Just had my car broken into last night (the price of living in town and leaving that suction cup GPS holder on the windshield practically yelping “Break in and steal me!”). Also took the Sirius satellite. Ugh. So I’m here at the auto glass place.
Note I’ve added a new poll on the left. Enjoy!
I finally got around to see the debut of “Gone Country 3,” which debuted last Saturday on CMT at 8 p.m. (The show had been airing on Fridays. I can’t say placing it on Saturdays is a promotion. Viewership is usually even lower on Saturdays but competition is lax.)
Ever charming season one runner up Justin Guarini is one of the seven. They’ve had an “Idol” contestant in every season. He follow Diana DeGarmo and Mikalah Gordon.
“People haven’t seen who I am, ” Justin said. “I feel like I haven’t proven myself as a musician.”
I gotta say John Rich has his work cut out for him turning any of them into viable country artists. I’d say Taylor Dayne and Justin have the biggest chances of winning though you can never count out Sheila E.
The other seven contestants are:
-Taylor Dayne. She was a pop diva from the late 1980s. She had 7 top 10 hits from 1987 to 1990. Recall “Tell It To My Heart,” “Prove Your Love,” and “Love Will Lead You Back,” to name a few. She doesn’t look half bad now. I’m not sure what her country background is. Looks like none. But she’s a good musician. We’ll see.
-Mickey Dolenz. He’s the drummer from the Monkees. He claims to have written a country song or two in the past and is a “closet” country man. Another real fish out of water for this country stuff.
-Richard Grieco. He’s known as an actor on “21 Jump Street.” No clue what his country creds are. He apparently did some music in Europe.
-Sheila E. A drummer and solo artist from the 1980s (”The Glamorous Life”). She was a judge in “The Next Great American Band” in 2007, too. She looks amazing. I have no clue how she’ll handle country but she’s got musical chops.
-Tara Conner. She is the former Miss USA, who had some rehab and said she was suicidal at some point. She has no clue who any of these folks in the house are. And I have no clue why she’s even here. Mickey Dolenz freaks her out with strange voices. “I am oblivious to what they’ve done and who they are,” she said. It sounds like she has zero musical background. “You can’t really play drums and sing very well,” she said, mindlessly, in front of Sheila E and Dolenz.
-George Clinton. Mr. Funk! Gotta love this dude with his bizarro hair. He’s going to spice up the joint, whether he has country in him or not.
Their first meet up is with George Jones. It’s good to see that Taylor Dayne, Sheila E and Mickey Dolenz knew who he was. I’m fairly certain Tara didn’t.
Then they are told to sing on their own. Naturally, Sheila E rocked it with “Glamorous Life.” Richard Grieco holds his own. Justin does “Let’s Stay Together.” Then George Clinton raises the roof with some funk. Mickey Dolenz does a lovely version of “Last Train to Clarksville.” Tara Conner is pretty awful doing Norah Jones. All sorts of breathing issues. Taylor Dayne ends the night with a soulful take on “I’ll Be Your Shelter.” I was never a fan of hers but she’s got it going on live.
I love the point where John Rich has producers interview random folks in Nashville and they all badmouth the contestants. “The one I pick I will be your record producer of your song,” he said.