In this episode, Lisa, Jon, Jim, Tammy and Bob sit down to quickly cover 9 topics—including the winner of our Sexiest Man survey—with only 3 minutes of discussion per topic.
- Lisa Konicki, Editor in Chief
- Jon Freeman, Managing Editor
- Jim Casey, Deputy Editor
- Tammy Ragusa, Senior Writer
- Bob Paxman, Senior Writer
Show Notes & Links
- Sam Hunt – Country or Not Country (What really is country?)
- The Carrie Underwood album event – Carrie released her new album on Oct. 23. Does this release event put her back on top in the format? Is it the biggest album of the fall?
- Charles Kelley goes solo – How hard is it to do as a country artist? Are there any Justin Timberlakes and Beyoncés, or are they all Chris Kirkpatricks and Kelly Rowlands?
- Country Music Hall of Fame – Who gets in next year? We just had The Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Ed Brown and the Browns & Grady Martin. Who should be in?
- Garth Brooks – Expected to make a HUGE comeback after 10 years away. Did he do it? Was it as successful as he had hoped?
- Country’s Sexiest Man – Nash Country Weekly held our annual poll and asked our readers to vote for Country’s Sexiest Man. Winner announced. Agree or disagree?
- Sam Hunt really broke out in 2015. Who’s gonna do it in 2016?
- The Alan Jackson box set vs. the three-disc Hunter Hayes Album: How much is too much, and when does product become exploitation of an enthusiastic fan base?
Ronnie Dunn stated in an interview: “If you are going to be heard, you gotta be played on radio.” Is it true, and how is it different from the comment made by Gary Overton, President of Sony Music, and got so much flack over? “If you’re not on country radio, you don’t exist.” Was it just said more politically correct? Decline of Album Sales – how do Blackberry Smoke, Aaron Watson, Chris Stapleton and their like outsell Toby Keith?
The Writers Room, Ep. 2, 37 minutes