The Pick: What's your not-so-guilty pleasure album?
What's that one album in your collection that you know you'll have to defend when a buddy comes over and eyes your stack of LPs? Not a guilty pleasure (what's the point of loving music if you've gotta feel guilty about it?) but maybe the not-so-guilty pleasure album? This is a guilt-free music zone, so let's air out some of those tucked-away favorites this week.
Tennessean music reporter Matt Leimkuehler here. I'll go first with a trio of picks from my ever-growing collection (I really should slow down on record collection, but it's not easy with Grimey's right down the street, OK?).
Avenged Sevenfold - "City Of Evil": I grew up *loving* cringe-worthy metal, and none more so than "City of Evil." It's still a fun, nostalgic album that at times totally rips. It tops the list mostly because the band hasn't hit like this collection of songs since.
Set Your Goals - "Mutiny": I'd usually reserve a spot for one — or a dozen — of my mid-2000s emo albums. But emo music's cool again! So My Chemical Romance and Say Anything stay on the shelf. Instead, let's talk about Warped Tour-era pop-punk. No album cashes in on my "this isn't exactly good but it's super, duper nostalgic" teenage pop-punk phase like Set Your Goals. Turning it on feels like going back to my beat-up Chevy Cavalier, cruising through the high school parking lot.
Tenacious D - "The Pick of Destiny": It's crass, goofy and, sure, some of the songs don't hold up. But this small-town kid loved Tenacious D growing up, and I'll still toss on "Pick of Density."
Want to share your not-so guilty pleasure? Email me at email@example.com or share via twitter @mattleimkuehler and I'll include a few in next week's Pick.
Now, for this week's music headlines out of Music City.
The Judds tour continues
Weeks after mother Naomi Judd's death, Wynonna Judd unveiled plans Thursday to continue a fall tour tour previously billed as a final run for mother-daughter duo The Judds. In place of Naomi Judd, the family enlists a cohort of top country talent to join Wynonna Judd on stage. The rotating cast of "Final Tour" collaborators includes Brandi Carlile, Faith Hill and Little Big Town. Read on for details.
The Country Music Hall of Fame announced earlier this week that rock 'n' roller Jerry Lee Lewis, influential '80s singer Keith Whitley and ace executive Joe Galante join Nashville's sacred rotunda as this year's class. We talked to Lewis, Galante and Whitley's widow, Lorrie Morgan, about each achieving this rare lifetime honor.
But, wait. Who isn't in ... but should be? Every year, a new Country Music Hall of Fame class brings back country music's time-tested barstool debate: Who should be next to go into the Hall? We broke down a dozen artists that fit the bill. A few you'll find on our list:
Shania Twain: In an era where albums are more compilations of singles demanding marketing concepts, Twain's 1997 album "Come On Over" may serve as a measuring stick to measure Hall of Fame-caliber artists of the future.
Tanya Tucker: As the song that won her a long-awaited Grammy in 2020 says, "Bring my flowers now, while I'm livin'/ I won't need your love when I'm gone."
Bobbie Gentry: She's one of the finest storytellers country music's known, period — and that should be enough to one day earn her a place in the fabled rotunda. But if she receives an invitation, would she show up?
A long read
Dig into a long read this week with the unimaginable story of Jelly Roll, a Nashville artist who — after a decade in and out of jail — found his saving grace in music. After years as an unground rapper, he's making waves in rock and country music — with sights set on headlining Bridgestone Arena this December.
One great quote: I interviewed Jelly Roll for about an hour-and-a-half ahead of writing this story, and one piece of advice from the conversation continues to stick with me. On not giving up on his dream, he said: "If you're willing to put the time and energy into it, there's no way it doesn't return. Whatever that is in life."
Yes, you can enjoy Bonnaroo from the comfort of your couch this year. Last week, streaming giant Hulu announced plans to broadcast next month's festival.
Bonnaroo spins: Ahead of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats playing The Farm this year, we're revisiting the band's 2021 album, "The Future."
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