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kds

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While I think Guess You Had to Be There or Saturday Night could've been hits, part of me is glad they weren't chosen to be released as singles.  

Frankly, I'd rather have a Brian Wilson song chart because of Brian Wilson, not because of a younger artist.  


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kds,

     I get where you are coming from.   But I would've still been happy for Brian if he had a hit with one of the two songs that I mentioned.   Sadly it's almost impossible for the older artists to have a shot at a hit with the way the music industry works.

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Jeremy,

Sadly, you're right.  And that just shows how bad the industry has gotten.  

While it would've been nice for Brian to have a hit song, I'm happier that the album did well.  
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Lee Marshall

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One of my Double Shots included The Beach Boys with special guest Dean Torrence followed by Brian with special guest Nate Ruess.   It was done in order to show that Brian has worked with guests forever and also so that I could spin the FULL version of Barbara Ann...'cause the ending is way more entertaining and quite clearly shows the fun side of the 'boys'.

The fact that I'm allowed to do this is really cool and I'm entirely grateful for the opportunity.  I don't know of anyone else doing anything like it on any station on the planet.  [certainly not on a daily basis]
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kds

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This is for you, Lee.  

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Joe Thomas needs drop the auto tuning of everything.
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Al Forsyth

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It's standard technology in the industry. 
How it works:
http://www.eastmont206.org/CPIS/Class/the-band-room/Blog/7493-Nova-special-Auto-Tune.html
Cher effect?
http://www.vh1.com/news/53369/10-times-when-auto-tuning-totally-worked/
http://whatculture.com/music/10-artists-essentially-computer-programs
95% in 2011
http://www.tankwire.com/2011/04/95-percent-of-top-40-songs-use-auto.html
Joe Thomas is with it! 

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Wes

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I thought if any song on that album would've been a hit it would've been "Guess You Had To Be There". Like everyone else said it just wasn't country enough to be played on country radio and didn't fit into the pop mold to be played on pop radio. Kacey Musgraves it a talented artist and could be huge one day. If she were in the realm of Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert then it is possible that this song would've still been a hit. 
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Guess You Had To Be There is awesome and it definitely could have been a hit if the music industry had it's crap together. On The Island is great too. It's a cool album. The only one I can't stand is Saturday Night. Nate Russ's voice is annoying as hell. I don't care how many Grammys he's won.
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thorgil

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NPP is a very divisive album. Though much different of course, from that point of view it's the new "Love You".
That extends to every single track. Each one of NPP's numbers can be alternately the best or the worst according to the person judging it, and no kidding.
Imho, that means it's a strong album.
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Lee Marshall

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I hear THAT.  Sometimes the all-time BEST lp's are the ones that take awhile to grow on you.  Mind you Love You never has...for me.
NPP, I think, is terrific.
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Al Forsyth

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My question is, is Kacey Musgraves REALLY country?  The new album has pop sounds all over it.

Yes, I hear the banjo.
Keep It To Yourself, has country and so does the entire performance here (2014?) but it could be pop as well.

How does she sell in the country market?  I don't follow this market any more but did quite a while ago. It seems as though she doesn't want to be boxed into the label.
Sound is terrible here, but again, she is covering B. Marley.  So she is searching to go beyond the country "box" me thinks.


Of course T. Swift claimed to originate as country (NOT) and now you have K. Perry trying to go country (Lord help us). 

Kacey had to have learned something from the master in the studio, Brian, so they all emerged with something as a result.  You can hear the processing on her vocal but man, does she have a grand, pure voice.  I always hoped that all of the "guests" would have popped in for a concert or two during the NPP tour. 

I thought Saturday Night the PERFECT single. 

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Let'sgoaway

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Who cares whether it is a hit or not.With the garbage that is out there now that qualifies as top selling hits
It really doesn't matter to the people that appreciate quality beautifully made music whether anyone who listens to modern so called music likes the album or the artist.
I love the entire album and consider it a miracle that Brian and Al sing so beautifully on it at their age.
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Wes

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Al - that is a large part of what country music is now - a blend of pop and country. When Shania Twain hit big that was the first time I had realized that country music had change (because I hadn't really listened to country since the 80's). Honestly I like the blend and Shania is one of the main reasons I got back into country music. Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Shania, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood....all have that sound. I personally like it but hardcore old-school country fans usually hate it and I can see where they are coming from. 
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Al Forsyth

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Wes,

And I think that it's as twangy as ever.  Listen to the new Maren Morris song, My Church, and Kacey is Texas-twang and can go campy/corny:


But look where the new "it" girl (Maren Morris) comes from - Kacey Musgraves.
https://www.axs.com/emerging-artist-kacey-musgraves-pal-maren-morris-sings-about-my-church-76172
They BOTH played SxSW last month:


I think Lambert is right in there with the twang (but it's put on isn't it?).  C. Underwood is kind of a cross-over.  She came from you-know-what tv show after all.  YES, Shania Twain was the one who shook it all up from the outside in.  No question, but it's gone back to the image and not the sound.  Again, I hardly listen to it because I think it's damaged and formulaic (country) as is any "genre'" now.  I believe that it's kind of like the DNC or RNC putting their top pols up there and country may be this way. Let's watch where M. Morris goes and how Kacey continues - they may be the country outlaws themselves.    

http://www.billboard.com/charts/country-songs
http://tasteofcountry.com/top-40-country-songs-april-2016/
It's all good-ole bad boys doing their thing still and sprinkled in the Morris song and some Underwoods.  Then you have Blake Shelton trying to find the next thing on his tv show and who is he seeing?  A pop diva.

Back to Guess You Had to Be There - it still sounds like driving down Pacific Coast Highway with top down! 

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