Radio Hosts Kelly Ford and Elaina Smith Talk Blake-Miranda Drama, Women in Country & More!

Radio Hosts Kelly Ford and Elaina Smith Talk Blake-Miranda Drama, Women in Country & More!

Lisa and Jim talk with radio DJs and friends-of-the-show, Kelly Ford and Elaina Doré Smith about upcoming album releases, Blake and Gwen and Miranda and Anderson East in the news, finding gray hairs, Tomatogate and women in country music and more.

Show Participants

Tune in to hear to hear Elaina and Kelly every weekday on their radio shows!

Show Notes & Links

  • Hear Elaina on the radio show Nash Nights Live
  • Hear Kelly on the radio show America’s Morning Show
  • New Albums coming out in May, Which ones are you most excited about?
    • Keith Urban, Ripcord, May 6 — Elaina’s pick
    • Cole Swindell, You Should Be Here, May 6
    • Cindy Lauper, Detour, May 6
    • Jennifer Nettles, Playing With Fire, May 13 — Lisa’s pick
    • Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest, May 20
    • Dierks Bentley, Black, May 27 — Kelly’s pick
  • Jennifer Nettles’ upcoming duet with Jennifer Lopez
  • Blake Shelton’s “photoshopped” album cover for If I’m Honest.
  • Tomato Gate Anniversary: In May 2015, radio programming consultant Keith Hill said, “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out

    they’re just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”

  • Some of the New Female Country Artists of Note
    • Maren Morris
    • Runaway June
    • Post Monroe
    • Brooke Eden
    • Lindsay Ell
    • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Three women on the Top 30 Country Airplay Billboard Chart this week: Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris and Cassadee Pope
  • Kelsea Ballerini’s latest single, “Peter Pan”
  • Unopened Emails
  • Team Shania VS. Team Faith
  • Female Superstars with Desert Music Videos with Flowing Clothes
  • Garth Brooks was not considered country when he first became popular.

Show Quotes

  • “I love your radio voice, Lisa! It’s so soothing.” Elaina D. Smith
  • “Oh, Jim’s a big boy . . . now. [laughs]” Kelly Ford
  • “Have you been working out?” Elaina D. Smith
  • “Ya know, if you have to tell people [that you’re a registered lethal weapon], I’m not sure ya are.” Kelly Ford
  • “The correct answer is, ‘I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink.’” Jim Casey, declaring the answer to the question, “What is Merle Haggard’s greatest song?”.
  • “Did you just make that up, or is that just your opinion?” Lisa Konicki
  • “I was okay with it. I like being lumped with you.” Elaina D. Smith
  • “I don’t know if it helped. I think it lit a fire under some of these women to be like, “I’m gonna prove you wrong.” I don’t think these women who are artists have any say in what gets played on radio. Since [Tomatogate] we have had a flurry women country artists that we didn’t have a year ago.” Lisa Konicki
  • “He’s actually got facts.” Lisa Konicki
  • “I’m gonna go spider monkey on you.” Kelly Ford
  • “I know that hair curls naturally, so you don’t have to go to the salon, but we do.” Kelly Ford
  • “If you want to be a female country music superstar, you have to film a video in the desert with some sort of flowing clothes.” Jim Casey

The Writers Room, Ep. 11, 37 minutes

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Thomas Rhett Will Never Take Touring for Granted

Thomas Rhett Will Never Take Touring for Granted

Thomas Rhett is ready to hit the road and Bring The Bar To You in 2022!

Starting in June, Thomas will kick-off his Bring The Bar To You tour with back to back shows in Gilford, New Hampshire with openers Parker McCollum and Conner Smith.

After going through the last two years, Thomas says, “I’ll never take for granted being able to come see y’all and I’m so fired up to play some of these new ones that were made with these nights in mind. I have a feeling things are going to get loud – I’m counting down the days already!”

Photo Courtesy of Thomas Rhett