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Taylor Swift – The Future of Country?

Posted on 10 November 2007 by Bill West

Taylor Swift stole the show this week. Not just at the CMA’s (with her laugh out loud “highlight of my senior year” line and performance) but also at her most recent “Bonfires and Amplifiers Tour stop where she grabbed the audience from the first downbeat of “Our Song” on stage Saturday night.

It was clear to me than many of the fans that were in the seats (overall a much lighter crowd than I would expect for Brad Paisley) were there specifically to see her. Even in the hallways of the Coliseum a LOT of young people were singing along to ALL the songs. Even the album (non radio hit) cuts.

Here’s the Set List from the 11/10/07 show:
Our Song
Teardrops On My Guitar
Shoulda Said No
Tim McGraw
I Hate That

Backstage, Swift was as charming as any artist I’ve met. She was so genuine and warm she would likely get a lot of breaks even if her music wasn’t special. But it really is. On her bus she treated our radio winner to an exclusive performance of “Our Song” and was open to all questions. I was hesitant to get too personal but asked who sent her the 2 dozen red roses I saw on her bus table, “Trisha Yearwood sent me those.” She followed with “You can ask me ANYTHING like that – no, there’s not from a boyfriend – I don’t have a boyfriend right now.” I’m sure some of the guys our promo staff perked up on that.

Full disclosure: I didn’t really care for Taylor up until about two weeks ago. To me she was too “pop”. I guess I thought she was manufactured. “Tim McGraw” and “Teardrops” were straying too far from a traditional sound in my mind. Then, for some reason when I listened to “Our Song” it just clicked with me how amazing it is that this teenager is WRITING these clever songs. In fact she solo “wrote ‘Our Song’ as a little ditty for a 9th grade talent contest.” I had to go back and count the grades to remember 9th grade is a freshman in High School!

I no longer think Taylor Swift is too pop – rather she is the face, sound, and future of country. Two million cds sold…. and I’m just getting on… and we’re only on the third single. Horizon Award indeed.

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CD Review: Charlie Daniels – Dueces

Posted on 07 November 2007 by Bill West

>Daniels, who just turned a hearty 71 years young last week, says he’s always proud to perform for the vets and our troops. “They’re the best we’ve got.” He Says, “There are no finer Americans than the ones wearing that uniform they’re just the best.”

Daniel’s has been busy these days as he promotes his newest release called “Deuces” on his very own Blue Hat Records.
“Deuces” (as in duets) pairs the unmistakeable voice of the CDB with some usual suspects (Gretchen Wilson on “Jackson” and Montgomery Gentry with “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye”) some surprising choices (Darius Rucker and an acoustic Brad Paisley).

Charleston’s very own Rucker has one of the more surprising duets with a Dylan tune. “I knew Darius had to be a Bob Dylan fan… so I said how ’bout doin’ “Like a Rollin’ Stone” and it was compatible with him so I cut the track and we just went in and did it. It was that simple.”

Brad Paisley wraps up the CD with a special intrumental track (it’s rumored Paisley has an upcoming instrumental album of his own in the works).

“Jammin’ For Stevie,” the Paisley track, came together as a jam session says Charlie, “We had Stevie Ray’s old Band Double Trouble in town for another project and they were in the studio and we had Brad come out and bring his guitar and them and myself and one of my guitar players stood in the studio and wrote this one. It’s just a jammin’ thing.”

My Grade: B-
Don’t Miss: Jammin’ For Stevie w/ Brad Paisley
Skip: Brooks and Dunn on Long Haired CB

Deuces Tracks include:

The Del McCoury Band (Evangeline) Gretchen Wilson (Jackson)
Earl, Gary and Randy Scruggs (Maggie’s Farm)
Bonnie Bramlett (Signed, Sealed, Delivered)
Travis Tritt (What’d I Say)
Dolly Parton (Daddy’s Old Fiddle)
Brooks & Dunn (Long Haired Country Boy)
Marty Stuart (God Save Us All From Religion)
Darius Rucker (Like A Rolling Stone)
Brenda Lee (Let It Be Me)
Vince Gill (The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down)
Montgomery Gentry (Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye)

Brad Paisley (Jammin’ For Stevie)

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