Skynyrd with Allman Betts Band and Asleep At The Wheel. Tickets go on sale Monday: https://blackbirdpresents.com/concert/lynyrd-skynyrd-new-years-eve-concert/lineup/

The Dallas-Fort Worth area continues to enjoy major growth, and major new venues are on the way.

$540-million, 14,000-capacity Dickies Arena in Fort Worth opens officially today, and George Strait will play a pair of shows there next month (Asleep At The Wheel opening): https://www.fox4news.com/news/new-dickies-arena-set-to-open-saturday-in-fort-worth

In March,Chris Stapleton (with Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, and Yola) will have the first event at the $1.2-billion Globe Life Field in Arlington, which will have a 5.5-acre retractable roof: https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/10/17/globe-life-fields-last-retractable-roof-truss-installed/

Globe Life Field is being built to replace Globe Life Park, and Jason Aldean (with Kane Brown, Carly Pearce, and Dee Jay Silver) recently played the final concert at Globe Life Park: https://www.focusdailynews.com/country-music-superstar-jason-aldean-at-globe-life-park-oct-11/

10/25/19 Quotes

Brainy Quote collection of hundreds of country music quotes: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/country-music-quotes

Country Living “55 Best Country Song Instagram Captions” https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a28550680/country-instagram-captions/

Best Life “30 Funniest Lines From Country Songs” https://bestlifeonline.com/funny-lines-country-songs/

The Famous People “43 Great Dolly Parton Quotes” https://quotes.thefamouspeople.com/dolly-parton-1236.php

CMUSE “60 Funny Music Quotes Of All Time” https://www.cmuse.org/funny-music-quotes-of-all-time/

AZ Quotes “Top 25 Bluegrass Quotes” https://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/bluegrass.html

Here are some very recent quotes:

Rolling Stone interview with Old Dominion https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/old-dominion-matthew-ramsey-interview-new-album-903507/

“There is a lot of influences in this band, and some are country. But the majority of them are not country. It’s an equal palette that we draw from, as far as rock or hip-hop or pop.”

GQ interview with Tyler Childers: https://www.gq.com/story/tyler-childers-interview-2019

“A lot of times, you’ll be flipping through country radio and there’s just no substance.”

Miranda Lambert’s endorsement of Carrie Underwood for CMA Entertainer Of The Year on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3V5AGonTXC/?igshid=1v1izsm76ip98

Several artists posted comments on the above link, including Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, members of Little Big Town, and Morgane Stapleton.

10/24/19 This Week’s Albums

The Oak Ridge Boys (Christmas), Kenny Rogers (deluxe version of earlier gospel album, including a previously unreleased collaboration with the Oak Ridge Boys), Kinky Friedman, Rissi Palmer, Yesterday’s Wine (Wyatt Durrette and Levi Lowrey), Alison Moorer, Gary Allan (deluxe edition of album from 20 years ago), Old Dominion, Hannah Hokit, Joseph McDonald, The Franklin County Trucking Company, Volume Five, Tanner Usrey, Jon Langston, Nick Nace, Lankum, The Rhyolite Sound, John Surge & The Haymakers, Craig Cummings, Jackson Stokes, Zack Walther Band, Van Morrison, James Blunt, and Neil Young.

There are some country artists on the new compilation album “Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories.”

Speaking of people named Rogers, I mentioned Kenny Rogers earlier, and here’s a flashback to 2003 to his collaboration with Coolio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAHCsC06Ueg&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-V1Zm3r_8zuhMVhWlU0O00&index=14&t=0s

In 1986, King Yellowman covered “The Gambler,” and that is on my “Island Country Vibe” list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naWz4wGYBG4&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09gcNdHaAXRxhYc8-scNOUi&index=5&t=0s

Kenny Rogers is also represented on my “Odds and Ends” list with “Planet Texas” from 1989: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa6evJIBAVo&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_pvQKkaTWk_mMuZBq0AHJC&index=75&t=0s

Bluegrass Today posted a funny bro-country parody: https://bluegrasstoday.com/bro-country-white-dove-the-final-edit/

October-December Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-tR16mK6iahWJja7WOZA5A

September Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_FemLPcAnqZM3UUNrx8AUP

Odds and Ends, But Mostly Odds: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_pvQKkaTWk_mMuZBq0AHJC

August Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ08us-o88qKzw1LmH8Xsuf8q

July Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_p3uv1wJwiGcf7DPaCfMRg

June Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-wdHepjkgDCr8-Sp2DsYTJ

May Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09cdworoiMzVB8_CdCxVZJ-

Mar-Apr Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-bwAXPAD9vVn5DA_X-Xhka

Jan-Feb Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-kwTHYUZwwwF1RGBkE2CP1

Halloween: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_xX_BwEull5byladrYInML

Interesting Instrumentals: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-6BHcuXYX13cajGpJpKl8Z

Hip Hop Meets Country Plus: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-V1Zm3r_8zuhMVhWlU0O00

Island Country Vibe: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09gcNdHaAXRxhYc8-scNOUi

Funny and Weird: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_EK_Dl_W92YMWSGoYgM2yt

2015-2019 Southern Rock Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_bYlp0JhEwQrLHaURsl7ER

Western Music Before 1960: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09fOAMoP5dQFLW-de24vp5P

Western Music, 1960-1979: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-zwHDHQlgGhLMsKG4EzqjG

Bluegrass Covers: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ08ALquMHcr8MRHspvPZAd_4

A Few Good Tunes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09OfzcFwcXG8kIdG-WVMaCQ

Virginia Mountains: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_33VovZTkvKF_TwzC3BcRd

Coal Songs: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ08yWYJ2Sr_UeqY6DZxsxFzM

Snakesss: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_4c2rJLSHdU1JkcRSDLwS4

Marching Band Country & Western: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-U2lSP1Y7xa5uzpwPC_xu5

Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-j9NjX4777a9nZ97D5gVFK

10/23/19 ACM Album Of The Decade, Luke Bryan ?!

Before we get started, here’s the new video for Tanya Tucker’s “Bring My Flowers Now” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVEd0YUx7X8&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-tR16mK6iahWJja7WOZA5A&index=3&t=0s

I remember her performance of this song at the Loretta Lynn birthday deal this spring.

Another recent addition to my October-December Country Plus Showcase is this funny one from Uncle Goo, “The Dog Song” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noXYVL52w7M&list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-tR16mK6iahWJja7WOZA5A&index=17&t=0s

Last night at the Grand Ole Opry, Luke Bryan was presented the ACM Award for Album of the Decade: http://www.kixbrooksradio.com/2019/10/23/luke-bryan-wins-inaugural-acm-album-of-the-decade-for-crash-my-party/

“The ACM Album of the Decade Award recognizes an album that has impacted country music over the decade. The factors considered include success at radio of singles released from album, album concept, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.”

I probably should just congratulate the guy or not comment at all, but it’s noteworthy that Luke Bryan’s 2013 album “Crash My Party” won ACM Album of the Decade without even winning an ACM Album of the Year award (Kacey Musgraves’ album won that year) https://musicrow.com/2014/04/2014-acm-winners/

Just for fun, here are some reviews of the album:

USA Today (2.5 of 4): https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/08/11/review-of-luke-bryan-album/2632937/

“He comes across as just another backwoods party animal with an amped-up sound and indiscriminate taste in women.”

Rolling Stone (2.5 of 5): https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/crash-my-party-107514/

“Luke Bryan’s fourth album opens audaciously, following some T-Pain-name-checking hick-hop boom-bap with some fast-rhyming drama. Before long, though, the party really does crash.”

American Songwriter (3 of 5): https://americansongwriter.com/2013/08/luke-bryan-crash-my-party/

“This album is predictably programmed for obstreperous fist-pumping, beer chugging followers of feel good country pop who don’t want to waste a lot of time contemplating the deeper meaning of life.”

Allmusic (2.5 of 5): https://www.allmusic.com/album/crash-my-party-mw0002532581

“With its sly Auto-Tune, diluted hip-hop rhythms, nods to T.I., and rivers of beer, Crash My Party surely doesn’t feel as if it belongs to country.”

10/22/19 Streaming and Sales

Billboard article “Catalog Conundrum: Labels Eyeing Ways to Market Older Music as Streaming and Hot Singles Dominate” https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/streaming/8533315/catalog-music-labels-market-older-music-streaming-singles

Billboard article “IFPI: Older Listeners Migrating to Streaming at Fast Clip, While Piracy Remains ‘Huge Concern’ Overall” https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8530843/ifpi-music-listening-2019-study-streaming-piracy-radio-research

Roughstock posted current album sales data (without streaming), and it is staggering how tiny the numbers are for pretty much everyone: http://roughstock.com/news/2019/10/44019-top-10-country-albums-sales-chart-october-21-2019

Roughstock also posted current digital downloads data: http://roughstock.com/news/2019/10/44022-top-30-digital-country-downloads-october-21-2019

Roughstock posted “top country catalog album sales” a couple of weeks ago: http://roughstock.com/news/2019/10/43989-top-country-catalog-album-sales-october-9-2019

My Halloween YouTube list: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_xX_BwEull5byladrYInML

My October-December Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-tR16mK6iahWJja7WOZA5A

10/17/19 New Albums This Week

Y’all know the deal…

Uncle Goo, Dillon Carmichael, The Carter Family-Across Generations, Zachary Lucky, Cody Jinks, Darin and Brooke Aldridge,Band of Ruhks, Triston Marez, Mercy Bell, Tyler Childers, Emisunshine and the Rain, Joe Stamm, Mark Chesnutt, Maddie and Tae, Chris Janson, Caroline Jones, Patsy & Loretta movie soundtrack, The Milk Carton Kids, The Drunken Hearts, Florida Georgia Line, Karen & The Sorrows, Gilead Road, Kurt Gunn and the Poor Town Proper, Sarah Sparks, The Magpie Salute, Jake La Botz, Christie Lamb, David Newbould, 1/5 and Maine, The Lacs, Savannah Philyaw, David Alexander,Ray Boone,Ghetto Cowboy, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (blues), and Keb Mo (Christmas).

October-December Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-tR16mK6iahWJja7WOZA5A

September Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_FemLPcAnqZM3UUNrx8AUP

August Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ08us-o88qKzw1LmH8Xsuf8q

July Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_p3uv1wJwiGcf7DPaCfMRg

June Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-wdHepjkgDCr8-Sp2DsYTJ

May Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09cdworoiMzVB8_CdCxVZJ-

Mar-Apr Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-bwAXPAD9vVn5DA_X-Xhka

Jan-Feb Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-kwTHYUZwwwF1RGBkE2CP1

2018 Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ08rh-5bkVOnbB0uP9XV09XX

2017 Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ08t6N9eIxaDWm-2YP-niDXa

2015-2016 Country Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-uqAS0M4LlvpR7zBwLC4js

Odds and Ends, But Mostly Odds: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_pvQKkaTWk_mMuZBq0AHJC

Halloween: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_xX_BwEull5byladrYInML

Interesting Instrumentals: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-6BHcuXYX13cajGpJpKl8Z

Hip Hop Meets Country Plus: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-V1Zm3r_8zuhMVhWlU0O00

Island Country Vibe: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09gcNdHaAXRxhYc8-scNOUi

Funny and Weird: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_EK_Dl_W92YMWSGoYgM2yt

2015-2019 Southern Rock Plus Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_bYlp0JhEwQrLHaURsl7ER

Western Music Before 1960: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09fOAMoP5dQFLW-de24vp5P

Western Music, 1960-1979: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-zwHDHQlgGhLMsKG4EzqjG

Bluegrass Covers: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ08ALquMHcr8MRHspvPZAd_4

50 Spotify Lists: https://open.spotify.com/user/okralemon

A Few Good Tunes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09OfzcFwcXG8kIdG-WVMaCQ

Virginia Mountains: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_33VovZTkvKF_TwzC3BcRd

Coal Songs: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ08yWYJ2Sr_UeqY6DZxsxFzM

Snakesss: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_4c2rJLSHdU1JkcRSDLwS4

Marching Band Country & Western: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-U2lSP1Y7xa5uzpwPC_xu5

Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-j9NjX4777a9nZ97D5gVFK

International Country Music 2018: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_3cF48cNpjzUaypVVInUia

Songs Written By Chris Stapleton: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_STDPd0CJaA3dFiEWiiT4R

Staplemania (Chris Stapleton singing, playing, backup vocals, interviews,etc): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-zKPI5u39k8hklw0eEy-P0

Religious/Inspirational: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ09Sb75VzDdfRPjiNtElF0zA

2017 & 2018 CMA Fest Meet & Greets: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ08QBqY-maPhaX0Zdh59dQkg

2019 CMA Week: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-WbuM-pNw3IKPAU7nc4Ele

Reverbnation CountrySongs: https://www.reverbnation.com/fan/okralemon/playlist/3646402

Reverbnation Southern Rock: https://www.reverbnation.com/fan/okralemon/playlist/3647070

Soundcloud Stapleton and More: https://soundcloud.com/user-352594262/sets/stapleton-and-more

Pandora Stapleton and More: https://www.pandora.com/station/play/3433950968283183260

Pandora Celtic and Bluegrass: https://www.pandora.com/station/play/3490527288278169756