Lil Nas X & Tim McGraw feat in TIME Magazine plus New Music from Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins, Miranda, Maren, Morgan Evans, Jon Pardi & Canaan Smith
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8/16/2019
By: @KurtBardella from Jacksonville

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TOP SHELF

TIME goes COUNTRY with the cover-story going to Lil Nas X and Tim McGraw! The passage that stood out to me in the excellent Lil Nas X piece was: “Old Town Road”–boosted by the fact that Billboard now includes streaming numbers in its chart positions–began a renegade climb up the country charts. Then something shocking happened: the song was banned. In March–the same month Columbia Records signed Lil Nas–Billboard removed “Old Town Road” from the Hot Country songs chart, claiming it did not have enough country elements to belong there. The incident set off a furor, with many saying its exclusion echoed country music’s uneasy racial history: Nashville has been dominated by white artists since the birth of country music, even though that genre has strong roots in black musical styles like blues. Darius Rucker, front man of the hit rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, says he faced resistance because of his race when he started making country music 11 years ago. “I was doing radio tours, and one guy looked me in the eye and said, ‘I love the song, but I don’t think I’ll play it,’” he remembers. “The perception was that the audience wouldn’t accept an African-American singer.” Read the entire piece here.
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The other major story featured in the new edition of TIME is this amazing essay written by Tim McGraw & Jon Meacham entitled: “Country Music Should Be Political. After All, It Always Has Been – here’s an excerpt that stood out to me: “country is in the midst of a renewed debate over the nature of its sound and the related question of who counts as part of its club. Thanks to the success of hip-hop-inflected hits from Blanco Brown and Lil Nas X–whose “Old Town Road” has spent a record 19 weeks atop the Billboard charts–and the genre-bending performers Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris, the industry is undergoing a period of healthy redefinition and soul searching…More than half a century later, the rise of Lil Nas X and Blanco Brown offers a hopeful sign that in a world where all lines are blurring, broad audience acceptance of artists of color may be the next big front in country…The success of artists like Kacey Musgraves, who has built a major career and won multiple Grammy Awards by finding a way to connect to the fans without the filter of mainstream radio, points the way to a more equitable future…” Click Here to read the entire essay.
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SOUND-CHECK

  • Don’t miss Keith Urban on today’s edition of @StrahanAndSara 
  • Billy Ray Cyrus joins LilNasX at the MTV VMAs on August 26th 
  • Midland performs on the Today Show on August 28th
  • Kane Brown and Marshmellow headline GMA’s Summer Concert Series on August 30th

WITH YOUR HAIR-OF-THE-DOG

Now this is our kind of music video – check out @Morgan_Evans #DayDrunk
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WITH YOUR BLOODY MARY

It may be National Rum Day today, but for Jon Pardi, it’s “Little Tequila Time”
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ON JORDAN DAVIS’ JUKEBOX

Check out Jordan Davis’ “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot” live acoustic edition
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ON THE JUKEBOX

It’s a “Hillbilly Bone” reunion as Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins reunite to present the addictive anthem #HellRight
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HOUSE PLAYLIST

Take a listen to a new song from Miranda Lambert called “Bluebird” – this is one you’ll have on repeat! Miranda revealed that her new album “Wildcard” will be released on November 1st and will feature 14 new songs including “Bluebird”
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ON THE HOUSE

Keep up with the Morning Hangover on Instagram/InstaStory tonight from Jacksonville, FL where we’ll be at Brad Paisley, Chris Lane and Riley Green’s show!

FRONT OF THE HOUSE

Check out HARDY’s VEVO performance of the #1 song he helped write for Blake Shelton – “God’s Country”
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AT THE BAR

Check out brand new music from Canaan Smith called “Beer Drinkin’ Music” – the first song released from FGL’s new label “Round Here Records”
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BAR TALK

Congrats to Radio Disney Country on the launch of their new podcast “Radio Disney Country Spotlight” hosted by my BFF Betsy Spina feat exclusive, raw conversations with today’s hottest and rising artists in country music. You can listen now to their first two interviews with Hunter Hayes and Mickey Guyton on Apple, Spotify, and iHeartRadio, and subscribe to keep up with new podcasts every Friday!
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CRUSHIN IT

Check out Maren Morris’ new music video #TheBones
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BUZZIN

Check out one of the new songs off of Hunter Hayes’ new album out today (Wild Blue Part I) – this is “Madness”
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MIXED DRINKS

Watch Brett Young and Gavin DeGraw come together to create “Chapters”
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SHOT

Check out this new music video visualizer from Ingrid Andress for “We’re Not Friends”
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JORDAN DAVIS’ LAST CALL

Jordan Davis Remixes #TakeItFromMe In A High School Band Room Here   
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