April 17, 2015Watch Where You Step!
Most smart business types try to stay away from controversy. Some subjects are very polarizing and like electric fences, you need to stay clear. Politics would be one. Abortion another. Gun control issues ... oh yeah.
Last week, The National Rifle Association rolled into town and broke attendance records. Alan Jackson and Hank Williams, Jr. played to enthusiastic audiences and I never saw a negative word from anyone.
Then you have Tim McGraw's decision to play for the Sandy Hook Promise concert this summer. Founded by the families who lost children in that mass shooting inside an elementary school. What could be controversial about that? Well, apparently a lot!
Go to Twitter and put in Tim McGraw Sandy Hook ... or go to an online publication called The Shotgunnews.com. Who knows how many people read these things, but it hasn't been pretty. Just check it out. Maybe no one knew it was going to be a controversial booking. I sure had no idea. The gun enthusiast side is very upset. Probably best to let this calm down rather than talk about it, since both sides can't hear because they are yelling too loudly. Tim did issue this statement on his motivations:
April 10, 2015Country Music And Guns!
Anyone want to take bets on print reporters taking shots at Country music in their coverage of the National Rifle Association's yearly convention stopping this year in Nashville? Seventy thousand expected to hit the new Music City Center. Every politician worth his ...
April 3, 2015CMT Is On Fire
The words of Jayson Dinsmore, one of the big bosses at CMT. The network told advertisers and the rest of us about their new programming plans and I'm not sure what this means for Country music. Billy Ray Cyrus will play an Elvis impersonator in a CMT comedy; Kellie ...
March 27, 2015Oh What A Beautiful Sight!!!
To stand in the middle of Houston's huge NRG Stadium and look up at over 75,000 Country music fans is impressive! Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton all played to over 75,000 paid at RodeoHouston. That's a big number ... four times more than ...
March 20, 2015$40 To Park ... Hundreds To Sleep!
If long lines, bad traffic and high prices don't scare you, then you should be in Austin right now. More bearded men than a lumberjack convention and if you don't have a lanyard around your neck, you are nothing! Texas, Texas, Texas ... hard to not have the state on your ...
March 6, 2015The Comeback Kids
Shania Twain made the headlines this week announcing her new tour and maybe her farewell tour. Tickets go on sale March 13th for Rock This Country. A very ambitious schedule that takes Shania from Seattle on June 5th to Fresno August 23rd, with 46 or so stops in ...
February 27, 2015Remain Calm ... All is Well!!!
Really? With the Country Seminar packing its tent for another year, it sure sounded like things are great and life is good. That's fantastic! Well maybe a few problems on the label side and the radio ownership side, but hey, nothing is perfect! A research presentation ...
February 20, 2015Cold ... Cold And More Cold!!!!!
If you are in the Northeast ... I can't imagine!! Nashville has been for the most part off-duty this week ... Holiday weekend turned into a scene from " Frozen" ... and it's still going on... Can't make any promises about CRS next week. Weather is always a wild card at ...
February 13, 2015Anything But A Quiet Week
Certainly an awful week for the television business! The Brian Williams scandal ought to scare anyone who is on the air ... or manages people on the air. The speed that a star can crash to Earth is scary! This was not just a lesson for TV people but for anyone in the ...
February 6, 201550 Shades Of Country
It's Grammy weekend in Los Angeles. Sunday night Feb. 8th on CBS ... if you are reading this beforehand remember they only give out a few Grammys during the Grammys. Many go out in the pre-award ceremony ... whoops, it's not called that anymore ... was the Grammy Awards ...