December 2, 2016Take Five
“Why Is It So Much Harder Than I Want It To Be?”
That’s MCA/Nashville Sr. Dir./Southwest Promotion Miranda McDonald, summing up how all of us feel when asked to boil down a year’s worth of great songs to her final, five top picks of 2016. As usual this time of year, All Access is polling (ok, badgering) radio, label, and other Country music industry pros for their five faves to be published in the Country section of AllAccess.com the week of December 19th. We’ll leave ‘em on the site during the year-end break for everyone to scrutinize, compare, contrast, and – of course – second guess. Think of it as a mini-vacation from your holiday ritual of eating, drinking, caroling, and barely tolerating that odd, irritating in-law over the holidays.
November 22, 2016Here’s Hoping All Health Breaks Loose
Today’s brilliant column idea came to me recently during my daily ritual – something I call my “10 o’clock walk.” Every morning about then, I get up from the desk and stroll to nearby Edgehill Café off Music Row for my usual large nonfat latte, followed by the ...
November 15, 2016KKGO/Los Angeles: A Christmas Story
Mt. Wilson Broadcasters Country KKGO/Los Angeles flipped the holiday switch today (11/15), going all Christmas and going all in, with a wide, mass appeal playlist stretching far beyond its usual Country format. In doing so, KKGO is basically taking on the abominable ...
November 4, 2016CMA Bottom Line Takeaway: “We Got This”
Mere moments into Wednesday night’s (11/2) “50th Annual CMA Awards,” the entire evening was summed up beautifully, emotionally, and – ironically – by someone who is mostly unable to express himself anymore. The second Randy Travis sang the word “Amen,” the ...
October 28, 2016Do You Hear What I Hear?
The Christmas album. Holiday album, if you prefer. When you think about the holidays and the influx of Christmas albums, it seems rare that a Country title immediately pops in to mind. Traditionally, we may get one or two holiday releases from Country artists in a given ...
October 21, 2016They ‘Gol Darn Gone And Done It’
Have I ever shared the turtle and the scorpion fable with you? Don’t worry, it’s short, and has a point: A scorpion, being a very poor swimmer, asked a turtle to carry him on his back across a river. "Are you mad?" Asked the turtle. "You'll sting me while I'm ...
October 14, 2016“Everything Is Nothing, With A Twist”
You’ve seen me refer to the current state of Country music as the Wild West in this space during the past year or so, because during that time, it seems almost anything goes in terms diverse influences finding their way into the format. Country has become the ultimate ...
September 30, 201625 Years Later, “Wind” Still A Breath Of Fresh Air
“When I heard ‘Ropin'’ was 25 years old, I had to go look in the mirror.” That was longtime label executive Bill Catino, reacting to this week’s 25th anniversary of Garth Brooks’ landmark album, “Ropin’ The Wind,” topping the Billboard Top 200 album ...
September 15, 2016We Get Letters, And We Read Stuff
Here’s a potpourri of feedback/observations from last week’s “Theory Of Everything” column: “If you treat Country as if it’s CHR from Nashville, you’re making a mistake.” That’s the gist of a just-published blog from the gang at Integr8 Research titled ...
September 9, 2016The Theory Of Everything: Supply, Demand, The Hits, And Shiny Objects
“Right now, it feels to me like we're trying to put 50 pounds of sugar into a five pound bag.” That was Midwest Communications Corporate Country Brand Strategist Tom Baldrica in an All Access “10 Questions” feature earlier this summer, commenting on the state of ...