November 21, 2014For What It's Worth
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville
The names have been changed to protect ... (Interesting how we can just pull out old phrases from TV shows, movies and songs) ... Ran into a situation this week that has troubled me.
With a group of young people... smart, that's a given. Nashville residents, most from out of town. They just didn't seem excited and passionate about much of anything. But why? They are here in a very exciting city. Or so I am told.
The entertainment field is where these young ones are moving toward. But look at the landscape where they begin. It's not all sunshine and lollipops.
Music Row is turning into condo city. The concentration of media in a few blocks has been broken. Labels are spread all over town and the recording studios are, too.
November 14, 2014The Free Music War
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville The battle lines are forming. It is a war and big bucks are at stake. It is about money but sadly it seems to be much more than that. Are we really evolving into a culture that only wants to rent things and not own? Has the ...
November 7, 2014Million Reasons Why
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Sixteen million-plus watched the 48th CMA Awards according to the overnight ratings. That number could go higher when the slower version of the ratings are figured in. Impressive figure and a very ambitious effort. Try this ...
October 31, 2014The Biggest Next 365 In History
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Look ahead to the next 365 for Country music. It is shaping up to be historic. First, CMA Week 2014 ... The event gets bigger every year. ABC seems to do more promotion every year. Disney does know how to do synergy. Not sure what ...
October 24, 2014Happening Ten Years Time Ago
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville I doubt many remember that Yardbirds song, but I saw them play on top of a flatbed truck Montgomery International Speedway back in the '60s. Jimmy Page and I spoke for a while after the band arrive ... He was cool. Led Zeppelin came ...
October 17, 2014A Lesson From Sir Paul McCartney
I have been watching Paul McCartney since elementary school and that Sunday night 50 years ago when his band played the Sullivan show. That one TV show changed a lot of lives that night. How many people decided to go into music or media after seeing and hearing that boy ...
October 10, 2014Just One Big High School
With the CMA voting getting close to the end and the Grammy nominations in the creation stage, who are these "voters" who determine who gets in and who doesn't. Same city, but a little different voters for these two awards. The Grammy folks are strictly the people who ...
October 3, 2014Keeping The Customer Satisfied
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Potty-Gate! See the story this week about the Rascal Flatts show with a porta-potty crisis? Washington Redskins training campaign outside Richmond, Virginia ... Saturday night crowd of 4,500-plus ... 16 Porta-Pottys. I'm told that ...
September 26, 2014When Dinosaurs Roamed The Earth
When not a broadcaster I am a teacher ... for over 20 years at Belmont University. The college students today were born in the '90s. I still have Winter coats from the '90s! When you show these future music industry leaders some things, they look at you like you just ...
September 19, 2014End Of The Long Hot Summer
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Maybe the anemic Country CD sales pick up with the dawn of Fall ... Country stars are in the arenas, amphitheaters, on TV, on the Internet, working very hard. Been a tough Summer at the checkout counter. NOW, Kenny Chesney, Jason ...