The A List..

Hmmm…so I am just sitting here thinking to myself, self…what are you going to do to introduce this blog to the world? I guess if I am going to preach about “keeping it real”, I am going to have to write about the “big boys” first. The easiest and most entertaining way to do that is just to write the very first thing that comes to mind when I hear a name. Here goes nothing:

Brandon Rhyder-
Great song writer and when you hear one of his songs, at least you know it is him. I don’t think he is NEAR as humble as he likes to pretend he is, but I do think he is good people. I am not sure he can really pull off the Shaggy from Scooby Doo hair cut at his age, but he must being doing quite well for himself to have a big bus with his picture all over it. Please refer back to the “not as humble as he likes to pretend to be” statement. But, for the most part Brandon puts out great music people can relate to and enjoy.

Aaron Watson-
How can you NOT like this fella? He is as cute as a box of baby ducks, he sings and writes about true love and honky tonks, he is as wholesome as apple pie, loves him some Jesus, he….ZZZZZZ…wait, sorry, I fell asleep. But with that said, he does seem to appreciate his fans and has been known to hang out at his obscenely large merchandise table until the last fan leaves.

Reckless Kelly-
I will admit that I am not very familiar with this band or their music. I only know that they are from Wisconsin or Oregon or some other Yankee state and they are related to some Motocross drivers or to Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. It is way too complicated for me to wrap my head around. Moving on.

Stoney LaRue-
Call me crazy but I just can’t get enough of Mr. Phillips, err…I mean Mr. LaRue and apparently neither can the rest of his fans since he continues to tour his ass off in that big fancy bus with the customized mirrors by playing the same four songs over and over. I mean really…when was the last time you have heard some NEW original Stoney material? I don’t blame him, Brandon Jenkins is just saving all the good shit for himself these days. Again, I don’t care because I love him, love his shows, and after he plays there isn’t a dry pair of panties in the house. He is the perfect mixture of bad boy and bad ass to turn on the Sowhority girls with the daddy issues and entertain the rabid Manfans that can’t wait to leave and crank up Oklahoma Breakdown at the next Frat mixer. I just try not to stand to close to him because word on the street is that he is VERY fertile. At least that is what the attorney general’s office says. Allegedly.

Jason Boland-
For someone on that wagon, I hear he gets THE best weed.

Wade Bowen-
Wade is a class act and deserves all the success in the world. He is a crazy talented songwriter, a great performer, and above all a nice guy…but I think all his fans are well aware that he loves and misses his wife and we have heard that song written 50 different ways. It’s time to lighten things up and find a new subject to write about.

Cory Morrow-
Cory, Cory, Cory…it may just be me but I think Cory may have a bit of a chip on his shoulder about the fact that he isn’t technically as successful as some of the guys he came up with. I am not saying that attitude isn’t warranted, I don’t blame him. I don’t really have that much to say about Cory other than the fact that if he insists on playing barefoot, he could occasionally spring for the deluxe pedicure with the paraffin dip.

Randy Rogers Band-
This one is a really hard one for me. These guys used to amaze me but since they have gone from an Econoline van band to a tour bus band, I have been unwarrantedly bitter. They put on an amazing show, but the experience just isn’t the same. I can not blame this on them or their new material, I put the blame on the fact that the Manfans are so fucking annoying. Brady Black makes all this tolerable and he is pretty much the only reason I go to see them live anymore. I still think they are the best band around and they have more than paid their dues and actually deserve more of a national spotlight than other shitty bands like Eli Young…but sadly, I am over them and I am afraid so are a lot of other fans.

Eli Young Band-
Speaking of them…I hear they are super nice, but I’m not. I think it is BULLSHIT that they have gotten into the Nashville spotlight yet still headline at the “Red Dirt” festivals just because they are from Texas. Can you have both worlds? Sure, RRB can, but they are NOT RRB. They are just a bunch of semi talented dudes that are way, way overrated. They are proud graduates of the Rascal Flatts’ hair academy and no matter how many stylists they have, they won’t win me over. I can’t wait for their 15 minutes to be over so they can go away and start booking gigs with Ricochet. Remember them? Yeah, me neither…that is my point! When things do fall through for them musically, there is always those coveted Cover Girl spokesmodel contracts they can go after.

Roger Creager-
Roger and his music are always a good time. Especially if you are 19, female and thirsty. Hey, all that information is public record.

Cross Canadian Ragweed-
Ragweed is the reason I even started listening to this genre of music in the first place. I will buy every thing they ever put out but I won’t set foot in one of their shows. Their crowds are full of stoned white trash freaks that aren’t intelligent enough to even grasp the complexity of their lyrics. And how many times can you hear some toothless asshole scream “CARNEY MAN”? I also hate the fact that they don’t do a lot of their old stuff in concert, but I understand why they don’t. I really can’t write anything snide about them, not because I don’t have anything to say, but because I am scared shitless of Cody’s wife. And now apparently so is Stephanie Briggs.

Kevin Fowler-
God bless Fowler. He is the poor man’s redneck Gene Simmons with that tongue of his and he gives fat chicks in belly shirts with rebel flag tattoos a place where they can be queen for the night. I appreciate that. He puts on a great show and who cares if it IS the same show for the past five years. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I think he is a great entertainer and comes up with those amazing coordinated hand gestures for the crowd to do. That shit is sheer genius! It’s totally interactive. Get your stingers up people! Like Aaron Watson, he always meets fans and hangs out at the merch table instead of running back to the bus, not like say……Randy Rogers…and for that, he will always have devoted fans.

Ok, I guess that about wraps it up for the first blog. More to come!

Rita B

18 Comments

  • Reply February 19, 2010

    Shanada

    Ha! If I see you out somewhere, hit me up…I'll buy you a beer or two.

  • Reply February 19, 2010

    Rita Ballou

    WOW…

    My first comment and I am honored! Still scared shitless…but totally honored!

    Thanks!

  • Reply February 20, 2010

    Kennedy

    Oooh, look out. It appears the proverbial "Big Brother" of the Red Dirt scene may be watching. I gotta stick up for my EYB boys, first of all. They've paid their dues and done the time to get to where they are today. So what if they're younger than most of the other guys…just goes to show they're doing something right if they CAN have the best of both worlds. And so what if they actually look put together? Since when is showering such a bad thing? Cody, Stoney and the collection of Braun brothers may be able to pull off the homeless look, but some of us find that disgusting. That said, there is some damn good talent coming out of this scene. Its just a shame not all of them will make it. And the references to the types of people seen at Ragweed and K-Fowl shows was dead on! Freakin hilarious! Glad your blog showed up in my search. Keep it honest girl. This scene needs it.

  • Reply February 21, 2010

    Emilie Boenig

    Kennedy,

    I have to disagree with you that it's a shame that not all of them will make it. I agree that there is some phenomenal talent emerging these days, but 85% of the wannabe stars don't have the talent or drive to be quality artists. I can't even count how many Texas Country and Red Dirt kids think they can make it because they once wrote a love song for their girlfriend and know a guy who plays drums. That doesn't make you a good musician, and we as mindful consumers should expect more from the artists we listen to. These guys look at no-talent-ass clown musicians who "make it" and think it's easy. I know musicians in this scene who have started at the bottom, musicians who love their craft and are wholeheartedly dedicated to producing art they love. Once these up-and-comers realize that it's not about the tour bus, the girls, drinking Jaeger and buying the best weed you can find, they'll be worthy of sharing a stage with Americana greats. Until then, they deserve to play crappy gigs for $50 and a case of Lone Star. And most of them don't even deserve that.

  • Reply February 21, 2010

    Ryan

    I'll see that beer or two and raise you a shot.

  • Reply February 22, 2010

    Kennedy

    Oh Emilie, don't read too much into what I say. I respect everyone's got an opinion. I should havae specified that it's a shame that the ones WITH talent won't make it. I'm fully aware theres an abundance of no-talent ass clowns in this scene. I've been around long enough to realize that people in this scene aren't always as they appear. Some may bitch and see this website as "toxic", but I'm loving it. I'm just glad it gives everyone a chance to be brutally honest, even if they're only gutsy enough to do it anonymously.

  • Reply February 23, 2010

    Anonymous

    To write a blog about music, espicially the red dirt scene…and dismiss Reckless Kelly, Micky and the Motorcars completely…joke. just a joke. They are not from a yankee state, try Idaho.

  • Reply February 23, 2010

    Rita Ballou

    YES…finally someone that gets me! A JOKE…you said it yourself! See how that works?

  • Reply February 23, 2010

    The Carney Man

    It had to be said, and you said it all very well. God bless ya for callin em out.

  • Reply February 24, 2010

    captain obvious

    anything north of denton is yankee, just ask my texass flag shower curtain

  • Reply February 24, 2010

    krs10

    Kennedy,

    Showering is not bad. Guy liner and bronzer is. And I'm sorry. Mike Eli wears more makeup than I do. And uses more hair products.

  • Reply February 24, 2010

    Anonymous

    Come on. Surely you can do better than taking make-up shots at the guy. Completely unoriginal and already said 19 times here. Move on.

  • Reply February 25, 2010

    krs10

    Well I know there's a porn addiction.

  • Reply February 25, 2010

    Claire

    I think I'm in love!

  • Reply February 28, 2010

    Marti Maze

    I agree with the comment about Jason Boland. Last time I went to his concert, I am not sure he knew he was at the concert. LOL

  • Reply March 1, 2010

    Anonymous

    Been a while you you have been to a Boland show I guess?

    Boland has been putting on killer shows since he has stopped drinking, and even better since his vocal chord issues.

  • Reply March 2, 2010

    Marti Maze

    I was at his concert in December. He sounded great and looked awesome. I am just saying he was in a zone.

  • Reply May 19, 2010

    vidalia's pearls of wisdom

    just discovered this site! LOVE IT, love you! you are preaching gospel and satire is a great formum

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