Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Bob Lefsetz Discovers Country Music.. What Took Him So Long?

The Lefsetz Letter" is famous for being beholden to no one and speaking the truth, Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, copy protection, pricing and the music itself.

He writes: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Dierks Bentley, Carrie UnderwoodGillette Stadium/Boston-Sunday-7/16Gross: $4,136,945Sold/Capacity: 55,124/55,124Ticket Price(s)-$85.50/$72.50/$37.50. Fifteen years ago, never mind THIRTY years ago, the biggest country acts in America couldn’t have sold out a stadium, probably not even an arena, in Boston. Time to start taking country music seriously. It’s not a sideshow, but one of the MAIN SHOWS! Used to be Top Forty was everyman’s format. Now it’s an urban wasteland playing to a slim part of the musical audience. Hell, despite all the carping about me-tooism in country, there’s more room for innovation in the Nashville format than there is on Top Forty. Hell, Big & Rich feature a BLACK RAPPER! Sure, one can lament the loss of a lot of shitkicker country, but what’s left is closer to the Eagles, who own the biggest selling album in history. Let’s see. The people can sing. There are melodies, and hooks. You wonder why country does such big business? (Kenny Chesney and most of the same characters also sold out in Greenville, SC, Madison Square Garden/NY, Louisville, KY, Tampa and Nashville.)

He also has nice things to say about Tim & Faith and Rascal Flatts too. (All I can add is: "DUH." But, better to get it late than not get it at all...)

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