The Kentucky State Fair music series, 2013 edition, gets underway on August 15 with an Alan Jackson concert in Freedom Hall. For those of you who have been living in the deepest, most remote part of the Amazon jungle for the past twenty-three years, Alan Jackson is one of Nashville’s most reliable hit makers of the old-school sort, with so many number one hits that it would take several pages to list them all. In fact, in 2010, Jackson released his third greatest hits package, entitled 34 Number Ones. His awards have their own Wikipedia page, as does his complete discography. He’s a country music giant’s giant, in other words. His current tour, Thirty Miles West, features another long-time country singer, Gary Allan, who has a few hits himself. Tickets are only $71.
Over at 37flood.blogspot.com, John King has a lengthy post about a conference call involving The Judds and the new cable channel OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). You really have to read it yourself.
Back in the pre-webworld day, a country music star would release a single and the record company would spend the next month or two plugging it, hoping to get some traction on country radio. With the rise of the Internet and associated platforms, that pattern very nearly went away, as videos became the launch vehicles of choice and the time frame to get some action shrank to weeks. So it was curious to get a publicist’s email for a new Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony) tune, touting a relatively short (24 – we counted) list of radio stations playing the song. There was a link to her website, where there was a link to the video for “Stay Up Late.” The upload date? February 16. So here’s the question: is this song already toast or have I been so snakebit by the internet that I no longer believe in slow and steady buildup?