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 the show will feel like this year. The diversity of music might work for radio, but let's see what it feels like on TV. Will they go for a whole new "Bro" audience, or try to hold on to the more traditional folks? I bet they work both sides of the fence. Early time slot "Bro" and later not-so-"Bro"... tricky producing. Always a very exciting night, no matter how the music rolls.
Who will get the big publicity shot from the show ... will it be the Miranda/Luke show or something else? How will the ever-evolving CMA membership vote? Conservative or forward reaching? George or another choice for EOY? Country's biggest night of 2014, but next year the 50th anniversary ACM show at Jerry's World in Dallas, which will be Texas-sized!
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 ...
September 12, 2014Free Albums? Free Music? Ouch!
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Well it's been headed this way for a long time. The Napster generation does not want to pay for music. It is the day of downloads and no more DVD/CD racks full of discs in the den. Country album sales down 19.5 % YTD. It is a ...
September 5, 2014Now That's A Fall Kickoff Week To Remember!
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Where do we start? Garth and his new iTunes? Ghosttunes.com. By now you have done homework on this project. Steve Jobs could never get Garth to see things his way. And ever seen a price like $30 bucks for all of Garth's catalogue? ...
August 29, 2014Hold The Ice PLEASE!
Jimmy Carter in Panama City, FL for Labor Day Weekend Big Country festival here at the beach to end the Summer or begin the Fall ... you decide. Blake, Carrie, Dierks are the headliners for The Guilf Coast Pepsi Jam 2014. Nice lineup and just one of the many great shows ...