Dolly Parton, Ph.Double-D; Nick Cannon Fires At Eminem; 'J. Freedom Du Lac Is An Anti-White'

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Headlines: Dolly Parton received an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Friday. And, of course, Dolly being Dolly, she celebrated the occasion with a joke. "Just think, I am Dr. Dolly! So when people say something about 'Double-D,' they will be thinking of something entirely different." ... Nick Cannon is all fired up about Eminem's new lyrics about Mrs. Cannon, Mariah Carey. ... If people seem drunker than usual at the Nissan Pavilion shows this year, there's a good reason for that: It's one of Live Nation's core revenue-boosting strategies. ... The Jonas Brothers are unofficially beefing with Joe Jonas's ex, Taylor Swift. ... Everything sounds like Coldplay stealing from Cat Stevens now? Not really, says Coldplay's Will Champion. ... Snoop Dogg didn't deliver a beatdown to the man who sued the rapper for $22 mil, a civil jury decided. Drop it like it's not, etc. ... No Depression Festival! July 11, in Redmond, Wash., with Gillian Welch and Iron & Wine headlining. Virgin Mobile Festival, where you at? Is anybody alive out there? ... Jane says ouch. Perry Farrell, the Jane's Addiction frontman, tore a calf muscle onstage in Atlanta last night. He finished the show but was taken by ambulance to a hospital afterwards. He's listed as day-to-day. ... Del tha Funkee Homosapien has his mind on your money (or lack thereof) and your money (or lack thereof) on his mind. Thus, he's giving away his new album, "Funk Man (The Stimulus Package)," for free. Seems like the right thing to do in these recessionary times, says Mistadobalina. "I just wanted people to believe in something again." ... My Saturday story on Rodney Atkins, Eric Church, Little Big Town, et al, and their country songs about small-town pride and Southern living? It might make you want to put a boot up my posterior, according to one of the weirder rants I've seen recently. Key quote from a commenter who clearly has it all figured out: "He won't write those critiques about rap, of course. 'J. Freedom Du Lac' doesn't care about 'divisiveness' or 'exclusionary practices' or 'narrowcasting' or any of that. He doesn't care if blacks, mexicans or asians do exactly the same thing. He is against predominately white people engaging in something they enjoy listening to. 'J. Freedom Du Lac' is an anti-white, it's as simple as that." Yeah, "that's" "it" "exactly."

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I'll be on WNYC's "Soundcheck" at 2 p.m. today to discuss the "anti-white" story referenced above. Justin Moore, the "Small Town USA" artist, will be on with me.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  May 11, 2009; 8:24 AM ET Morning Mix
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Hmm, I guess some people just aren't very familiar with your body of work. On the plus side, you've pretty much managed to piss off someone from every musical genre on the planet, so you must be doing something right as a critic.

Posted by: EricS2 | May 11, 2009 12:55 PM

As a former fan of country music (or a current fan of "real" country music), I can see where the complaints are coming from: there's a palpable sense in non-coastal places that the traditional way of life is under attack from the city slickers. It is, but that doesn't make criticism of this article legit. J.Free is an equal-genre-opportunity offender, and the fact is that most of these "small town" songs are pretty lame.

Posted by: cjbmo | May 11, 2009 4:46 PM

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