Five on Friday Set 82

Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 by Travis Cody in

Even though I'm on hiatus from regular blogging and blog rounds, I couldn't leave Five on Friday to languish.  So welcome to Set 82.

You don't always have to win.  In 2003, a show called Nashville Star was looking to do for country music what America Idol was trying to do for pop music...find "The Next Big Thing".

Miranda Lambert finished third that season.  I had no argument with the result.  I thought that the gentleman who won, Buddy Jewell, was about as polished as an undiscovered singer/songwriter/musician could be.  He was a studio musician with a smooth radio friendly sound.  I liked him and I have two of his CDs.

Unfortunately, Buddy has had limited commercial success since winning the show.  The singles Help Pour Out the Rain and Sweet Southern Comfort both hit #3 on US Country charts in 2003.  In 2004, the single If She Were Any Other Woman reached #27.  Buddy was dropped from his label after his third album failed to produce any hit singles.

I thought Miranda needed a little seasoning.  She didn't release a major label album for 2 years after Nashville Star.  That debut album, Kerosene, was released in 2005, was certified Platinum, and had 4 singles make the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot Country.  In 2007 her next project, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, had 3 singles make the Top 20.  Gunpowder & Lead from that album was a Top 10 hit.

In 2009, The House That Built Me and Heart Like Mine from Miranda's third album, Revolution, both hit #1.

Miranda has 9 Academy of Country Music Awards, a MusicRow Award, 2 CMT Music Awards, 4 Country Music Association Awards, and a Grammy.

I'd say that's some seasoning.  And she's only 27 years old now.  Well done, young Lady.

Here's Sweet Southern Comfort from Buddy Jewell, and I added another song of his to the playlist.  Full of talent.  Just hasn't caught an audience.

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  1. It's interesting that you noticed she 'needed a little seasoning'. There's nothing wrong with throwing your hat in the ring and entering a show like Nashville Star. But it takes much-needed wisdom to realize you need to put in a little mileage.

  1. Jamie says:

    Just picked up my first Miranda Lambert album last month with "Revolution" - Best fun songs: "Time To Get A Gun" and "That's The Way That The World Goes Round". She has a great sound.

  1. I don't listen to a lot of Country, but I liked Kerosene quite a bit. I'll give a few of these a whirl.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    I love country music.:)

  1. Like Charles, I am not a big country guy...but having moved to Memphis, I have begun listening more.

    Nice set

  1. JohnH985 says:

    I am a big fan of Miranda Lambert and got a chance to see her a few years ago before she became too big. She puts on an amazing show. I was out of town this Friday and didn't get to post a 5 on Friday. Hope to get back into it this Friday.