My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Good riddance and don’t let the door hit you on the way out

12 responses to “Good riddance and don’t let the door hit you on the way out

  1. J.R. Journey April 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Yep. You’ll have that.

  2. Michael April 15, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Nice story. You covered all the relevant, important information and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  3. Linda April 15, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I wonder if she’ll go back to making pop music. She did say that she was never making another pop record again, but that was before knowing how her country music album turned out.

    • Razor X April 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm

      The problem is nobody is buying her records, no matter what genre they’re marketed under. It will be interesting to see how long Epic keeps her on their roster.

  4. Sean April 15, 2009 at 6:43 pm


  5. Steve from Boston April 16, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I gotta say, Jessica Simpson seems like a nice lady with a heart of gold…I don’t care for her music either, but I really don’t see the difference between her singing, and that of many other look alike and sound alike blondes diluting Country with mediocre Nashville Pop.

    Julianne Hough (for example) gets awards, and Jessica Simpson gets ridicule. But honestly I don’t see a whole lot of difference between them…both deserve respect, but neither deserve such extreme reactions.

    • Razor X April 16, 2009 at 9:22 am

      One difference is that Julianne didn’t move to country music after failing as a pop artist. Another is that she seems to manage to remember the lyrics to her own songs while she’s performing them.

      • Steve from Boston April 16, 2009 at 11:57 am

        No Julianne merely used her Dancing with the Stars fame to leapfrog to the top of today’s “country” game. I guess that’s how it’s played nowadays…And, as you know, there are some other recent reality show precedents we could name who have also taken advantage of huge, ready made fanbases. Your’e not implying Julianne and the others are where they are strictly based on the merits of her music, are you? But I guess it could be argued that Jessica also took advantage of her fame in a similar fashion.

        Still your points well taken, but musically speaking, I see very little difference between them.

        But if you’re implying that Jessica is some kind of opportunist for her attempt at Country music, well I guess she can join the ranks of the many recent crossovers, in that regard. I don’t think anyone can be blamed for trying to find their niche. Sorry it didn’t work out for her, but I am also sorry she didn’t bring with her better, and more Traditional sounding music.

        As for her forgetting lyrics, I think that is due to an inherent ditzyness in her personality..there far are worse things in the world than that.. At least this tendency is probably not drug or alcohol induced…But yeah, if it is a pattern with her, due to stagefright or whatever, maybe she is not ready for the big leagues.

        But apparently there was something in Jessica’s person and potential to warrant the collaboration and nurturing support of the great Dolly Parton.

        Somehow I don’t think Dolly would be jumping on this particular bandwagon.

        • Razor X April 16, 2009 at 8:57 pm

          Your’e not implying Julianne and the others are where they are strictly based on the merits of her music, are you?

          No. None of them are making quality music, in my opinion, but all of them have conducted themselves more professionally than Jessica has. I’m far less offended by Julianne having been on “Dancing with the Stars” than I would have been had she attempted a pop singing career and then jumped to country when it failed, as Jessica did.

          Somehow I don’t think Dolly would be jumping on this particular bandwagon.

          I think Dolly was just trying to be gracious in light of the way Jessica massacred “9 to 5” when Dolly was being honored by the Kennedy Center.

        • Steve from Boston April 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm

          Razor, I think you and I pretty much see eye to eye on most things musical, but we really differ here on Jessica’s attempt so succeed as a Country singer and Dolly’s outreach and support of Miss Simpson. If one does not suceed at one endeavor, why NOT try something else? Perhaps she gave up too quickly on Country…Many artists struggled with their first few albums before finally finding sucess. But yeah, we agree insofar that most of this stuff is not real HQ Country music.

          Again, I don’t have a problem when anyone enters the Country music world, for whatever reason, but I do have a big problem with singers offering up pop masquarading as Country, And I have an even bigger problem when this stuff and these singers are artificially propped up by the Industry’s coddling response to the immense fan bases they have accumulated from non-Country sources. And are REWARDED for their mediocrity with all kinds of awards, premature induction to the Opry, etc, etc. With many of thses singers, their acclaim is outrunning their artistry by leaps and bounds. And in this context, Jessica is just a miniscule part of a much bigger problem.

  6. Leeann Ward April 17, 2009 at 10:19 am

    My problem with Jessica is her voice. I don’t really care that she can’t remember words to songs (Womack admits to having that problem). I don’t care that she came over from pop to try her hand at country (If her album had been good, I’d be right behind her). I don’t care about her past on the reality show. And I don’t even care that Dolly gave her symbolic stamp of approval by singing on her album. I just care that the music was bad, including grating voice and lame songs. At least Hough can sing, though her songs are far less than quality as well. I love Dolly, but like Willie and my Vince, they will sing with just about anyone who asks. So, that’s really only so much of an endorsement, in my opinion.

    With that said, I wish Jessica the best. She is clearly trying to figure out who she is and I don’t begrudge that journey.

  7. Lynn April 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Because of her history, Jessica’s biggest problem is and always will be credibility – in anything she does. I don’t think it’s a surprise that her most successful venture to date has been her shoe/handbag line.

    Her country music career was short-lived because it wasn’t credible. People didn’t believe she was here for a genuine reason. She didn’t put out a genuine product. She was even given some great opportunities (opening for Rascal Flatts is a great opportunity) and she didn’t make the best of them. Her stage career became a weird side show at best. And when the going got rough, she quit. A little less talk, and a lot more action and she might have done something in country music. I guess we may never know, and honestly, I’m not all that sad about it. (What can I say, Razor X’s subject line made me laugh…)

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