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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 11:46 AM
Love it, hate it, or sing it again?

We've been having a pretty raging argument over on my FB page and I'm curious what you all think.... will share my own thoughts after I hear some of yours.

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 11:53 AM
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Love it, hate it, or sing it again?

We've been having a pretty raging argument over on my FB page and I'm curious what you all think.... will share my own thoughts after I hear some of yours.

Video here if you haven't seen/heard yet:

http://alanpaul.net/2014/04/5960/



Loved it! Thought Eric Church was superb on "AWTNM" and he took "Win, Lose or Draw" to a place I never thought I'd hear. He is a tremendous performer, and was a very pleasant surprise that night.
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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 11:58 AM
The band sounds great. I admit to being pretty unfamiliar with Eric Church, and while he is a little better here than he was at Love for Levon (which I felt he was the nadir of), he just doesn't have much of a voice. This felt like karaoke with a, (albeit kick ass) live band to me.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 12:31 PM
JACK F'N PEARSON.


 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 12:40 PM
I have a friend who listens to alot of "Bro Country" and I think this Church artist is one of them.

His voice is not my cup of tea, not bad. I just prefer alot more "heft" to it. Sounds kinda thin. Sings better than me though!!!

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 01:13 PM
The only thing good about that video is the band playing behind that clown. That guy is terrible (in general, not just his voice). He lacks any conviction at all like most of the fake cowboys (haven't heard bro country, but that's pretty funny). I occasionally make sure and tell them that when I see them in Nashville. They would be doing country music a better service if they just didn't play/sing at all; instead they've popped out one of the nation's last true art forms. What's even worse is for marketing and $; someone allowed him on stage with these amazing musicians just to ruin a great tune.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 01:18 PM
I was too busy listening to Jack Pearson.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 01:22 PM
Well, the conversation here mirrors what's happening on my FB page.

John, I love you, but have to disagree. I think that Church invests this very emotional song, which means so much to me, with... nothing. Just nothing behind the words.

As I wrote in my review - http://bit.ly/1eXRps5 - I thought Church did a great job on Win, Lose or Draw and look forward to hearing it again and seeing if I still feel that way or if it just sounded so good because it wasn't awful.

I think part of why it sounded so good to me is I was so unimpressed with what he did on AWTNM and getting edgy and annoyed by the country cats. Brantley Gilbert was throw-tomatoes bad.. just total ass hat behavior and sounded like he had never heard the song before... and I really didn't care for Trace Adkins... I was about to really lose it with the country cats and then WL or D, which really hit me.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 01:22 PM
And yes Jack is fantastic here.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 01:39 PM
I like it.
 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 01:39 PM
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And yes Jack is fantastic here.


That is one thing we all agree on!! And it was cool to hear Chuck again play on songs from so long ago in his career.
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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 01:44 PM
It's a bummer because I assume Church got the invite after the Love for Levon concert, and even though a country reading of The Band's songs translates more fluently than a country reading of Gregg's folk and R&B songs, the bro country acts were still the weak link at Levon's tribute (Eric Church was a total ass clown, and Dierks Bentley almost made "Chest Fever" boring).

You hit it Alan, Church sang the words, but he didn't sing the song.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 02:17 PM
His voice is a little thin and he's a bit melodramatic, but it works. He clearly knows the song and gave it a everything. The band is both exquisite and robust. I agree that Win Lose or Draw was one of the highlights of the night.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 02:25 PM
Melodramatic....good word, Tim. When I was at the show watching/listening to him perform these songs, I thought he was doing too many "rock star" moves while he performed, but having said that, I did enjoy his rendition of WLOD. He should record and release that for pop country airplay. No, seriously. He did it that well.
 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 02:45 PM
Haters Hate On! First off somebody asked Eric do to it. Sounded to me he gave it all he had. Didn't forget the lyrics. Eric is from Rowan County, North Carolina. The next one over to the one I live in and as a fellow Tar Heel, I say more power to him. To be asked to play at to kind of real important music tributes is reward for the hard work my boy has put in his career. He was in no ways was John Popper disrespectful to the song, the audience or the incredible band assembled around him which just happened to include fellow Tar Heel, Audley Freed. Eric and Audley y'all are doin' us proud. And we are proud of you! So Alan Paul, rational rebel (speaking of assclowns) and the rest of you haters ... hate on. Now what about Jack Pearson, Chuck Leavel, Kenny Aronoff, Jimmy Hall??? Hell I'd sound good singing with them.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 03:06 PM
Taste is a relative thing. I'm not a big fan of the vocal - doesn't mean he can't sing well. The vocal just doesn't appeal to me. Don't think that's a good song fit for Eric. Would have been interesting to see how Vince Gill would have sounded singing that song.

As others have mentioned, the house band is just off the charts!!!!!!!!!!

I do think think some of Gregg's tunes or tunes Gregg has covered are not a bad fit for country or country / crossover artists. I think Martina McBride did a wonderful version of the Scott Boyer tune, "All My Friends".

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 03:17 PM
Charles - I admire your passion. I'm no hater. I barely knew anything about Church before this and I said I loved his version of WLOD... I just don't hear anything in AWTNM and it's one of my favorite songs.. It can be a problem at tributes... I mean, Gregg was in the house.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 03:28 PM
Jack and Chuck and Rami are awesome.

Jack was effin off the charts...

Eric Church gave it his best...not a fan,but not a hater.

I saw him at Love for Levon.....he was ok,not terribly interesting to me,but not a horror like some of the other performers that nite.

At least Gregg's tribute was done in a nice venue,I assume with good sound...Levon's memorial show was in a hollow sounding crummy arena...heck,somehow even the DVD has that hollow sound sneaking in there....

Great band...Rami is consistently terrific-I loved him in The Wallflowers and of course,Chuck and Jack are stellar...I'd prefer a different bass player...not a Don Was fan...as player or producer.

Was longing to hear Gregg sing with that band.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 03:29 PM
This video really drives home how uneven the mix was at this show. I remember enjoying this but I don't remember it sounding this clear. Glad they cleaned it up for the video/CD.

I think Church's problem here is his phrasing. He's not singing in the groove. Tough to judge the flavor of his voice when the way he is singing is so "talky" and distracting.

I don't mind the "rockstar moves." I think Church and a lot of these performers were genuinely thrilled to be a part of this and singing these songs. The only "rock star moves" that bothered me at this show was Jimmy Hall waving money in the crowd's face when he sang "Got some money in the bank" during Can't LoseWYNH. That was bad.

I do think this video highlights what I liked so much about this show despite some of the vocals missing the mark: it is great to hear some of these tunes played with such precision and polish. The horns, the contained drumming, Jack Pearson's less-is-more playing style and tone. If the ABB is serious about continuing without Derek and Warren, maybe they ought to consider what was done here as an element to use.

What is with the volume fade-down at the end?? Hope that's not in the video.

[Edited on 4/23/2014 by axeman]

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 03:30 PM
Axeman-glad you mentioned the horns...in all the clips I've seen they've been excellent.
 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 03:39 PM
Yeah dad! I loved the horns. I really like what they add and particularly like them with Gregg's solo band and when the Jukes sit in. The more I think about it, the more I think the ABB ought to continue with Jack, a second guitarist and the Juke Horns.
 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 04:25 PM
Charles,
I don't care where any of them are from. I appreciate your regional affection, but the reality is this guy sucks, along w some of these other guys running around town. I hope that he's a better guy than when I've been around or his stage presence implies. His singing speaks for itself. Audrey, on the other hand, is an exceptional musician and someone I support when possible.
So if being an assclown means understanding what musically SUCKS, then I'll be Bozo the Hating Assclown all day. Now, let me force-feed you some of this, .....because this guy's from someone-out-there's home town.
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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 05:00 PM
rational rebel you are due an apology. Please forgive my "ass clown" comment. You are just passionate about your music. Unfortunately I've missed your posts about things you are passionate positively about. I tend to catch only the negative ramblings. Anyway I sat through the Luke Bryan video and well the naked girl held my attention but the song and production were godawful. And from what I read about him, Luke probably wrote it. Jason Aldean from Macon sounds good on paper. Florida/Georgia Line did a nice benefit the other night, but the music just isn't there for either IMO. As far as this whole Gregg benefit goes ... I hope they redid a lot of it. Everything I've seen on youtube has been lacking including Gregg and Jackson. Anyway Eric may be from Granite Falls and popular, but it isn't from me buying his records. oh rational one is there anybody new you like? I'd love to hear it. And Alan forgive me too. I'm getting over a sinus sickness nightmare, but having said that I can't believe that this performance is the absolute low of this whole shebang. And I agree it could have been done a whole lot better.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 05:31 PM
Chris Robinson singing Ain't Wasting Time No More would have been good. He would have gave it some soul.

I have always thought AWTNM and the Crowes "Wiser Time" are two songs with the same kinda groove and feel.

Wiser Time

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 11:19 PM
Eric Church is just oK. The band is outta sight!

I never thought I'd ever like hearing anyone but Gregg sing Ain't Wastin' Time until I heard Junior Mack. I almost like Junior singing it more than Gregg, which is unfathomable.

 
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