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The ultimate country music insider podcast. Each Monday, the Country Music Media Podcast features guests involved in timely issues who are willing to offer refreshing candor, unparalleled expertise and rare insight into the singers, songs and stories that define country music today. Journalists and hosts from radio, print, digital and country music trade publications will join the Country Music Media Podcast with information and anecdotes that slipped away, but shouldn’t have. On Thursday, h ...
 
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This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Tyler Mahan Coe, host of Cocaine & Rhinestones talks about Season 2, which debuted in April 2021. He also has strong, well-educated opinions on country today and country media today. It will surprise you to hear his thoughts on "Outlaws" and "pop-country." 5:50 | Where did Tyler learn his journalism ski…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: country music isn't just going to Hollywood? Our genre is going to New York City and Las Vegas as well. But why? Plus: 2:30 | Kane Brown + Kelsea Ballerini are the Perfect Fit 4:00 | A new country music drama, called Monarch. 9:05 | Be cautious reporting on American Idol's Caleb Kennedy Read: Fox orders…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: It's the Q2 2021 Stock Report. If country artists were a publicly traded business, which would be worth your money this month. With new albums and tours on the horizon there is a lot to consider but perhaps most of all consider who is not doing anything. Kenny Chesney - Hold Luke Bryan - Buy Morgan Wall…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: A one-word review of Miranda Lambert's The Marfa Tapes album with Jon Randall and Jack Ingram, Morgan Wallen's BBMA expulsion and unpacking some of the important moments from the Ep 55 conversation with Tyler Mahan Coe. Tweet: Find Billy Dukes on Twitter at @billydukes…
 
What if the first serious books about country music contained a few massive errors which were then repeated by nearly everyone who's since used those books as a source? How long do you think it would take for society to build a fundamentally flawed history of an entire genre on top of such a foundation? Fifty years? Well, that's exactly what happen…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Kip Moore dropped a new song called "Good Life" that asks his long time fans to adjust to something new. Plus Rascal Flatts may not be done and how a bad band or song name can doom the artist. Alabama simply wouldn't stand a chance today. Tweet: Find Billy Dukes on Twitter @billydukes Listen: Kip Moore,…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Eric Church's new Heart & Soul album is big and personal, but is it any good? Three members of the media join Billy Dukes to discuss the triple album project, including Angella Sharpe, Marty Kurtz and Grady Smith. 2:27 | Angella Sharpe on Heart 20:30 | Marty Kurtz on & 39:23 | Grady Smith on Soul Read: …
 
The ACM Awards were great, for country music fans. But for everyone else? Well, the 2021 ACM’s poor ratings showed that there just wasn’t much for the non-country audience, which is a problem. This week we look at ways the genre can grow without losing its soul. Change doesn’t have to be scary. 1:20 | What the ACM Awards got right and wrong 5:00 | …
 
The story of a little independent record label in Texas becoming "a force" in the Nashville country music industry brings an outsider's perspective to the anatomy of a machine. Going from backwoods honky tonks and roadhouse jukeboxes to stretch limos and private planes takes a lot of crooked deals and shameless hustle. When confronted by a powerful…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Chart expert Chris Owen explains what needs to happen for Elle King’s duet with Miranda Lambert to hit country radio. It’s complicated and takes some major label cooperation. Is it likely? Also, the truth about corporate programming and how it might have cost Hunter Hayes his commercial career. On the f…
 
Morgan Wallen fans should consider that they might be doing more harm than good. Three signs holding two billboards apiece in Nashville continue pressing on a bruise in the country music industry that hasn’t had enough time to heal properly. Read: Who Paid for the Morgan Wallen Billboards? at Rolling Stone Read: The original story at Music Mayhem M…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: ACM CEO Damon Whiteside joins Billy Dukes for a wide-ranging conversation about the 2021 Awards (April 18 on CBS) and the future of awards shows. Are these pandemic changes permanent? Did CBS hesitate on booking Mickey Guyton as host? Is Carrie Underwood mad about her snub? 1:45 | The hard part about th…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Billy Dukes explores the lengths Eric Church went to in planning his new Gather Again Tour. Do you feel it’s safe enough to attend large-venue country concerts? Also, Billy looks at which songs from Heart & Soul might sound good in a set list. Watch: Blake Shelton talks about his exit strategy on The Vo…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Fewer media outlets — and far fewer country music media outlets — are building Worst Dressed lists using red carpet pictures from an awards show. With the 2021 ACM Awards coming up, we bring back photographer John Shearer's thoughts on his photos being used for Worst Dressed lists. Plus, what the red ca…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: The Boot's Angela Stefano reveals her ballot (8:00) for the 2021 ACM Awards. Billy also shares who he'd vote for if he were a voting member. Then (30:00) should fans be allowed to vote again and (32:30) what category should be added. Tweet: Find Angela Stefano on Twitter Tweet: Find Billy Dukes on Twitt…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Billy Dukes reflects on the death of a great country and bluegrass ambassador and theorizes what might happen to the historic building he watched over. Morgan Wallen's first show back is on the calendar and some people are upset about it. But that anger is misguided. Then (8:00) we look at Country Music…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Jaren Johnston from the ACM Vocal Group of the Year nominated band the Cadillac Three joins with no filter to share secrets of the songwriter's room, how and why his band is huge in the U.K. and what the media does wrong consistently during interviews. 5:20 | Do artists prepare for interviews? 9:48 | It…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: What we can learn about race and gender equality in country music from sports, particularly the NFL. Black quarterbacks started to become the norm after one thing changed, and country singers can do it too. Read: Country Music Is Changing, In Spite of Itself on Pitchfork (the part about Nate Barnes has …
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Dr. Jada Watson joins Billy Dukes to talk about about equality in country music and to discuss her new report: Redlining In Country Music. But first ... The 2021 Grammy Awards featured some serious country talent but it wasn’t a full list of artists we’re used to hearing on the radio. Miranda Lambert wa…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Billboard revealed that most Grammy Awards categories — including all of the country categories — aren't decided by voters. Say what? The 2021 Grammy Awards are on Sunday March 14 but this information will shape how you look at all awards shows moving forward. Also (14:30) Billy gives his predictions fo…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Baylen Leonard from Holler Country joins Billy Dukes to talk about country music's next great frontier: the U.K. and Europe. Holler Country is based in London, England but focused on American country music. The market is long overdue for this approach and it could have a significant impact on the genre …
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Open the inbox. Billy Dukes answers listener questions about new albums, ACM snubs, future hits and when live music is coming back. As always, find Billy on Twitter @BillyDukes 4:07 | ACM Snubs + Carrie Underwood 5:55 | Any news on Sam Hunt releasing new music? 7:30 | Will we get a new Maren Morris albu…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast, Rolling Stone's Jon Freeman joins host Billy Dukes to compare their two very different profiles on Carly Pearce. You don't need to be a fan of Carly's to enjoy hearing how two journalists approached the conversation and built around a central question. Of course, you'll pick up on all the insecurities t…
 
Luke Combs apologized for associating himself with the Confederate Flag but that's the least interesting thing about the story from last week. If you look closely, you'll learn something from the antagonist in this story, Ryan Upchurch. Billy Dukes explains how the whole thing is a lesson in fair and balanced journalism but not for the reasons you …
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: If I gave you $1 million to invest in a country singer’s career, who would you choose? You don’t have to put it all in one bucket. You could give 20 percent to Thomas Rhett, 20 percent to Maren Morris, 20 percent to Blake Shelton. He’s as big as it gets so that has to be a safe investment, right? What a…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast, how the pandemic has exposed the troubles in forming, marketing and maintaining a band. Nearly a dozen country bands or duos have underwent changes, quit, disappeared or floundered since early 2020. There's a reason for it and it underscores why moving forward bands are a bad bet. Billy argues that just…
 
This week on the Country Music Media Podcast, journalist Marcus K. Dowling joins host Billy Dukes to talk about country music's uneasy relationship with black culture and why white country singers just can't say the N-word. Read: A brief, sordid history of why country music can't use rap music's "n-word" on Medium Listen: Brittney Spencer, "Sorrys …
 
Luke Combs did something remarkable in early February and Billy thinks if you’re paying attention you’re noticing a trend from Luke. Plus (1:10) a response to Eric Church's National Anthem, (13:49) Billy reflects on where he went wrong during Ep. 31 and (16:30) four steps Morgan Wallen needs to take immediately. Read: More about Luke Combs and Mare…
 
This week's guest on the Country Music Media Podcast is Chuck Wicks, an artist who's proving to be as good a host and interviewer as he was songwriter. Chuck talks about his relationships with Bobby Bones (2:00) and breaks down the financials of being a new artist (4:00). He also reflects on avoiding uncomfortable topics with Carrie Underwood (17:0…
 
This episode of the Country Music Media Podcast centers on Morgan Wallen's words and consequences. Billy thinks we can't be hard enough on Morgan but we also can't banish him into the wilderness alone. In being removed from streaming platforms Morgan Wallen may also reveal a streaming fallacy. Read: TJ Osborne Comes Out As Gay in Time Read: The lat…
 
This week's guest on the Country Music Media Podcast is Adam Gold. Adam has a long, acrimonious history on Twitter with John Rich of Big & Rich. It reached new heights when they bet $10,000 on who would be inaugurated as president on Jan. 20. The bet was made after the November elections, as even the Supreme Court refused to consider a case that th…
 
Eric Church announced the Heart & Soul album series this month. It's three separate albums, a concept that comes with implications for the bean counters (1:50). Eric Church clearly does not care about the bean counters. Billy also looks at yet another way country music and sports are similar (at 8:40). We compare stats across eras like it's fair wh…
 
Kelly Sutton's story isn't just one of perseverance. It's a story of persistence and versatility. Those three qualities are essential for a modern journalist, something she epitomizes in 2021. Think of this episode of the podcast as a Country Music Media survival guide, but enjoy our tangents on industry events, country music Twitter and YouTube co…
 
Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs rolled into the White House during an impeachment. Garth Brooks chose to play an inauguration that was divisive, especially in country music circles. Country music and politics crossed paths in some significant ways this month but there is something you should know, especially about that Medal of Arts ceremony. We got th…
 
Rolling Stone music critic Jonathan Bernstein says Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album does some things very well, but has some major flaws. He gave it a 3-star rating and this week he explains what went into the review, how he approaches music criticism and the future of album reviews. Read: “Morgan Wallen is a versatile Nashville Cliché M…
 
There's a problem with Loretta Lynn’s new album, and it’s kind of a big one. The press release says Still Woman Enough is a celebration of women in country music but it should say it’s a celebration of white women in country music. To what degree should we eviscerate an 88-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer, and true pioneer in American history? …
 
Days after the Christmas morning bombing in Nashville, Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts gave weight to a conspiracy theory that a missile — not a bomb in an RV — was responsible for the explosion on 2nd avenue. Today's guest called his bluff. Big Rick Daniels hosts the morning show on Korn Country 100.3 in south-central Indiana. He's not a seasoned news…
 
There are very few people capable of properly reviewing an album like Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous, and even fewer who want to. This says nothing about the actual album and it’s relative worth. This is more about what goes into a proper album review. They're hard. They're time-consuming and — if we're being honest — nobody is reading them.…
 
Why do good songs go bad? Chart expert Chris Owen shares what happened to great songs from Maren Morris and Lady A, explained why superstars can't have a year's most played song and looked ahead to new music coming in 2021. No one makes sense of the country music airplay charts quite like Chris. Find Chris Owen on Twitter, @FiddleSabre Read: More A…
 
K.T. Oslin died on Dec. 21, but her legacy isn't the music. In 1987 she debuted on RCA Records with a song called "80s Ladies" that would win her fans and acclaim and start a half-decade career that featured Grammys, CMA Awards and ACM Awards. She was 45 years old at the time. Only one woman has more No. 1 hits past age 40 than she does (Dolly Part…
 
Buddy Logan of Radio Texas Live is a hub in a wide and diverse wheel of great country music and storytelling in Texas. Think of him as traffic control for the current Red Dirt Music scene. This week we look back at legends lost in 2020 — Billy Joe Shaver and Jerry Jeff Walker come to mind, but there are more — and the next generation of superstars.…
 
Top 10 country songs of 2021? Top 10 country albums? Of course it's subjective and if you think your favorite artist has been intentionally slighted, you may be right. Artists To Watch lists are also popular this time of year and to understand how to interpret them there’s some things you need to know about the motives of the people writing them. A…
 
Dolly Parton appears fearless, but Emily Lordi knows that’s not true. Throughout her immersive profile, Lordi unpacks the country legend’s loyalties, tendencies and secret influences in a way that’s informative, personal and artistic. You can find The Grit and Glory of Dolly Parton on the cover of T Magazine, the New York Times Style Magazine, and …
 
Charley Pride died after catching the coronavirus and people want to blame the CMA Awards. Is that fair and what questions should we be asking about Pride's life, death and this pandemic? Also, at 12:50 Andrea Williams updates something she said last week on the podcast about Darius Rucker's role (and by extension any modern Black country music hit…
 
In radio, there’s this concept known as planned spontaneity and my guest today knows a thing or two about it. Kalie Shore has had her fair share of unplanned spontaneity, and frankly a lot of it has been tragic. But she’s also figured out how to use tragedy and drama as tools to carve out a fascinating lane for herself as a singer, songwriter, infl…
 
If you're on country Twitter, you've noticed Andrea Williams, a distinguished author and journalist, and the woman who has pledged to call out any person or institution that knowingly or unknowingly contributes to boxing out Black and Latino artists in country music. Andrea is loud and defiant and the kind of person you want on her side and — as Ja…
 
CMA Country Christmas Ratings came out. And ratings in general are not something I enjoy talking about or even believe in, the level ratings for the 2020 CMA Country Christmas (and by extension dismal ratings for the CMA and ACM Awards) I do believe can tell us something about not only the show, but awards shows in general this year and next year. …
 
Ironically, the pandemic may be to blame for Chase Rice's unsavory tweet in support of his new radio single. Also this week, how to navigate Dolly Parton pandemonium if you're a journalist who's just interviewed Dolly Parton. Plus, why it's not fair to say the lack of Black and Latino artists is simply a numbers game. Contest: The Eric Church ViewF…
 
Country music is built on stories of humility, faith and redemption and this week’s guest has a good one. If you’ve ever taken a relationship for granted or if you’ve ever looked at the best thing that ever happened to you and thought “meh, what else is there?” you’ll relate to author Jerry Broadway. Maybe you know him best as just Broadway, part o…
 
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