"STiX-MiX" feelings about the 2003 CMA AWARDS Show"
- "STiX-MiX" feelings about the 2003 CMA AWARDS Show"
BY: JiMMY STiX
November 6th 2003
I can't help but feel very mix in my feelings watching the CMA AWARDS
Much great talent on that stage, and in the seats this year. Many
stars whom we all know would not be there were there this year.
Mainly because of the viewing of the special tribute to the great
I know I will be refering to those not in order of their stage
presents that night, for certain moments really strike me more than
Like the banner of one of the BROOKS & DUNN boys had around his right
arm. Showing great respect of honoring "CASH" is in my mind, giving
me respect for BROOKS & DUNN like never before. Just that action and
gesture without words, puts the boys on my high respect list. Of
course I always had respect for them as true country music family
members from the moment they recorded with Hank Thompson and you can
hear that great song on Hank Thompson's newest release "Hank Thompson
And Friends" on CURB RECORDS. However, that simple act just cemented
their ties with history, and they will experience high respect from
fans as Johnny Cash has this year.
Many country stars think they do not need this type of respect for
heritage. Many DJs think they do not have to respect heritage by
making sure the legendary stars are heard even in their old age when
they want to stay in the markets with brand new releases! Many BIG-
MEDIA executives feel the same way, and that's why you don't hear
ones like Merle Haggard and Charlie Pride on radio anymore! Alan
Jackson has the right idea, for he feels country music singing is
what he loves, and he doesn't want the BIG-MEDIA retire him from
doing something he loves, before he's ready to retire from singing.
And he will retire the way Johnny Cash did.
I need to express how wonderful it was to see all the legendary stars
and very close friends of Johnny Cash on stage for tribute to Johnny
in front of millions of country music fans! It was very refreshing to
see that, and I truely enjoyed it deeply. Country Music People are
truely one big family! Other music styles do not experience what
country people do, and this is the reason why the BIG-MEDIA radio and
tv should meditate more on shutting off the "Life-Line" to stars like
George Jones and others!
Did you see George Jones gang? Also being there for Johnny Cash. BIG-
MEDIA ignores Jones' brand new releases and everone knows it!
However, George Jones still partakes in the CMA AWARDS event out of
respect for heritage, respect for Johnny Cash's tribute, out of
respect for Johnny's family! That's true country music pride! We all
can see George Jones hurting inside because BIG-MEDIA has treated the
legendary stars with contempt by shutting them out, and retiring them
before they want to be retired from being heard by all Americans!
George Jones and other great legendary stars try to hide their
feelings most of the time, but if you are a country music
professional like me, for over thirty years, you can see
the "unspoken-words" said by the legendary stars!
Let's face it, this is the ONLY time BIG-MEDIA pays so much attention
to the legendary stars, is when one of them dies. However, when that
usually happens, the BIG-MEDIA radio and tv also only play the stars
older songs and releases. This has got to be the first time in
history that they bring attention to a star's newest released song.
Fantastic! But, did you fans ever get the chance to hear that country
music song of Johnny's on your BIG-MEDIA radio waves when you were
driving to work? Of course not! Some of you probably never heard the
song all the way through, even now, right?
Dolly Parton's stage act was truely one of country's greatest 2003
quality seasoned performance that touched my heart. To see Dolly give
a performance like that gives me the incentive to keep reaching out
to the BIG-MEDIA executive doors of communication. knocking on
their "PIG-HEADED" attitudes that are killing our COUNTRY, inwhich
our legendary stars (like Johnny Cash) have worked so hard to build
with pride and hard work!
It reminds me of Vince Gill's country song at the CMA AWARDS show,
where he mentioned that it's a young man's world now, and those whom
build before them, are at the mercy of the young men of this world. I
guess his country song touched me as well. For he says a lot in that
timely song this night. It really makes one think doesn't it gang?
What spirit runs our COUNTRY now? And can anyone stop it? Something
to think about, isn't it?
I know Toby Keith would have loved to win another award this year,
and deserving it by far, but, I also know Toby, he is very glad the
late Johnny Cash got many awards! Way over due awards that's for
sure! My favorite song is with Toby Keith and Willie Nelson, "Beer
for my horses, and wisky for my friends", it's a country song that
put a legendary star back on BIG-MEDIA radio where they belong!
Buddy Jewell, is a performer with a great future in COUNTRY! He also
has a "family-before-money " attitude that will give himself great
respect as time ticks on, and he will live on in the hearts of fans
even after he leaves town like Johnny cash just did. Buddy, my advice
to you Bud, don't let the young men of country in high places (BIG-
MEDIA), choke your respect for family and heritage and put greed and
love of money in it's place. For there are many young country stars
who will be forgotten as time ticks onward because their songs are
as but a "Spit" from their mouth that will evaporate in time, in the
hearts of all future country people. For I was taught that respect is
a two way street. What you are doing cements your place in history.
You are unique in style much like many legendary stars! Were as the
young stars who do not care about how the young people (BIG-MEDIA) of
the world treat our legendary stars, will be just a "fad" that will
disappear from COUNTRY!
Nice to see "Little Jimmy Dickens" on stage! How that happen, who
knows? But it's nice to see him there! I'm sure not complaining!!
Martina McBride! What a song, and what a great singer! Another
wonderful country star with an attituted we respect! Who says having
respect can cost you money? Martina McBride doesn't look poor!
Alison Krauss and Union Station brought quality of country music to
the stage once again! I simply love everything about this talented
group! It was heart warming that they were able to be on stage, for I
believe that this is a great attempt to start a trend to unite our
great COUNTRY and by doing so, show that it's ok to mix the legendary
stars and the new young stars of country! BIG-MEDIA could do this on
radio and tv if they wanted to. Why not? Is it cost effective? Is it
good for country music radio and tv to join the legendary stars and
their brand new releases with the young stars of today? Why not, it's
good on the CMA AWARDS SHOW isn't it?
I can not have an article about the CMA without mentioning a group I
feel are very talented. They truely have put themselves in "Hotwater"
this past year. However, I want to make sure everyone knows I am not
taking sides of their issues. But I do want to say, this group has
always been in my heart and mind, very talented, and I love most of
their songs! The camera did not once go on the DIXIE CHICKS ! Were
they there? I know they played some of their great songs. But, I did
not see them? Did anyone else see them? I know they want to leave
country, but did they leave already? If they did, we truely lost a
great country music group! And I know that I will get much "Heat"
from many who disagree with me, and from close friends who do not
like the DIXIE CHICKS now. But, everyone who really knows me, knows I
speak what I feel even if my friends don't agree with what I say! I
don't let anyone, or anything keep me from putting respect where it
belongs! And money will not force me to act contrary to what I
believe is right, and true! It was sad that the DIXIE CHICKS were not
Our COUNTRY is great because all the personalities in COUNTRY can
live together, young, and old alike! Getting along with each other!
Like one big family! I guess this present system of things has
touched many in such a way, that our COUNTRY can't unite now! Maybe
BIG-MEDIA has done their damage, and the legendary stars don't have a
chance to survive in our COUNTRY well , after all! The issues of
today have choked the spirit of great talent hitting the airwaves!
One can not have an opinion about any issue that might cancel their
membership to our COUNTRY, based on the right issues that this system
of things dictates as being wrong!
It really "burns-me-up" when issues like; "why is radio and tv
ignoring the brand new releases of the legendary stars", are ignored
by most, which is an issue within our COUNTRY MUSIC realm, and was
there long before the war! Attention to correct this issue and make
it priority in our country lives is so far from reality! And yet! The
issues that are not within our Country Music realm get killing
attention! There is millions of Americans who do not feel USA should
have gone to war! Millions who think war is something nobody should
be envolved in! The opinions are so complex and in opposite
directions that one can only think why America is still here? But, it
is! And that issue should never effect the people in country music in
such a way that they mark a fantastic country music group like the
The issue here to me, is what are you saying here, when you reject a
famous country group who has earned respect from all country people
because of their great talents! You are saying to everyone in this
COUNTRY, if you are not supporting the troups, and you disagree with
president Bush's direction of the United States of American going to
war, then we reject you as a good citizen of our COUNTRY! Is that
I'm very sorry I felt compelled to bring this up in an article about
what I felt about the 2003 CMA AWARDS Show, but, being that the DIXIE
CHICKS should have been there with all the other great country music
talent, I had to say something about this issue!
I can say much more about this CMA 2003 Awards show, but, my article
would be a book then, "LOL" !
To conclude, I want everyone to know, I truely enjoyed this CMA
AWARDS SHOW 2003! Even though these sad issues were brought up by me,
I did enjoy the show. I just sit here wishing though, that the BIG-
MEDIA and all of you in this COUNTRY would take up this issue of
radio and tv! Let's unite our COUNTRY and work to get the legendary
stars, and all their great brand new releases on all the major
programs, mixed with all the young and new artist songs! Don't waite
for another great legendary star to leave town before we recognize
their seasoned quality brand new country songs!
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