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 band?
We sometimes forget the power of music on youth. The Beatles were a force of nature everyone who followed was something a little less.
Paul played Nashville this week ... 72 years old and father of five who looks 52 and ready to run a lap. Headline in paper said he amazed ... amen to that.
Like Willie Nelson on the Country side, Paul is forever on tour or in the studio. His enthusiasm is contagious. He embraces the styles of the day and makes them work for him. Go to YouTube, if nothing else, and watch the current tour videos. The staging is tasteful and contemporary. Everything about the show is first class and modern. The songs are, at times, 50 years old but feel brand new. It is a clinic on how to do what Paul needs to do and that is show off a 50-year career in a modern Internet download world.
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 ...
August 22, 2014Bye, Bye Taylor ... Come Back Soon!
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville I am a fan of Taylor Swift. I think she is brilliant in many, many ways! She is the fastest study I have seen in my 35 years in Nashville. She was a game changer like Garth was a game changer. Not every one wants the game changed. ...
August 15, 2014Blame It On The Neon Moon
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Since the Super Moon illuminated the world full peak last Saturday night, things have been crazy! Started with the Tony Stewart racing incident in N.Y. state. Tony is friend to several Nashville folks and that death on the track ...