Picks and Pans Review: Music Notes
SYNDICATED TALK SHOW HOST JERRY Springer has always been a country-music fan, but it wasn't until last summer, when he attended a Billy Ray Cyrus show in Nashville, that he realized that what makes for good Nielsen ratings also makes for good boot-stompin' fodder. Says Springer: "It occurred to me that the themes of country music are consistent with the talk show themes—broken relationships, divorce, cheatin', who slept with whose dog. Basically country is a talk show put to music." So Springer wrote "Dr. Talk," a country song about talk shows, and cut an album of the same name (Fiddlefish Music) featuring his single and seven cover tunes. Springer, 51, is due to open soon for none other than Cyrus. "What I am most worried about is remembering the words without cue cards," he says. "On the show I just talk. If I could get on stage and make up words, I would be fine. But they want you to sing the words of the song. Maybe I'll just make stuff up."