Video of the Day
The music video format has been around so long that most modern country artists began their career with one. Even some of the veterans from the era before music video now have decades of clips to their credit.
I thought it would be fun to compare the first clip of an artist to their most recent, since it lends itself so well to embedded video in the comments.
First up: Dolly Parton.
She released her first music video in the late seventies, accompanying her cover of The Beatles classic “Help!” in 1979:
I caught the new Carrie Underwood video last night for the first time, following a link at CMT. I couldn’t shake the smile off of my face while watching it. She shows so much personality and charm in this clip, almost like she’s comfortable in front of the camera for the first time. As a fan from her Idol days, I know that her voice has always outpaced her stage presence. Honestly, when you sing that well, you don’t need to develop your charisma as quickly. But it’s nice to see that she’s developing the confidence needed to loosen up a bit. I think Underwood was getting a bad rap their for a while as being stuck-up or stand-offish, when it always seemed to be more of a “deer in the headlights” thing to me. Processing such phenomenal success in such a short time is not easy to do. I’ve Read More
Jonathan from over at Slant gave me the heads up today about this video circulating on YouTube. Apparently Sugarland has been doing quite the unexpected cover song in concert lately: When I first heard “Irreplaceable”, I thought the acoustic guitar gave it a bit of a country flavor, but it was a straight-up R&B hit nonetheless. It’s also one of the best songs from the past year, with a relentless hook (“To the left, to the left”) and as Sugarland proves, a great song can find a home in any genre. It’s good to see a young, mainstream act realizing what veterans like Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and the late Johnny Cash discovered years ago. Speaking of Sugarland, have you noticed their album sales have been consistently rising since they released the video for “Stay”, with scans now over 1.23 million units? I didn’t think that Enjoy the Ride had Read More
I’m just in an unshakably good mood lately! Gotta go run some errands, but I’ll be doing a lot of posting this weekend. For now, enjoy the best country guest appearance in the history of The Simpsons – Johnny Cash, helping Homer find his soul mate. And a hearty congrats to Brady Vercher of The 9513, who is marrying his soul mate this weekend!
CBS has a tendency to pull clips from this show down as soon as they’re up, so I highly recommend watching it now: the 1993 Women of Country documentary. It traces the history of women in country from the early days all the way through 1992. When it first aired, it was my crash course in the history of the genre, along with a celebration featuring female artists that all rank among my favorites. The live performances are fantastic. Nearly every major female artist of that time performs: Suzy Bogguss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker. Michelle Wright, Wynonna and Trisha Yearwood. There are also performances from legends Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette, and an all-star finale. However, the real reason to watch is to see the story of women in country music told by those who lived it, including some who are Read More
Tim McGraw. “If You’re Reading This.” As performed on the 2007 ACM Awards. Press Play. Then Play Again. Update: Now that it’s been released officially as a single, let me add a few words and a grade. The song says it all for me, but what a beautiful tribute to those who serve, and to those who serve a higher power in the process. It joins the ranks of Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier” and Dolly Parton’s “Welcome Home” in my very own pantheon of favorite soldier songs. He’s done a great honor giving voice to our men and women in uniform, and the families that love them. As the comments prove, the comfort that this song provides is immeasurable. It’s a masterpiece from the genre’s most consistent and consistently surprising superstar. Grade: A+ Listen: If You’re Reading This Buy: If You’re Reading This