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. Ever!
Taylor went officially POP this week and she took off like a bullet. Ten times more spins than Katy Perry's song. Who can do what she does and do it with class like she does? Easy answer: No ONE! Sorry, but she is elegant and awkward at the same time. Smooth but real and every flavor in between. Too much sugar but it's so much better than the brand x Miley Cyrus.
This week some rapper dude accused her of racist tones in her new video. His name is not worth mentioning since he did this outrageous charge to get publicity. Okay, maybe he believes what he says but he is not worth even addressing. The point: Welcome to the puke-filled world of rap and pop ... popular music in 2014. In Country she was safe. Now in the open water, it is a different world.
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 ...
August 8, 2014Does Anyone Have This All Figured Out?
Jimmy Carter near Seattle On vacation ... in the great NW ... went to a first-year Country music festival in far SW Oregon ... Cape Blanco Festival ... Brad, Eric and Dierks. Next year Blake and FGL. Beautiful, rarely seen part of the U.S.A. Bandon, Oregon is out of a ...
August 1, 2014Denial Is A Destination
Jimmy Carter on the road in Oregon What a beautiful place ... the Pacific Coast of Oregon! The geography makes me thankful for all things given me ... So I don't even want to dip into the last two weeks in Country music ... Wel,l maybe a little bit ... looking ...
July 25, 2014When Will Country Admit It Has A Drinking Problem?
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. A 22-year-old college student went to the Jason Aldean stadium show in Cleveland this week and drank himself to death. Homicide detectives found Cory Barron's Aldean ticket in his pants pocket when they found him dead at the city ...
July 18, 2014Moving Targets Are Hard To Hit
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. When you have a chart where an artist can go from #40 to #1 in a wee,k you know they times have changed. How would Casey Kasem have ever kept up with a chart like that? Billboard using airplay/streams/sales for the new formula. ...
July 11, 2014Fiasco In Ireland
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. In the history of Country music concerts, has there ever been a bigger mess than the one that just played out in Dublin, Ireland? Ever think who wins a nuclear war? Clearly ... no one! A few months ago, 400,000 hungry Country ...
June 27, 2014Falling Down Drunk
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. Anyone watch the news coverage of Luke Bryan's record breaking Heinz Field Pittsburgh concert? Not much about Luke ... the focus: The fans again were pigs! The parking lot looked like a city landfill and CNN kept showing the fan ...
June 20, 2014Luke ... Current King of Country?
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. I don't think anyone seeks the crown ... or the pressure that might go with it ... BUT who is hotter than Luke Bryan right now? It was announced with some fanfare that Luke would be the first country artist booked in the ...
June 13, 2014Still Overwhelmed
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. Still trying to soak in all the great music and information overload of the first half of June. The news flow in general has not been Summer-like with cop murders, another Iraq war, OJ anniversary and more. Just seems anything but ...