2013 was quite a year for Country Music! We had fights, arrests, death, parties…all things that make a good country music song. Overwhelmingly it was the year of Bro-Country. It was the year of Cruise. It was the year of newly created sub-genres and it was certainly the year of party songs. The influence of social media to an artists success was astounding. Country music is everywhere…its flowing through the tabloids and in reality TV. What worked for artists before no longer works. Working musicians have to be creative to get music played and adjust often. The collaborations stood out for us. The sub genres of hick hop, rock/country mix and others brought us a new way to listen to music. Last night country music industry leaders came together to discuss all things naughty and nice in 2013. We discussed the stand out moments, moments that weren’t so great, under appreciated artists and what we want to see more of in 2014.
Not so great moments:
1) The hypocritical fight that ensued when Zac Brown said Luke Bryan had the worst song ever.
2) Randy Travis’ multiple arrests and his illness.
3) Billy Currington turning himself in for elder abuse during a run in with a crazed fan.
4) Krista Marie, The Farm, who fell a long distance when she was trying to climb onto the stage.
5) The death of an icon…George Jones.
6) The drama from Brad Paisley’s “Accidental Racist”. Overwhelmingly we defended Brad as many just didn’t get the point of the song.
7) The death glare Kacey gave Miranda during her CMA award acceptance was piercing.
Stand out moments:
1) George Straight winning Entertainer of the Year.
2) Carrie Underwoods performance in Sound of Music. Loved it or hate it, 18.6 million viewers tuned in to see this LIVE broadcast.
3) We saw an emergence of bands in 2013. Eli Young Band, Parmalee and more. This hasn’t been true of recent years.
4) There was an influx of shows about Music City with ABC’s Nashville leading the pack. There were also 7 or 8 reality shows released that are based in Nashville.
5) People like to discredit the reality singing shows but most of our prevalent female singers came from TV. Stars like Miranda, Gwen, Carrie, Kellie, Cassadee, Kelly, Danielle, Kacey and Lauren. You can’t deny the success of these competitions when you see those names. Blake won The Voice for 3 consecutive seasons and we have Keith Urban as a judge on American Idol. We are infiltrating the market.
6) There was a lot of new music to pick from this year….really good music and from many artists. That was refreshing.
7) Favorite concerts included Luke Bryan/Florida Georgia Line/Thompson Square and Kristian and Friends with Chris Young and Brett James.
Expectations of 2014:
1) The girls will move to an even playing field. 2013 was about Bro- Country. It was reflected in air play and in the CMT Artist of the Year award where not one female was represented.
2) We expect to see a move backwards…to traditional country. There will be a release of lost songs from the great Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks is touring after 10 years of retirement and George Straight is embarking on this farewell tour. This will give younger artists and fans a chance to see where country came from.
3) We expect to see more from Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe. These 3 in particular are bringing more traditional storytelling to their music. Its raw and not getting the air play it deserves….yet.
4) We will continue to see country music brought to the UK. The UK didn’t embrace country music as a whole until last year when Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and previously Rascal Flats brought their unique sound “across the pond”. This year there will be another huge C2C Festival in London and Dublin. Its creating a world wide buzz and a whole new group of fans.
5) We expect to see more from certain artists. They may just be starting or may not have got the play they deserved. Artists like Cadillac Three, Blackberry Smoke, Lindi Ortega, Frankie Ballard, Chase Rice, Brandy Clark, Blackjack Billy, Brothers Osbourne, Sarah Darling, Maggie Rose, Holly Williams, Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell, Krystal Keith and Ronnie Dunn. We are watching Jamie Lynn Spears….with her 1 single she has captured us all. We want to see artists such as Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge and Chris Stapleton hit the big time…its their turn.
With traditional music back in the family we hope 2014 will put the focus back on the music itself, instead of the dynamic stage shows and glitz. . We want to experience new artists and appreciate the ones who have previously been underrated by the mainstream. We want to focus on the magic achieved when an artist and their instrument purely move us.
This group of industry leaders will continue to support and promote country music daily. We will try to bring as much exposure as possible to those deserving musicians and we will honor the songwriters. Thank you for listening, buying music and supporting local shows. Thank you for getting UnTWANGled,
Jessica Northey – Founder/Host #cmchat, cmchatlive.com, #twangout
Scotty Bredin – Co-Creator/Host & Social Media Correspondent for ALL things #CMchat
Bethany Priest – Co-Creator/Host & Social Media Correspondent for ALL things #CMchat, AM-Host on 98.7 Wink Country
Vickye Fisher – Blogger at forthecountryrecord.com
Baron Lane – Grammy blogger, Founder of twangnation.com
Shannon Davis – Creator/Founder/Blogger at nashvillegab.com
Stephanie Bear – Blogger and Founder of gotcountryonline.com
Kim Hooker – Writer/Social Media Correspondent of cmchatlive.com, Hooked Up Country
Tyler Winters – Editor/Writer/Social Media Correspondent for cmchatlive.com, Creator DirtyKindOfCountry,com
Lydia Picknell – Blogger for keepinitcountryblog.com
UPCOMING #CMchat SCHEDULE for END of 2013
12/11 Video #CMchat “2013 unTWANGled: Country Music Year in Review” Twangout
12/16 #CMchat* Twitterview with American Young 6-7pPT
12/23 #CMchat* Twitterview with Rose Falcon 6-7pPT
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