The quotes below are all part of my interview with Dr Reginald Spears of Nashville State Tech
I have criticized Brett Young’s music from time to time until I learned just how important Brett Young and some of Brett’s peers are in the quest to cure insomnia. For those of you that don’t know, insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects about 60 million American’s. Doctors and researchers at Nashville State Tech have been working tirelessly for the past 3 years in order to find a cure for the sleep disorder. “Pills are only so effective” said world renowned sleep doctor Reginald Spears. “We wanted to come up with something that would cure the disorder. Little did we realize that the cure was right under our noses here in Nashville.”
And that’s where Brett Young’s music comes in. One day during a lunch break Spears and his team of researcher’s were listening to the local country station Snapback FM when all of a sudden everyone within earshot of the radio had passed out only to awake 8 hours later. “We didn’t understand what the hell happened. How do 27 people all pass out at the same time and awake basically 8 hours later?” Spears and his team would have dismissed this strange event if it had not become a regular occurrence. Every time certain artists music would come on the radio it would happen. “It was especially bad when this guy Brett Young’s music would play. We decided to test out his music on patients after we realized what was happening to us.”
The researcher’s realized quickly however that it was crucial to not over expose their subjects to too much of Brett Young’s music. “One patient was in a coma for 6 months. The music didn’t simply make him sleep, it put him in a coma.” The coma was induced after the 4th song was played. “We realized the key to treating our patients was not simply to play music from artists like Brett Young. We had to be careful of the dosages that we were giving them.”
Over time the team decided to test other artists music in order to see if there would be weaker or stronger results. “When we tested Blake Shelton’s music the results were extremely promising but when we tested Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt songs the subjects and researchers began to get belligerent. This proved our hypothesis that you cannot simply prescribe any mainstream artists music and expect the same results.”
What is so exciting about this research is that it has been so successful in curing insomnia that the FDA is fast tracking the approval. “One day in the not to distant future, you will go to your doctor with your sleep troubles and he will simply write you a prescription to listen to a specific mainstream country artist or a mix of a couple and you will be able to sleep.” On the bottle it is very clear that you cannot listen to Brett Young and drive at the same time. The effects of his music can be dangerous if not consumed under the supervision of a trained sleep doctor.
I would like to than Dr Spears for participating in this interview and for being the doctor that cured insomnia! So many people across the world are grateful for the work you and your team of researchers have done.
I don’t do this. I don’t write rebuttals to other blogs articles/think pieces but I think something should be said about the idiocy that is the Whiskey Riff Article Here’s The Real Reason You Hate Mainstream Country. The condescending article from the click bate, faux news site Whiskey Riff (written by Wes Langeler) attempts to paint people who are displeased with the direction of mainstream country as nose picking losers who are just jealous of how good looking and successful mainstream country artists are. The article does nothing of course to delve into actual criticisms that non mainstream fans have of the genre. Instead, the article starts off by comparing the mega stars in the mainstream to the jocks on the football team in high school. “Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line are like those jocks that you loves to hate. The good looking, popular guys that seem to get an unworthy and unjustified amount of attention (and girls). You hated them for it.” So essentially if an artist is good looking and popular then they are off limits to critique. Forget the fact that Luke Bryan has not recorded one above average song during his 11 year career and stop being a hater, obviously Sam Hunt is country. Next in the click bait article Langeler attempts to say that this bro country life style of underage drinking, hunting and fishing is what real people do. If you can’t identify with every song on the radio singing about those things then obviously you never did any of those things. You were just a little geek and you were jealous of the kids that did do those things.
Well Wes Langeler, the truth is we don’t give a rats ass whether the music is mainstream or not, popular or not. The reason that so many fans are fed up with mainstream country is because it lacks any substance, lacks any country instrumentation and is just a cheap rip off of other genres of music and other artists. Your honestly saying that you can’t understand why people would dare say that Sam Hunt isn’t a real country artist? An R&B singer being pedaled to country radio because he would disappear if he went pop? You can’t understand why people would be ticked off at Luke Bryan for putting out songs like “Home Alone Tonight” where he sings about sending drunk revenge selfies to his ex girlfriend? Or how about Thomas Rhett who rips off a different artist with every single?
The reason that independent artists and artists of substance are having greater success than ever and the reason radio is dying is because people are sick of it. Chris Stapleton is the biggest star in country music by a mile according to sales and he can’t even get radio play. Aaron Watson an independent Texas artist has had 2 consecutive number 1 albums despite not getting a lick of airplay on the radio while Chris Lane sold a paltry 6000 albums in his debuts first week. The only place that mainstream country stars are still relevant is the bankrupt, failed radio enterprises who will be lucky to survive beyond the next couple of years.
And as I said, it has nothing to do with mainstream or not mainstream for us it has to do with good music versus bad music. There are certainly artists in the mainstream putting out great music. Eric Church, William Michael Morgan, Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton just to name a few. And isn’t it ironic that a mainstream fan would mock independent fans for just being losers. Have you not seen the destruction and chaos that has ensued at some of your hero’s concerts including your boy Luke Bryan punching a concert goer? I could go into more graphic acts of debauchery that have ensued at these concerts but i’ll save you the details.
People are sick and tired of mainstream country because it sucks not because they are/were losers. I sincerely hope you don’t truly believe this incredibly close minded, vacuous idea. This failure to see what is really happening in country music is what is destroying the mainstream and the institutions that support it. When Cumulus and IHeart media’s collapses are complete I hope you have a “safe space” as you so brilliantly called it. TRIGGERED.
After 2 consecutive failed singles on country radio Chase Rice has released If I’m Bein’ Honest. I don’t really want to go into detail about his last album Ignite the Night which was released in 2014 but lets just say it was mostly dreadful. There was however two songs that I found to be pretty good and very personal to Chase and they were “Carolina Can” and “Jack Daniels and Jesus.” I honestly believe that Chase actually does want to release more songs along those lines and perhaps less songs like “Whisper” and “Everybody We Know Does.” He even said as much when he basically wrote an apology letter for releasing the terrifyingly horrible “Whisper” which was intended to be a lead single.
What we get with “If I’m Bein’ honest” is actually a pretty decent song with a very simple production that doesn’t get in the way of the lyrics. This song although different in subject matter reminds me a lot of “Jack Daniels and Jesus” in the honesty and the scaled back production. When I first heard this song I immediately thought of the stupid Sam Hunt song “Drinkin’ Too Much” but after further listens I can appreciate this song. The idea is that since he screwed up a relationship that he was in, he is a wreck. He admits that since he f**ked things up he is completely lost and he doesn’t know where to go from here. He stays drunk and high all the time so that he can try and get over this girl but it doesn’t work. He even admits that he cares for this girl so much that he prays every night that she’s doing okay.
There’s actually a huge difference between this and Drinkin’ Too Much in the idea that this isn’t a crazy stalker song. Chase doesn’t write songs about this girl that destroy her life in the way that Sam Hunt openly admits to doing. This is just an honest take on a breakup that is destroying the guy. He may have screwed up the relationship however he isn’t doing any harm to the girl.
Chase Rice has shown glimpses of good songwriting and he certainly has the ability to write extremely personal and emotional songs. If Chase Rice is ever able to get another album out I hope that it contains more mature songs like this one. He’s better than Ignite the Night and we now have proof.
Every week we will take a look at the top 30 Mediabase Country Chart. We will re-rank the songs on the chart based on the quality and overall enjoyment of each song. Next to each song I will provide the ranking that we would give it and the actual ranking on the Mediabase chart in parenthesis (From America’s Music Charts). Songs that are in the color red are songs that are either recurrent or in danger of going recurrent soon, while blue is for songs that I predict will go to number 1 at some point. At the end of each ranking there will be some thoughts about the current chart as well as any news or updates that are deemed important. I hope everyone enjoys this weekly post and feel free to comment/agree/disagree with anything you see.
- Zac Brown Band My Old Man (30) A
- Eric Church ft. Rhiannon Giddens Kill A Word (8) A-
- Craig Campbell Outskirts of Heaven (26) B+
- Runaway June Lipstick (28) B+
- Chris Janson Holdin’ Her (21) B+
- Brad Paisley Today (4) B+
- Miranda Lambert We Should Be Friends (25) B
- Darius Rucker If I Told You (22) B
- Chris Young Sober Saturday Night (1) B
- Dan and Shay How Not To (19) B
- Little Big Town Better Man (5) B-
- Josh Turner Hometown Girl (12) C+
- Jon Pardi Dirt On My Boots (2) C+
- Luke Bryan Fast (6) C+
- Jason Aldean Any Ol’ Barstool (9) C+
- High Valley Make You Mine (16) C+
- Luke Combs Hurricane (18) C
- Kenny Chesney Bar At The End of…(14) C
- Garth Brooks Baby, Let’s Lay Down… (13) C
- Trent Harmon There’s a Girl (20) C
- Lauren Alaina Road Less Traveled (7) C
- Rascal Flatts Yours If You Want It (23) C-
- Brett Young In Case You Didn’t Know (27) C-
- Keith Urban The Fighter (29) F
- Kelsea Ballerini Yeah Boy (10) F
- Dierks Bentley Black (17) F
- Michael Ray Think a Little Less (3) F
- Lady Antebellum You Look Good (24) F
- Brantley Gilbert The Weekend (11) F
- Sam Hunt Body Like A Backroad(15) F
New To The Top 30: Zac Brown Band “My Old Man” Such a great song. This is also the first time a song has surpassed “Kill A Word” for the top spot on my Re-Charting The Chart.
Songs That Left The Top 30: “Seein’ Red.” I would love if I never had to see Dustin Lynch on this chart again. His music is garbage and has no place on any station.
Songs I See Leaving Us Soon: “Baby Lets Lay Down and Dance” and “Lipstick” are done. I’m so disappointed to see “Lipstick” go because I love that song and Runaway June in general. No news on a new album or follow up single yet. And yeah Garth Brooks is still a thing I guess. Also “There’s A Girl” is done.
Quick Thoughts: One of the worst songs on the chart leaves and probably the best song that will chart this year joins the chart so good news on that front. There are still too many songs that just don’t belong on the chart hell “Make You Mine” is on week 54 for pete sake. Also I added “Road Less Traveled” to songs that I predict will go number one eventually. I’m a little surprised but, it shows how powerful On The Verge can be. What helps her is that there are some songs behind her that are running out of gas that will not go number 1.