UPDATE: Linda Chorney, Listen Up

UPDATE -- a note from the author: We spoke to Mr. Ames again this afternoon. He informed us that he thought the conversation would not be used in our article and that it was only for background information. He also stated that he does not recall some of the statements attributed to him. Neither Mr. Ames nor the author is implying that Ms. Chorney or her radio promoter engaged in any unethical practices regarding airplay. The comments regarding such practices were general statements only, not specific to Ms. Chorney. We regret any confusion. Mr. Ames informed us that he will be interviewing Ms. Chorney on his show on Monday, January 30, at 8:20 a.m. We recommend that concerned readers tune in to hear Ms. Chorney in her own words at this link.

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Gordon "Big G" Ames
The Linda Chorney Grammy thing just won't go away. It seems now Chorney is barraging radio stations with her latest album, hoping to gain a smidgen of credibility before going to the Grammys with zero album sales, which we presume is going to be an historic first.

Former Houstonian Gordon "Big G" Ames, the program director at KOOK-FM, "Real Deal Radio," received a copy of Chorney's CD earlier this week. He was not amused. In fact, he is so not amused his Thursday show is going to be themed "Making An Example."

"I've been around a long time and I know how things work," says Ames from his home outside Kerrville. "You and I both know that if you put a thousand dollars in a few hands you can get your album on someone's quote unquote chart. You know it, I know it. And that makes me mad. It's sad and pathetic what the Americana syndicate chooses to accept payment for."

Ames went on to explain that at his station "I can actually play stuff I think is good whether it's by a well known artist or an unknown. But I -- along with my listeners -- decide, not some radio pusher out of Nashville with some loose change in his pocket."

So what's the plan for "Making An Example" day?

"I think I'm just going to put her CD on random, I'm not even going to pick the songs," he explains. "I'm just going to start one of her songs and let it play 45 seconds or a minute, then I think I'll open the mike while it's playing and just say what I think. I plan to do that at least once an hour."

"Maybe I'm a dinosaur, but I still think I've got a pretty good ear for music and that I've got pretty good handle on what my audience, which is made up of rednecks, hippies, town people, country people, Republicans and Democrats, will like." Ames gives a sly chuckle and says, "And I'm betting when I play Chorney's CD, my phones are going to light up with people who want to know what I think I'm doing."

"I've seen a few passionate defenses of the woman, but for me the proof is the music. Her music is just plain bland."

We asked Ames what he thought about our blog in which we chided Chorney for her complete lack of knowledge of the Americana genre (now known as the "look it up, Linda" blog).

"From what I've read of her interviews, it looks like she really doesn't have much depth," opines Ames. "Maybe she'll call in to the show and we'll find out if she has any knowledge at all."

So if you're up at the crack of dawn and feel like listening to some out-of-the-ordinary radio, check out Big G's Roadhouse today, 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. It should be interesting.

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Duh
Duh

William Michael Smith got knocked down  Finally

Jm
Jm

Mr. Ames made it clear in a conversation to me this morning that some of what Mr. Smith implied he said, he absolutely did not.  I hope he keeps his word to ask Michael Smith to take this blog down.  

Sarah
Sarah

I think your anger is seriously misplaced here.  What this situation does is show that the people who are in charge of selecting music for the Grammys are basically voting for whatever gets put in front of their faces and not actively investigating the music that's out there.  Is this Linda Chorney's fault?  No.  Is railing against Chorney going to change the system?  No.  Are you ignoring the real problem?  Yes.  

guest
guest

So---did the phones light up like you thought they would?

guest
guest

I take it that no answer to my question means that the phone lines did not light up.

djdoug
djdoug

Mr. Ames, I also do a free form radio program in the Virgin Islands. You have a right to your opinion of Linda Chorney's music and as you are freeform you have the right not to play her music on your show. However, your "Make an Example" project sounds incredibly juvenile and mean spirited. Why make fun of her and try to embarrass her? She got her Grammy nomination fairlly and by following the rules. If you don't like the rules lobby to get them changed but don't blame Linda for doing successfully what other artists also could have done. You should be happy that one of the "little guys" is getting a shot at a Grammy since as you I am sure know most times independent and small label artists are tragically passed over for the Grammy awards. Music promoters provide a valuable service to disc jockeys like myself. Does anybody force you to play the records they send you? I appreciatte the support I get from the promoters. Without them I would not have as large a selection of music to choose from for my show. I hope you will reconsider "Make an Example" and cancel that  portion of your program. It is your right to tell your listeners that you don't like her CD but you don't need to try and embarrass a musician who lives for her art.       

Fred John Boenig
Fred John Boenig

Gordon Ames you know I love ya! I just want you to listen to my show I did Weds.  You'll see even though I'm on the #1 Non Com station in the Lehigh Valley market #69 which most of the day is a Classic Rock format, I , BigKev Ploghoft and the Hairless Hippie play some of the best Alt Americana music in the North East.  Weds I used Linda Chorney's version of Mother's Little Helper, next to Linda Ronstat's Tumbling Dice, Otis Redding's Satisfaction, Jerry Garcia Band doing Let's Spend The Night Together and ending with Jerry Lee Lewis and Kid Rock doing Honky Tonk Woman.  So I say this with love and respect for you and your talent as a DJ.  "Boss, get your balls back from who ever took them, her music is fine and fits in where Alt Americana is played just fine. Maybe in Texas they "Twang" a bit more but cut me a break, you listen to that set and tell me it doesn't work or fit".http://www.americanamediapro.c...

Jm
Jm

I came into this mix to promote "her story" not her music.

wms
wms

well, we're music reporters, so we came into this mix to hear some music tha knocked us out. Hasn't happened with Linda. In fact, they could bottle that shit and selll it for tranquilizers. And that's the bottom line. The woman and her camp have no shame. It's kinda tragic. In a Great Gatsby kinda way.....

Duh
Duh

You guys....enough really.   I bet there is some great music that has come to your attention thru promoters. If you don't like what they do, ask them to take you off their mailing list.  And the promoter is not from Nashville....two statements that are not factual.  No one is offering you money to play her music so talking about money here is pretty inappropriate.  Say what you want, but be correct when making accusations that just are not true.

wms
wms

Dear Joan:  no one said the promoter was from nashville, although many of the Americana promoters -- particularly radio promoters -- are. No one is saying that good music doesn't come to our attention thru promoters. I know you've got to defend your discipline, but defending bad music is... bad. Did you cash Chorney's check? Of course you did. FYI-- no one "asks" to be on a promoter's mailing list. That's b/c all of the flacks trade our addresses, emails, and phone numbers around like baseball cards.

wms
wms

Dear Joan:  no one said the promoter was from nashville, although many of the Americana promoters -- particularly radio promoters -- are. No one is saying that good music doesn't come to our attention thru promoters. I know you've got to defend your discipline, but defending bad music is... bad. Did you cash Chorney's check? Of course you did. FYI-- no one "asks" to be on a promoter's mailing list. That's b/c all of the flacks trade our addresses, emails, and phone numbers around like baseball cards.

wms
wms

Dear Joan:  no one said the promoter was from nashville, although many of the Americana promoters -- particularly radio promoters -- are. No one is saying that good music doesn't come to our attention thru promoters. I know you've got to defend your discipline, but defending bad music is... bad. Did you cash Chorney's check? Of course you did. FYI-- no one "asks" to be on a promoter's mailing list. That's b/c all of the flacks trade our addresses, emails, and phone numbers around like baseball cards.

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