Chiming In

  • Deborah Straszheim

We’re curious about why one of our favorite bands, the Band Perry, announced its split last week from its record label of more than six years, Republic Nashville of Big Machine Record Group. The record label run by Scott Borchetta, is known for, among other things, encouraging country artists to collaborate with pop acts. Florida Georgia Line did so after releasing “Cruise,” creating a remix with rapper Nelly.

The best crossover hits by country artists are not contrived. They cross over into other genres because of their natural appeal. “Cruise,” released in 2012, was a country song first. Yet it had appeal with that sound, complete with all of its references to lift kicks, Chevys and dirt roads. If the Band Perry truly wants to play pop, then we’re all for it. We love them and we can’t wait for their new album. But if they’re being pushed, we couldn’t be more offended. That’s because at times, the push toward pop seems unique to the country genre, as if reaching the Grand Ole Opry isn’t enough, as if artists must create the ultimate pop sound to be truly accepted.

You don’t see this in other genres. What rap artist is asked to ponder whether their music sounds too “rap-like” and ought to be toned down or made more palatable to a larger audience? Whether you love or despise rap, you have to admire the producers’ unapologetic loyalty to that sound. With regard to “Cruise,” the remix worked because the song worked as a country hit and it was a great song – in other words, it just had natural appeal. And that’s the point. If you’re country, you don’t need to become pop-like, and you shouldn't be asked to. True crossover hits aren’t orchestrated.

In the remix video of “Cruise”, Nelly is seen seated in a car on a dirt road, calling the Florida Georgia Line band, saying he saw their video and it’s the deal. Of course, Nelly sexed up the remix video, but he still managed to write a rap bridge without swearing, and we like it. But we also note this: It was country first. And it shouldn't change, unless that's what the band wants.

At one point, Nelly sings, “Hey country girl, this country boy like everything about ya. Don’t change a thing, no way. You stay the same, I got ya.” We couldn’t agree more. We’re proud of our ‘country’.

Cruise ~ Florida Georgia Line

Cruise (Remix) ft. Nelly ~ Florida Georgia Line

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  • Deborah Straszheim

"The cap in the evening was Cassie Urbany. When I hear the name Cassie, I think of the Animorphs character who turns into a wolf, like everyone else does I’m sure. Now I’m going to be thinking of a woman showing up STOKED about the Eagles in her war jersey ready to serve up a massive dose of country-rock-folk that’s a little bit dark, but a little uplifing at the same time. We ended the evening listening to her musical stories and sweet voice in the outside seating area of Libertine, and it was a great way to just have nighttime wash over us. Her music was a great soundtrack to our very tired bodies after hosting this event for over 8 hours. When Cassie’s last sonorous note concluded, we knew something important had come to a close, and we were excited to talk to her about her great music. Here she is before the curtain went down."

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  • Deborah Straszheim

"Cassie Urbany is a singer-songwriter from Washington, DC. This is an album about being left behind, letting go of the past, and making peace with the endless list of things in life that we will never know. In other words, what could but never will be. This five track album has the contrast of very pretty, catchy guitar riffs with a darker subject matter. This is another example of the creativity and power of acoustic music. It’s quite a task trying to pin down exactly what this sound is, to me it’s sort of a mix of country, blues, modern rock, and folk music. Not exactly precise, but like most music, the best way to enjoy it is to listen with an open mind, and see what it means to you. Heartbreak, She Can Have Him has a lot of heartbreak in every song. What I found really interesting is that the co writer is Cassie Urbanys mother. After a mutual breakup, they began writing together. I remember after my last breakup the only person I was talking to was a big old bottle of vodka, arguably the writing about it method might have been a less nauseating way to get over it. At only five songs, it seems to end shortly after it begins, but every song was beautiful, catchy, relatable, and a little dark. Check this out if you’re a fan of brave, honest songwriting or acoustic jams. Listen here:" Original Post:

She Can Have Him ~ Cassie Urbany (Solo)

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