CMA Awards: Bro-country vs. Bra-country

I can’t say whether the tides are changing in country music but if you use the recent CMA Awards as any sort of example of what country music is like today, you may notice who wasn’t there.

Remember back in the early to mid-2010s when “bro-country” became a thing? Artists like Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and others all had hit songs that were somewhat generic and formulaic with lyrics about drinking or dancing girls or backroad parties. Obviously there was success in that subject matter, but there was also a lot of pushback from traditional country music fans and well-known country artists.

Fast forward to 2019, the 53rd annual CMA Awards airing on ABC and featured no, not bro-country, but a heavy dosage of bra-country. The women of country music! Get it? Bra… women… women wear bras? It’s just a little diversion from bro-country to remind us all that bra-country is great! The CMA Awards was hosted by the amazing trio of Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood and if you didn’t get a chance to see the fantastic opening number, here it is.


I’m sure fans were happy to hear and see a lot of more traditional country being showcased, celebrating legendary women in country music, and not hearing the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean… none of whom were in attendance.

If you want to read a full recap of the show performances click here.

Concerning those CMAs, I was really only surprised by a couple things…

  1. Garth Brooks winning Entertainer of the Year. Grady Smith says it best here…


Actually, that’s it. I was surprise by one thing. Garth. Over Eric Church and Carrie Underwood. Come on! Like Grady is, I’m also a fan of Garth Brooks, but it definitely seemed like he just swooped in and took the award away from others who genuinely deserved it.

I also don’t like Kacey Musgraves, there, I said it. But she’s a big part of the bra-country movement and if the future of country music is how the CMAs looked this year… I’m back in! I love most of the women featured on the show, plus I love Eric Church, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert (I almost dated her, you know), Dierks Bentley, and plenty of others.

Have a good weekend, y’all!

-Out of the Wilderness

A mustang and a green button in Keith Urban’s “We Were” video

Keith Urban’s latest music video looks smooth and easy, but I can assure you that any video you record as a continuous clip is anything but easy. I wonder how many takes they did before they had a keeper? Where did they record this, anyway? Well, I’m glad you stopped by because I have some answers!


Location…

This “one take” video was recorded south of downtown Nashville. It’s not Music Row, as some might think. There’s another trendy little spot called Berry Hill that’s home to quite a few recording studios. The one in this video is House of Blues. Around 1:45 into the video Keith walks in to “The Cave” as seen below in the music video and a picture from the HOB website.


And what do y’all think about Keith’s choice of drink?

Based on the light shining through and the way this particular cup is handled, I’m making a bet there wasn’t any liquid in the cup. Well, I take that back. Maybe on take 1 there was, but after doing this 50 times, Keith was like, “You know what guys, I’ve had enough water!” 🙂

Did anyone else notice something in this part of the video?

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Keith didn’t press that little button that says “push to exit.” I KNEW IT WAS ALL A SHAM!! After all the times I’ve pressed those buttons because I didn’t want to be the guy who doesn’t and then gets embarrassed when the door doesn’t open! If Keith doesn’t press it, I don’t press it. That’s my new motto.

I call this next part of the video, “true friends.” A true friend is someone who says, “Parking’s a bear? I’ll be here awhile, park behind me and we’re all good.” Good job, Mustang driver!

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The video was also shot in vertical format, and released mid-July. If you’re reading this on your phone, click here for vertical video through Spotify. Spoiler: it’s the exact same video, just edited for your phone, so if you aren’t able to see it through the link, you can scroll back up and watch it on YouTube 🙂

Overall, great song, great job by Keith, and kudos to the steadicam operator for all that work!

-Out of the Wilderness

That moment when you remember why you love where you live…

I was driving down the street, slightly frustrated with traffic. As I waited to move forward, I began paying attention to this guy on the sidewalk. There wasn’t a bus stop there. He wasn’t going anywhere but he was moving around, with headphones on. Then he began dancing. Eric Church “Smoke A Little Smoke” came on my car stereo. I couldn’t believe the guy dancing was right in the rhythm of the song, and I thought to myself, I love Nashville.

47th Annual ACM Awards: Sunday night live commentary!

10pm Good night!

959pm I like her with straight hair.

957pm Taylor Swift. Good job Tay Tay!

957pm Lionel Richie comes out to present Entertainer of the Year. And the award goes to…

954pm commercials…

953pm He jokes about his “real shocked face” and looks at Taylor. Got her!

952pm The award goes to Blake Shelton. He better thank “The Voice”!

951pm Taylor Swift comes out to present Male Vocalist of the Year. I love when Taylor has straight hair.

950pm Personally I wouldn’t mind if this show ended, 3 hours is just way too long!

947pm Oh, first Luke Bryan performs his unsettling song “I Don’t Want This Night To End.” Something about it makes me want to change the channel. Not sure if it’s the words, music, the dancing, or D all of the above. else.

941pm Coming up, Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.

940pm or was it Blake Shelton’s ex-wife?

939pm or was it Kenny Chesney that busted through the door and said that?

938pm Minister asks if anyone wants to object, speak now or forever hold their peace… Randy Travis busts through the door and says, “Don’t do it!” Kidding.

938pm They have a unity candle. Besides rings, that’s gotta be the most common wedding tradition.

937pm Although I do like this song, even if The Bachelor kinda ruined it for a few months.

936pm This feels weird. I can’t tell if this is sweet, or very odd.

935pm The ceremony starts featuring the song “Marry Me” by Train and Martina McBride.

934pm The wedding story unfolds…

926pm After the break, a wedding ceremony. This ought to be interesting.

924pm Dierks Bentley is a cool guy. He’s got 2 dogs, so that makes him even cooler.

923pm Bono from U2 says America is not just a place, it’s an idea. Then he introduces Dierks Bentley performing the patriotic “Home.”

922pm For anyone who doesn’t get the hype of the Zac Brown Band, how do you think that performance was?

920pm Brad Paisley joins them on stage and shreds the guitar.

918pm Zac Brown perform a fun upbeat song called “Whiskey’s Gone.” I love these guys!

917pm What I wrote at 830pm (below) didn’t actually happen.

914pm Blake Shelton introduces Miranda Lambert, performing her latest hit “Over You.” The song is good, and I’ll add that the music video is hauntingly awesome.

912pm Anyone remember the movie “Dangerous Minds”? I like that movie.

910pm I think I want to see Titanic in 3D Wednesday, if for no other reason than to see Jack shaking in the freezing cold water, in 3D-D-D-D-D-D! That’s my teeth chattering in the cold water.

908pm (central) Miranda Lambert wins Female Vocalist of the Year.

9pm Cheerios. As in, that’s what I’m eating. Be back soon.

856pm Guess what, more commercials, but did I just hear them say they’re going to show a real wedding after the break? That’s a first.

855pm If you’re watching the ACM’s, chances are you are fully aware how country you are, but if you are still denying your country roots, check here to see if you are more country than you think.

852pm Sara Evans sings her latest release, a remake of “My Heart Can’t Tell You No.”

851pm Marc Anthony takes the stage? He introduces Sara Evans.

850pm Looks like everyone on the crowd has a red solo cup and you know who is so happy about this whole performance? The Solo brand. They may even send Toby a gold Solo cup.

849pm Carrot Top shows up and the crowd laughs along.

847pm Toby Keith performs “Red Solo Cup” if you can call singing that song a performance. He also just said testicles on national TV with no edit.

846pm Gary LeVox (lead singer of Rascal Flatts) asks if they can here the banjo in the back. “Yes! But we can’t see you. We’re too far back!”

845pm I like Rascal Flatts. Funny guys and they seem to have good hearts/compassion for people.

843pm Rascal Flatts performs their new song “Banjo” featuring Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) on the banjo. I like this song, but I thought it was meant more for a group like Little Big Town.

842pm Standing Ovation. Taylor warms up her Oh-my-gosh face. Other people clapping.

842pm Blake and Reba take the stage again and reflect on the life of Earl Scruggs who died earlier this week.

841pm One day I’m going to invent something where we can record TV programs then fast forward through the commercials.

838pm Another tease that Bono is coming up. Nothing screams country like an Irish rock star.

837pm Scotty thanks a long list of folks, never even mentioning Josh Turner, the guy who’s voice he stole.

836pm Alright I’m back. The Kimberly Perry Band presents new artist of the year award, going to Scotty McCreery.

835pm I have a hypothesis: the word redneck will always be popular in country music.

833pm You know what’s delicious? Seafood. Baked fish filets from the Gulf of Mexico = better than your dinner I bet!

830pm Mickey Mouse rushed the stage and tackled Carrie Underwood. Crazy, right?

826pm Time for dinner. Take a break and I’ll be back in a short while. What will happen while I’m gone: more jokes, random guest presenters that probably have never listened to country music, and a random performance from an artist who’s got a new album or single coming out. Yes, I’m talking about Scotty McCreery.

825pm commercial break.

825pm Can’t figure out this band out, they sing this song and a song about being taking things slow (“Just A Kiss”) but they also have a song “Lookin’ For A Good Time” about a one night stand. Hashtag confusion. Hashtag make up your mind.

822pm Lady Antebellum perform “Dancin’ Away With My Heart.”

821pm Blake and Reba (who are hosting) come up with a few more jokes, this time including Lindsay Lohan. Blake Shelton admits he screwed up the JetBlue joke but it was still funny.

820pm Jason and Kelly come up to accept the award. Kelly is looking fab.

819pm the award goes to Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson for “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”

819pm Jake Owen and a pencil present Singe Record of the Year.

817pm I really want to eat pizza right now. If you wanna send one over, message me and I’ll send you my address.

816pm You can still vote for Entertainer of the Year: here

812pm Commercial break and the announcer is extremely intent on pronouncing every single syllable. His elementary teachers would be so proud.

811pm One could argue that Von Dutch hasn’t come around the first time yet.

811pm Or has it been so long that Von Dutch is coming back around?

810pm Evidently it’s 2003 because he’s got a Von Dutch hat on.

810pm Eric Church is wearing his signature baseball cap and aviator glasses.

809pm One of my favorites, Eric Church, takes the stage back at the MGM. He performs “Springsteen.” Guess what that songs about! Elvis.

808pm Looks like Brantley’s got some new tattoos.

807pm The Award show is at the MGM in Vegas, but they toss to the Mandalay Bay were newcomer Brantley Gilbert takes the stage to sing “Country Must Be Country Wide.”

806pm They thank the fans and the families. Charles Kelley says, “Look Mom! KISS!”

806pm None of the members of Lady Antebellum actually kissed KISS. Well played.

805pm Award goes to Lady Antebellum.

803pm If you just got in from the dog park, tune to CBS now, the ACM Awards are still going! Music legends KISS take the stage. These guys are so old slash not relevant. They’re presenting vocal group of the year…

801pm The music video for this song was filmed at the same location as his song “Tattoos On This Town”… an airport just outside of Nashville.

8pm Jason Aldean performs “Fly Over States.”

759pm Blake Shelton wins the crowd over with a joke or two, then Reba introduces Jason Aldean.