Every year, CRS (Country Radio Seminars) is a great opportunity to keep in touch with my radio friends far and wide. This year, there was a fantastic event, featuring a multitude of different songwriters and artists at the Ryman Auditorium. I snapped this picture during Josh Turner’s performance.
Wednesday’s “Team UMG at the Ryman” luncheon featured artists from the Universal Music Group roster. Performing artists included Billy Currington, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Drake White, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Kelleigh Bannen, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Randy Montana, Scotty McCreery and Vince Gill. One BIG surprise was a performance by none other than George Strait.
Vince Gill made me cry, when he came out and dedicated “Go Rest High On That Mountain” for the late Mindy McCready. As Vince so eloquently put it, “She was a part of our family, and that matters”.
One of my new favorite artists is Kacey Musgraves. Her new album, “Same Trailer, Different Park” is full of great songs. The songwriting is raw and real. She doesn’t skirt around unpleasantries. It’s a welcome change in today’s country scene, as she deals with real issues and speaks to real women. It’s relatable music to anyone who’s lived beyond college age, but yet mainstream enough to appeal to every country music fan, young and old. My nine year old, who knows of my affinity for the album, made a comment to me after I was singing along to the radio when they played “Merry Go Round”.
She said, “Mom, you really like that song?”
My reply, “Yes”.
“But it’s such a sad song. Why do you like such a sad song”?
“Because it’s real music about real life. There’s a lot of good in the world, but there’s also a lot of sadness. I like her voice and I like how she makes even the sadness sound pretty”.
Her response, “Oh”, then thinking about it for a moment as the song played on, “I guess you’re right”.
Another stand-out for me was a songwriter named Erik Dylan. He sang one of his songs, “Funerals and Football Games”. I’m calling it now, that song is a number one just waiting to hit the airwaves!