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100 Greatest Men: #21. Elvis Presley

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List From the vantage point of history, he is the indisputable King of Rock & Roll.   But he earned that title through his ability to perform country, blues, and R&B successfully, and it is often … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #22. Alan Jackson

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Since arriving on the country music scene in 1989, Alan Jackson has become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful superstars to ever call country music home.  Amazingly, in this modern era, … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #23. Charley Pride

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Over the course of just fourteen years, Charley Pride accumulated 29 #1 country hits, proof positive that his switch from professional baseball to music was the right one. Pride hailed from Sledge, Mississippi, one … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Kristian Bush, “Trailer Hitch”

“Trailer Hitch” Kristian Bush Written by Brandon Bush, Kristian Bush, and Tim Owen It’s not entirely without precedent.  When Diana Ross left the Supremes, their first single without her did better than her first solo release.  Ringo Starr managed to … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Maddie & Tae, “Girl in a Country Song”

“Girl in a Country Song” Maddie & Tae Written by Tae Lynn Elizabeth Dye, Maddie Marlow,  and Aaron Scherz “I ain’t your tan-legged Juliet. Can I put on some real clothes now?” Maddie & Tae give voice to the girls … Continue reading ...

Single Review: Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”

“Leave the Night On” Sam Hunt Written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne I feel like I’ve heard this song so many times before that the artist has to work extra hard just to even keep my attention. … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #24. The Statler Brothers

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List In 2008, the Statler Brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.   Five members of the quartet were inducted, a tribute to their status as one of the few groups in recorded … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #25. Tom T. Hall

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Tom T. Hall is known as the Storyteller, a fitting title for a man whose ability to spin a musical yarn led to some of the greatest country story songs of all-time, many of … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian, “My Eyes”

“My Eyes” Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian Written by Andrew Dorff, Tommy Lee James, and Josh Osborne Is a play on words really that romantic?  I can imagine being asked, “If I said you had a beautiful body, would you … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Hunter Hayes, “Tattoo”

I want to preface this by saying, as I’ve said before, that Hunter Hayes is tremendously talented. “Tattoo” is further evidence that he can assemble all of the necessary components for an entertaining record, and I guess it is a … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”

If you’re going to keep revisiting the same themes, you might as well take some risks with your delivery. Kenny Chesney’s new single sounds fresher and more engaging than anything he’s done in a very long time.  It’s easy to … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Kacey Musgraves, “The Trailer Song”

A new Kacey Musgraves track with co-writes from Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally is not a bad way to start your day. “The Trailer Song” has been a live staple for Musgraves, and it sounds like a lost cut from … Continue reading ?

Country Universe Talks with James House

England swings, or at least it did back in Roger Miller’s day. Nowadays, England is more likely to line dance, which helped an album from one of Nashville’s top singer-songwriters become a hit – almost 20 years after it was released. To...Show More Summary

Album Review: Dolly Parton, Blue Smoke

Dolly Parton Blue Smoke A big step up from her last few projects, Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke is her most balanced album since Backwoods Barbie.   While it lacks cohesion due to so many different styles being used, there’s a … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Miranda Lambert Platinum Miranda Lambert’s life experience has caught up with her talent. Platinum is a confident, intelligent record that weaves the themes of nostalgia, femininity, and celebrity together over sixteen tracks.  It’s a cohesive set, with lead single “Automatic” … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #26. Roy Acuff

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Roy Acuff is responsible for not only some of the genre’s foundational recordings, but for helping to put Nashville on the map as a star of the Grand Ole Opry, a music publishing tycoon, … Continue reading ?

Favorite Songs by Favorite Artists: Carlene Carter

It’s easy to forget just how talented Carlene Carter is.  In the last eighteen years, she’s only given us two albums to remind us.  But with a career that stretches back to her 1978 eponymous debut album, all the way … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Lee Ann Womack, “The Way I’m Livin’”

It’s always fascinating to see how a recording artist responds once her days as a consistent hit-maker have passed: While some chase the latest trends in an effort to remain commercially relevant, others embrace their newfound creative freedom and challenge themselves to add something meaningful to both their own artistic legacy and to the country genre itself.

Album Review: Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball: Deluxe Edition

Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball: Deluxe Edition Nonesuch has released an impressive deluxe edition of the landmark Emmylou Harris album, Wrecking Ball. For those who are new to the set, this is the edition you should buy. But it's alsoShow More Summary

Single Review: Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad”

Miranda Lambert's tempting fate with her titles, calling her upcoming album Platinum and her high-profile collaboration with Carrie Underwood, "Somethin' Bad." No word for a while yet on whether the album will sell a million copies, but as far as the single goes, it lives up to the promise of the two singers more than it does to its title.

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