If your digital TV recorder was working Friday night, you may want to replay Tim McGraw's CBS-TV tribute to New Orleans on Monday's show, "My Old Friend." But, the new single version is cut two on the "Live Like Your Were Dying" LP and that's the one I'd play. The single is also on New Music Server.
Meanwhile, on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN and the WB — the six biggest broadcast networks along with several cable networks, viewers in nearly 100 countries were able to tune in as the politics were restrained and the celebrity pleas for assistance for the Red Cross and Salvation Army were impressive, well-done and heartfelt.
None of the country musical moments were radio-friendly, unfortunately.
Garth Brooks, Trishia Yearwood and the "Late Show'' band did "Who'll Stop the Rain,'' and it absolutely was a moment for the musical history books. But, if you were hoping for the debut of a radio hit (as I was), unfortunately, you were disappointed.
Ditto with the Dixie Chicks' performance, which was certainly artful and very emotional. MSNBC has a video clip of them and other performers online now. But, it's nothing that I'd play on the radio either, for the same reasons.
Perhaps it was a hint that their new LP won't be country friendly. Perhaps it wasn't. I guess we'll just have to wait until early next year to find out...
BUT, one thing for sure: all of these class acts did show a lot of heart and soul as they all took the time to help make the two shows a huge musical and financial success.
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