January 5, 2017Crystal Ballin’ 2017
Last year was, of course, 2016, and now that we’re nearly a week into 2017, 2016 seems so ... last year. It is what it is (didn’t Gandhi say that – or was it Thoreau?), and since I like to think of myself as a forward-thinking, what’s next kind of guy, I spent my holiday break noodling about the future of Country music and radio over the next 12 months. Quickly realizing I’m grossly underqualified (not to mention, underpaid) as a prognosticator, I tapped my go-to resource: the vast and unpaid research department, better known as all of you.
“Look into your crystal ball,” I implored, consulting industry pros who – when it comes to radio and music – I consider actual ballers in their field. In this context, “baller” as is defined in the online slang dictionary; someone who is “Extremely good or impressive; excellent.”
December 15, 2016Top Five Albums of 2016 – According To Us
I still love the album. I know, I say that every year in December when trying to pick my top five of the year. But it’s still true. Singles give you a peek. Albums show you what’s really beneath the surface. Albums are like tattoos, permanent for life; what the ...
December 8, 2016Some Things I Think
I think I’m not the only one who struggled mightily when trying to narrow a year’s worth of great songs to just five Hot Picks for the year. Almost everybody who submitted theirs shared stories of deeply internal, personal conflicts, with a few of you re-submitting ...
December 2, 2016Take Five
“Why Is It So Much Harder Than I Want It To Be?” That’s MCA/Nashville Sr. Dir./Southwest Promotion Miranda McDonald, summing up how all of us feel when asked to boil down a year’s worth of great songs to her final, five top picks of 2016. As usual this time of ...
November 22, 2016Here’s Hoping All Health Breaks Loose
Today’s brilliant column idea came to me recently during my daily ritual – something I call my “10 o’clock walk.” Every morning about then, I get up from the desk and stroll to nearby Edgehill Café off Music Row for my usual large nonfat latte, followed by the ...
November 15, 2016KKGO/Los Angeles: A Christmas Story
Mt. Wilson Broadcasters Country KKGO/Los Angeles flipped the holiday switch today (11/15), going all Christmas and going all in, with a wide, mass appeal playlist stretching far beyond its usual Country format. In doing so, KKGO is basically taking on the abominable ...
November 4, 2016CMA Bottom Line Takeaway: “We Got This”
Mere moments into Wednesday night’s (11/2) “50th Annual CMA Awards,” the entire evening was summed up beautifully, emotionally, and – ironically – by someone who is mostly unable to express himself anymore. The second Randy Travis sang the word “Amen,” the ...
October 28, 2016Do You Hear What I Hear?
The Christmas album. Holiday album, if you prefer. When you think about the holidays and the influx of Christmas albums, it seems rare that a Country title immediately pops in to mind. Traditionally, we may get one or two holiday releases from Country artists in a given ...
October 21, 2016They ‘Gol Darn Gone And Done It’
Have I ever shared the turtle and the scorpion fable with you? Don’t worry, it’s short, and has a point: A scorpion, being a very poor swimmer, asked a turtle to carry him on his back across a river. "Are you mad?" Asked the turtle. "You'll sting me while I'm ...
October 14, 2016“Everything Is Nothing, With A Twist”
You’ve seen me refer to the current state of Country music as the Wild West in this space during the past year or so, because during that time, it seems almost anything goes in terms diverse influences finding their way into the format. Country has become the ultimate ...