Doug Stone

Discussion: Legacy Recordings

December 27, 2008 // 2 Comments

Tonight, I turn over our discussion to one of our readers.    He suggested I write about this topic myself, but his suggestions were already far better than anything that I would have come up with.   Thankfully, he was willing to share them with all of you! Guest Post by Country Universe reader Jim Bagley: About a month ago, I discovered a website where folks can request reissues/retrospectives of artists who are part of the Sony/BMG Catalog.  When you sign up, you are also given 10 votes to show which suggested product you would like to see reissued.  Except for Johnny Cash, the suggested product has been decidedly uncountry and I think that the readership at Country Universe could change that for the better. Legacy does indeed review the board and some of the suggestions – a Lou Rawls retrospective for instance – have then been subsequently released. Here are Read More

CMA Flashback: Horizon Award (New Artist)

November 9, 2008 // 14 Comments

For a look back at the other major categories, visit our CMA Awards page. 2010 Luke Bryan Easton Corbin Jerrod Neimann Chris Young Zac Brown Band Usually there isn’t this much turnover in this race unless most of last year’s nominees are ineligible.  This year, only one of the four eligible nominees from last year – Zac Brown Band – earns a nomination.  With their massive success and their multiple nominations, they’ve got an excellent shot at winning. Then again, Easton Corbin is elsewhere on the ballot, too. It could be a horse race. 2009 Randy Houser Jamey Johnson Jake Owen Darius Rucker Zac Brown Band Thirteen years after winning the Best New Artist Grammy as part of Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker won the country music equivalent, adding an exclamation point to the most successful pop-to-country crossover in a generation. 2008 Jason Aldean Rodney Atkins Lady Antebellum James Read More

Doug Stone, “Nice Problem”

July 6, 2007 // 3 Comments

Doug Stone, “Nice Problem” It’s hard to believe that this the guy that turned in the stone-cold country vocal performance “I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)”.    Soon after, he switched to a horribly drippy, earnest vocal style, often put to use on nauseatingly sappy love songs. He’s got a better song here than most of those he rode to the top of the charts.   He meets a homeless man who teaches him that the problems that worry him – mortgage, kids to feed, etc. – are nice problems to have.    The problem, and it’s not a nice one, is that he sings it in the same achingly sweet tone that he delivered “More Love”, “Too Busy Being in Love” and “I Never Knew Love.”   It’s just too whiny for my tastes. Grade:  C Listen: Nice Problem

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