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  1. Moriah Formica's band Plush is joining Evanescence and Halestorm on tour this fall.
  2. We are at the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's Blue, an album as remarkable today as it was when it was released. Just sit down and listen to it. That's why it's covered by brave souls on TV today. This post may may be a bit out of place but we're here because of the music and I hope some will enjoy. There's a lot of writing in honor of the anniversary as you'll see if you Google "Joni Mitchell Blue." Some I particularly liked are Cameron Crowe's interview of Joni in the L.A. Times, https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2021-06-20/joni-mitchell-cameron-crowe-50th-anniversary-blue, the Times' track-by-track review by folks like James Taylor (who played on several tracks and whose romance with Joni plays into several songs), David Crosby, Brandi Carlisle and Elton John https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2021-06-21/joni-mitchell-james-taylor-haim-elton-john-track-by-track-blue, and Ann Powers' thoughtful piece for NPR about the recording and context of the album and, surprisingly, its connections to Miles Davis's album Kind of Blue. https://www.npr.org/2021/06/20/1008271419/joni-mitchell-masterpiece-at-50-her-kind-of-blue. There's tons of good stuff here like songs' backgrounds in relationships with Taylor, Graham Nash (bookended by A Case of You and River) and Leonard Cohen, Joni's choice to make her dulcimer the lead string instrument which gives the album much of its distinct instrumental flavor and how Joni met the red-headed rogue Carey, her "mean old daddy," in Greece when an explosion blew him out of the restaurant in whose kitchen he worked. And why cellophane has become the central metaphor of much writing about the album because of Joni's emotional transparency in its creation. Maybe the best thing to do, though, is to put on some headphones, close your eyes and listen.
  3. Moriah Formica's rock band Plush just finished recording their first album in Nashville according to reports and Moriah's Twitter feed. https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/plush-enters-studio-to-record-debut-album/ The band's first single Hate reached 29 on the Billboard mainstream rock chart, and they are opening soon for Lzzy Hale and Halestorm. Album sampler -
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  5. Enthusiastic article from Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/05/26/voice-finale-winner-cam-anthony/
  6. Moriah Formica's band Plush just posted a cover of Alter Bridge's Isolation. btw, Nashville has a new Morgan - singer-songwriter Morgan Wade with her debut album Reckless, this week's Billboard Emerging Artist pick. It's a stunner imo. Opening track.
  7. Moriah Formica's band Plush has released its first single. Plush is an all-female group, and Moriah appears to be the oldest at 20 according to their PR. I'm hearing an Evanescence vibe in this one?
  8. Has there been any indication of timing or how it's being released? I don't recall hearing about a label, for example.
  9. She has an interest in the financial success of her husband's established company for which Morgan had become the biggest breadwinner. She said what she said. I don't think hypothetical excuses for her or the people who liked her post count for anything. If she or they have more to say, she and they should say it.
  10. Seems to me if they gave it an unqualified endorsement, then they gave it an unqualified endorsement.
  11. Given the recent controversies, if you are interested in writers with a different perspective on Nashville music and the music industry, you might try the following - not meant to be an exhaustive list. They are all active on twitter and also offer a decent window into artists outside the Nashville mainstream. Ann Powers (NPR) @annkpowers Marissa Moss @MarissaRMoss https://www.marissarmoss.com/ Natalie Weiner @natalieweiner https://dontrocktheinbox.substack.com/p/issueone (with Marissa Moss) Lorie Liebig @lorieliebig https://www.morethanacowgirl.com/ Seak05, it's great you posted the Chapel Hart song. I just learned about them from an Ann Powers tweet this weekend. They have other really cool songs on youtube.
  12. This could be interesting. Maren Morris, Luke Combs to Discuss Accountability in Country Music Critic Ann Powers will moderate the Q&A session during Country Radio Seminar’s 2021 virtual edition https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/luke-combs-maren-morris-accountability-panel-1123900/ Ann Powers is the senior country/folk/Americana music writer for NPR.
  13. I took a pass on the Saving Country Music blog after Coroneos' feud with some of the women writers in Nashville and his position on the shut-up-and-sing issues, which overlap to a degree, but I agree that he's dead on here.
  14. I recently posted a link to Natalie Weiner's piece on Wallen in the former contestants thread. It was generally positive but not without reservations. She updated on Twitter this morning.
  15. Indeed. Or others on the current Americana charts. https://americanamusic.org/radio-chart-singles https://americanamusic.org/radio-chart-album Tyler Childers isn't on those charts currently but he is a strong counterweight to views of country males. His music is more "country" than anything on the mainstream charts, but he is a very different sort. Check this NPR review. https://www.npr.org/sections/we-insist-a-timeline-of-protest-music-in-2020/2020/09/18/914469882/tyler-childers-pushes-back-on-southern-values-and-our-long-violent-history
  16. I'd started to come around a bit on Morgan based on some of his recent work, but got to give him a pass hereafter.
  17. That was was my favorite season of the show and my least favorite on IDF. I haven't been or wanted to be a regular here since. I was a big fan of Chloe and would be today if she wanted us. There was a lot of needless stuff that went around. I was, though, a real admirer of Addison, never negative about her and still hope the best for her.
  18. Moriah Formica has a new band, Plush, and has released a preview of their first single on youtube. https://youtu.be/2z_FGeBDdcg Article about the band in Spotlight News - https://spotlightnews.com/thespot/2021/01/22/moriah-formica-debuts-new-all-female-band-plush/
  19. You're right. I was thinking in terms of not making the live elimination rounds. Weiner points out that he was eliminated after his only country performance, FGL's Stay. - Another new interview/overview piece about Wallen, this time in the Washington Post. 1/21 You might know Morgan Wallen because of the SNL incident. But he’s poised to be the future of country music. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/morgan-wallen-profile-new-album-dangerous/2021/01/20/743e1162-594d-11eb-a976-bad6431e03e2_story.html
  20. I've posted several articles and links about Morgan that I've come across on twitter or in other reading. I'm not a "fan" and have only listened to a handful of his songs, but he keeps showing up in places and doing things I wouldn't expect. This last album has a duet with Chris Stapleton and a Jason Isbell cover as well as his whiskey songs and rnb influences. Interesting dude. Today there's a new article by Nashville music writer Natalie Weiner that tries to look at the bigger picture and the phenomenon. It's also funny to see how his short Voice stint is treated. https://holler.country/feature/long-read-morgan-wallen
  21. I doubt Twitter has concerns about legal exposure on first amendment issues. Google got a pretty clean win in an access case a couple of years ago. Like it or not, and I have mixed feelings regarding the principles involved (they apply to permit a ban on leafletting in shopping centers which have replaced the town square), the decision seems pretty sound legally. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4421826-Prager-Dismissed.html Some states have broader protections under their state constitution but even with those, Twitter would be able to enforce reasonable restrictions on time, place and manner of speech, as it would contend its TOS are. A plaintiff might try an antitrust theory based on refusal to deal by a monopolist. Even assuming Twitter meets the legal definition of monopolist, which I doubt, the Supreme Court has held that monopolists generally do not have a duty to deal with anyone with whom they choose not to deal. EU law is more favorable to plaintiffs on such issues but is not relevant here
  22. Remember Moriah Formica, the formidable young rocker chick from the Miley Team that also included Chloe, Addison and Brooke in Season 13? She continues to record and perform and now has an upcoming streaming show with Sawyer Fredericks, whom some of you may know, and Madison Vandenburg from AI at the Palace Theater in Albany Promo poster - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eq53ZwWW8AAO7vG.jpg
  23. Morgan Wallen, the Voice's unlikeliest hero, has a new profile in, of all places, The New Yorker - How Morgan Wallen Became the Most Wanted Man in Country. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/12/28/how-morgan-wallen-became-the-most-wanted-man-in-country If you don't recall or haven't followed Morgan, it might be worth a read. It leads with his stint on The Voice: "Nearly seven years ago, a shaggy singer with a shy smile introduced himself to America. “My name is Morgan Wallen, I’m twenty years old, I’m from Knoxville, Tennessee, and I’m currently a landscaper,” he said. He was standing on a stage in Los Angeles, competing for a spot on “The Voice,” one of those reality shows in which established stars offer aspiring ones a chance to discover, first hand, just how heartbreaking the music industry can be. He was wearing a tie and a cardigan, with shoulder-length hair and most of a beard, and he explained that his promising baseball career had been ended, during his senior year in high school, by a debilitating injury to his ulnar collateral ligament. “I’m just a normal small-town kid, and I really don’t have a clue how to get into music—other than this,” he said. "Wallen had never been on an airplane until he flew to L.A. for the taping, and he was unsure what kind of singer he wanted to be. He auditioned with a husky version of “Collide,” an earnest ballad from the two-thousands, which impressed Shakira, one of the celebrity judges. “Your voice is unique—it has this raspy tone, gritty sound to it,” she said. “It’s as manly as it gets.” Even so, Wallen was eliminated a month later, and he returned to Tennessee with a slightly higher profile, a few industry connections, and a newfound awareness that he had what many Californians considered a thick Southern accent. “They’d be, like, Where are you from?” he recalls. He began thinking about that question, too. "These days, Wallen is a country-music star . . . ." The intro concludes - "Wallen became not just a singer but a character—and, in a development that seems to have surprised many Nashville professionals, a sex symbol, beloved by an army of fans who appear to be disproportionately female and thirsty. An innocuous photograph of him leaning against a truck recently drew nearly half a million likes on Instagram, and almost ten thousand comments, including a prayerful declaration from a young mother in South Carolina: “Lord have mercy im bout to bust.”
  24. Strawberry Fields is up on YouTube. Fan edit of Landslide from TV
  25. Chloe's posting more about the album, I see on Twitter. Couple of interesting things - Another clip,from a Marc Jacobs ad, with her comment. It seems of a piece with the SFF cover in style? Last album vs.new - One more lol - What else do you know about the album? Will it be self-released or does she have a label? She seems to have some kind of backing anyway. Twitter pix suggest she's playing guitar now . . . And also this Always hard to figure whats going on with Chloe till its done.
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