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 dump.
It's an ugly story created by an "anything goes" partying policy a major Country shows around the country.
Let's go back to 2008:
Boston, CBS TV
The Country music festival was marred by tragedy in 2008 when 20-year-old Debra Davis of Milton and her friend Alexa Latteo, 19, of Mansfield, were killed after the car Latteo was driving veered into a tree on Route 1 in Wrentham just after they left the venue.
Police at the time said the two did not have tickets for the event, but spent the day in the parking lot. This year, Foxborough officials said, they will also work with owners of private parking areas in other parts of town that could be eyed by revelers as places to circumvent the new rule and get the party rolling before the stadium lots open.
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 ...
June 6, 2014An Overwhelming Week
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. The CMT ratings were up ... the music was crazier than ever! It was must see TV ... you had to watch to see what was going to be on next! After watching Eric Church blow the roof off the Bridgestone, more than a few questioned ...
May 30, 2014The Pot Is Approaching The Boiling Point
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. Maybe the boiling point came quicker than expected. Required homework assignment ... from the New York Times, a well-written article on the current state of Country music ... or close enough ...
May 23, 2014It Begins With A Bang!!!!
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. The hottest weekend of 2014 is underway in Baton Rouge at LSU's Tiger Stadium! One of the final George Strait shows with Reba as his opening act. The Bro Country boys headline the other two nights. Huge three-day event and the ...
May 16, 2014The High Price Of Show Business
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. The media business is a killer! NYT editor blown out this week ... with no notice ... some big-time local radio folks blown out of jobs ... artist Randy Houser files for divorce. Jay Z gets mauled by his sister-in-law. Only the ...